Larry Is Back and I’m Not Sure What to Do About It

Who’s Larry you ask?  Excellent question.  Larry is the woodchuck who has apparently taken up an enduring residence beneath our shed.  We first saw him last spring and thought he was only passing through on his way to the neighbors’ house.  Guess not.  Two consecutive days over sixty degrees and poof, there’s Larry!

After a few minutes he realized we were watching him and promptly scooted back to safety.  George proved to be zero help when we let him outside and avoided the shed altogether.

Handsome, isn’t he?  My Larry, what large teeth you have.  I can only imagine the fun you’re having gnawing through the floor supports of our once beautiful shed.  And I’m assuming you also broke the first layer of vinyl siding, many thanks for that.

Well Larry, you’re quite large and I have absolutely no idea how to deal with you.  Clearly our assumption last year that you had just “moved on” was completely inaccurate.  Time to consult the original backyard genius – The Old Farmer’s Almanac.

Here’s what The Old Farmer’s Almanac has to say about woodchucks.

Long story short, unless I’m planning to sprinkle blood, urine, or hot pepper infused substances around the backyard I’m going to need a trap.  Sounds simple enough.  Not so fast Tractor Supply Neighbor’s Club shopper!  Just because you can buy a trap doesn’t mean you can actually use it.

I have to confess, my first thought after reading The Old Farmer’s Almanac information was not to spend money on a trap but to grab the rifle from upstairs and put an end to Larry once and for all.  I know, I know, that’s so cruel and every life matters.  Well there’s a difference between thinking about shooting Larry and actually shooting Larry.

Anyway – in quickly perusing the laws related to homeowners’ use of firearms to deal with pestilent wildlife I stumbled across Connecticut’s 2018 Hunting and Trapping Guide.  Low and behold there is an actual hunting season for woodchucks.  In Connecticut that happens to be March 15th to November 15th this year.  That leaves me 3 weeks shy of being able to immediately and irreversibly solve my Larry problem so on to the trapping regulations I went.

The state of Connecticut lists trapping season dates for 12 different kinds of animals.  Woodchucks aren’t one of them.  The only relevant information I found was about the specific types of traps and how to properly use them.  Is the lack of trapping season dates for woodchuck indicative that Larry is fair game all year round?  I’m willing to risk it and assume yes.  However I strongly encourage you to research your own state’s hunting and trapping laws before rushing out to deal with your own Larry problem.

In the meantime, I’m off to Tractor Supply to buy a brand new live trap.  Yay for spending more money on animals.  Maybe the traps will be on sale, otherwise the three week wait might be worth it in which case sorry Larry.


  1. HR

    February 22, 2018 at 3:13 am

    Great story. Larry is indeed perplexing. Where will you take him if trapped? I understand Alaska is nice this time of year.

    1. Backyard Woman

      February 22, 2018 at 1:22 pm

      Alaska is indeed nice but I’m not sure Larry is up for that commute. I’ll need to do more research before I select his new paradise since I’m sure the state of Connecticut also has rules about where trapped animals may be released. Stay tuned for an update!

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