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Published July 08, 2009, 08:25 AM

Frazee family hunts rodents for a reward

Frazee, Minn. (WDAY TV) - Here's a story that'll make you smile, maybe wince, and definitely surprise you. A group of siblings is in the business of bounty hunting, trapping gophers for money and to protect the family farm, our story from WDAY 6 Reporter Kelsey Soby.

By: Kelsey Soby, WDAY

Frazee, Minn. (WDAY TV) - Here's a story that'll make you smile, maybe wince, and definitely surprise you. A group of siblings is in the business of bounty hunting, trapping gophers for money and to protect the family farm, our story from WDAY 6 Reporter Kelsey Soby.

With a troop of ten children ages one to 17, the Briard family forms a strong defense against pesky gophers. The five getting the most action these days took us out on the hunt.

They say its hard work checking and setting gopher traps every morning, but two to three times a day for big brother Daniel, it pays off. For each gopher, he'll get $1.50 from his parents, and $2.50 from the township. Last year the kids earned about 800 dollars.

For Daniel’s younger siblings, it feels less like a chore and more like a hobby.

“Exciting, adventurous, plus you make a little money too.”

This family activity even gets competitive, betting earnings and bubblegum.

To find the gophers, they look for mounds of dirt like this. You see, this is the whole problem, when equipment comes through here to cut down the field this dirt acts like sandpaper, dulling the cutting equipment.

“Without gophers hay bines last about 12 years, you can cut that in half. The only good gopher is a dead gopher”

The proof these costly critters are dead is in the feet. For these, Daniel will get his reward, farm equipment is safer and family members of all shapes and sizes are happy.

Forrest says neighbors try to hire his kids to trap their gophers, but he says they have enough of them to worry about.

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