Plan the Mission
The I.C.E.® Cam photo shows the month is January and the overnight temperature is 32°F. We have established an automatic hog feeder as a food source. Sounder Intel verifies eight adults and 11 juveniles for a total of 19. We have determined one trained and certified Hog Control Operator™ will employ the trapping process using one M.I.N.E.® Trapping System. Our performance standard is 100 percent success which means we must remove all 19 pigs expending the least amount of fuel, time, labor and money.
Solar Lunar Calendar
Let’s observe the January 2018 solar-lunar calendar. The date is 16 January which puts us in the middle of four excellent days surrounding a new moon which are always my favorite each month. 17 January is the new moon with excellent major and minor times during the evening and overnight.
Harvest Efficiency Report – (Official Capture Time: 16 JAN 2018, 2008 hours)
Date of the Cosmo capture was 16 January 2018. We effectively captured two adult boars, six adult sows and 11 juveniles expending 1.25 labor hours. One sow was pregnant with four fetuses. The matriarch sow was removed in the food plot south of Cosmo on 07 January 2018. The shooting event expended .25 labor hours. Harvest Efficiency Report column totals for Episode 12 verify 24 pigs were impacted in two events expending 1.50 hours of labor which equated to 3.75 minutes of labor per pig.
We removed 19 of 19 targeted pigs for a 100% 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. We also prevented four fetuses from being born. The total number of pigs impacted during this mission was 24.
Return on Labor
Our total trapping labor was 1.25 hours. Trapping labor per pig was 3.26 minutes. We arrive at this number by multiplying 1.25 hours times 60 minutes which equals 75 minutes. Divide this number by 23 pigs trapped to equal 3.26 minutes of labor per pig. Total shooting labor was .25 hours. Shooting labor per pig was 15 minutes.
The annual damage prevented by trapping was $9,200. Annual damage prevented by shooting was $400. To calculate our annual return on labor per method, we must take our annual damage prevented and divide it by the labor hours. $9,200 divided by 1.25 hours gives us a return on labor of $7,360 per hour from trapping and $400 for 15 minutes of shooting.