Hunting Trip Preview: JagerPro Hog Control Systems

Your loyal correspondent is going hog hunting. And while Nick might think he’s the newest pig slayer in town, I’m about to check off a big bullet point (pun intended) on my bucket list. I’m headed to Georgia to go hunt with the guys at JagerPro and I’m beyond pumped. I’ve been of fan of their work for years and made it a goal to go hunting with them before I was too old to do it or they killed every pig in Georgia. With 1058 pigs taken down last year, I sure am glad I’m doing it now because these guys mean business. So what makes the JagerPro model so unique? Well, the $13,500 night vision scopes are a start . . .

And the combined 110 years of military training and experience certainly helps, too. I had big plans to write a thorough preview of this trip before my contact Rod Pinkston wrote it for me. Here’s Rod’s pitch on why JagerPro is the only place you need to be booking a hunting trip.

Our reputation has generated a large network of farmers with over 150,000 acres of farms servicing five counties. 2012 is our seventh season and we have carefully chosen the best 100 nights of the year based on past success. Our hunters are successful because we concentrate our efforts only during strategic times of the year when hogs are creating the most crop damage.

We focus our hunt dates around winter food sources, spring planting and fall harvest seasons outside the full moon. Farmers call us each morning with new reports of overnight crop damage. We have earned a 100% success rate on our two-night hunts during the past four years. Our 2011 nightly average was 5.89 hogs per guide.

We harvest an equal number of hogs during the SEP/OCT fall harvest dates as during MAR and MAY spring planting season. The only difference is our fall hunt dates tend to be warmer with more insects than spring dates. Feral hogs move their food source from harvested corn fields in late AUG into standing peanut fields. The peanut vegetation is short enough to scan, spot and stalk effectively using our thermal spotting scopes.

We stop hunting each year in mid-October when all the peanuts have been harvested. We don’t hunt hogs at night from 15 OCT-15 JAN during the Georgia deer gun season. First, the hogs are in oak bottoms eating acorns instead of feeding in the open fields. This renders $250,000 worth of thermal technology useless when you can only see 100 yards in the woods. Second, the GA deer (gun season) creates too many problems with DNR law enforcement who are trying to catch deer poachers at night. Third, it creates too many problems for deer hunters who pay Georgia farmers for deer leases.

We have two full-time guides who take three hunters each for a maximum of nine hunters per night. Our guides will hunt two completely different locations for optimum shooting success and safety. The open hunt dates are on our website calendar www.jagerpro.com/bookhunt.aspx. We never hunt more than three people together. Dates on both calendars must be available if you bring four or more hunters as we must use both guides. You may make reservations by clicking on the selected “green” days and entering your personal information or calling our office.

When I pushed Rod earlier on the ethics of hunting in this fashion, his response was clear and succinct.

“A hog is not a game animal. It is a pest and no different than a rat, termite or cockroach. JAGER PRO is performing a hog control service and not hunting for sport. Our guest hunters are expected to kill every hog we see; even the juveniles. For example, if you have a termite infestation in your house, you want a pest control agent to kill all pregnant termites and baby termites before they destroy your biggest investment; your home. Georgia farmers expect us to kill every hog in his field before they destroy his biggest investment; his crops.”

And on his eventual goal with the JagerPro enterprise?

“My ultimate dream is to put a bullet in the last remaining feral hog in the United States.”

These guys mean business and I’m thrilled that they’ve given me the opportunity to tag along with them. Expect a full report later next week after my hunt concludes on Wednesday morning. And for those who worry about all that pork going to waste, rest easy knowing that all of the meat that hunters can’t take with them gets donated to local families and churches. Getting rid of an invasive species while helping feed local families in need all while playing with super cool gun related gadgets? Yeah, there’s a reason this is on my bucket list.

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About Tyler Kee

Tyler Kee is a small town kid trying to make it in the big city of Austin, TX. A salesman by day, he is an avid motorcyclist and aspiring chef out of the office.

25 Responses to Hunting Trip Preview: JagerPro Hog Control Systems

  1. avatarRalph says:

    Feral hogs are a major nuisance and incredibly destructive. They need to be removed from the environment post-haste. But isn’t using a $13k piece of equipment to kill a $2 pig the very definition of overkill? I’m not against it. I’m just saying that it seems a little silly.

  2. Real men go after them barefoot with spears.

  3. avatarSanchanim says:

    Yeah sure you could go after them with an iron sighted rifle but to be honest they are performing a service. In this instance having the night scopes and all the toys ensures safety too. Remember you are on farm land there are homes and people around.
    I don’t believe in hunting for sport only, if I can’t eat it I won’t shoot it, but in this case it is service. Also in this case too they are donating the meat you can’t ship home to people who need it. This is a win win all around.
    Plus you get to play with really cool toys!

  4. avatarKYgunner says:

    I want to do this so bad. Added to the bucket list.

  5. avatarJames says:

    I’ve long been of the opinion that canned hunts are not really hunts at all.

    It’s quite literally “fish in a barrel”.

    • avatarStephen says:

      +1

    • avatarTyler Kee says:

      If these were game animals, I’d agree. But they are not. They are pests that need to be removed quickly and efficiently. You’ll never find me on a high fenced game ranch at a feed plot 75 yards from a genetically selected whitetail deer. I don’t do canned hunts.

      This is pest control.

      • avatarMatt in FL says:

        Yeah, this isn’t a canned hunt. Think of it as “plinking with reactive/moving targets.”

        • avatarbontai Joe says:

          A lot like shooting rats at the dump, an activity my dad and generations before him used to do.

    • avatarErik says:

      ‘Canned’ hunts have nothing to do with this, I know because I went on a hunt with Jager Pro in January. As has been discussed it is actually pest control as opposed to traditional hunting. There is nothing canned about it- these are wild/feral hogs that are destroying a lot of property. People like me pay for the opportunity to kill as many as possible in a unique way.

      The first stalk was on a herd of about 40 pigs on a peanut field. 40 pigs! Imagine the amount of peanuts they eat every night. So while you are welcome to hold an ignorant an misguided opinion, the fact is a service is provided to the farmers, everyone had an absolute blast and the pork we kept was delicious.

  6. avatarTom says:

    “A hog is not a game animal. It is a pest and no different than a rat, termite or cockroach. JAGER PRO is performing a hog control service and not hunting for sport.
    Having grown up on a farm, I can relate to their statement.

  7. avatarTyler says:

    I saw a number of what appeared to be AR-15 rifles in that vid. Think those rifles were chambered 5.56mm? I’m not knocking 5.56mm or anything but some those hogs where hug. Could some one with some pig slaying experience weigh in on whether an AR-15 packs enough punch to kill any pig you might come across?

  8. avatarJake says:

    His last sentence is exactly the mentality I always hoped for and never receive from politicians and law enforcement. There is a group of people whose profits depend on the bad people staying enough for the “necessary” budget increases every year. Heaven forbid they actually succeed in wiping out crime! Where would all the pensions go?! It’s refreshing to see a businessman looking forward to the end of his business being necessary. Citigroup and the like could take a few hints.

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