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Offline Misterjake23

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Is it possible to call ground hogs ???
« on: July 23, 2014, 11:10:22 PM »
     Perhaps this is a dumb question, but has anyone ever heard of calling groundhogs?  I know Foxpro makes a ground hog distress sound.  Has anyone ever tried it to actually call ground hogs or at least make them stand up like they do sometimes when you whistle???
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Re: Is it possible to call ground hogs ???
« Reply #1 on: July 24, 2014, 07:39:29 PM »
Jake
I would be surprised if you can call them. The only sound they seam to make is that hi pitched sound when they are on alert or a death sound when being killed.
The reason I think you can not call them is because they are pray and there instinct is to run. Predators are predators and have a whole different behavior, Predators come to sounds for a free meal,.territory and maiting. They are the tough guys.  The FoxPro distressed ground hog sound would be for predators to get a free meal.
For a brief moment I could hear nature through all the noise.

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Re: Is it possible to call ground hogs ???
« Reply #2 on: July 24, 2014, 08:06:44 PM »
     I figured the same thing, but figured I'd throw it out there in case someone who had a secrete hog killing sound  to share. 
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Re: Is it possible to call ground hogs ???
« Reply #3 on: July 24, 2014, 09:38:27 PM »
I think you would be able to get any animal to stop and look with 'sounds'. Even a whistle will stop most animals for a moment or two.

Years back, I purchased a Groundhog Whistle. It did make 'em stand up for a shot and halt them when on the move. As with all calls, It wasn't sure fired, but worked under the right conditions.
A fella from the Altoona area made this call. I don't recall his name or the name of the call.
Mouth piece, tube, and slider was all brass.
Blew in one end and the other end had a slider. You worked the slider for a sharp whistle or longer whistle. I could make different pitches.
I could even make it sound like a child's toy, by going slow from high pitch to low pitch back to high pitch.

Several years ago, I heard FoxPro, Lewistown, Pa. had a Predator Call display in their lobby, made up of ole predator calls and such.
I thought it a good idea to loan my Groundhog Call to FoxPro for all to see.
They said they never heard of it or seen one and seemed excited to display it.
I even attached the original papers and how-to instructions with the call.

I never heard of a Groundhog distress sound, but that should make 'em pop their head out of hole or make 'em stand. If you have that sound, give it a try.

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Re: Is it possible to call ground hogs ???
« Reply #4 on: July 24, 2014, 09:48:23 PM »
How are they going to hear the sound down there hole?
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Re: Is it possible to call ground hogs ???
« Reply #5 on: July 24, 2014, 10:23:19 PM »
Buckwheat, I have no clue.
But I do hear certain things while I'm sitting inside my house with the TV blasting and windows and doors closed.  ;D

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Re: Is it possible to call ground hogs ???
« Reply #6 on: July 24, 2014, 10:40:11 PM »
Hern
What are you doing up so late!! This retired stuff must keep you up at night.
Now that you are retired and living in an old trailer up on wheels with the windows broken and plastic on them. I can see how you would hear things outside like skunks rooting in all those beer cans under your trailer. But the old ground hog  is not going to hear any thing. His house is in in pretty good shape and very well insulated for noise, almost like solid dirt.
Now stop staying up so late. :-)
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Re: Is it possible to call ground hogs ???
« Reply #7 on: July 25, 2014, 07:12:09 AM »
I had a nap.
And a late call..."There's a Coon in your trap already, can you come get it tonight so it doesn't keep us awake all night."
Retired? Not sitting on the rocker yet.

I did upgrade our house, Nephew and I put a new roof on the trailer, two 24' blue tarps held down with some ole tires and cinder block that were laying around the briar patch she calls her garden.

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Re: Is it possible to call ground hogs ???
« Reply #8 on: July 25, 2014, 08:53:19 AM »
Hern
I did not know about your new blue roof. There were two guys here with donut dust on there face asking were you live. I told them it was the trailer in the back painted yellow and green trimmed windows and had the hole in the roof. Sorry, I guess they never found you. I guess it did not matter, they did not sean like friendly folk anyway. P'S  I will be over to get that coon out in a few days.
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