Back in montana we called them marmots or woodchucks, and looked at them as very big rats. Out in Ohio they breed like rabbits, and can be very distructive to a farmers field.
Not everyone who shoots the ground hogs eats them, but there is a few. They say they dont like the older ones, because they are tough and and hard to eat. They tend to like the young ones. They are tender and have a very sweet taste. The preference is to eat the meat in a stew.
Some day I will be brave enough to try the stew.