According to Outdoor-Michigan.com, to prepare one for the pot:
- Skin and dress in the usual way for small, furry game animals.
- Remove the scent glands under the arms and in the small of the back. Also remove all external fat.
- If the groundhog is old (check for worn teeth), it should be parboiled or soaked in cold salted water overnight. To parboil, add 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda.
- Cook in any recipe appropriate for rabbit or similar game.