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Pocket gophers #7205924
03/05/21 09:50 PM
03/05/21 09:50 PM
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Northern Nevada, 31 yrs old
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So Iím in a position where I have access to a lot of pocket gophers. Like thousands. Iím no expert but it seems to me that there isnít much that would be more appealing and natural to a canine than chunks of gopher stuffed in a dirt hole, but I have a few questions for you experienced bait makers.

First, to skin, or not to skin? Second, guts in or out? And bones? Methods to preserve? Last but not least, ground up or chunked into quarters?

Thank you for any advice you may have for me


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Re: Pocket gophers [Re: Bob] #7206001
03/05/21 10:55 PM
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If they go through a grinder go that way if the skull go through it, if they donít Iíd freeze them and run through a saw or axed up into chunks. I use a cheap Cummings meat saw for frozen carp it works great for bait making.


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Re: Pocket gophers [Re: Bob] #7206243
03/06/21 02:08 AM
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My first year of trapping coyotes I used chunked up pocket gopher with fair results. But once it got cold then all bets where off and I had to change baits.

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Re: Pocket gophers [Re: Bob] #7206452
03/06/21 10:07 AM
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Trapper art used to use pocket gophers in some of his baits.

Re: Pocket gophers [Re: 3fox] #7206546
03/06/21 11:35 AM
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Originally Posted by 3fox
Trapper art used to use pocket gophers in some of his baits.

True. He's the only 1 i know of that did that.


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Re: Pocket gophers [Re: Bob] #7209220
03/08/21 02:11 PM
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I used two 5 gallon buckets of gophers this fall trapping coyotes. My thinking was like yours -- what could be more natural? However, what I found was that if you were setting very far from agriculture, coyotes just didn't work them. If I had a set on the edge of a hay pivot, etc., then they would work them in the early part of the season, but once the frost was in the ground, they just lost their appeal.


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