Friday, April 29, 2011

Two a day average.

I know my faithful fourteen followers are asking themselves were have I been for the last week.  I've been busy at work, kids soccer games, yard work, and of course best of all, killing gophers.  Since my return from vacation I have averaged two gophers a day.  Lets recap.

Friday April 22

 Saturday April 23
Obviously these are not gophers.  They are ground squirrels that I caught in a live trap.  They were from my neighbors yard and making quite a mess.  You'll be happy to know that I relocated them rather than make squirrel stew out of them. 

Sunday April 24
When I pulled this one out of the ground, he was still alive.  He even tried to bite me!  I had to give him the 'old hit on the head with a shovel' trick to kill him.  My wife said the picture was to graphic.  I replaced the original with this.
Monday April 25

Tuesday April 26

Wednesday April 27

Thursday April 28
Friday April 29

I would like to add that I have climbed into the high 60's with this latest batch of Gopher War victims.  Check out the Gopher Casualty Counter for and exact count.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

1+1+1=Gopher Wars

That's right folks, you read it here first, 1 dead gopher + 1 dead gopher + 1 dead gopher = 3 dead gophers.  I have been having such extraordinary success these last few days, I just don't know what to say about myself other than, "I'm a gopher killing fool." 

I think I've trapped most of the adult gophers in the neighborhood because all of the gophers in the last two days have been juveniles.

  The top one was caught in a Cinch trap and the bottom two were caught using Gopher goners. The Gopher Casualty Counter is on a steady upward climb.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

***Warning Graphic Content***

When I showed these photo's to my wife, she gave the usual, "Eeewww, that's disgusting. Why would anyone want to see those you foul beast."  I don't think of myself as a beast, or foul.  This is why I gave the title I did.   

Both gopher were caught in the same yard.  That makes four gophers in the same yard, in the last two days.  The top one was caught is a Gopher Goner and the bottom one was caught in a Gophinator.

Gopher Wars is in full swing.  To see the latest count, go to the Gopher Casualty Counter.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Back from vacation.

Besides the robotic gopher at Mickey's, I was free from gophers while on vacation.  I came home rested and ready to get gophering again.  Monday night I set traps on three gopher tunnels.  The next day....well, lets take a look.
Got this one in my neighbors yard across the street with a Gophergoner.
This one in my neighbors yard next to me with a Cinch Trap.
And last of all, this little guy in the same neighbors yard with a Sweeney Trap.  It sure feels good to be back in business again.  Vacation is just what I needed.

Be sure to check out the Gopher Casualty Counter.


The night before we left on vacation, a good friend mine called and asked for my assistance.  He had a gopher mound in his back yard and needed help fast (because I was leaving in the morning).  We set this cinch trap and the crafty little bugger back-filled it that night.  The next morning, a few hours before leaving, we re-set the trap.  BLAM!!!! This is what we got. 
What a great start to vacation!  I thought to myself I would be gopher free for a whole week.  Oh how I was wrong!  Look what I found in Mickey's House at Disneyland.
They even taunted me on vacation.  I was told by a worker that if I jumped the barrier and punched the robotic gopher in the face, I would be banned from Disneyland forever.  He may have won this battle, but the war is far from over.

Climb Gopher Casualty Counter climb!!!

Sunday, April 10, 2011

The Three Amigos.

Sunday morning couldn't have gotten any better.  The sun was shinning, my gut was full with a hot meal, and best of all, I had three sprung traps.  As I went to check the traps in my neighbors yard, I was surprised to see one trap moving.  I pulled the gopher and trap out of the hole and did the only sensible thing; I flattened him with a shovel.
This big guy was caught in a Cinch Trap and finish off with the flat side of a shovel.  Not exactly how I wanted it to go; however in gophering it's all about adapting and overcoming. 
This little guy was caught in a Gopher Gonner.  This particular guy had back filled this trap three times.  I told my neighbor that his gophers have higher than average gopher IQ's.  They always seem to back fill my traps.  Persistence pays off, as demonstrated in this session of Gopher Wars.
This was the third chapter in the "Three Amigos" book.  He went down like the other two, in a cinch style trap.  A Gopher Gonner to be exact.  It doesn't get any better than this, unless you add cherry cheese cake and ice cream.
As always, be sure to check the Gopher Casualty Counter.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

A Busy Week...

This week has been busy with yard work, honey-do list, kids soccer, and of course Gopher Wars.  I didn't have time to post everyday, so I'll have to settle with an end of the week highlight reel. 

On Thursday, these two challenged me to a game of Battleship.  I cried out, "My Cinch Trap sunk your battleship."  And then, "My Gophinator  sunk your battleship."  Who said Battleship was a kids game?  

On Friday I was feeling a bit depressed because by the end of the day, I had three back filled traps and no confirmed kills.  I buried my sorrows in a half gallon of ice cream and went to a movie.  I got home just before midnight and found these two.  They were D.R.T.  (Dead Right There).  I slept better that night.  I apologize for the dark pictures; however they were taken at midnight with little lighting.

The first one was in my new Gopher Goner trap.  It looks and acts just like a cinch trap, except with a couple of slight improvements.  The next one was in a Black Box
Saturday was slow, with only one victim of Gopher Wars.  I know he blends in with the background.  If your having trouble seeing him, he's the fuzzy lump below the Black Hole Gopher Trap.

Be sure to check the Gopher Casualty Counter!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

The Beast!

This beast of a gopher was raging havoc in my neighbors yard across the street.  I think his gophers have above average IQ's for gophers.  All the gophers I have caught in his yard have back filled my gopher traps at least once, as was the case with this fellow.

He happens to be the biggest gopher that I have personally trapped, hence the name, "The Beast."  I placed him in my freezer until I can find a cheep taxidermist and then it's on my fire place mantle for this trophy.  My wife thinks I'm crazy!  I think I'm just dedicated to the cause!
He also need Crest with tarter control.  The Gopher Gitter Gopher Trap worked very well.  Add this one to the Gopher Casualty Counter.    

Monday, April 4, 2011

The Crooked Gopher.

The Gopher Wars wage on in my neighbors yard across the street.  This little guy had dug in deep and wasn't going to go down easy.  He back filled two gopher traps before I finally got him.  I call him The Crooked Gopher, well because he looks crooked in this photo.  My six year old son said I should call him, "The stinken yard killer."  It was a close second; however crooked gopher finally won.
His fate was sealed to a Cinch Gopher Trap.  The Gopher Casualty Counter continues to a steady upward climb!  Happy Gophering! 

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Not photoshopped

Okay, I know what your saying, my wife said it too, "Eewww, that's gross. I can't look at that photo."  Well, rest assured folks, this photo has not been altered in any way.  He was squished like a zit.  I tried to fluff him up and stretch him out to make him look a little less distorted.  It was to late, rigor mortise had set in.    
This is a Gophinator gopher trap from Trapline Products.  If you check your traps regularly, your dead gophers wont have time to turn into twisted cardboard.  Gopher Wars continues!

Don't leave without checking the Gopher Casualty Counter!!!