Hog eradication business...is it a pipe dream?

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  • rushthezeppelin

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    I just recently built a 300 blk upper and am in the process of building a DIY night vision setup that is comparable to gen 2. I was thinking it would be interesting to at least on the side perhaps sell my services for night time hog eradication. I know the most effective way is trapping and heli hunting, but I know I've seen a few vids here and there of people making at least some money doing night hunting of piggies. Is this really a viable business model right now? Is there an over saturation of people already doing this? Granted this is a very long term thought (like probably at least a year or two down the line), I want to get quite a few hog hunts under my belt (and probably a good can) before I even think about trying to make a name for myself doing this. One thing I think I would have going for me is that I will be running mostly cast (and powder coated to eliminate leading/smoke) once I get my setup up and running to do so, so my overhead would be fairly low. Alot of people are reporting very promising results with both Lee 155gr (the x39 mold) and hollow pointed Lee 230s used for hunting in their respective ranges on medium game. Is this just pure wishful thinking on my part or is there actually a chance to make a living at slinging lead across fields? I would certainly rather be doing that than testing duct work all damn day (granted I make good money doing it, but it's starting to get a little repetitive and boring).
     

    mitchntx

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    While way up on the cool factor, I think there are too many "eradicators" willing to pay a land owner to hunt pigs than there are land owners willing to pay for the same eradication.
     

    35Remington

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    There is no real money in it; it's a hobby that pays part of its way at best. You'd need at least 10 years' experience for the people I know to talk to you.
     

    Mikewood

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    Eradicate?
    Land owners pay people to put hogs on their land so hunters can hunt them for a fee. Why would they pay you to shoot them?
     

    Glockster69

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    Gah ya'll are a bunch o' kill joys. Nah dude, you're screwed ;)


    I've known a lady 5 yrs and recently learned she lived on 50 acres. When I jokingly asked about snaggin' some pig she said they handle it themselves. Similar response from all the others too. Good luck though.
     

    Hoji

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    Honestly,
    Not really. The way to make money is to have thousands of acres available to you( with pigs on them) and to charge people hundreds of dollars per night to use your equipment. You have to have the high end equipment that people are willing to pay to use. You also have to have backup equipment for when someone drops your $10,000 PVS 24LR or your $15,000 thermal imager.

    You would have a better chance at making money by trapping and snaring, but that is not something you could really do part time.
     

    Hoji

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    Eradicate?
    Land owners pay people to put hogs on their land so hunters can hunt them for a fee. Why would they pay you to shoot them?
    No, they are not. In Texas there are two kinds of property. Those with feral pigs, and those that are going to have them.
     
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