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Hi, I was shooting this weekend and shot 35 gophers. With the 17hmr? It opened alot of them up and there was still babies inside. There are some areas I don't want to shoot till the babies are born. So can any one tell me when they are going to be poppin there little heads out?

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Well,

Look at the ones that you have already seen. How far are the current babys along?

I dont know enough about goghers, do they devolpe claws before thiey are born?

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P hunter, I just read the other day in the local farming newspaper, the alberta small vertabrate specialist/ biologist John Bourne states, Males are first up to establish territory, then for one day, and only one day, the females appear and are bred by several males, then retire to the den for 45 days then babies appear after that. they only have one litter per year of 5-7 kits.
then the bullets fly. Thats interesting that the babies are present, I guess the cycles are just moved ahead due to geography.
 

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That suprises me? So what youre saying is that from the time there bred through the gestation period there in their den. So you wouldn't think that I would have had the chance to shoot them. But I know I shot lots of pregnant females. HMM interesting.

Does anyone else have some info?
 

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well i think its not to be taken literally, Whereas one would suspect that the bulk of the pregnant females' time would be focused on rest and nesting, in preparation for the babies. The females are involved in low (risk) duties, feed, water and collecting grasses for nest linings, or installing new curtains or wallpaper in the babies den, as opposed to high visability lifestyles (therefore high risk), things like migrating to a new territory (apparantly up to 3kms), current territory disputes, standing on guard, bickering with the husband gopher over why he didnt come home at a reasonable time or not raking the leaves, you know...as part of the "normal" gopher life.
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I've seen some adults out so far...

But no young. I do know that Memorial Day weekend around here usually sees LOTS of immature gophers in the fields. :) That is usually the 'beginning' of my personal "gopher season!"
 

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gophers in the hole

Sunday afternoon I went gopher shooting . Shot one at close range and he fell down the hole. Went to look and heard the screaming of of lots of little ones down the hole. Went through one hole brick of ammo. Sitting on top of the irragation pivot , the action was nonstop.
 
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