2010 - Volume #34, Issue #3, Page #42[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Live Traps For Gophers
After making a few traps to sell, it didn't take Weatherly long to realize he could make more money trapping problem gophers for neighbors and businesses around Cartwright, Okla.
Weatherly makes his live traps out of old downspouts, cut about 1 ft. long. He cuts slits on three sides with a grinder to let in the smell of the earth around the trap. He puts an end cap on one end after slipping in bits of carrot or celery or some other bait. The other end has a hinged door that Weatherly bends out of galvanized tin and holds in place with a wire.
The trap is set perpendicular to the gopher tunnel and completely covered with dirt. The roof overhang of the trap stops dirt from falling into the tunnel. The idea is that the gopher is traveling along, smells the bait, stops and turns into the trap. Once he's in, he can't get out. Weatherly attaches a zip tie to the food and extends the end of it up above the dirt. He knows there has been some activity when the zip tie has been pulled down.
Weatherly also uses death traps. His live traps have about a 60 percent success ratio compared to a 90 percent success rate with death traps, which consist of a rat trap inside a downspout.
Weatherly is willing to share his plans with others interested in making the live or death trap versions.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Ron Weatherly, 233 Vernon, Cartwright, Okla. 74731 (Run2iam@hotmail.com).
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