Friday, June 3, 2016

Friday's Hunt...

"Starts with W"...

Waging War against Woodchucks...otherwise known as groundhogs to most of us around here.  Destructive equipment damaging varmints (think about what happens if a tractor wheel drops into a hole)  ...crop eating varmints.  You get the picture.  Here's an active hole that I found this afternoon.  You can tell it's active by the claw marks on the side of the hole, where they've been going in and out today...

They've already been eating at the soybeans that were planted last Thursday!!  Click on the picture and you'll see where they've eaten the tops off the tiny plants.  Unfortunately, they won't grow back...

Hopefully woodchucks  like watermelon and spinach.  I set four traps, and hopefully this time they'll take the bait.  For some reason this spring we haven't caught anything other than two possums and a cat...

Week's favorite...

I had a lot to choose from this week, but ended up with this one of the rows of corn, tall enough to be seen easily as we drive by.  This corn was planted exactly one week ago today!  I can hardly believe that it's this high already! The weather has been perfect for growing this week...

The last prompt is "rough"...

This fellow had a rough day today...

I passed it on the road not far from home, but didn't know if it was dead or alive.  When I backed up to get a closer look, he/she started moving.  I got a crowbar out of the truck toolbox...because I didn't have anything else with a long enough handle (!!!) and tried to move it off the road into the grass. There was a drain pipe running under the road with some water in it, and I figured that's where he/she must have come from.  I wouldn't expect to see a snapper too far from water.  He/she was definitely not happy with me, but finally I got it off the road.  There was quite a bit of traffic, and I'm sure some of those people wondered what in the world I was doing.  Those jaws were mighty strong!  I'm glad I didn't make the mistake of trying to pick it up to move it, or I'd be minus some fingers!

That was the last thing I expected to see today!

I'm joining with Teresa for Friday's Hunt again this week.  Have a great weekend!


  1. snappers are deadly, prehistoric things! good luck with trapping the 'chucks. :)

  2. I suppose the name of it gives a clue to what it can do, 'SNAP'! Hope you WIN the WARwith your WOODCHUCKS. Hope you will pop in to see mine, (published yesterday). Have a wonderful week ahead.

  3. I hope you can get those woodchucks. We had moles here once right up next to my house and I thought they would never leave. I rarely see snappers crossing the road, but I have many in my pond.

  4. Pretty turtle. Good thing you know which ones are which! Had to laugh at two opossums and a cat, though that's not what you were after!

  5. I like the turtle, hope the woodchucks are gone.

  6. We used to fight the woodchucks in Lead. Our dog hated them. I love snapping turtles. There is just something so prehistoric and tough about them. Good luck with the woodchucks.

  7. Try a mixture of peanut butter and corn in your trap. Make sure it's in a container. Hope you catch the thing. Good to see the crops are growing! What a good Samaritan you are! Thank you so much for joining Friday's Hunt. Hope you have a great week ahead.

  8. I live in Florida and we have Gopher Turtles. They are always on the road. If I see one I always try to stop and get off the road. And good luck with your varmint problem..we have one too and I think they are eating our bulbs from underground as our flowers don't look to hot.


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