America is being overrun with feral hogs. These hogs are the decedents of domestic hogs that are either released or have escaped their pens. They breed with wild hogs and since they have very few natural predators they wreak havoc on natural resources and the environment. They also cause an estimated $1.5 Billion dollars per year in damage to farmers crops and lands. They are in essence a troublemaking bunch of pests. There are literally millions of feral hogs ranging all over the southern United States. Instead of simply killing the hogs one by one, and ultimately losing the war between them and the farmers across the lands, catching them in small groups is much more efficient. Processing the meat into food then becomes much easier.
We certainly don’t want these guys trashing our gardens and farms, eating up our crops and destroying our hard work. We’ve spent tens of thousands of dollars and spent hundreds, if not thousands of hours build our off grid homesteads, gardens and farms and we cannot sit by while hogs destroy it all. This is an easy solution.
WARNING: Graphic Video. If you don’t like to see animal traps in action, do not watch this video.
A note on catching animals for food. This could be sen as a controversial topic.
As homesteaders and practical people we understand that some people will not like the idea of eating wild pigs, and in fact that any animals are killed for food. This however is a fact of life and our society. People eat meat. Human beings are omnivores and we have evolved to eat both meat and vegetables. Meat is a staple food in the human diet. As such this will continue most likely until we find another way to feed ourselves as we evolve. In the mean time, pork chops and steaks, hamburgers and hot dogs, chicken sandwiches and fish fry’s will remain a part of American (and world) culture for hundreds of years to come.
This pig trap is called the BoarBuster and is explained below.
“BoarBuster is revolutionary in its design. Unlike any other system available, BoarBuster uses a rigid trap enclosure that is operationally elevated above a trap site. This arrangement allows feral hogs to freely enter and exit the trapping area, which reduces trap shyness, an inherent condition where intelligent animals learn what a trap does and how to avoid it.
As a critical part of this system, BoarBuster relies upon a newly developed camera system created by Tactical Electronics (Broken Arrow, Oklahoma). Unlike other trail cameras, this camera system offers the ability to deliver real-time video of the trap site, providing the viewer a broad view of the trap and any animal activity around the site. The video is optimized for day or night viewing.
When the system detects motion around the trap site, it sends an activity alert to the user via a smartphone and Web-based app. Users can then log onto the BoarBuster system and view the activity occurring at the trap site. Watching the live video eliminates accidently trapping any unwanted animals.
Most importantly, users can remotely activate the trap while watching the video whenever a desired number of hogs have entered the trap. “The BoarBuster is the most advanced animal trapping system out there today,” said Harlan Starr, a private land manager, owner of Chattokee Lodge LLC and Chattokee Farms LLC in Alabama, and administrator of aBoarBuster test site. “The live streaming video cameras make BoarBuster so simple to use. I no longer have to sit out there late at night in the freezing cold trying to catch feral hogs. I receive an email, log on, watch what’s happening and spring the trap when I want. I have caught feral hogs while eating dinner, even at a ball game. It is a remarkable piece of technology.” ~AgWatch – Noble Foundation Researchers Revolutionize Feral Hog Control
This is by far one of the most efficient and effective, not to mention high tech ways to catch hogs that has ever been invented. It’s innovative and effective.
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