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1 Your Side of the Fence • Summer 2013 Summer 2013 A Publication of the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation Volume 13, Number 1 Your Side of the fence Feral Hog Trapping 101 By John Rempe, wildlife biologist So you have feral hogs, now what do you do? Hunting feral hogs can be fun and can help lower the numbers; however, it is not the long-term answer to removing large numbers out of the population. Trapping on the other hand is the most effective and efficient way to remove larger numbers of hogs in all types of terrain. Traps can be used to catch a single hog or a larger group of hogs consisting of sows and their young. This larger group is referred to as a sounder. There are a number of different trap designs that can be used. A person can use the simplest trap or get more creative with an elaborate design. First, decide if you want the trap to be portable or stationary, which determines the design and size of the trap that will be used. Traps can range from being very affordable to very expensive; it all depends on a landowner’s budget. There are also manufactured traps that a person can purchase or they can get a design and build the trap. Another topic of discussion when it comes to trapping feral hogs is the type of door. There is the drop style or guillotine door; sometimes called the single catch door. There is also the rooter style door or butterfly-style door; sometime called the multi-catch door. The following link has the different types of doors and pictures: http:// wildpiginfo.msstate.edu/trap-doors- wild-hogs.html. There are three different traps used for feral hogs; box traps, cage traps and corral traps, all of which have their pros and cons. Cage traps and box traps are fully enclosed and can prevent escape of feral hogs but also non-target species such as deer and turkeys. One of the limiting factors with these two types of traps is it limits the number of feral hogs caught, however they are easier to move to new locations. Corral traps on the other hand have open tops and require more effort to set up in new locations; however, they can trap larger numbers of feral hogs at a time. The following link provides additional information on each type of trap: http://wildpiginfo. msstate.edu/types-traps-feral-pigs. html. A wide variety of bait can be used to attract feral hogs. Dry or fermented grains such as corn, wheat and other small grains can be used. If grains are fermented, they are less likely to attract non-target species such as deer and turkeys. Commercial scents or attractants can also be used, but can get very expensive for long-term trapping efforts. It is best to use a bait that is locally available, but don’t hesitate to experiment with other baits because different baits can entice feral hogs that may have become trap shy. Other techniques can be found at http:// wildpiginfo.msstate.edu/bait-wild-pig- traps.html. Use bait that is locally available to trap feral hogs. Photo by Russell Graves.
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|Title||Your side of the fence, summer 2013, v.13 no.1|
Oklahoma. Department of Widlife Conservation.
|Purpose||Feral Hog Trapping 101 by John Rempe; Feral Hog Trapping 101: Key Points to Remember by John Rempe; The Wet/Dry Cycle: Understanding Wetland Function by Josh Richardson; New: Oklaoma Quail Habiat Guide by Michael Bergin; Waitin' on a Whistle by Jena Donnell;|
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