/ Caught 4 small feral hogs at a time, this morning #91
- Jul 31, 2017
- North Tx
- 841 ford,MF65,Cub Lowboy,,Ford 600
That is a dead give away collector is selling hogs to people that turn them loose. Judging by the numbers in some of the pictures jwmorris' neighbor is probably one of his buyers. That's why as jw said "some spots they seem to keep coming". At slaughter hog auctions as weight increases price per pound decreases but hunters pay premium for large boars. The greedy weasels are making things worse.There is a saying here in Texas, "If you don't have a hog problem, you will have."
I am on the river and have one. For years my initial solution was hunting, 120 to 150 per year, but when they didn't stop and I got tired of getting up at night and looking for them, I changed tactics a few years ago. I "let" my neighbor trap on my property then sell the hogs. Doesn't cost me a dime or a minute of my time, except to let him know if there is new activity. Here's how it goes:
Years ago, he obtained 22,000 pounds of corn from a farmer. Dunno, maybe it was bad and given to him. At first he made an open-top round pen, maybe 25 feet in diameter using stiff hog panels, t-posts and a vertical gate triggered by animals. After two years and some reliability issues, he built a new pen that is 30 feet diameter with more formal panel sections that can connect to one another. Cell phone motion-triggered camera and cell phone trigger for the gate. There are open-top pen designs all over utube that can be replicated. My neighbor then collects the animals live the following day and sells to a collector in our county and gets paid by the pound - larger ones get a higher per-pound rate.
Over the period of time, he has greatly reduced the population, so much that I haven't seen much activity for the past 6 months.
What helped us the most was being able to get rid of as many as possible at once so there are fewer remaining to learn from the mistakes of the others.
I use cellular game cameras and a cheap cell phone with a $5/mo plan.
The photos get sent to your phone, when you are ready you call up and drop the gates.
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Then they wait for you to get there.
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And then it’s “fish in a barrel”.
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Some spots they seem to keep coming and other times you might get a couple sets and have to move the trap.
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