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Plan the Mission

The I.C.E.® Cam photo shows the month is March and the overnight temperature is 70°F. We have set up an automatic hog feeder as a food source. Sounder Intel verifies eight adults and four juveniles for a total of 12. We have determined one trained and certified Hog Control Operator™ will employ the hog trapping process using one M.I.N.E.® Trapping System. Our performance standard is 100 percent success which means we must remove all 12 pigs expending the least amount of fuel, time, labor, and money.

Harvest Efficiency Report

Date of the sounder Clay Pit capture was 16 March 2017 and Triple B was 28 March 2017. Little Red was shot at Clay Pit on 17 March 2017, Big PC was shot at Clay Pit on 31 March 2017, Black Leg was shot at 442 on 10 April 2017 and Old Red was shot at Mud Puddle on 10 June 2017. Trapping 13 pigs only expended 3.5 hours of labor which is 16 minutes per pig. Shooting four adult boars required 17.25 hours of labor which is 4.3 hours per pig or 259 minutes per pig. Report column totals for Episode 10 verify 17 pigs were removed from this property, in six events, expending 20.75 hours of labor, which equated to a little over 73 minutes of labor per pig. 

Hit List

The camera intel on 08 March 2017 verifies the first time all four boars fed together at Clay Pit and the day our Hit List was formed. Black Leg and Old Red left Clay Pit after I removed Triple B, Big PC within two weeks of the sounder capture. I locate Black Leg nine days later at the 442-food plot a mile and a half from Clay Pit. It takes two more months to locate Old Red at Mud Puddle, a mile northeast of Clay Pit. D-27 It took 90 days (08 March – 10 June) to remove all four boars from the Hit List.

Triple B:

Little Red:

Big PC:

Black Leg:

Old Red:

Mission Assessment

We removed 12 of 12 targeted pigs for a 100 percent hog removal success rate. Therefore, we accomplished our performance goals, using a trained and certified Hog Control Operator, by trapping and shooting during winter months, using our M.I.N.E.® Trapping System and thermal scoped rifles for hog hunting. We were successful harvesting five additional boars. The total number of pigs impacted during this mission was 17.

Return on Labor

Our total trapping labor was 3.50 hours. Trapping labor per pig was 16.15 minutes. We arrive at this number by multiplying 3.50 hours times 60 minutes which equals 210 minutes. Divide this number by 13 pigs trapped to equal 16.15 minutes of labor per pig. Total shooting labor was 17.25 hours. Shooting labor per pig was 258.75 minutes. 17.25 hours times 60 minutes which equals 1,035 minutes. Divide this number by four pigs shot to equal 258.75 minutes of labor per pig.

The annual damage prevented by trapping was $5,200. Annual damage prevented by shooting was $1,600. $5,200 divided by 3.50 hours gives us a return on labor of $1,485.71 per hour from trapping. $1,600 divided by 17.25 hours gives us a return on labor of $92.75 per hour from shooting.

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