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jtmoney
07-17-2012, 10:00 AM
For the longest time i couldnt undertand where misc pieces of rope and the misses' horse halters kept dissapearing to til i found the lead end of one sticking out of a gopher hole. Turbs out the lil bastards have been stealing all kinds of rope and dragging it into their burrougs. Anyone know why? Makes no sense to me and i was just curious. Needless to say the war has begun

180ls1
07-17-2012, 10:11 AM
probably for their dens, they will tear it apart till its real light and fluffy and it helps keep them warm and their babies warm.

TROYSD
07-17-2012, 12:54 PM
at out shooting bench i left a box of earplugs , like 250 pairs in paper and a rat took all of them down a hole. i found a trail of plugs and wrappers. i brought my rat terriers out and she dug 17 out of the hole and killed them.

POLICESTATE
07-17-2012, 12:57 PM
Yeah they use it to nest with. It may have seemed like they had some clever and possibly nefarious purpose but they're pretty stupid. Things that can shred into fluffy nesting kind of stuff just gets taken back to the hole if they can carry it.

FLIGHT762
07-17-2012, 1:20 PM
From a famous Gopher exterminator:


"License to kill gophers by the government of the United Nations. Man, free to kill gophers at will. To kill, you must know your enemy, and in this case my enemy is a varmint. And a varmint will never quit - ever. They're like the Viet Cong - Varmint Cong. So you have to fall back on superior intelligence and superior firepower. And that's all she wrote."

Carl Spackler, 1980.

VFX_man
07-17-2012, 1:27 PM
From a famous Gopher exterminator:


"License to kill gophers by the government of the United Nations. Man, free to kill gophers at will. To kill, you must know your enemy, and in this case my enemy is a varmint. And a varmint will never quit - ever. They're like the Viet Cong - Varmint Cong. So you have to fall back on superior intelligence and superior firepower. And that's all she wrote."

Carl Spackler, 1980.

And whatever you do . . . DO NOT play Kenny Loggins music while in the field!!!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=krVXRCcr2M4

:D:D:D:D:D

DennisCA
07-17-2012, 1:33 PM
From a famous Gopher exterminator:


"License to kill gophers by the government of the United Nations. Man, free to kill gophers at will. To kill, you must know your enemy, and in this case my enemy is a varmint. And a varmint will never quit - ever. They're like the Viet Cong - Varmint Cong. So you have to fall back on superior intelligence and superior firepower. And that's all she wrote."

Carl Spackler, 1980.

Another famous gopher killer (although not successfull)
http://kategale.files.wordpress.com/2009/12/8_22caddyshack.jpg

TKM
07-17-2012, 2:40 PM
"Another"?

That word.

I do not think it means what you think it means.

Rusty_Buckhorn
07-17-2012, 2:57 PM
this is all BS. They took your leadropes and such just to mess with you, no more no less. Sure in the end they'll use it as bedding, but the sole purpose of stealing it, was only to piss you off. Sounds like something has declared war on you :80:

rooster85
07-17-2012, 4:01 PM
this is all BS. They took your leadropes and such just to mess with you, no more no less. Sure in the end they'll use it as bedding, but the sole purpose of stealing it, was only to piss you off. Sounds like something has declared war on you :80:


Exactly. Best thing to do is engage the enemy and take no prisoners. Best of luck, they can and do charge. Men have been known to lose limbs in battle with them.

HokeySon
07-18-2012, 2:52 PM
... misc pieces of rope and the misses' horse halters kept dissapearing to til i found the lead end of one sticking out of a gopher hole. ...

You better check to make sure none of the horses are missing. They might have stuffed one in their hole and need the halters to ride that pony into the night.

devilinblack
07-18-2012, 3:16 PM
I've had two so far this year. Here's the most recent one.

http://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash4/406192_3875987412507_1993690076_n.jpg

BruceR
07-18-2012, 6:25 PM
My latest solution: BBQ'd gophers! After I'm done grilling my own dinner, I start dropping hot coals down any holes I can find and then covering them over. The carbon monoxide does a good job of permeating throughout the tunnel network, killing any and all inhabitants. Of course, I take great care to clear out combustibles so I don't burn down the neighborhood. Cheap, effective.

daveinwoodland
07-18-2012, 6:36 PM
I asked these guys and they said everything was FUD:

http://i1120.photobucket.com/albums/l489/daveinwoodland/chip-n-dale-1_640.jpg

bigcasino
07-18-2012, 11:25 PM
I was at autozone to buy road flares and they said they were sold out cant keep them on the shelves. I ask why they said ppl use them to smoke out the gophers. LOL

KWalkerM
07-19-2012, 12:10 AM
I've had two so far this year. Here's the most recent one.

http://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash4/406192_3875987412507_1993690076_n.jpg

Wow, those 2 gophers are big...looks like they are gonna eat a squirrel. How did you catch them?

jtmoney
07-19-2012, 8:25 PM
Lol this threads full of win. My brother works at sports authority and filled me in on a mauser pllet gun with optics for 80bucks. 1200 fps and dead nuts at 30 yards yielded 2 confirmed kills this morning and some solid training time for my catahoula

Shoot-it
07-20-2012, 1:44 PM
last summer i had enough i stood in front of a fresh dug hole in my grass pointing a shotgun and waiting for that bugger to pop out.Then a girl drove up in a car and just stared at me to scared to get out she was a sales women lol

Untamed1972
07-20-2012, 2:30 PM
the obvious answer is they're building kinky underground BDSM dungeons under your yard and need rope to tie up and whip all the bad lil submissive gophers and squirrels. :26:

Rusty_Buckhorn
07-20-2012, 2:57 PM
last summer i has enough i stupid in front of a fresh dug hole my grass pointing a shotgun and waiting for that bugger to pop out.

dang, and today I forgot my decoder ring :cheers2:

Shoot-it
07-20-2012, 3:39 PM
dang, and today I forgot my decoder ring :cheers2:
I just fixed it must have typed to fast lol

I used to have a video of the rodenator caving in 3 squirrel holes it was cool.It was put away when an employee almost burnt down the pasture during the summer i warned them but they had to learn on their own.