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Pocket Gophers

Discussion in 'Off Topic Threads' started by ntgr8, May 9, 2013.

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  1. ntgr8

    ntgr8 Member

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    How do I get rid of gophers that are digging up my yard? I have a dog so I don't think poison is a good option. Any advice?
     
  2. Catpower

    Catpower Molon Labe TS Supporters

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    Trapping them is pretty easy, during the day light dig up the last mound and put a small leg trap upside down over the hole and take some cardboard or something flat and hard and use the dirt to weigh it down when he starts digging again he will hit the trap and bingo

    Used to trap them all the time when I was a kid, there was a $.25 bounty on then

    I didn't get rich, but it was something to keep me out of trouble
     
  3. GunDr

    GunDr Well-Known Member

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    My wife does the trapping of gophers around our yard. As Catpower posted above, dig a small hole at the freshest mound, place a small leg-hold trap, place a board over the top.

    The trap my wife uses has a small chain on it so she ties it to a stick laying on the ground.

    Doug--in the gopher state.
     
  4. whiz-bang

    whiz-bang Active Member

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    Get a Rodenator and have sum fun. I am surprised RickN dose not have one of these.
     
  5. In plain view

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    If you really want to catch gophers my technique will give you 99 to 100% satisfaction.

    1: Find a fresh mound of dirt to start with.
    2: Dig this hole out about 1 foot deep and 1 foot wide
    3: Locate 2 tunnell holes in the sides of the hole
    4: Try and find the holes like north/south or east/west
    5: Use a large screwdriver to clean the holes for the traps
    6: Always be aware of possibly getting bit by a gopher
    7: If you dont have them, go to a hardware store and buy 2 metal
    gopher traps. Guessing they will be about $7.00/$8.00 each
    8: Take a metal clothes hanger and make one long wire out of it
    9: Tie the clothes hanger wire to the non-working end of the trap
    10: "Arm" both traps by opening the "jaws" with the hook and set the traps
    for action.
    11: Slide the traps into the tunnels
    12: Use a piece of cardboard/wood or what have you and "only cover 3/4's"
    of the hole, not the entire hole. The key to good gopher catching is to
    leave a small amount of light in the hole and this will bring the gophers
    out to see where the light is coming from.

    13: After setting the traps I will leave for about 30 minutes and when I
    return a half hour later I usually pull a live kicking gopher out of the
    hole. I will pull the other trap from the tunnel and cover the hole up
    and look for another fresh mound of dirt. I've had no luck using the same
    tunnela over and over. This system has never failed me. Bob
     
  6. ntgr8

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    I like plain views plan, will get some traps tomorrow.
     
  7. fast gun

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    Go To home depot and get an item called gopher gas you light it stick it in the hole cover it
     
  8. avery53

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    Rat traps work well too, I have used them often.
     
  9. Brady509

    Brady509 Well-Known Member

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    Gophers hate fresh air. #1 rule they have to come plug an open hole. Trap them by the hundreds in Timothy Hay fields. Use a tent stake and some wire to not lose your trap. I leave the whole wide open. If that doesn't work some good ol phostoxin will do the trick.
     
  10. Brian in Oregon

    Brian in Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Looks like the perfect job for a .17 HMR.
     
  11. shot410ga

    shot410ga Well-Known Member

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    Get a terrier. Any type will do, but a small rat terrier works best. They will never give up the chase.
     
  12. cubancigar2000

    cubancigar2000 Well-Known Member

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    My kitty works well for me
     
  13. Auctioneer

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    I like that blow them up way. LOL
     
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