What is in this article?:
- Army trained hog hunters seek eradication.
- Using military training to wage war on feral hogs.
- Innovative trap features remote control operator.
REMOTE CONTROLLED trap gates allow operators to capture the maximum number of wild hogs.
Rod Pinkston, a former U.S. Army Master Sergeant and war veteran, may well be one of the world's best and most intuitive wild hog hunters in the world.
Owner and operator of Jager Pro Hog Control Systems in Columbus, Georgia, Pinkston wasn't just born to be a hunter, he was trained by the U.S. military on tactical operations and a combat veteran who stalked enemy insurgents in Iraq utilizing the most advanced thermal imaging and night vision systems available.
With numerous combat missions and multiple military deployments behind him, Pinkston now targets wild hogs the same way he used thermal imaging to stalk enemy soldiers and wild dogs at night during Operation Desert Storm. In fact, he and a number of combat veterans who work for him are using their military training to wage war on feral hogs across the Southeast and as far away as Hawaii—and many places in-between.
Using a FLIR HS-324 handheld thermal monocular, the seasoned war vet-turned-hog war general can detect heat signatures of feral hogs on a moonless night at distances exceeding one-and-a-half miles. Then, using stealth approach techniques like U.S. military Special Forces, he and his team of night hunters can close the distance to a sounder of hogs with one goal in mind, "leaving no [live] hog behind."
Pinkston doesn't even like to call it hunting.