FERAL ANIMAL CONTROL PROGRAM
"The Field Hunters Club has been assisting the Longwood East Landcare Group over the last couple of years in our effort to reduce the number of feral pests in the area. Theirs is a non-invasive measure which unlike ripping doesn’t result in soil erosion and weed infestation. They have radically reduced the number of rabbits, foxes and cats on the properties where landowners have given them access.
Kevin Lied President Longwood East Landcare Group Inc"
Our original program came about at the request of farmers who needed professional, reliable hunters to help reduce the number of feral animals they had killing their lambs, devastating paddocks with rabbit warrens , destroying trees and natural grasses and desimating our native animals.
The program now operates over a large area with the program providing a FREE service for many likeminded land owners and community groups with the aim of providing an ongoing program to reduce foxes, rabbits, wild cats and other pest species in line with Authority To Control Wildlife Permits.
We strive to provide a professional, safe and effective service for landowners and in the past 24 months the program has reduced the number of feral animals in the area we assist with more than 1135 rabbits, 13 feral cats and 108 foxes, all taken out of the environment humanely at NO COST to the land owners.
'Over the past 24 months the Field Hunters Club controllers have invested approximately 1126 man hours on the ground, if you multiply that by an average of 17 controllers per attendance and then multiply that by what it would cost for a paid pest controller @$60 per hour you come up with $1,148,520 provided FREE to land owners. On top of this there is also a major investment in the local rural economy in relation to money spent in local businesses for accommodation, fuel and food.'
The Feral Animal Control Program is backed by a 20 Million dollar liability insurance policy, a copy of the insurance is provided to the property owners/property manager along with all project documentation. Our program commences with the project coordinator meeting and identifying the feral animals that you have a problem with. We then create maps of the property which clearly display the property boundaries and any exclusion zones. Once you the landowner approve of the maps then project leads are introduced to the property owners/manager and dates are set for the program that are mutually agreed to. Rest assured we never attend your property without your consent and you the landowner remain in control at all times.
Throughout the program the property owners/managers have direct contact with the project coordinator as a single point of contact. Prior to attending your property we will always contact you to re-confirm our attendance, and at the end of every project you will be notified of the numbers of feral animals that were dispatched, along with anything out of the ordinary that the controllers witnessed during their attendance on your property. We believe that this open communication is one of the many key principals that help us to succeed.
Field Hunters Club controllers working on the program commit to and are provided with ongoing training and related fieldwork. Some of our recent training has included target identification, firearm safety, navigation and orienteering, field position shooting as well as first aid in the field. All controllers attending the program abide by a strict set of rules, and the Project Leads provide a full safety briefing before each program commences. Controllers for the program are under the direct control of the Project Leads at all times, with all controllers being required to wear a blaze orange item of clothing, name tag and carry a UHF radio together with copies of the property maps to avoid any boundary confusion.
If you’re a Land Owner or Property Manager and feel that we can help you or would like more information then please contact the project coordinator.
Codes of practise that our Controllers abide by:
Were ready to assist you in the management of: Foxes, Rabbits, Feral Cats, Feral Goats, Feral Pigs, Hares, Deer.
We can also offer assistance in obtaining and Acting on Authortiy to Control Wildlife permits,