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How To Catch/trap/kill Gophers...

Thu May 15, 2003 8:02 am

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.


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RE: How To Catch/trap/kill Gophers...

Thu May 15, 2003 8:12 am

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..


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RE: How To Catch/trap/kill Gophers...

Thu May 15, 2003 8:15 am

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



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RE: How To Catch/trap/kill Gophers...

Thu May 15, 2003 8:21 am

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

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RE: How To Catch/trap/kill Gophers...

Thu May 15, 2003 10:15 am

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RE: How To Catch/trap/kill Gophers...

Thu May 15, 2003 1:48 pm

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.


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RE: How To Catch/trap/kill Gophers...

Thu May 15, 2003 1:50 pm

Maybe mx5boy and his PETA friends will volunteer to help out!  Big grin
 
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RE: How To Catch/trap/kill Gophers...

Thu May 15, 2003 10:52 pm

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

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RE: How To Catch/trap/kill Gophers...

Thu May 15, 2003 10:59 pm

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.









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Thu May 15, 2003 11:08 pm

Matt D is a gopher.... HAW HAW







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Thu May 15, 2003 11:10 pm

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RE: How To Catch/trap/kill Gophers...

Fri May 16, 2003 1:21 am

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.

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Fri May 16, 2003 1:37 am

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

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RE: How To Catch/trap/kill Gophers...

Fri May 16, 2003 5:08 am

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!!
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RE: How To Catch/trap/kill Gophers...

Fri May 16, 2003 5:17 am

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.



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Fri May 16, 2003 6:21 am

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RE: How To Catch/trap/kill Gophers...

Fri May 16, 2003 9:17 am

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!

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RE: How To Catch/trap/kill Gophers...

Fri May 16, 2003 2:07 pm

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.

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RE: How To Catch/trap/kill Gophers...

Fri May 16, 2003 6:43 pm

Take them from behind.
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RE: How To Catch/trap/kill Gophers...

Sat May 17, 2003 12:04 pm

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!


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RE: How To Catch/trap/kill Gophers...

Sat May 17, 2003 3:21 pm

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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RE: How To Catch/trap/kill Gophers...

Sat May 17, 2003 10:53 pm

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!
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RE: How To Catch/trap/kill Gophers...

Sat May 17, 2003 10:56 pm

tickle it's belly.

It will curl up into a ball and then all you have to do is roll it down the lane
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RE: How To Catch/trap/kill Gophers...

Sun May 18, 2003 4:41 am

I wouldn't touch an armadillo, they can carry leprosy, unless you want that trip to Hawaii to the leper colony.
 
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RE: How To Catch/trap/kill Gophers...

Sun May 18, 2003 5:24 am

Gophers are vermin, like rats, mice, hamsters, mink, etc. They are notoriously violent, they eat their own children & kill each other with regularity.

Except for the eat their own children part (most of the time), you could say the same about humans.
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Tue May 20, 2003 3:51 am

Vaporlock, SWA TPA,

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RE: How To Catch/trap/kill Gophers...

Tue May 20, 2003 7:07 am

AMSMAN-

You forgot to add the "...and please tip your waitress!" part, though.  Smile/happy/getting dizzy
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