Prairie-dog sucker-upper

Discussion in 'Varmint Hunting' started by LRHWAL, Aug 11, 2008.

  1. LRHWAL

    LRHWAL Well-Known Member

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    I'm assuming you guys know about this. I saw this on Discovery Channel. I thought it was really funny so did a search.

    Now I'm not wanting to put this here for any type of don't shoot 'em value, I just thought it was ridiculous and really funny to see. As a South African I know nothing aobut prarie dogs other than from reading US magazines, videos and the net. It's quite something to see the guys come flying through a pipe, smashing into a padded pillow type area and then being picked up and popped in containers for "relocation".

    At least you now know next they argue that towns are disappearing you can bring 'em back from elsewhere! Also, do the math - 8 hr day = $ 1000 for maybe 1500-2000 dogs. Maybe quicker than a 22-250, but not necessarily cheaper!

    PRAIRIE-DOG SUCKER-UPPER
    MAKING A "CLEAN SWEEP"
    Like something out of a science fiction movie, the newest prairie
    dog control tool, a huge contraption called the "Dog Gone"
    "sucks 'emupandhauls 'emaway"accordingtoanarticleinaJuly
    issue of the Denver Post. Deemed safer, faster and cheaper than
    usual control methods by its inventor Gay Balfour, the "Dog
    Gone" resembles a massive vacuum cleaner. The rodents are
    literally sucked from their burroughs into a roaring 300-mph wind
    tunnel and find themselves deposited inside a truck with hundreds
    of their equally confused colleagues. This prairie dog's "nightmare
    from hell" has also been a hit with animal rights activists. "I'm all
    for it. It sounds like a really humane way to remove them," said
    outspoken Denver animal activist Robin Duxbury. According to
    the article, the idea for the "sucker-upper" came to Balfour in a
    dream. Balfour owns the Modern Welding and Machine Shop in
    Cortez, Colorado and he constructed the giant vacuumn machine
    himself. Cost of renting the machine is $125 per hour. The
    operators claim it clears about 20 acres a day, or 800 holes, each
    of which may contain two or three or more prairie dogs.
     
  2. roundss

    roundss Well-Known Member

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    I'll shoot them for half that price or find out where they're letting the little suckers loose at.:D:D:D:D
     

  3. tulku

    tulku Well-Known Member

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    Believe me , this Sucker ain't no Joke ! About four years ago , I was not allowed to hunt Pdogs on one of my favorite Ranches in S. Dakota because one of these Units was collecting Pdogs for many weeks . I did not get to see it , but I saw pictures of it . The devastation was unbelievable .....as bad as a professional Poisoning job . I have seen poisoned Dog towns pop back in two or three years , but two years after the Sucker , this huge Town is still not worth hunting . Thousands of Dogs were removed . I often wondered where these Dogs ended up . Some went back east where they were sold for Pets at about $200 a head . As Rush says : "follow the money " .......Let's see .......1000 Pdogs = $200,000 ......WOW ! This was soon stopped by Law when someone pointed out that Fleas on the Pdogs might have Sylvatic Plague . Some Pdogs were exported to Japan where they were Sold for $350-$400 ! There's GOLD in them thar Pdogs !!!
     
  4. buffalorancher

    buffalorancher Writers Guild

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    My friend had them sucked off his place before they built houses. He told me that the relocation was all BS because the relocated PDogs were viewed as intruders at the new town and were always killed. I personally have no idea but this was near Denver and I could see them requiring relocation even though a good dose of lead would be much more humane.
     
  5. LRHWAL

    LRHWAL Well-Known Member

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    "though a good dose of lead would be much more humane" - not to mention the 300 mph wind referred to; they must be deaf and totally messed up.

    I don't think it's humane at all, just a bunch of BS. Basically where I was headed.
     
  6. tulku

    tulku Well-Known Member

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    Don't know about the 300 mph Wind , but the Report and Pictures I saw showed a totally padded interior , and none of the Pdogs inside showed any ill effects according to the author and the photos . I do know this Device ruined one of my best Fields . Oh well , maybe in another year or two !
     
  7. Stormrider

    Stormrider Well-Known Member

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    They also just dump them on public land or even on private land. I know of one rancher that sued them for dumping on his land.
     
  8. MachV

    MachV Well-Known Member

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    Well the sucker has got to be better than the oats the local land owners Assoc is dumping down thier throats :mad: Funny thing is they are paying somware around $8/acer to poison them when the plague would have taken care of most of them by this time next year:(.
    One things for sure if you dont get them all you will have dogs again in a couple of years but if the system gets wiped out they are GONE!! At least untill they can work there way back into the area from another system.
    Lotta BS going around about prairie dogs but one thing is for sure aint nobody helping the population!!!