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.
"There is little point in trapping a single hog or just a few animals. Sure, catching one hog is a temporary help, but the number you catch (trap) is not as important as the number that gets away, and this is our approach to eliminating a hog problem," he says.
Pinkston's company has developed a series of videos that demonstrate the trap system and also hunting methods that have proven successful over the years. He has shared his operational procedures with countless thousands as a high demand topic speaker at small and large wild hog events, including the International Wild Pig Conference.
"What we need in this country is a National working group to address wild hog management, control and eradication if we hope to be successful," he says.
But he fears that too many university officials and government agencies are working in different directions to be effective. He says current efforts, while good, are not enough and he believes better communication is necessary to "get every one on the same page."
In the meantime, he says Jager Pro will continue fighting the war on feral hogs one farm at a time, but he encourages landowners to visit his company website and review the methods he has developed to begin the process of wild hog eradication.
His rate of success and his sophisticated system attracted the attention of Georgia officials in recent months. For the first time, the Georgia Environmental Protection Division is funding the removal of wild hogs to prevent water pollution in thePennahatchee Creek area wherehogs have caused high levels of fecal coliform. The contract calls for the control and eradication of 1,000 hogs in the area.
In true Jager Pro style, by monitoring his traps remotely, Pinkston can see how many hogs are coming in, determine the size of the sounder, and spring the trap when it looks like he has the whole group inside.
But his efforts do not stop with the traps. Pinkston and his team also conduct night hunts in the region—soldier style. These hunts are serious business and not recreational. Three- man teams use military and thermal imaging equipment and employ special forces tactics to lure an entire sounder into an ambush and take out the whole group in one attack.
Pinkston says this is what worked in Iraq, and it is working in Georgia.
Visit the Jager Pro site for more information.