Introducing BoarBuster: A Better Hog Trapping System | Feral Hog Trap

Feral hogs can cause significant damage
to farming and ranching operations across the United States. Those types of damages range anywhere from rooting on agricultural cropland, rooting on agricultural hayfields to water contamination, competition with native wildlife as well as disease potential transmissions to livestock. Conventional trapping techniques that you can find at any of your neighborhood farm and ranch stores include the type of traps that
we refer to as conventional traps. Those traps are box traps and corral traps. We found through research at the Noble Foundation
that these kinds of traps are very ineffective at capturing populations of feral
hogs at the sounder level. Some of the shortcomings of conventional trapping
techniques are things like non-target captures getting into the traps. White-tailed deer or raccoons may enter the traps, trigger those traps and once those door are triggered, whether the animals stay in the traps or not, feral hogs don’t typically push the
doors open and enter those traps – even though some of those
doors are marketed that way. Another shortcoming of conventional
traps like box traps and corral traps is the fact that you really only capture a
portion of the sounder that’s using those sites. Imagine a site where you have
20 feral hogs using the location. If only five of those animals walk into the trap and
hit that animal-activated trigger inside the trap, you only capture those five and also educate 15 others. The Noble Foundation has been using
drop nets since the early 1980s. We use these drop nets to capture white-tailed
deer for various research projects. When we were using these traps
to capture white-tailed deer, we had problems with feral hogs
consuming the bait underneath the nets. When we had those problems with
feral hogs consuming the bait, we decided to one day to drop the net on those hogs, get them off site, so that we could continue on
with our white-tailed deer research. It worked really well. We caught the entire sounder. We dropped on 20 pigs and
removed those pigs off of the location. And then we were back to trapping
white-tailed deer for those research projects. So at that time we decided, well,
maybe this trap deserves some merit. Maybe we ought to — this drop net — maybe we ought to take this drop net, and
implement a research study and look and see what potential it has to be included
in our tool belt for capturing feral hogs. In 2010 and 2011 we implemented
a two-year research project to look at the potential for drop nets
as a tool for feral hog control. We compared that drop net to a
conventional trapping technique. We compared that drop net to corral traps. In that two years of research, we found that we were able to capture 86% of
the identifiable population with our drop nets, where we were only able to capture 49%
of the population with our corral traps. That 86% is very significant because
it meets that threshold of 70%. 70% of the feral hog population needs
to be captured on an annual basis to keep that population level —
to keep that population from growing. So our conventional trapping techniques
just weren’t doing it at 49%. The biggest advantage to drop nets was the
fact that it was an overhead canopy-type trap. Feral hogs don’t associate that overhead
canopy with any danger — it’s like walking underneath another fence
line or underneath a canopy of pecan trees. Feral hogs also don’t have any overhead predators, so they don’t know to look up. Drop nets were also human activated, so an individual sitting on a trap site would only
trigger that drop net to fall when it was appropriate. So when the entire sounder entered
the vicinity of the drop net, that’s when they would hit the trigger — drop the net not when a portion of that sounder got in the trap. If there was a portion of the sounder
inside the net and a portion outside, we would risk educating animals; so a human-activated trigger
was very, very advantageous. In this two years of research
comparing corral traps with drop nets, we found that a really good trapping technique was
probably a combination of these two techniques. So we’ve actually developed a hybrid of these
techniques and we’re calling it the BoarBuster. BoarBuster takes the physical attributes
such as the suspended nature of drop nets and couples those with the rigid
structure of a corral trap. When feral hogs enter the
vicinity of the BoarBuster, they can see all the way through
the trap from one side to another. They can enter from any direction. They can leave in any direction. They feel more comfortable. They don’t have that trap-shy behavior associated with other conventional
trapping techniques around the BoarBuster. After doing some testing with the BoarBuster hog trap, we found it could be a very effective technique. So we decided to implement another
two years of research on BoarBuster. In that two years of research, we found that we were able to capture 88%
of the identifiable population of feral hogs. Very similar to that of drop nets. However, the difference between that and drop
nets was the fact that we’re able to manipulate this trap from at home, while only spending
a third the amount of time out in the field. The BoarBuster features a trail camera
that uses 3G internet — uses cellular data. So as an animal enters the vicinity of the BoarBuster, a text message would be sent to their cell
phone or an email to their email address. That user can initiate a live video stream at that time. If it was raccoons or white-tailed deer, they
might hit the snooze button, go back to sleep. If it’s a group of feral hogs — when all the hogs from the
sounder get inside of that trap, they hit a button on their cell phone,
capture the hogs, and worry about them tomorrow. Users could carry on trapping feral hogs from
the convenience of their own living room. They could carry on their workday and
trap feral hogs at the same time. In our experience with using BoarBuster, we’ve
caught as many as 39 hogs in one drop. And I’ve caught 30 hogs from the ballpark
in Arlington watching a ballgame. In order to make BoarBuster market-ready, the Noble Foundation took on the
task to further develop the traps. We wanted to make these traps very effective. We wanted to make them user-friendly. We wanted to make them safe and we
wanted to make them cost-effective. We didn’t want them costing a whole lot of money, so every landowner can have one of
the traps to use on their operation. The Noble Foundation has teamed
up with two local manufacturers: Tactical Electronics out of Tulsa and
WW Livestock Systems out of Thomas, Oklahoma to bring this product to market. BoarBuster will be available from
WW Livestock Systems in summer of 2015.

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Reader Comments

  1. Phillip Ramirez

    Use frozen fruit and simple syrup in a 2lt bottle and a system to slowly drip the mix. It will pull in an entire sounder quicker it also helps to work with surrounding land owners to ask them not to hunt while attempting to trap

  2. plainlogic

    Why does the trap rotate diagonally instead of falling directly down? A dead fall would be faster than a helical drop.

    Has any hogs escaped due to the slower fall? Surely this would educate potential escapees.

    The olny thing I can think of is you all are using an incline to reduce trap set energy for the user.

  3. R Z

    It's a good start.

    Increase its circumference – it's too small. Like the other poster said, change its fall from helical to straight down. Lower the height it has to fall to decrease trap time.

  4. Out Rageous

    This is probably the best trap on the market. However there is one thing that if incorporated would make it the ultimate trap.
    1. There needs to be a netting that allows the trappers to coral the hogs towards the exit gate.

  5. John Peraro

    You know what designer Treton it in the traps around traps for the hogs and wildlife never got nothing back from it even had a blueprint and everything


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  7. nitetrane98

    This is how you do it when you really want to eliminate your hog problem. Not when you want to maintain a viable cash crop of hogs for outfitters.

  8. Peter

    When I was a kid I used to trap feral hogs with a buddy of mine. Back then it was illegal and once when we were checking the traps the sheriff was waiting in the bushes and unfortunately he arrested us. I asked him how he knew where our traps were and he told us that the pigs squealed on us!

  9. Pendar K Kzmi N

    #jagerpro's traps are better. Simply two doors falling, not whole cage! //////// Plus you end up injuring some of those animals and not capturing; that is animal cruelty. Sad!

  10. Paul DG

    I would highly recommend this system. I finally trapped my mother-in-law on one of her suprise visits. After I released her back into the wild, she no longer visits our home. Mission accomplished.

  11. Trichome Drippin

    Put some very sharp razor lining or something on the bottoms so if any of them are under the gate as it drops , well , that’s it’s lmaoi

  12. KMA Associates

    A friend in Mississippi told me about seeing one of these used as a door opening into another slightly larger enclosure, forming a figure 8.
    She says the property owner who brain stormed it, and the friends and neighbors he shares the rig with, have had great success with it.

  13. 1kinu T

    They say wild pigs and boars taste excellent! You do have to make sure to cook them thoroughly because they often have tapeworms and other parasites that can hurt humans.

  14. Dave7777

    30 hogs from the ballpark in Arlington. Not bad. What do people do with them after catching them? Do they make bacon for the whole neighborhood or relocate them? Seems like relocating them only makes them someone else's problem.

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