What kind of critter dug the holes?

Mon Dec 13, 2004 10:10 am

I walked my new place yesterday and came across two holes dug in the ground next to each other at the edge of a field. Big holes! Only about 3 or 4 feet apart and maybe 10" or more wide. Good sized dirt mounds.

Groundhogs? Pretty big holes for groundhogs but they may be bigger here than I'm used to seeing.

Badgers? I hope not. I don't think they're around here.

What throws me is that they are so big and so close together.

Any ideas other than big groundhogs?


Mon Dec 13, 2004 10:27 am

I've seen some pretty big groundhogs that left some major tractor killing holes. Don't rule them out. They are very common in my area.

Mon Dec 13, 2004 10:59 am

Get enough dirt to fill the openings lite a smoke bomb, throw it down the hole them cover it up. that will rid them for you. My neighror uses 2 german shepards for the job. I had a black Lab mix that was very territorial. She would lie in wait, get a ground hog away from its hole. Pokey would circle and circle it till she saw opportunity to grab it by the scruff of the neck, shake and break the spine. She would bring the corpse and lay it at my wifes feet. This was great till one day it was a skunk. Beverly didn't think that was so good. Gave the dog a bath in tomatoe juice.


Thu Dec 16, 2004 4:02 pm

Save your money...Smoke bombs won't kill any burrowing varmit. Only sure way to get them is to set traps. I've had experience with all types of these things..pocket gophers, moles, groundhogs you name it. Get a couple of Old Reliable traps and set them in the underground tunnel. Give it about 48 hr. and dig up the a dead one 8)

Thu Dec 16, 2004 4:37 pm

Good way to set rid of chucks if you can find all the exits is
make sure it's in there then cover all exits with large rocks and seal with dirt but one.
Take a good sized old greasy rag soak well with gas throw down the hole & cover with dirt.
If no holes are open 12hr later you got him.
My grandfather used this for 15 years that I knew him.

Thu Dec 16, 2004 4:59 pm

Smoke bombs may not work else where but they do in open fields in central NY and along dam embankments. Where you have many exits I can see it as not working because you don't trap enough of what ever it is to do the job. I saw smoke coming out of a hole I hadn't plugged and threw another bomb in and covered that one next.


Thu Dec 16, 2004 6:16 pm

Dan. It's also possible this is a fox den. Without looking, it would be hard to tell. As someone suggested, set a trap in the entrance IF it's your property. I would be cautious though. Don't know the "leghold" regulations and you may need a trapping or some kind of fur-bearers license to do this legally. Also, look for some kind of tracks..........

If it gets darn near impossible to trap, it's probably a fox.

Thu Dec 16, 2004 8:35 pm

only 2 words Backhoe-12Ga.

Thu Dec 16, 2004 8:40 pm

I forgot that one day I used a road flare. That was before I knew about smoke bombs. It was a big hole. I yanked the nail out of the 1 end lit the other shoved her in and covered the hole. Hole was never reopened and none showed up near it. At that time I put dirt in a trailer to cover. Haven't had to recently but a scoop ful in the bucket will do er. Keep the field pretty close cropped so the grand kids can play ball when they come over.


Thu Dec 16, 2004 9:34 pm

POSSUM :!: :!:


Thu Dec 16, 2004 9:36 pm


Thu Jan 20, 2005 9:22 pm

We found the same kinda holes in the brush at the edge of one of our cornfields, turned out to be a family of raccoons. I never saw them nest in the ground like that before I moved out here. In the 'burbs, they always nested in the trees......backhoe sounds like a good way to clear 'em out.

Mon Jan 31, 2005 11:40 am

This guy has spent years studing how to eliminate these things. I set some traps last week and dug up two pocket gophers yesterday. If you follow his directions you should be able to get rid of the problem. This guy has helped me to get rid of moles and pocket gophers where I live. Good luck.
:D :D


Mon Jan 31, 2005 4:49 pm

Not sure why y'all are so intent on killin gophers :?: :? :roll:

Em makes sure that I leave enough grass around the gopher hole and by the pond's banks so Mama can feed the little ones. They sure are entertaining. I know we must have 4 or 5 dozen in the back yard, thems the ones that haven't migrated over to the lumber mill next door.

We thinks they is cute to watch. Only problem them cause me is that I have to pay attention as to where I put the front wheels when I am cutting grass. Solved that major dilema though, stuck one of them reflectors on a stick beside the hole. Now we can tell where them gophers is even at night :!: :D :D :roll: :D :D

Em and the girls think the gophers is cute. Nice to have around the yard.

Mon Jan 31, 2005 6:43 pm

Cute unless you have cattle or horses, but broken legs on livestock are expensive. Not much fun to drop a tractor wheel in hole when cutting or raking hay either.