Feral pigs can cause a significant impact on agricultural production. Their impacts include preying on livestock, reducing crop yields, damaging infrastructure and consuming or damaging pasture. It has been estimated that they cost the agricultural industry in excess of $100 million per year. The main methods of feral pig control include poisoning, trapping, shooting and fencing.
Shooting is a method of pest control undertaken by a wide range of people. This includes government vertebrate pest control officers, landholders and licensed shooters.
Shooting is humane and very target specific. This method can certainly be used to control feral pigs in a variety of situations. It can work in collaboration with other pest control techniques to reduce the impacts and populations of feral pigs across larger areas.
Shooting can be conducted during the day and night. Various techniques of shooting such as the use of spotlights, night or thermal vision, stalking and organised flushes can be employed to increase the efficiency of feral pig control activities.
Shooting can be an expensive option if landholders need to employ a full-time, part-time or contract professional shooter/s. If shooting is conducted at no-cost by accredited volunteer shooters, it then becomes one of the cheapest pest control techniques available. Landholders can then use costs saved by utilising volunteer shooters to fund other complementary pest management tools.
The SSAA Farmer Assist program enables landholders to find licensed, accredited and insured volunteer shooters to assist with feral pig control. We have thousands of qualified members across the country ready to help landholders and managers with feral pig control.
It only takes a few minutes to register for the SSAA Farmer Assist program so you can find friendly and willing volunteers to assist you with your feral pig problem.