Gopher population control can be a real issue for gardeners and farmers. Those little buggers can become annoying pests really quickly. To limit the amount of damage these rodents could inflict, we would hunt gophers.
I usually gopher hunted with my Grandpa George who was in his eighties. I was not yet six years old. Grandpa and my method of gopher extermination was to flood their holes with water and try to hit them with a shovel when they emerged. I got to hold the water hose and grandpa was the shovel guy. Any gopher who was a good swimmer, had nothing to fear from our shovel. We sure scared them though!
My cousins and brothers were much more successful getting gophers, as they used traps.
Even our dog was more successful at getting gophers and Grandpa and I.
This video is about some folks who use common household products coupled with oxygen and propane to blow up gopher holes. I bet grandpa would have been against us trying this method of gopher hunting. Using oxygen and propane to blow up gopher tunnels doesn’t seem like something a Swedish Lutheran farmer would do. Too noisy and showy. Honestly, it all seems a bit Baptist.
Enjoy the video. Don’t try this at home! And always remember: