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  1. #31
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    Default Re: Vermin Control On A Farm In KZN

    Haha, I think the neighbours would think World War III had hit the farm. Let me check a few things and make sure we do it all the right way, then I'll offer our land out to a couple of you at a time to come clean up.

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    Default Re: Vermin Control On A Farm In KZN

    Quote Originally Posted by SBB View Post
    Vermin control is a shitty job. Especially the nocturnal critters. You work all day only to have to go out at night. If possible try borrow some trap door cages. They work very well with monkeys and porcupines and offer a semi passive method. Also if you are that way inclined they offer a relocation option. The pigs are hard work. Best bet is chat with your neighbours and get a pack of specialised hounds and guys in to sort the offending sounder out. This they can often do in a Saterday morning.

    Vermin control us hard work and a shitty job. By all means invite guys offering to help over but choose wisely. People come once or twice. ..get over it...teach the animals to be wise then cause even a harder problem for you ahead.
    Yip, it's not just about the shooting, and often that is all that some guys think happens

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    Default Re: Vermin Control On A Farm In KZN

    Quote Originally Posted by SBB View Post
    Vermin control is a shitty job. Especially the nocturnal critters. You work all day only to have to go out at night. If possible try borrow some trap door cages. They work very well with monkeys and porcupines and offer a semi passive method. Also if you are that way inclined they offer a relocation option. The pigs are hard work. Best bet is chat with your neighbours and get a pack of specialised hounds and guys in to sort the offending sounder out. This they can often do in a Saterday morning.

    Vermin control us hard work and a shitty job. By all means invite guys offering to help over but choose wisely. People come once or twice. ..get over it...teach the animals to be wise then cause even a harder problem for you ahead.
    Very true this ^^^.

    With most of these problem animal you need a good long-term strategy, and each species has a different plan.

    Taking the vervets as an example. You will never exterminate them by shooting and trapping them, it's just impossible. So you need to use their learning ability to teach them to stay out of your crops. To do this, you only shoot them near the crops, and don't go hunting them where they sleep or whatever. This will not stop the damage entirely, but they will soon learn to hurry up when near the crops and take only what's needed. (The camping and partying in the crops should stop.) You will need to know when they get there, so your information system is important. If you shoot them regularly from your bakkie, they will soon learn to duck when they see the bakkie. Time to change to another vehicle. Once they are familiar with all vehicles, your success rate will drop. That's the time to shoot them from a hide. If they don't know you are there, they won't know where the danger comes from. A few more casualties , then they decide to cut their losses and go play elsewhere. They will occasionally come back just to check if you are still in charge. Have your rifle with you at all times, as you never know when they will come to check. They won't give you a chance to go and fetch the rifle.

    I relate this long story to illustrate why you can't just let anybody loose on them. The varmint hunter needs some detailed knowledge of the farm and the animal's movement patterns. You also have to be 125% sure he won't accidentally connect a farm worker, machinery, stud bull or whatever. And since vevets are often shot from trees, there is usually no backstop. This makes shots extra tricky. It is however beneficial to have an extra shooter or 2, that you can place at strategic spots, for an occasional "counter-insurgency" operation when their natural food is scarce and they just won't go away.

    I'll leave the bushpig story for another day...

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    Default Re: Vermin Control On A Farm In KZN

    look ill be more than happy to pay and bait some pigs haha

    monkeys are a freaking annoyance of note, and they can be thankful we live in a residential area

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    Default Re: Vermin Control On A Farm In KZN

    Hey Tweaked,i stay in Durban and am looking for places to hunt,so will be more than willing to come help you out....

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    Default Re: Vermin Control On A Farm In KZN

    Morning. Ill come out and shoot them for you for free. Have gun will travel. Haha.
    But seriously. I love hunting these vermin. Am in KZN and can help.

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    Default Re: Vermin Control On A Farm In KZN

    I have my own rifles etc but I will be willing to allow some locals to come and shoot. Send me a pm and we can go from there

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