Gopher hunting in SW Saskatchewan

Just in the process of making a quick trip back to Saskatchewan to visit family and took to opportunity to do a little gopher shooting in the South-west near Hazenmore.

For the past few years I have been reading about the gopher infestation in the area and have been curious to see how bad it was. Then this year the federal government approved the use of strychnine in Saskatchewan by the local farmers and ranchers to reduce the gopher population so I figured it was now or never.

The poisoning work had already begun and local farmers I talked to said that the numbers were certainly reduced, but there were still a lot of gophers around. What was amazing was the visibility everywhere of their digs. Just driving along Highway 13 you could see the evidence in the fields alongside the road. On the rural roads it was impossible to avoid running over animals. They were spread through pastureland, cultivated land and even burrowed into creek banks like muskrats.

The local farmer whose land I shot on has had shooters come in from all over the country: As far away as Ontario to the East and Northern B.C to the West, and he was happy to see them.

The shooting wasn’t fast and furious, but it was steady. Every time you thought things had come to a halt some more gophers would show up. And it wasn’t ideal weather either. Not overly warm nor was it sunny. There had been a lot of rain in the area in recent days and I had originally thought the day might be a washout – no pun intended.

I probably shot upwards of 70 gophers from about 3:00 PM to 8:30 PM, all using .22 rimfires. In the interest of avoiding psychological trauma to urban gopher aficionados I took no pictures of the mayhem I participated in. Anyway, who wants to look at pictures of dead gophers.

In the end the landowner was happy that I had contributed to the reduction of his gopher herd and I had spent an afternoon reliving the shooting days of my youth. I would have liked to have gone back another day, but rain moved back in to Southern Saskatchewan, which made gopher shooting impossible and the locals so happy that I couldn’t see fit to complain about the weather affecting my personal agenda.

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6 Responses to “Gopher hunting in SW Saskatchewan”

  1. Jason Says:

    I’m from Edmonton, and I’m looking for a place to go shoot some gophers, how do I get in contact with some of those farmers that want them shot? Any ideas?
    You could email me back at integrityinc@telus.net.

    Thanks!

  2. Jason Says:

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  3. Blair Buckingham Says:

    I’m from Prince Albert and would like to come down south and shoot gophers for any body that will have me and maybe a few others who would like to tag along. If any body is iterested please email me and let me know when and where we can go. I myself can’t walk very far due to a medical problem but would like to just park my butt and shoot as much as I can. Thanks for the time and consederation.

  4. Allen Says:

    My son & I would be interested in coming to southwestern Saskatchewan this spring to go gopher hunting. If any one is interested email me and we will get in touch & make arrangements. THX

  5. josh Says:

    hi there i live in regina and am looking for a good place to take out some gophers using air rifles, if anyone has any info please fire me an email. thanks

  6. Doug S Says:

    My 16 year old son and I would like to have permission from a landowner close to Regina, to come and shoot gophers this spring/summer. We are conscientious with our shooting, and will be careful on your land. It will only be the two of us.

    Please contact me asap, and we can help out with the gopher troubles for you.

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