I have a particularly wary groundhog this year. I set out my live cage trap but it wont go in. I've named it Radar.
It is unusually observant. And, apparently, groundhogs have great long-distance vision and hearing. Radar creeps out of the backyard underbrush (which I really ought to get out and cut down) slowly. To the extent that it can think, it might call ME Radar too.
Radar can see at least 200 feet and can tell if I so much as slowly poke my head over a windowsill. If I do, he stands up, looks straight at me and runs away. On the other hand, he cannot creep out into my wildflower garden (which must seem like a Eden of food to him). I know every stem as well as HE does and he can't hide his little head whenever I look out the window.
I see him as well as he sees me. I've been kind. As long as he eats the clover in the lawn, I don't mind. And my garden is covered with chicken wire he can't get into so far. If he would stick to the lawn clover, I wouldn't mind.
But he has a natural taste for the wildflowers I am trying to grow in a patch for the cats to prowl through, and when it comes to the cats desires to prowl seeking mice and voles vs the groundhog's eating habits, Radar has to go.
I have tried to scare him away. I have tried to just discourage him when he wants to eat the wildflowers I'm, trying to grow. No success on that.
So I will have to set up the Hav-A-Hart live trap cage again. I set it up in years past when I had groundhogs and caught them right away. Radar is more cautious. I read that covering the cage with long grasses is good for suspicious groundhogs, even draping it with landscape fabric is good.
I don't want intelligent cage-wary groundhogs around. From my point of view, stupid and catchable is better. The websites say that cantelopes and peaches are the best cage bait. I have a honeydew melon bigger than I will eat, so I will try some of that. Radars predecesors ate my honeydews last year before I finished enclosing my garden are last year, so that should work.
I'll hang a slice from inside the top of the cage (because otherwise the ants just eat them).