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Groundhog with Xbow

Just wondering if anyone was hunting groundhogs with their crossbow? My uncle is letting us hunt his small farm and it will only acommodate archery safety zones. He's got a deer problem but his bigger problem is the groundhogs so we want to try our hand at helping with that, too. We've eaten groundhog, so we'd bring home some dinner, too, so sparing the meat is a consideration.

We've found some advice on small game heads to use, but wondering what your special tips are if there is anyone who likes to do this and has experience. We are new to crossbow hunting and we've never hunted groundhog before.

The 11 year old is interested, too, and may make this her first quarry (she just passed her test and will be 12 soon, or as a Mentored Youth).
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G5 small game head. Those things are total destruction on little critters. Shoot them in the shoulder or head and they'll be just as dead, just as fast as with a .22 LR.

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They are great practice and I highly recommend it especially for new hunters. I always just used some old broadheads that I have laying around. The downside is lost arrows and heads can get a little pricey. Here is my son a few years ago with a whistlepig.


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I would definitely suggest taking a new hunter out for ground hogs with crossbow it is a blast and can teach many lessons.
I stalked one on ground last week that was munching on my plot non stop.
Got within 35 yds(not so easy with an orange cap on)put him down.
I use old broadheads.
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We have whacked quite a few this year with our vertical bows using the G5 small game heads. Tremendous amount of shock. Few moved after being hit.
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Thanks for all the advice! We don't have any old broadheads since we've just started with crossbow, so we'll likely get the G-5's. How come kids hunting groundhogs always have shorts and street shoes on? Great pic and looks like a fun time. My 11 year old has been fired up about it for awhile.
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I'd have to be pretty hungry to eat one of them. Yuck.
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I'd have to be pretty hungry to eat one of them. Yuck.
I haven't eaten any yet, so time will tell. The kids liked it, the husband thought it needed to be stewed longer (a friend made a stew for them). I have a friend who loves boiled raccoon .
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Hogs go into our pulled mammal Q along with any other mammals or birds we have left in the freezer!

Even though there is not one pit of pork in it you couldn't tell. Just put all the meat into the crock pot with carrots, onions and garlic and cook for the end of eternity! LOL just kidding. Usually about 12 hrs or until everything falls apart. Shred the meat, add your favorite BBQ sauce and enjoy on a kaiser roll!

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