Remote Sensing Cameras
Having a remote-sensing camera or game camera recording around the clock to monitor wild pig response to prebaiting is a big help. In addition to confirming pig response to prebaiting efforts, the camera will also reveal the approximate number of pigs in the sounder. This information speaks volumes as to the size of trap that will be needed to do the job. Also, most cameras record the dates and times of events, and it’s sometimes helpful to know just when those visits occur. See how to position trail cameras.
It is not necessary to have a camera with infrared features. The flash is not a deterrent on larger traps. However, on a smaller trap, the camera should be positioned a comfortable distance away, yet close enough to be triggered reliably and capture the action so that the flash does not scare the pigs.
When to Use the Camera
Because a picture is worth a thousand words, the camera should continue to record during the actual trapping phase. Were you successful in capturing the entire sounder? If not, were some pigs still outside when the gate was tripped, or were they absent that particular night? Did any pigs escape from the trap? If so, how did they do it? Photographs can provide good information that will help you to be a more effective pig trapper. Using remote-sensing cameras set in the right location, plus patience on your part, make for a successful pig trapping formula.
- How do I control the pig population?
- What traps work best?
- If I catch a pig, what do I do with it?
- What type of bait should I use?