Gopher Traps

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Gopher Trap Instructions:

Set the trap in a fresh hole no more than several days old.  Move away mounded dirt, poke around to find hole and clean out loose dirt.  A gopher when pushing dirt braces his back against the top of the hole.  In filling up a large hole he begins by filling up the bottom until the hole is small enough for him to brace his back against the top.  DON’T ENLARGE THE HOLE SO MUCH THAT HE CAN BURY THE TRAP AND PASS OVER IT WITHOUT SPRINGING IT.  For the easiest set, set jaws of trap 8-12 inches down into hole that comes to the surface.  Another way is to dig down to the main runway.  In this case (which is the recommend way for moles) if you do not know the direction from which the gopher is coming set two traps, one each way.

Always stake the trap with a screw driver, stake or stick through the loop in the handle of  the trap well into the ground.  To bait gopher leave the hole open to let in the light.  If there is a gopher in the hole he will work within 24 hours.  A gopher will always come to light and in trying to plug his hole will come though the jaws of the trap, setting it off.

The trap can be made weaker by winding the thumb latch one-half turn further than one ordinarily winds it in setting.  After weakening, the only difference is that the trap is more sensitive.  Be careful not to spring it while placing it in the ground.
How to set  a gopher trap. Step 3 - Slice flat metal trigger piece toward jaws with the points up.  Put long end of the tail that is resting on the spring through the hole of flat metal trigger.  Move flat metal trigger up about 1 inch.
Gopher trap Diagram. Jaws, tail, flat metal trigger, spring latch, gopher trap handle.
How to set a gopher trap. Step 1 - Pull spring latch away from gopher trap handle until the jaws are fully opened, (releasing from shipping postion).
How to set a gopher trap.. Step 2 - Now with the jaws in open position (as shown) hook short curved end of tail over top at left jaw and that will cause the long end of the tail to be under the left jaw and on top of the spring.
How to set a gopher trap. Step 4 - To set gopher trap hold trap handle in right hand and catch spring latch with left thumb and place two fingers under the spring (as shown in the drawing).  Hold firm cranking the gopher trap handle to the right until the spring latch meets the trap handle and is latched to the trap handle.
How to set a gopher trap. Step 5 - Move flat metal trigger to the end of the tail, (as shown in the drawing).  The gopher trap is now ready to use.  Always wear gloves when setting the trap.
Drawing on how to set a good gopher trap.
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Gopher Trap Instructions:

Set the gopher trap in a fresh hole no more than several days old.  Move away mounded dirt, poke around to find hole and clean out loose dirt.  A gopher when pushing dirt braces his back against the top of the hole.  In filling up a large hole he begins by filling up the bottom until the hole is small enough for him to brace his back against the top.  DON’T ENLARGE THE HOLE SO MUCH THAT THE GOPHER CAN BURY THE TRAP AND PASS OVER IT WITHOUT SPRINGING IT.  For the easiest set, set gopher trap jaws 8-12 inches down into the gopher hole from the surface. 

Another way is to dig down to the main runway.  In this case (which is the recommend way for moles) if you do not know the direction from which the gopher is coming set two traps, one each way.

Always stake the gopher trap with a screw driver, stake or stick through the loop in the handle of the gopher trap well into the ground.  To bait gopher leave the hole open to let in the light.  If there is a gopher in the hole he will work within 24 hours.  A gopher will always come to light and in trying to plug his hole will come though the jaws of the trap, setting it off.

The gopher trap can be made weaker by winding the thumb latch one-half turn further than one ordinarily winds it in setting.  After weakening, the only difference is that the gopher trap is more sensitive.  Be careful not to spring gopher trap while placing it in the gopher hole..

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