Porker stalkers offer feral cull

Fraser Coast pig hunters Dan Gray and Brendan Birt caught this pig at Poona on April 3.
Fraser Coast pig hunters Dan Gray and Brendan Birt caught this pig at Poona on April 3. Contributed

THE end to feral pigs destroying crops and vegetation may be in sight with Fraser Coast pig hunters willing to give up their time to destroy the menacing species.

Brothers and pig hunting pair Matt and Dan Gray have lived in Poona for four years and have been hunting most of their lives.

“It’s pretty bad that the farmers are losing money and their crops because of the pigs,” Matt said.

“But there are plenty of us who would be willing to give them a hand.”

The Fraser Coast Council has resorted to baiting and trapping the pigs around Poona however there are doubts over the baits’ effectiveness.

“Baiting may kill one or two animals but it won’t destroy a whole mob of pigs,” Matt said.

“When people hunt for a mob in a certain area they will get scared and move far away.”

The Gray brothers use a common form of hunting which includes dogs holding the pig by the ears and the hunter stabbing it in the heart.

“It is done as quick as possible with minimal stress to the animal,” Matt said.

“It’s quite humane as opposed to baiting where the animal can suffer for days.”

According to Hervey Bay recreational hunter Eddie Dickfos the problem could be permanently controlled with the introduction of the Restricted NSW Game Hunting Licence – or R-Licence.

Written permission is required by law for hunting feral animals and game on declared state forests and Crown land areas in NSW, however does not include national parks.

The R-Licence also incorporates the General NSW Game Hunting Licence (G-Licence), required by law for hunting wild deer, ducks and game birds on private land in NSW.

R-Licence categories cover bows, firearms, dogs and black powder and the licence costs $60 a year.

“If the government introduced R-Licences like the New South Wales Game Hunting Council has done, hunters could access state forests and Crown land and cull the feral numbers.”

Council media spokesman Kevin Corcoran said there were effective measurements in place for dealing with the pests and anyone who wanted to report a problem could phone the council on 1300 794 929.

Topics:  feral pigs fraser coast pig hunters

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