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GopherHawk mole trap

Posted By: AJE

GopherHawk mole trap - 07/20/21 12:31 AM

'Anyone ever tried such a gadget? I have been seeing this for sale online a lot lately.

https://gemplers.com/products/gophe...oogle&utm_campaign=Google%20Shopping
Posted By: JoeyHalk

Re: GopherHawk mole trap - 08/07/21 09:35 PM

I have one as I bought for test. I practice in my yard with it. One mole so far. I think it is best for the deeper tunnels.
Posted By: AJE

Re: GopherHawk mole trap - 08/08/21 03:51 AM

I was hoping someone would know something about it. It brings up a lot of hits on a google search, but you are the 1st I know that's tried it.
Posted By: JoeyHalk

Re: GopherHawk mole trap - 08/09/21 09:19 PM

Someone else on here likes to use them. I remember seeing them state it in a post in one of the mole trap topics. A competitor in my area uses them because I have seen them in a yard, so they must work or maybe they arenít good at catching moles lol.

Every time I set one it falls over even though I try to build a mound around it.
Posted By: AJE

Re: GopherHawk mole trap - 08/22/21 11:26 PM

Originally Posted by JoeyHalk

Every time I set one it falls over even though I try to build a mound around it.

That sounds like a pain, having to build a mound around it.
Posted By: dayn

Re: GopherHawk mole trap - 08/30/21 02:49 AM

"Someone else on here likes to use them" Thats probably me, they are a good trap, there is a learning curve for sure, but no more than the out of sight or steves traps, all 3 work well in their own right, one place they shine is getting under a sidewalk, you can set them at an angle....I use all 3, the gopher hawks are a quick set up, which sometimes makes me lazy and in a hurry, I always remind myself not to rely on one trap alone, there are always so many variables in conditions, I will say for deep tunnels, it is a little easier to get down there with the gopher hawk, but if you catch one, you still have to dig it up
Posted By: AJE

Re: GopherHawk mole trap - 09/04/21 02:56 AM

Interesting. I too like to have a variety of traps in my arsenal. I may have to get 1 of these. Thanks for the feedback so far.
Posted By: willvalley

Re: GopherHawk mole trap - 09/22/21 01:58 AM

Bought some to try. Might work ok on small mole but not good for our Townsend whoppers.
Bad design far as I am concerned.
Snare cage has three wire hooked to a ring made from light round stock that is on the bottom. The wires are equal distance apart where attached to the snare ring. One will always block the tunnel stopping the mole from getting very far into the snaring area. Trap would be better 4 wires. Two on each side of ring for stability leaving a good crawl through area to get the mole in a better killing spot. Wasted money for me.
Trapline are my go to now as outright are junk now.
Deep runs get dug out with a shovel. No problems. Easy and fast.
Ted
Posted By: dayn

Re: GopherHawk mole trap - 10/20/21 06:27 AM

"Might work ok on small mole but not good for our Townsend whoppers.
Bad design far as I am concerned" Not true, I use them here in western wash, they have a great kill rate, sometimes they catch by the paw, those are usually dead by shock, I have had to dispatch 2 out of 300, in the same vein, I use steves gopher traps for the townsends mole.....The gopher hawk is a great trap, you have to learn how to use it, and maintain it
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Posted By: dayn

Re: GopherHawk mole trap - 10/20/21 06:28 AM

One of these days, I will do a video
Posted By: AJE

Re: GopherHawk mole trap - 10/24/21 02:30 AM

Originally Posted by dayn
One of these days, I will do a video

That would be great.

I can't visualize what you mean by you have "to maintain" it.
Posted By: dayn

Re: GopherHawk mole trap - 10/26/21 03:45 AM

The maintenance is largely in the two snare loops, it helps if you maintain them everytime you set one and see a need for it, I need to find a low cost go pro so I can film and show you what I mean, I dont mean a $40, I just cant afford the newer $300 or $400 ones, Or I should say, I wont pay that
Posted By: dayn

Re: GopherHawk mole trap - 10/26/21 03:56 AM

I just need something thats waterproof I can strap to my head, that doesnt cost 2 mole arms and a leg
Posted By: dayn

Re: GopherHawk mole trap - 10/26/21 04:01 AM

My budget is $100, any advice from someone who has used them? I cant set mole traps and hold my digital camera
Posted By: AJE

Re: GopherHawk mole trap - 10/27/21 01:45 AM

Maybe you could put your smart phone in a selfie stick & poke it in the ground..or maybe get a friend to video you.
I want to see how you use this trap smile
Posted By: Bob Jameson

Re: GopherHawk mole trap - 10/27/21 02:04 PM

There are several mole traps available to use and I have used most over the years. For size, weight and versatility it is hard to beat the Trap line mole traps. Like using any device using it effectively and setting them properly is the key element. That is a skill that can be taught and learned surprisingly fast by a good hands on individual.Others may be a work in progress. smile

The moles will tell you every time what you are doing wrong in setting any device. Once you run several big commercial jobs using these traps it is hard to use anything else. I know how much room and weight it takes in a truck to haul 30 - 40 dozen OOS traps as I use to carry many years ago.Now it is a couple 5 gal buckets of traps and a bundle of trap flags.Some of these gadget traps and those with wire loops/cinches etc. require some site maintenance over time as they get bent up easily when carrying a bunch of them.
Posted By: wildflights

Re: GopherHawk mole trap - 10/28/21 01:14 PM

Originally Posted by dayn
My budget is $100, any advice from someone who has used them? I cant set mole traps and hold my digital camera




My dad has done well with the GopherHawk. It's been a more difficult learning curve for myself. I'm in Pierce County.
I'd be willing to play cameraman just to get a better feel for this trap.
Posted By: dayn

Re: GopherHawk mole trap - 11/01/21 03:30 AM

I ordered a go pro 5 and a hat clip, they should be here next week, understand, I'm not trying to push these traps on anybody, and Bob Jameson is correct in his views, as I said before, when Bob talks I listen....I only want to show my success in action with the gopher hawks, and I have had much
Posted By: dayn

Re: GopherHawk mole trap - 11/01/21 03:46 AM

Understand, I still use the victors, and steve's traps, it depends on the customer and conditions, some customers are scared to let you set the clamp traps, Ive never caught a kid or a cat, some customers, they still are afraid for some reason....It is washington state, that should explain a lot
Posted By: dayn

Re: GopherHawk mole trap - 11/01/21 03:49 AM

I can tell a tree hugger, that the gopher hawk is a sonic chaser, its gotten that bad here
Posted By: dayn

Re: GopherHawk mole trap - 11/01/21 03:50 AM

You gotta watch where you set, some liberals will tattle tale on you
Posted By: dayn

Re: GopherHawk mole trap - 11/01/21 03:52 AM

We are a cage state, mole traps are "technically" Illegal Now you know the environment I work under, yet, I still work
Posted By: dayn

Re: GopherHawk mole trap - 11/01/21 03:54 AM

And I will film it....By the way, I live in mississippi LOL!
Posted By: dayn

Re: GopherHawk mole trap - 11/01/21 03:55 AM

Or Kansas, (This word is unacceptable on Trapperman), I cant remember
Posted By: Getting There

Re: GopherHawk mole trap - 11/03/21 12:29 PM

I have been reading a lot of reviews on the GopherHawk trap mostly on Gopher trapping. I have been thing of getting a couple for the deep runs.
I would use them for deep mole run. Moles are much smaller than Gophers from what I see. You have to be carful that you do not damage the snares. Like all trap there is a learning curve to them. Not easy to use. Build a little on the weak side according to the reviews. No good in heavy or rocky soil. I think the reviews would rate it around a 8 out of 10. JMO
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