Chip, We have a lot of gophers too, but I almost never seen them active. However, I did catch some dirt flying about three weeks ago, and went and grabbed the old B-26 thumbhole. Darned if that scamp didn't pop his head out to admire his destruction and I was lucky enough to earhole him. That was a .177. Now that I have a Marauder in .25, the gophers are in more trouble than they've been in for years.