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PEST CONTROL: Wide Bay Feral Pest Control are licensed shooters with pigging dogs. The business will help to remove the pests off your hard earned property. Pictured Hayden Shorten.
PEST CONTROL: Wide Bay Feral Pest Control are licensed shooters with pigging dogs. The business will help to remove the pests off your hard earned property. Pictured Hayden Shorten. Contributed

A NETWORK engineer by day and a shooter by night Bundaberg's Ty Eilbeck is mastering the combination in a new business.

Mr Eilbeck owns Wide Bay Feral Pest Control, which he started a few months ago and specialises in ridding properties of boars, foxes and hares.

He spends his Friday and Saturday night on farms and properties across the Wide Bay tracking down feral pests.

The licenced shooter spoke with Rural Weekly about the business that helps not only the environment but the growth produce in the Wide Bay.

Mr Eilbeck doesn't need a pest control licence as he doesn't use chemicals, but traps and licensed shooters with dogs.

The pests most commonly taken are boars and Mr Eilbeck said he believed in no waste policy.

"We try not to waste what ever we kill,” he said.

"If it's wild boar, quite often if it's clean enough we can use it as a roast or bacon.”

The use of dogs is important in the process of taking the boars which are an average size of 90kg.

This is where Mr Eilbeck combines modern technology with pest management as the dogs are fitted with GPS tracking collars.

He said this benefits the shooter by letting them know the exact location at any given time.

The dogs, are "stock proof” meaning they won't chase horse, cattle or even kangaroos, are also wear chest plates, to protect them from the sharp tusks of the wild animals.

There are a three types of pigging dogs used for pest control of feral animals.

A finder-bailer, a lugger and a finder lugger.

They each have important but different roles to play when it comes to hunting.

Mr Eilbeck said was his favourite was the finder-lugger, this dog will not only locate the pig but hold onto it until the shooter can catch up and kill it.

"Sometimes the dogs can be hanging onto that pig for up to and over an hour depending on how long it has taken for the dogs to catch the pig and for us to travel over and get into possible very thick scrub to take care of the pig,” he said.

When asked if people often called the business cruel, Mr Eilbeck said he was helping farmers in the long run.

"I try to explain to them that it's feral pest control it's no different than killing a fly or a cockroach,” he said.

The business charges per kill and costs about $100 per wild pig, $50 per fox and $20 per hare.

To find out more information or contact Wide Bay Feral Pest Control find them on Facebook - Wide Bay Feral Pest Control.

Topics:  feral animal control pest animals shooters


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