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and in so doing might put on years that
make them all the wiser and warier.
Here are five types of structure likely
to hold these grizzly graduates of hunting
seasons past.

the waiting game.
Then, after you shoot a groundhog,
don't abandon the spot. It's preferred
cover and another might set up housekeeping there within a week.

Field features

On the edge

Many fields have spots where it's too
wet or too rocky to plow, or where the
electric company has a right-of-way, or a
tree has fallen into the field.
These create small islands and peninsulas in the field where good cover grows.
In the case of cover created by a utility
pole, such features might be as small as
10 square feet. Elsewhere, maybe they're
as big as an acre. But since the plow never
disturbs these spots, the woodchucks
living there have a ready escape from
danger and seldom go far to feed.
Such cover also screen chucks from
predators. As a hunter, know they'll
expose themselves eventually. Park yourself where you have a good view, blend in
to whatever vegetation you can and play

Field edges offer security, unless
something gets between a chuck and his
hole. Fresh-cut hay often reveals furrows
where groundhogs belly-crawl the same
paths 10 or 15 yards into the field to feed,
then back to the safety of the field edge.
These can be tricky places for shots at
woodchucks.
Your job is to arrive before the chucks
head out to dinner.
Tuck yourself in against the field edge
in a prone position and wait. You may see
two or even three come out at different
distances, likely oblivious to your presence because danger doesn't normally
come from your direction.
If two or three come out, and you don't
move after shooting the first one. Others

Big open fields aren't the only places to score on woodchucks. The author believes more groundhogs live along field edges, below left, than anywhere else. Many woodchucks have lived for years
in burrows next to utility poles. And sometimes trees that fall into fields are left to lie, below right,
creating good woodchuck security cover. The author took the chuck with which he's pictured
after it came out of another great holding structure - an untilled island in the middle of a field.

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