Friday, May 1, 2009

Survival Skills - Trapping Pesky Critters

One of the biggest threats to gardens everywhere is the common gopher. The threat of gophers eating your plants is a real and everyday hazard to gardeners everywhere. Learning to trap these little critters takes some patience, skill and a good trap.

Mrs. RW prefers to use the Victor “EasySet” Model #0610 gopher traps. She is excellent at trapping gophers and is a very dangerous threat to all gophers who invade her territory. She has an extreme dislike for these pesky little critters with their little, beady eyes, large teeth, and sharp claws. Make sure your trap is well anchored. A good metal stake with a chain attached should usually be sufficient.

A word of caution is in order. Some Texas gophers (i.e., Texas maximus) can get very large. There are rumors that some have even dragged large concrete blocks that were used to anchor gopher traps completely underground. It may even be necessary to use your Mossberg maximus if you encounter one.

Trapping is a very useful survival skill.

If you’re successful in your gopher trapping efforts, you can even enjoy some gopher stew.

Gophers beware!

Staying above the water line!



Anonymous said...

I'm thinking if (when?) SHTF, a few of our kids will be asked to sit over our gardens with a pellet rifle and make sure varmints stay away. Trapping will surely become quite important for the reason you mentioned in your post.

Harbor Freight has the clones of folding metal Havaharts, might be worth your while taking a look at them.

Then you have your standard box traps - plans and designs are quite numerous.

riverwalker said...

To: anonymous 12:22

We've had good success trapping gophers with the Victor traps and I doubt if Mrs. RW would change to something else unless it had a trigger. Thanks for the link.


HermitJim said...

Wonder what gopher's taste like when cooked on the ugly barrel smoker?

Just wondering...I don't really want to know!

Anonymous said...

You have no idea how many evening's I've sat on the patio with my pellet gun! I have trouble digging in AZ soil,how do these critter's do it?I've gone as far as running my argon bottle hose into the hole to gas them! Hmmmm,gopher gumbo? Roasted rodent?
Dean in Az said...

While we do not have gophers in these parts we do have woodchucks, which can make short work of any garden. Make reasonably good eating too, being much larger than the gopher.

One Fly said...

If there is water near by flooding works well and that's when MM comes into play.

riverwalker said...

To: HermitJim

Smoked gopher? I wonder....


riverwalker said...

To: Dean in AZ

Sometimes between the times when we have rain the ground can seem like it is as hard as concrete but it doesn't seem to slow the gophers down the least bit!


riverwalker said...

To: SurvivalTopics

How much wood can a woodchuck chuck? Sorry, couldn't resist that one. If we had woodchucks, Mrs. RW would probably be using the Mossberg maximus!


BTW, I think you can substitute woodchuck in the recipe.

riverwalker said...

To: OneFly

Yep! Done the water thing and smack them on the head when they come up for air. Works pretty good till the water bill comes in.


Shy Wolf said...

LOL- I like kittymustcatch'em lures myself. Never had a problem with them once KittyKitty discovered that gophers MOVE.
However, the Marlinus Maximus is a fave tool for filling the soup pot.

riverwalker said...

To: Shy

Marlinus Maximus works for me!


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