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Old June 22nd, 2019, 06:24
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The opening salvo:




















And the first casualty:



I should probably start carving notches on my shovel.


Or start sourcing dynamite.
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Old June 22nd, 2019, 07:27
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Really worried about protecting those roots I'd say.

Over the years I've become a master at gopher eradication.
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Old June 22nd, 2019, 07:42
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I do the same bit over here! No measure too extreme. Nice work.
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Old June 25th, 2019, 19:53
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What are those? I know we don't have any. Hahaha
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Old June 25th, 2019, 20:16
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You don't have any because they can't survive eating just sand.

But if you would like some I could probably ship you a few.

Or could we do a "rodent train"?
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Old June 25th, 2019, 23:08
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I think it's time you give those varmints a 1022 to kill those varmints!
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Old June 26th, 2019, 06:19
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Too many houses too close by.

My mother had a reputation for shooting gophers though. The best story is the one where she spotted a gopher in Grandpa's yard and asked him for a rifle. He gave her the 30-30. Blew that gopher 50 feet out of his hole. I think Grandpa got confused about which rifle to grab. He had a pair of Marlin lever guns, one a .22 and the other the 30-30. Mom was fine with either one. What can I say? I come by my disposition naturally.
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Old June 26th, 2019, 06:40
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I keep wishing I could sit out with my .45 or the .30-30 and blast these bastards.
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I've got a distant relative who is a school district superintendent in utah... spends most Saturdays at the high school shooting gophers with a .22
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We flooded one out last week and my neighbor killed it with a shovel -- it was getting away crossing the street! He threw a trenching shovel at it and broke it in half.

The gopher exploded.
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Gophers are easy. They will not allow a tunnel to be open to the daylight/open air.

Clear the burrow opening completely.

Place ordinary trap in opening four, or six inches if possible.

Walk away.

Return in 24 hours and remove dead gopher.

Fire up BBQ.
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Now that's stuff a guy can use. Thanks!
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I don't get them very often. But coming in my yard is an immediate death sentence.

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Gophers are easy. They will not allow a tunnel to be open to the daylight/open air.

Clear the burrow opening completely.

Place ordinary trap in opening four, or six inches if possible.

Walk away.

Return in 24 hours and remove dead gopher.

Fire up BBQ.
The problem with most traps is they are metal and are really hard on the dogs teeth. No need to fire up the BBQ though.
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The problem with most traps is they are metal and are really hard on the dogs teeth. No need to fire up the BBQ though.
Try keeping your dogs fed. They might be less inclined to eat gophers to keep their tummies filled.

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