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    What’s re-digging my holes?!?

    Myself and a couple detecting friends have a really good permission near me where a small civil war skirmish happened. The property has s beautiful so we’re always really careful to cover our holes. Last time we were out there I saw hole uncovered and thought “that’s weird, we don’t leave open holes” and promptly covered it. Yesterday we arrive out there to find that same hole uncovered again. After swinging for an hour or so I found countless holes that were uncovered. Is there an animal that does this? I thought maybe an armadillo but not sure. Anybody else ever have this problem?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bama Billy View Post
    Myself and a couple detecting friends have a really good permission near me where a small civil war skirmish happened. The property has s beautiful so we’re always really careful to cover our holes. Last time we were out there I saw hole uncovered and thought “that’s weird, we don’t leave open holes” and promptly covered it. Yesterday we arrive out there to find that same hole uncovered again. After swinging for an hour or so I found countless holes that were uncovered. Is there an animal that does this? I thought maybe an armadillo but not sure. Anybody else ever have this problem?
    Yep and it was a fox. Two different places and both places were trapped and foxes galore were caught.
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    I have not. You may have company trying to foul your premission. Just wondering. Are the plugs completely out of the hole?
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    I've had A fox steal my golf ball before when we got on the green but I've never heard of one opening a plug.
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    there are several different Animals blamed for this.
    I wonder if Birds do it also.
    Last place I Hunted there was a Grub in almost every Hole I dug.
    Birds, Would Feel those Grubs under their feet, Once I leave the Place,
    and they move back in.
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    Lots of animals would do this, possum being one
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    on another note, this is just a another reason I dig larger deeper plugs, too heavy for the animal to easily pull up. Not to mention that the grass is much less likely to die, and it is easier to fit back and make it like you were never there, and you rarely ever damage a relic or coin.

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    I don't know if there is Something Universally repugnant to all Birds & animals,
    that would mask the Smell we Leave, that makes them want to re-dig the holes.
    like perhaps try Sprinkling cayenne Pepper or Garlic on each spot after closing the Hole.
    and see if it Drives the Culprit around the Spots.
    of course My Luck there is something out there That Loves the Smell of Pepper.
    and Garlic may only work with Vampires


    Skunks have also been Blamed for Re-Digging Holes.
    Last edited by jeff of pa; Sep 14, 2018 at 08:39 AM.

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    I watched a skunk re-open a hole i dug in my backyard 2 evenings ago...
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    Squirrels have a tendency to check freshly dug holes.

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    Many animals will re-open holes as they think something good has been buried in the hole and the smell of freshly turned earth attracts them. Carry a spray bottle of Pine Sol and after covering your holes, spray a little bit on and around the hole. That will deter any animals from digging out your covered holes.

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    Found this online

    Cayenne Pepper. Sprinkle cayenne pepper on the ground in areas of noted raccoon activity. Capsaicin, the substance that makes hot peppers hot, deters all types of mammals. So using it as a raccoon repellent also keeps squirrels away.

    could be a pain to Sprinkle Pepper every time you fill a Hole though may be worth a Try.
    Looking now to see prices on Ebay for large spice Containers of it
    Last edited by jeff of pa; Sep 14, 2018 at 08:59 AM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by huntsman53 View Post
    Many animals will re-open holes as they think something good has been buried in the hole and the smell of freshly turned earth attracts them. Carry a spray bottle of Pine Sol and after covering your holes, spray a little bit on and around the hole. That will deter any animals from digging out your covered holes.
    Yep, fresh earth might mean food to a critter.

    When I plant my garden in the spring the chipmunks will dig out half the starts and every morning I go back out and bury them again. They don't eat the roots or anything, they just toss the plant to the side. Usually takes a week or two of them unplanting and me replanting for the chipmunks to give up on it.

    Goof idea on the pepper trick Huntsman. I'll have to try that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Waterbug View Post
    Squirrels have a tendency to check freshly dug holes.
    I have watched squirrels go into holes I have dug right in front of me. They must think im hiding food or something.


    But yes, Squirrels are notorious for that

 

 
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