Traps in front of burrows of ground squirrels and gerbils, installation and masking of plate and pressure traps, methods and features of installing molehills.

It is recommended to mask the trap in the fishery for small predators, especially when it is installed in front of the burrows of gophers and gerbils. A trap openly set in front of a burrow of a ground squirrel makes it sit for a long time in the hole. For example, a thin-toed gopher sometimes does not go outside for two days. Gerbils also stop using the exit that faces the trap. 

Trap in front of burrows of gophers and gerbils, installation and masking of plate and pressure traps.

To prevent such cases, in the fishery for gopher-sandstone and thin-toed gopher, traps set in front of the burrow are recommended to be carefully masked with leaves, sand, and in the fishery for all other gophers in front of them, make an earthen roller in the thickness of a finger and cover the plate with earth (Figure a). You should also mask the traps when catching large gerbils..

Traps in front of burrows of ground squirrels and gerbils, installation and masking of plate and pressure traps, methods and features of installing molehills.

The animal undoes the trap at the exit or at the entrance to the hole, deflecting the guard to the side. At the same time, the gatehouse jumps off its ledge and releases the pressure lever, which clamps the animal by the neck. When tested in the field, such captures crushed animals by the head and neck, less often across the body. The breaches were mainly due to the fact that small young gophers slightly deflected the guard, crawled under it, and the samolov did not work.

Traps in front of burrows of ground squirrels and gerbils, installation and masking of plate and pressure traps, methods and features of installing molehills.

From the experience of commercial ground squirrel hunters, it is known that larks, chori, hedgehogs, lizards, and many other animals fall into the plate traps set at the holes. They do not fall into crushing burrows..

Methods and features of the installation of molehills.

In the fishing industry, success is largely determined by the ability to put a mole head. For this, the mole head entrance ring should be 3-4 cm firmly advanced into the undisturbed part of the mole course, and its tail part with a spring curl is firmly fixed in the ground. To do this, in a mole course, a dense earthen roller 5 cm high is raked from the crumbling earth to the middle. The mole head spring is pressed into it, giving it a slightly elevated position.

Traps in front of burrows of ground squirrels and gerbils, installation and masking of plate and pressure traps, methods and features of installing molehills.

This favorably affects the work of the guard, which does not rest on the underside of the mole course and is easily frustrated. Therefore, requiring manufacturers of traps to make the humpback humpbacks with a raised ridge and a curved body, in which it would be possible to press the spring into the mole course floor, there is no sense and need.

To increase the molecat catch, many hunters sought to minimize the trigger force of the guards. For this purpose, additional devices were used – a cranked hook-shaped gatehouse. Mole traps with an extra guard have a very sensitive guard, but the square entrance (ring) turned out to be inconvenient when installing and disguising the wolfhole in the mole.

Based on materials from the book Hunting Samolov and Unauthorized Fishing. Directory.
Gerasimov Yu. A.

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