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How To Catch/trap/kill Gophers...  
User currently offlineDouglas DC-9 From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 303 posts, RR: 2
Posted (11 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 6017 times:

Is there a way I can trap/catch/kill gophers the "old fashoned" way on a horse farm in Milwaukee, WI.? There is a LARGE gopher problem around the main barn as well as the back barn. I'm not looking at some high-tech thing you stick in the ground I mean the real way. There are like 5 billion gopher holes and many many gophers. I've tried to use water and it only makes digging easier! I'd like to avoid using explosives, and poison if possible.


Thanks Much,
Douglas DC-9

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User currently offlineDeltaASA16 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (11 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 5963 times:

Just get some old fashion Smoke bombs...light 'em...stick 'em in the hole and watch the smoke start coming out of other holes. Then start shooting gophers right and left as they start to flee there clam baked tunnels... Big grin It works..


DeltaASA16


User currently offlineNonrevman From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 1302 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (11 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 5945 times:

Use plastic explosives, especially if they are shaped like Mr. Gopher's friends. There is Mr. Bunny and someone else if I recall.......



Sorry, couldnt resist-LOL!


User currently offlineVonRichtofen From Canada, joined Nov 2000, 4629 posts, RR: 36
Reply 3, posted (11 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 5933 times:

If you want to, take the time to figure out which holes are connected you can flood them out. Pour water into one hole and have a friend at the hole the gopher will come out with a cocked BB gun or .22

I had a friend who used to noose (sp?) them. He'd put the noose around the hole, wait very quietly until the gopher popped its head out, then he's yank on the string as hard as he could noosing the poor gopher around the neck. His success was a little un-nerving though

Kris
YYC



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User currently offlineSrbmod From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (11 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 5915 times:






User currently offlineHeavymetal From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (11 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 5920 times:

The first thing you home in on is the distinct smell of 'varmint puntang'.

User currently offlineAmerica West A From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 25 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (11 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 5897 times:

Take a car battery and some jumper cables and an ear of wild corn. Attach the jumper cables to the ear of corn and put it by one of the holes. Anything that touches it will get a shock! Just keep other people and horses away from the corn. Maybe set the trap at night when they are put out to pasture.


America West Airlines


User currently offlineAvt007 From Canada, joined Jul 2000, 2132 posts, RR: 5
Reply 7, posted (11 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 5877 times:

Maybe mx5boy and his PETA friends will volunteer to help out!  Big grin

User currently offlineDeltaASA16 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (11 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 5867 times:

I don't think a BB gun will even harm a Gopher... I use to shoot squirrels with BB guns and the BBs would just smack the side of the squirrel and bounce off...

You'll have more luck with a .22 or a .223

DeltaASA16


User currently offlineMatt D From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 9502 posts, RR: 47
Reply 9, posted (11 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 5864 times:

How soon before someone (and I'm not going to name names here) comes along to tell you how CRUEL and INHUMANE you are? Remember...that the gophers are living creatures too. They have feelings and love...they form social hierarchies and lead highly complex lives, and are very intelligent, what with the interconnected tunnels and all. Besides, they were there first. YOU are trespassing on THEIR property. YOU are the problem and need to leave.









(end sarcasm here)


User currently offlineDeltaASA16 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (11 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 5863 times:

Matt D is a gopher.... HAW HAW







DeltaASA


User currently offlineKROC From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (11 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 5851 times:

DeltaASA is as funny as Singapore_Air......Damn.

User currently offlineYyz717 From Canada, joined Sep 2001, 16307 posts, RR: 56
Reply 12, posted (11 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 5838 times:

Remember...that the gophers are living creatures too. They have feelings and love...they form social hierarchies and lead highly complex lives, and are very intelligent, what with the interconnected tunnels and all.

Ummm....no. Gophers are vermin, like rats, mice, hamsters, mink, etc. They are notoriously violent, they eat their own children & kill each other with regularity. Vermin are fair game. Kill em all.




Panam, TWA, Ansett, Eastern.......AC next? Might be good for Canada.
User currently offlineAirsicknessbag From Germany, joined Aug 2000, 4723 posts, RR: 34
Reply 13, posted (11 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 5885 times:

...Like my loafers/ Former gophers...

signed,

C.M. Burns


User currently offlineAMSMAN From Ireland, joined Jan 2002, 1016 posts, RR: 6
Reply 14, posted (11 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 5835 times:

The best thing to do is one of the following:

1: Put some salt on their tails. This makes the gophers heavier and eventualy they'll slow down, not able to continue, and then you just stroll on up there and pick 'em up.

OR

2: Put some pepper on a concrete block and when they come up to sniff it, they'll sneeze and whack their heads off the block and kill themselves.

See!! Simple!!



Aer Lingus, Proud to be Irish.
User currently offlineFSPilot747 From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 3599 posts, RR: 12
Reply 15, posted (11 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 5819 times:

We used to have a gopher problem as well. Digging holes everywhere in our yard. We started with Bullsnakes. You stick em in the holes and voila. That didn't work out too well. Then about 7 years ago we got our cat, never had a problem since.



FSP


User currently offlineFACT From South Africa, joined Jul 2002, 200 posts, RR: 5
Reply 16, posted (11 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 5815 times:

and you think you have problems ....  Big grin

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User currently offlineVaporlock From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (11 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 5804 times:

When I had my horse on the farm we had a big problem with "Gophers". The only way we were able to get rid of them was by shooting them and placing poison deep down into their holes.

AMSMAN ----  Big thumbs up LOL... I almost wet my pants....the pepper idea is great! Thanks for the best laugh I have had in a long time!

Phyllis Smile/happy/getting dizzy


User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 29805 posts, RR: 58
Reply 18, posted (11 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 5880 times:

I think the simplest solution is probably the cat that was mentioned, or else a wiener dog. The reason their bodies are shaped that way was because they where bread to chase animals such as foxes and badgers out of their den.

There is no reason why a BB gun shouldn't be able to take out a gopher, especially if you have a good CO2 cartridge in it.

As far as using a real weapon. I don't see any reason to go up to a centerfire cartridges such as the .223 or the .220 Swift, unless you are planning to take up varmint hunting, and shooting at a great distance becomes an issue. Some of those guys will burn up 10 grand on a rifle, handloading components and Optics. But they are also able to get kill shots on gophers at 500 yards.

22 Long Rifle is a good small round, the shells are small and cheap and their are numerous pistols and rifles around, so you should be able to find one that fits your lifestyle. Some of the .22LR rifles out there will also take the quieter and smaller ranged .22 Short. Not as common a shell as it was in yesterday it won't rattle the neighbors quite as bad.

Also you might consider the .17 Hornaday. This was a new rimfire round that came out a couple of years ago. It shoots very straight and puts out all around better numbers then the .22LR. Very little drop in the shell in flight. AFAIK Ruger and Marlin, who developed the round in conjunction with Hornaday are the only ones making rifles for it. I can't wait for Ruger to configure a 10/22 with that shell. Should be a winner.

You may also consider the .22 WMR. This is another rimfire rifle that hits harder then the common 22LR. The tradeoff is expense and a larger shell. I have a Single Six revolver that will shoot either .22WMR or .22LR depending on which cylinder is installed.

That is my Ptarmigan gun when out walking.




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User currently offlineGKirk From UK - Scotland, joined Jun 2000, 24947 posts, RR: 56
Reply 19, posted (11 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day ago) and read 5785 times:

Take them from behind.
Signed, KROC



When you hear the noise of the Tartan Army Boys, we'll be coming down the road!
User currently offlineDouglas DC-9 From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 303 posts, RR: 2
Reply 20, posted (11 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 5775 times:

We have 2 cats on the farm and both have tried very hard to get them, but nothing seems to work. What kind of gophers live in the central part of the US? Do chipmunks dig holes in the ground? hmm... I wonder if it could be an odd chipmink(s) that I'm after. All I know is that whatever I'm attempting to catch is FAST! Those suckers'll run like a hound from hell!


DC-9-32


User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 29805 posts, RR: 58
Reply 21, posted (11 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 5756 times:

Sounds like the same problems we have with Arctic Ground Squirrels up here.

The drive people's dogs nuts.

You might want to check out traps but depending on where your cats are that might be a bit dangerous for them.




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User currently offlineSWA TPA From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 1559 posts, RR: 34
Reply 22, posted (11 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 5771 times:

AMSMAN----Thanks a million, I just took a sip of coffee when I read your response, I darn near choked to death on it and lost half of it down my chin laughing at your response! I am still regaining my composure! That was soooooo my kind of humor!!!! Good lord that was FUNNY!
Thanks for a truly great laugh to start my morning  Smile
(Even if I do have coffee stains on my night shirt now)

SWA TPA  Big thumbs up

By the way, I have a armadillo tearing up my front yard and flowers. Any ideas?  Big grin



I believe I can fly.....
User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 29805 posts, RR: 58
Reply 23, posted (11 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 5745 times:

tickle it's belly.

It will curl up into a ball and then all you have to do is roll it down the lane



OBAMA-WORST PRESIDENT EVER....Even SKOORB would be better.
User currently offlineSrbmod From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 24, posted (11 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 5737 times:

I wouldn't touch an armadillo, they can carry leprosy, unless you want that trip to Hawaii to the leper colony.

25 PROSA : Gophers are vermin, like rats, mice, hamsters, mink, etc. They are notoriously violent, they eat their own children & kill each other with regularity.
26 AMSMAN : Vaporlock, SWA TPA, Its ok...I'm here all week!!
27 Post contains images EA CO AS : AMSMAN- You forgot to add the "...and please tip your waitress!" part, though.
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