Douglas DC-9 From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 304 posts, RR: 1 Posted (12 years 1 week 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 6312 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.
DeltaASA16 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (12 years 1 week 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 6258 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... It works..
VonRichtofen From Canada, joined Nov 2000, 4644 posts, RR: 35
Reply 3, posted (12 years 1 week 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 6228 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
America West A From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 25 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (12 years 1 week 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 6192 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.
Matt D From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 9502 posts, RR: 44
Reply 9, posted (12 years 1 week 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 6159 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.
Yyz717 From Canada, joined Sep 2001, 16435 posts, RR: 55
Reply 12, posted (12 years 1 week 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 6133 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.
FSPilot747 From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 3599 posts, RR: 12
Reply 15, posted (12 years 1 week 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 6114 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.
L-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 30015 posts, RR: 58
Reply 18, posted (12 years 1 week 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 6175 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.
OBAMA-WORST PRESIDENT EVER....Even SKOORB would be better.
Douglas DC-9 From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 304 posts, RR: 1
Reply 20, posted (12 years 1 week 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 6070 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!
SWA TPA From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 1560 posts, RR: 33
Reply 22, posted (12 years 1 week 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 6066 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
(Even if I do have coffee stains on my night shirt now)
By the way, I have a armadillo tearing up my front yard and flowers. Any ideas?