South Dakota Farmer Uses Thermal Scope To Take Out 45 Coyotes & Protect His Livestock

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Pesky coyotes…

For the average person, using thermal gear doesn’t even seem real, but that is what makes this awesome. It’s like it is something out of a video game, but you have to do what you have to do when these animals become a problem.

Coyotes are an animal that is easy to dislike. They are a wild dog that can grow up to 45 pounds and loves to eat everything that people love. Whether it’s your favorite game birds, deer, livestock or pets, they always seem to clash with people. And farmers really hate them. Their fields often provide great habitat to grow coyote populations. This can become a big problem for property destruction, as well as the predation of livestock.

On top of that, they are really good at surviving. They reproduce with ease and can adapt to many environments. This often leads to them having populations that are wildly high. Many local governments put in cull protocols and even go as far as incentivizing hunters with money to take out these coyotes.

These folks however, definitely know what they’re doing when it comes to taking out coyotes. The video, taken in thermal view which they were using at night to spot the dogs, shows them taking out one coyote after another. They are amongst the livestock, and they just keep on spotting and dropping them.

By the end of the video, they have taken out 45 coyotes.

The video best explains why they were shooting so many.

“Why do we hunt coyotes?

Coyotes are presently the most abundant livestock predators in western North America, causing the majority of sheep, goat, and cattle losses. For example, according to the National Agricultural Statistics Service, coyotes were responsible for 60.5% of the 224,000 sheep deaths attributed to predation in 2004.

The total number of sheep deaths in 2004 comprised 2.22% of the total sheep and lamb population in the United States, which, according to the National Agricultural Statistics Service USDA report, totaled 4.66 million and 7.80 million heads respectively as of July 1, 2005.

Because coyote populations are typically many times greater and more widely distributed than those of wolves, coyotes cause more overall predation losses. The United States government agents routinely shoot, poison, trap, and kill about 90,000 coyotes each year to protect livestock.”

There you have it.

Texas Man Captures 42 Wild Hogs At Once

Feral hogs are a huge problem around the country, but especially in Texas. So much so, that in Texas you can literally book a helicopter seat to go hunt these things from the air… just mowing them down from the skies with a fully-automatic machine gun.

It’s pretty wild…

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture:

“Feral hogs cause more than $1.5 billion in damages to property, agricultural interests (crops and livestock), native wildlife and ecosystems as well as cultural and historic resources.”

There’s somewhere between 2 million and 4 million wild hogs in the state of Texas (6 million estimated in the entire country). And because they have no breeding season, they reproduce at an astronomical rate. They can begin to breed around 5-6 months old, the gestation period is less than 4 months, and they can have anywhere from 2-12 piglets per litter.

Just do some quick math and you realize that it’s possible for a pig to have a few dozen piglets each year, who can begin to breed themselves before the year is over. It’s nuts. And it’s not just your garden, your field, and the environment, these things will mess you up too. A wild hog can harm you, harm your dog, your young kids, your livestock… they just damage whatever they come across.

So what do you do when you don’t have the time or money to hunt them the old fashioned way, or even the new fashioned way via helicopter? You set up a trap like the one you’re about to see below.

I mean, capturing 42 hogs all at once… pretty damn efficient.Just wait  until those gates drop…

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Ted Nugent Says You’re An Idiot If You Have A Problem With Helicopter Hog Hunting

You can always count on Uncle Teddy to tell it like it is.

Rock icon Ted Nugent stopped by the Joe Rogan Experience podcast earlier this week, and amid a number of different topics, including Ted’s legendary rock and roll career, to marijuana use, and more, they got to talking about hunting… one thing both Ted and Joe are very passionate about.

And now that Joe lives in Austin, Texas, they got on the topic of hog hunting, but more specifically, hog hunting from a helicopter.

Seriously, it feels like something a billionaire would do for fun, simply because he’s so rich he doesn’t know what to do with himself.

But the reality is that wild hogs cause a MASSIVE problem in states like Texas, destroying farmland, rooting up the soil, polluting water systems, damage to wooded areas, preying on other animals… they’re an invasive pain in the ass and there is A LOT of them.

However, a lot of people seem to have opinion about helicopter hunting, calling it inhumane, cruel, lacking in “sport,” etc…

But after Rogan expressed his thoughts on killing hogs, saying that it’s actually good for the environment because honestly, these hogs don’t do anything except for being a pain in the ass, Nugent hilariously breaks it all down:

“If you have a problem with killing pigs from a helicopter, you’re an idiot.

And let me help fix you, because we’re all idiots at some point in life because we don’t know nothin’, or it’s ignorance, I’ve been ignorant. I’m currently ignorant on how to weld, I need to learn that, but I admit my ignorance so I don’t fuck up a weld.

When we kill pigs from a helicopter, it benefits the environment, because they destroy the environment. They erode everything and it causes devastation to waterways, and just every habitat… so we’re saving the environment, so shut up.

We’re saving agriculture because they destroy tens of millions of dollars in agriculture every year… just in Texas.”

He then talks about how he’s the one who helped legalize killing pigs from a helicopter in the state of Texas, calling up Governor Perry at the time, and Attorney General (current Governor) Greg Abbott, to get the law changed.

Not to mention, Ted picks up the meat from all the hogs, processes it, and they donate it to homeless shelters and soup kitchens. And on top of all of that, the legalization of hog hunting from a helicopter also brings in tourism dollars from people who want to try it.

We’re talking money for hotels, restaurants, outfitters, ammo, sporting goods, beer and more.

As Ted put it, it’s a “win-win-win-win-win-win for everybody.”

The more you know…

Hunter Drops Two Coyotes With One Perfectly Placed Shot In Oregon


The 2-for-1 shot is always impressive. It takes a whole lot of skill (and luck) with these opportunities rarely presenting themselves.

Coyotes are one of the most adaptable predators in North America, capable of thriving in both rural and urban environments.

They’re essentially medium-sized dogs, with males weighing up to 45 pounds and females weighing up to 35 pounds. They are omnivores and will eat a variety of prey, including small mammals, birds, insects and plants. They are opportunistic predators and will scavenge or take out larger animals when necessary too.

In general, coyotes do not need to eat frequently, as they are able of going long periods without food. When they do eat, they can consume up to 5 pounds of food per day.

Due to their adaptability and resilience, coyotes can be difficult to control. Hunting and trapping are the most common methods of coyote population control. In some areas, coyotes may be hunted for sport or as part of a predator control program. Trapping is also used to remove individuals from an area, most commonly urban and suburban environments.

This man is out hunting dogs in Oregon, doing his job helping the population control. Two coyotes come into view and one of them steps broadside in front of the other.

Bingo. Down they both go right where they stand. A double shot presented itself and it he nailed it perfectly.

The ol’ two-fer.

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