We have run the whole gamut of yard pests. We have 20 acres west of the Teton River west of Driggs, ID. Every year we battle pocket gophers. Last year moles and voles were added to the herd. This spring we are infested with chiselers/whistle pigs/ground squirrels. Does their presence effect the presence of the other varmints? Other than large mounds do they do damage? Our yard is full, literally, of holes from the other creatures. How do we control them? I imagine they have litters of young by now.
Where can I find a map of where I can and cannot shoot whistle pigs? I know there are some river boundaries (south of the Payette River and north of the Snake River) but there are also some no shooting signed areas south of Kuna on State and BLM ground.
what is the best time to hunt marmots and ground squirrels to avoid shooting mothers with dependent young?
We've been coming to our cabin on Palisades for the past ten years and this is the first time squirrels have been a problem. They are fun to watch, but they are digging into our crawlspace!
Friends in Alpine are also commenting on the sudden invasion. I realize these small creatures are hardly "Game" animals, but can you tell us where they are coming from? Is the drought in the middle of the country driving them to the mountains?
Thanks for your help,
I've enjoyed hunting ground squirrels around the Treasure valley since I bought my first .22 rifle. I've always tried to be careful and know what I shoot at to avoid killing protected species. I've done some research to help with identification, but several species are very nearly identical. Some protected and unprotected species are all but impossible to tell apart. I've gone through the field guide suggested in the upland game regulations handbook, but the illustrations therein weren't very helpful.