93 Pigs Down: Night culling with a thermal AR-10
A farmer in Texas defends his crops against feral pigs with the help of an AR-10 and Armasight Zeus Pro 640 50mm thermal scope.
Due to their intelligence, adaptability, and prolific breeding habits, traditional methods of hunting and trapping have been largely ineffective in reducing the feral pig population. The introduction of night vision and thermal optics has greatly increased landowners’ ability to mitigate the destruction caused by feral pigs.
This video shows footage of thermal imaging technology being utilized for the purpose of feral pig eradication.
Feral pigs are a non-native and invasive species in Texas. Each year hogs cause millions of dollars in damage in the form of damaged crops, contaminated water supplies, broken equipment, transmission of disease and injury to livestock.
Feral pigs compete with native wildlife for resources and also prey directly on the eggs and young of ground nesting birds and will actively hunt small mammals, frogs, lizards and snakes.