I arrive to the food plot at 2200 on 10 June and observe two pigs at the QRF Bait Hole. It is the survivor choate and gilt from Episode 14.
Plan the Mission
The I.C.E.® Cam photo shows the month is June and the overnight temperature is 73°F. We have established an automatic feeder as a food source. Sounder Intel verifies six adults and no juveniles for a total of six. 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% success which means we must remove all 6 pigs expending the least amount of fuel, time, labor and money.
Solar Lunar Calendar
Let’s look at the June solar lunar calendar to make a performance-based decision. The date is 14 June and we are still 10 days away from the new moon on 24 June.
Even though the solar lunar rating is poor during this 48-hour period, we have photo and video intel that five of six pigs are conditioned to the trap enclosure. Real intel outperforms the solar lunar calendar every day of the month.
Official Capture Date: 14 JUNE 2017 – 2248 hours
Official Shoot Date: 14 JUNE 2017 – 2248 hours
Official Shoot Date for Spook: 14 JUNE 2017 – 2248 hours
Harvest Efficiency Report
Date of the Blow Down capture was 14 June 2017. We effectively captured two adult boars and three adult sows expending 0.75 labor hours. Four additional adults were removed in the food plot outside the trap enclosure. The two shooting events expended 6.25 labor hours. Harvest Efficiency Report column totals for Episode 15 verify 9 pigs were impacted in three events expending 7.0 hours of labor which equated to 47 minutes of labor per pig.
We removed 6 of 6 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 a thermal scoped rifle. The total number of pigs impacted during this mission was 9.
Return on Labor
Our total trapping labor was 0.75 hours. Trapping labor per pig was 9.00 minutes. We arrive at this number by multiplying 0.75 hours times 60 minutes which equals 45 minutes. Divide this number by 5 pigs trapped to equal 9.00 minutes of labor per pig. Total shooting labor was 6.25 hours. Shooting labor per pig was 93.75 minutes.
The annual damage prevented by trapping was $2,000. Annual damage prevented by shooting was $1,600. To calculate our annual return on labor per method, we must take our annual damage prevented and divide it by the labor hours. $2,000 divided by 0.75 hours gives us a return on labor of $2,000 per hour from trapping. $1,600 divided by 6.25 hours gives us a return on labor of $256.00 per hour from shooting.