FERAL HOG TRAPPING
Hogs, boar or pigs?
No matter what you call them, Florida’s hogs are an invasive, non-native species that can be found in all of the state’s 67 counties. They usually travel in family packs called sounders and eat a variety of plants and small animals. Average adult males may reach 5 to 6 feet from the tip of the snout to the tip of the tail and weigh up to 200+ pounds. Hogs have 4 continually growing, self-sharpening tusks (2 in the upper jaw and 2 in the lower jaw). These tusks rub against each other keeping them extremely sharp. All hogs possess a thick hide, an excellent sense of smell, and good hearing. In Florida, wild hogs breed year round. Most hogs are sexually mature at 6 months and can produce litters of 5 to 13 piglets twice a year. They have an average lifespan of 4 to 5 years. Hogs have adapted to a variety of habitats in Florida, from flat woods, coastal areas, agricultural lands, and now, with their numbers growing, even developed in residential communities. This makes removing hogs necessary.
Property Damage by hogs
Wild hog damage is often caused at night when the animals are most active. If you see any signs of rooting, rubbing, wallowing, tracks, or trails on your property, you may be hosting a wild hog population.
Feral hog’s rooting and wallowing activities can cause extensive property damage and erosion. Hogs are omnivorous, opportunistic feeders who will eat, trample, and destroy field crops such as corn, wheat, hay, pastures, and melons. Not to mention the complete destruction hogs can bring to a resident’s lawn and garden.
There is a wide range of bacteria and diseases found in wild hogs that are easily transmitted to humans, dogs, livestock and other domesticated animals.
Wild hogs cause a tremendous amount of damage to local golf courses. This green was destroyed overnight by wild hogs rooting up the turf.
High volume hog trapping is the solution to your hog problems!
There are many high quality smartphone triggered traps on the market but we like the easy setup and portability of the Game Changer Jr.
High volume trapping is an excellent option to control hog populations. When dealing with hogs, you want to get to the source of the problem and this is the sow. Wild hogs will breed year round, but births peak in spring and fall. Gestation is 114 days, and a sow will give birth to anywhere from 1 to a dozen piglets. She can have 2 litters a year. The sounder is a group of wild hogs, typically containing around 20 to 30 animals. In a typical sounder there are two or three sows and their offspring.
We will evaluate your property, at no cost, and figure out the best option for controlling your hog problem. Each situation and property is unique, but in most situations, we can achieve control within 20 to 40 days depending on hog populations in the area.
We will first start a baiting program in order to condition the hogs to trust the bait site. After a consistent number of hogs come to the site, we will drop the gate through smartphone cellular control when the whole sounder is in view. On larger acreages, we may recommend using multiple corral traps at different locations as needed.
Setting up a smartphone initiated trap will include the process of setting up a corn feeder to get the hogs comfortable coming to the area to eat. Once the hogs are comfortable feeding, we will come back out and set up the trap's panels. Then after the hogs are comfortable with that, the gate will be added. We will then begin watching motion activated video notifications to determine the best opportunity to shut the trap's doors. The following day we will come out to dispatch the sounder.
Field dressing and processing of your hogs can be arrange for an additional charge.
We do not relocate or transport live hogs.