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Death Klutch Gopher Trap Model DK-1

This trap finishes the job poisons start. Gophers cannot escape death klutch. Easy to set and satisfaction guaranteed.  Set the trap in a fresh hole no more than several days old. Move away mounded dirt, poke around to find hole and clean out loose dirt.

The DK-1 gopher and mole trap is made of high quality steel wire for extra strength.  Works exceptionally well when properly set in runways.  

Instructions included.  Easy to set.


Death Klutch Gopher Trap Model DK-1 Easy to set and satisfaction guaranteeddeath clutch gopher trap - The Snare Shop

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Traps work great and will probably order more for the future!!! - Anonymous

Good Product

Very good Traps fast shipping - Anonymous

DK-1 Gopher Trap

This is the most reliable gopher trap I have ever used. It's tougher than nails, and I would recommend the DK-1 to anyone looking to remove their gopher problem. - Anonymous

Works well

More catches than misses. I personally would prefer the trip wire to be a tad shorter because our gophers are smaller but I can’t complain.. I’ve tried many different traps and this one is a favorite... - Jeremy W.

Work great

Work great easy to set up - Anonymous

DK 1 review

Since moving to a rural residence 33 years ago, dealing with gophers has been a daily chore and I have caught 100s with the macabe and then the cinch trap. The macabe does not trap the big ones and though the cinch trap is good it demands a large hole to insert into the tunnel, the shape is not good for all situations, the metal pieces that set the trap fall off and often does not go off. I read about the DK1 gave the traps 2 coats of rust proof paint. The trap is not the easiest to set but after a few tries, one learns the procedure. It is compact and fits in any hole. The part that catches the gopher is in the center of the trap unlike the cinch which is set to one side. As long as the DK 1 is inserted to a tunnel with a downward slope there is no issue, however when placed into a level tunnel I have found it necessary to put dirt under the handle to keep the front down. Have caught 6 since receiving. - Mihajlo Petrovic

Best pocket gopher trap

I've been using the DK-1 for pocket gopher for years. Best trap out there! - John

Easiest Way to Catch a Gopher?

I had three areas on my property that had active gopher activity. I tried various kinds of poison with no luck.

For each gopher, I found what looked like the most recent mound. I studied the mound to try to see the fan shape and locate the plugged hole. I cleaned out the associated tunnel and enlarged it enough to easily accept the "set" DK-1. A 1.75 to 2.00 inch planting auger works really well for this. I slid the DK-1 into the hole with the "handle" tight along the right side of the tunnel and the jaws and trigger fingers centered in the tunnel. I nailed the trap down with a 12" spike to be sure it wasn't going anywhere. Then I walked away with the tunnel wide open. The next morning, I had three gophers.

It is a good idea to study the trap to see what moves and where it goes when the trap trips. Try to ensure any areas that will encounter a moving part are either clear or are filled with very loose dirt. This basically require loose dirt in the bottom of the tunnel at the far end of the trap when it is in the tunnel. The loop on the end of the moving jaw rotates down under the end of the trap when the jaws close.

This trap is very confusing when you first look at it. Hold the handle with the jaws up and away from you. Disengage the spring latch from the handle and rotate it clockwise noting that the moving jaw (the right one) opens. With the moving jaw fully open, find the "tail" piece attached to the loop end of the moving jaw. There is a short hook on the tail piece which is what holds the jaws open when the trap is set. This hook goes "over" the fixed left jaw and the long tail goes "under" the fixed jaw.

When you try to pull the long tail over close to the coiled spring, you will worry that everything is so tight that this thing might not let lose when the trap trips. Some people modify this area for easier movement. I found that everything worked fine if I slightly bent the tail piece by flexing it down toward (and under) the spring until it ended up about 1/2 inch above the spring when under slight pressure. Now slide the flat metal trigger over the end of the tail piece positioning it several coils up the spring. You want to make sure the trap is not going to trip while you are cocking the spring.

Here is where a trick will help. I stick a large screwdriver (or similar) down through the loop in the end of the handle. Grab the handle of the screwdriver with your left hand (with the trap handle going between some of your fingers), and reach under the trap with your right hand and grab the spring latch. Rotate the spring latch counter-clockwise while holding the screwdriver fixed and hook the spring latch on the trap handle. This is going to take some force and a little contortion so try it a few times to see what works best for you before going all the way.

The trap is now getting dangerous so stay away from the jaws. Your goal at this point is to slide the flat metal trigger down toward the end of the long tail piece without going too far which will trip the trap and the jaws will slam shut. If it does trip, you will need to re-cock the trap. You will soon figure out how far you can go without causing a premature trip of the trap. This is the most sensitive setting.

From what I have seen, this trap is the easiest way to get rid of gophers once you are good at "reading" gopher mounds.

- K. Jones

DK-1 Gopher Trap: The Best

I have used various gopher traps and the DK -1 trap tops them all. I have trapped hundreds of gophers with them. They are sturdy and well designed. - Anonymous


These are the only traps my husband uses - Anonymous