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#199837 - 05/26/19 08:47 PM Idaho Adventure
wvhitman
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I've pretty much wiped out the groundhogs in WV (13,600+) so I've headed west the last 2 years to southeast ID. Last year was great-good weather except one rainstorm and decent temps. TYhis year was good too except for the daily rain/sleet/ hail/snow/ 20-30 mph winds. What a mess.
PaMike and I went. We mailed ammo to sixshot thinking we'd burn our barrels up. Nope! He got in the 30s. I took 62.
A little history on these creatures. ID was volcanoes eons ago. All that lava hardened up. The chucks live below and between the rocks, then they go out and eat grass in the fields. My WV groundhogs are a little lazy. They dig their holes right in the fields.
One other difference is my groundhogs will spook when they see me, run to the hole and pause. Shoot fast and you got 'em. To the "person" these ID chucks go plum crazy when a human is seen. The go in the hole like lightening, never pause, and don't come back out for close to an hour. My 'hogs are nosey. They're back out in 10-15 minutes usually.
Despite the weather we had some fair shooting. Places we went last year were not as good. Two new places we got were terrible-3 chucks total seen. The chucks we got were so scattered out there was no way to get any hero shots.
We did kill 3 really nice ones.
This year I took my 6mm AI Encore like last year. Used only 70 gr. BTs. It was excellent in the wind and it accounted for my 2 longest shots-329 and 412 yds. Total was 33.
Last year I took my .250 Sav. AI XP. It was excellent, but a little heavy. This year I took my XPR-22.-250. I wasn't a rear grip fan, but I took over 30 groundhogs getting ready for this trip. The rear grip grew on me. I took 29 chucks with it.
Here's the rocks the chucks live in

Notice the tops of the mountains

I did take 2 nice chucks

I did it with the .22-250 at 150 yds. It's a little stiff. I didn't check it until the next day. One day later I saw 2 bald eagles and 1 golden eagle fighting over it. Cool!
The next one was the largest I'd taken in both years

He's a hoss. He's not laid out real flat, but he is probably a little larger the my biggest WV 'hog. Took him with the 6mmAI at 180 yds. The BT didn't mess him up too bad. He's visiting the taxidermist now.
So, with hunting trips you have to take the good with the bad. Some of it was good. Some terrible. C'est la vie! There's always another year.


Edited by wvhitman (05/26/19 08:50 PM)

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#199844 - 05/27/19 01:53 AM Re: Idaho Adventure [Re: wvhitman]
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I really hate it when friends visit & lose most of their hunt to bad weather but like Doc said, it happens. Two weeks later is ideal. I haven't been out since they left because it's never stopped raining or snowing or blowing until the last day or so.
Around the first of June at this elevation, 5700 ft in town is about the right time.
Today when my wife & I made a short drive to another little town we seen quite a few Chucks right along the highway. Maybe next time.

Dick

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#199849 - 05/27/19 09:50 AM Re: Idaho Adventure [Re: sixshot]
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Great trip, thanks for sharing.
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#199853 - 05/27/19 11:26 AM Re: Idaho Adventure [Re: KRal]
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Way to go Doc. Awesome!
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#199855 - 05/27/19 11:56 AM Re: Idaho Adventure [Re: Randominator]
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Your not kidding about a big guy... 92 total is a good number
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#199857 - 05/27/19 12:50 PM Re: Idaho Adventure [Re: jamesfromjersey]
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You're looking thinner, Larry! Been bench pressing those 'hogs and chucks?

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#199858 - 05/27/19 02:52 PM Re: Idaho Adventure [Re: 500WE]
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Love those hunting stories!

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#199859 - 05/27/19 07:55 PM Re: Idaho Adventure [Re: RSW]
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Hey, Ken. Getting ready for this trip or any other is a big deal for me. Walked like crazy shooting 'hogs here.
Lost 50# after my brain surgery. Another 10# this spring. If we old guys are going keep this kind of activity up, then the pounds have to go. Plus, got another hunt in the near future.

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#199860 - 05/27/19 08:34 PM Re: Idaho Adventure [Re: sixshot]
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 Originally Posted By: sixshot
I really hate it when friends visit & lose most of their hunt to bad weather but like Doc said, it happens. Two weeks later is ideal. I haven't been out since they left because it's never stopped raining or snowing or blowing until the last day or so.
Around the first of June at this elevation, 5700 ft in town is about the right time.
Today when my wife & I made a short drive to another little town we seen quite a few Chucks right along the highway. Maybe next time.

Dick


Please share that cold weather/rain Dick.. Matthew Nash and l were at an

IHMSA silh match Sat in Lincolnton Ga.. Elevation 410''. TEMP 101F

Broke a 96 yr record... Lots of Sunshine


Edited by sw282 (05/27/19 08:35 PM)

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