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Discussion in 'Northwest Hunting' started by PBinWA, Oct 20, 2010.

  1. PBinWA

    PBinWA Clark County Well-Known Member

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    I've trapped a lot of moles but today I got my first mole with a shotgun today! :thumbup:

    Used my Great Uncles single shot .410 and it worked pretty well. Nothing penetrated the mole but I think the concussion did him in.

    Worked better than I thought it would and I didn't have to get my hands dirty setting traps! :D
     
  2. chemist

    chemist Beaverton OR Well-Known Member

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    Must've been satisfying.

    The little buggers are so hard to catch, they're like the VC: All I ever see is the damage they do, I never see them.

    I finally got traps that work consistently, called the Victor Out O' Sight Mole Trap.

    A couple days ago I caught one by the arse, so he was fine and frisky when I pulled him out. I had the pleasure of walloping him with a shovel. Less messy than a scattergun.

    Are yours the Townsend's moles? These suckers are huge, the biggest type in N. America.
     
  3. PBinWA

    PBinWA Clark County Well-Known Member

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    Yeah, I think they are Townsends. I've trapped at least 70 over the years. I'm pretty good at trapping them but sometimes I just don't want to root around in the dirt chasing tunnels.

    I noticed the mound moving around noon and grabbed the gun. It's nice to get a fast kill. ;)
     
  4. Celtic Armory

    Celtic Armory Port Orchard, WA Member

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    We have a mole problem at our place. Little puckers keep digging up our yard.
     
  5. pchewn

    pchewn Beaverton Oregon USA Well-Known Member

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    I used the Victor spring trap with spikes -- you set it over a partially collapsed tunnel and when the mole re-digs the tunnel it drives spikes into him.

    I had my doubts -- but it worked right away. One day later the trap was sprung and I dug up a huge dead mole.

    Problem solved until I see the next one.

    This is the one that worked for me: http://www.victorpest.com/store/mole-and-gopher-control/b0645-2
     
  6. RollingThunder

    RollingThunder Arlington New Member

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    I use my trusty Model 37 Ithaca pump loaded with 7 1/2 or 8 shot lead. Once I spot the diggers in an area, I stomp the hill down. Then the waiting game begins. Usually within a few hours I see new dirt flying. You must walk very quietly to the mound or they will hear/feel you. Once you see the dirt move, pull the trigger. I've killed 5 this summer and only hit one. This is the true meaning of shock and awe. I get such a kick out of it, my wife thinks I'm nuts. Just good old red neck fun.
     
  7. Cougfan2

    Cougfan2 Hillsboro, OR Well-Known Member

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  8. claypigeon

    claypigeon Salem Member

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    I sniped one with my 10/22 a few months back. My wife had seen him pushing up some dirt. I just waited till his head poked out of the hole and blasted him!
     
  9. I got rid of my mole problem. I tore my lawn out and poured a 6 inch deep concrete slab in it's place. Now I have an 80' by 25' driveway.

    Kidding.
     
  10. phathom

    phathom Vancouver, WA Member

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    Or you could use a dragonsbreath round down the hole... Well maybe that's just because I like the Michael Bay method of rodent removal lol
     
  11. PBinWA

    PBinWA Clark County Well-Known Member

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  12. raftman

    raftman Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Question:

    after you trap a mole, or shoot one... what do you do with it?