Frequently Asked Questions
White Buffalo, the conservation-focused non-profit led by Tony and Vickie DeNicola, developed the Pig Brig Trap System. The trap came about during a feral hog eradication in Guam. Our biologists couldn’t dig, place any metal objects into the ground, or do anything that disrupted the soil due to unexploded WWII ordinance. So, they began hanging nets from trees with remotely triggered gates. They then realized it was easier to get the pigs to go under the net than through the gate – thanks to the pigs’ rooting behavior. Since then, we have upgraded and modified the original Pig Brig Trap with an advanced patent-pending design. Learn more about the origin story here.
A team of wildlife biologists working on conservation projects worldwide developed Pig Brig Trap System to make their lives easier (and accomplish eradication/removal work). This team focuses on conflicts with overabundant or non-native deer, goats, pigs, and elk. Their projects usually require the removal of every last animal (or many animals) from an island, a fenced area, a neighborhood, or a National Park. As you can imagine (or know), this takes quite a bit of work. It's not the first 100 animals that are difficult, but the last 10 take 90% of the effort. That’s the heart of the Pig Brig Trap System - to enable you to catch every last feral pig out there. Learn more about how it all started here.
This exclusive, patent-pending trap system consists of two parts.
The Boar Stopper Trap System starts with the 60 ft. long Base Net. This 20 ft. diameter hoop net is a multi-catch trap that will hold pigs until you arrive the next morning. Layered on top of the Base Net is the Boar Shield. This cuts down on potential damage to the Base Net and is replaceable. This 51-inch-wide x 60-ft long interior net is sewn to the Base Net and creates a protective inner layer.
This trap system comes with all necessary accessories for trapping, except T-posts (they are too heavy to make shipping economical - and you won't always need them). The system is easy to set up and transport, and you can catch pigs all night without a cell signal. There is no gate and the pigs can enter from any direction.
The Boar Stopper Trap System is designed to weather the outdoors. All netting is treated with inhibitors that protect it from wear and tear as well as ultraviolet degradation. Be ready to bring home the bacon, rain or shine. It’s a life sentence.
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The Pig Brig Professional Trap System is the top of the line. You get the pig-stopping power of the Boar Stopper Trap System, including the Base Net, Boar Shield, and all accessories, plus the addition of the Trap Cap. While not everyone will need the Professional Trap System, it’s the best way to maximize your catch, especially for heavy use. If you have a low tolerance for losing a pig, this system (with the Trap Cap) will stop the rare athletic or lucky one that can get over the top of a 5 ft. wall.
Learn more about the Pig Brig Professional Trap System here.
The Boar Stopper is the Base Net and Boar Shield combined with all required accessories. The Pig Brig Professional Trap System includes the Trap Cap, Base Net and Boar Shield at a package rate with all required accessories. The difference between the two packages is the addition of the Trap Cap which keeps pigs from climbing out over the top. If your tolerance for escapes is low, like ours, you’ll want this package.
The Pig Brig Base Net is a 60 foot long, 20-foot diameter hoop net designed to be a multi-catch trap that will hold pigs until you arrive the next morning. Built to weather the outdoors and treated with UV inhibitors, it's ready to bring home the bacon, rain, or shine.
The Pig Brig Base Net is available as part of the Boar Stopper Trap System, the Professional Trap System, or as a replacement part if your original net is damaged.
This slick addition to the Pig Brig Professional Trap System ensures that pigs can't climb out. It attaches to the T-posts, just like the Base Net, and will keep a lid on things until you arrive. It weighs 11 lbs. and packs into a basketball-sized container. Easy to carry and sets up in 5 minutes, it's a great addition to the Pig Brig Professional Trap System, for when pigs fly...or at least when they try to jump the top. Learn more about the Pig Brig Trap Cap here.
If you are looking into buying the Pig Brig Boar Stopper Trap System and looking at adding a Trap Cap, upgrade to the Pig Brig Professional Trap System, which includes the Trap Cap, as well as the Base Net and Boar Shield - at $280 off buying separately.
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Ideally, it would be best to handle the pigs before first light so that they are calmer and easier to euthanize. If you cannot handle the pigs first thing in the morning, then you may want to consider buying a Trap Cap to ensure that pigs can't climb out. We wouldn't recommend this. If it is going to be a while until you can get to the trap to handle the pigs, and you have soft soil, we suggest using 30-36” rebar, placed inside the trap at the same angle as the Anchor Stakes, with 6” out of the ground in between Anchor Stakes. These inner stakes will prevent any pigs from rooting under the netting on the ground when they are bored for an extended period. Place the rebar stakes 6-8” closer to the T-posts than the Anchor Stakes.
After trapping a group of hogs, is it recommended to set up in the same place or should I move the trap to another location? My property has several sounders that move around often.
If you had multiple groups of hogs coming to bait and only caught one group, or part of one group, then you should continue to bait and trap at that site. Sometimes removing one group will give another group easier access to the bait, and they will come right back in as soon as the first group is gone. We have had many cases of people catching hogs at the same site on multiple trap sets. After a successful set, we recommend that you put the trap back into conditioning mode for several days (until the remaining hogs get comfortable) before setting the trap to capture mode again.
If you caught all of the hogs coming to bait at a site and do not believe there to be any other groups close by, you should consider moving the trap to a different location. Other hogs will likely find this site over time if you keep baiting it, but it is hard to predict how long this will take. If you have another suitable location a half-mile or more away with hog activity, you may want to bring the trap closer to them for the best results.
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You can purchase them here, or you can grab muffler clamps - just make sure they fit the T-post and are the same size as your first set. We don't want them to slide down the T-post.
Yes! The Pig Brig Trap System is easy enough to set up by one person in under an hour on average. That's fast! And no, you don’t have to ask a friend, neighbor, or your kid to help (but we always think it’s more fun with friends...and maybe a few beers). As you’ve probably experienced, setting ten T-posts takes a lot of time and energy (that’s where friends come in handy), so that’s the bulk of the setup time. We want to warn you that your first setup is always the hardest, so plan on some extra time, read the provided instructions, watch the videos, and call us or text us for any questions.
Pro tip: We suggest leaving T-posts, T-post mounts, and ground anchors in place for easy setup in the future. Pick up another set of T-posts mounts and ground anchors as it may not be worth the time and effort to remove the hardware, especially when you might have pigs re-establish in the future. It takes less than 15 minutes to set up the trap once the T-posts, T-post mounts and ground anchors are in place.
It’s quick! The Pig Brig Trap System is easy enough to set up in less than an hour by one person. We admit, your first time will take a bit longer, but once you see it set, you’ll be able to get it done in less than 1 hour. Watch Tony assembling the Pig Brig Trap System here.
Extremely! Yes and this will blow your mind: the Pig Brig Trap System fits neatly in a 20-gallon tote and rides conveniently in the bed of your truck or on an ATV. From Texas to South Carolina, Germany to Japan, the Pig Brig Trap System can go anywhere you need to go. Someone even said they carry their trap around in a 5-gallon bucket. Put it anywhere, get pigs everywhere.
The Pig Brig Trap System weighs only about 60 lbs. - not including T-posts. This means you can pretty much take the Pig Brig Trap System anywhere - it fits neatly in a 20-gallon tote and rides conveniently in the bed of your truck or on an ATV. You could even backpack it in if you have a remote site (we've done it!).
Heck no! The Pig Brig Trap System is fully independent and doesn’t need cell service or a subscription like other high tech traps. The trap is the technology here. Pig Brig also doesn’t require active monitoring or remote activation via a camera - so you can have a good night’s sleep, wake up, grab your coffee, and find your pigs trapped when you visit the trap in the morning! So get out there and make some bacon for breakfast.
While it’s easy once you’ve done it once, you might need an assist the first time around. Once you purchase, we send you the manual, also included in-box. Plus we have videos to show you and on-call support - always happy to help via phone or text. Check out Tony assembling the Pig Brig Trap System here.
Give it a shot. Let us know how that goes. Where we have seen success with Pig Brig Trap System is the exclusive, patent-pending design that takes advantage of the natural behavior of wild pigs. We’ve honed the design of the Base Net, Boar Shield, and Trap Cap with the accessories to retain pigs until you can take them out. The Pig Brig Trap System is the result of field development in trapping situations, designed by determined people seeking solutions for real-world situations. It has been tested and customer-approved. So, sure, you could try it yourself with a net. Or you could get the exclusive Pig Brig Trap System and rest easy knowing you have the best opportunity to catch the entire sounder and solve your pig problem.
The Pig Brig Trap System should solve all of the complaints we’ve heard about your other traps. It’s lightweight and portable, able to be carried on an ATV into the most remote of areas. Unlike other metal gate and fence traps, the Pig Brig Trap System can be set up in about an hour by one person. Really. There’s no metal (other than a few hog rings and quick links), so incoming pigs don’t get spooked and run off when one of them slams into a metal panel. And there's no concern for ricochet through the net.
Plus, unlike other traps, you don’t have to stay up all night with remote cameras waiting and hoping to activate the trap door with your cell service. The Pig Brig Trap System requires no cell phone or remote activation; there’s no subscription or extra costs. Use it again and again as it is truly multi-catch – pigs keep coming and they won't get out until you come to get them. A Pig Brig Trap System can help you grab every last pig - and let you rest easy.
Ahhhhh, we like sleep too. The answer is no! We have designed the Pig Brig Trap System to work without any cell phone or remote activation required. The Trap is the technology. Taking advantage of feral pigs’ natural behavior, the pigs walk into the trap, can't walk out, and wait for you to return whenever you are ready to come back, morning coffee in hand. Time to get in the truck, boys.
It’s a cool feature and one we like to talk about. The pigs seem to perceive the net like they would vegetation. They aren’t leery of it and don’t seem to realize they’ve been trapped until you show up (or they sit for a longer time in daylight). If they see other pigs in the trap feeding, they keep pushing in. It is great to watch on camera if you feel like it, but you don’t need to be up at night watching and waiting.
Is it really? Let’s break this down. It’s true multi-catch, so you catch more pigs with each set. You can use it over and over, reducing the average cost per catch. Each set can catch up to 30+ pigs. It’s lightweight and portable at 60 lbs. (not including T-posts), fitting in a 20-gallon tote, taking about one person on average around an hour to assemble. How much is your time worth? Priceless! There’s no subscription or cell service required, so scratch that monthly cost out of the equation. No subscription also means you can sleep easy, without having to stay up all night, watching those cameras, or getting cell phone pings from your favorite raccoon.
The Pig Brig Trap System quietly keeps all the pigs in and none out, so they are waiting for you. Plus, with every Pig Brig, you get on-call support (833-PIG-BRIG) from the team that developed it. We’ve already heard from customers who are happily saving hundreds to thousands of dollars in bait, in crop damage, in cow herd damage after their first catch. That’s a lot in a ‘net.’ But talk is cheap. Try the Pig Brig Trap System with a 60-day money-back guarantee. Let us prove to you how well it works.
The top of the T-post must be 5’ from the ground regardless of the total post length. We recommend 7 ft. tall T-posts for sandy or soft muddy soils, while you can use 6.5 ft. tall T-posts in the firmer ground.
It depends on how much exposure they have had to hunting and trapping previously. More naïve pigs can be conditioned in a few days, whereas “educated” pigs may take more time. We had one customer who conditioned for 2 weeks, but then got all his pigs.
Deer will feed around the trap during the conditioning phase, but we have not had any deer get hung up in it once the trap is set. We've heard of folks needing to go let them out. Just make sure once the trap is set you keep all your bait in the center so animals aren't feeding against the edge of the net.
As with raccoons, bears can simply climb in and out. They might cost a lot in corn, but it is unlikely they will damage the net.
You can back a trailer up to the trap as the T-post spacing is ~6 ft., the same width as most trailers. If you'd like a narrower opening, you simply place an 11th T-post when you assemble the trap (in between the seam post and it's neighboring T-post). You can then disconnect the seam to allow pigs to exit the trap. When assembling, you'll need to add a hooked cam strap to the top of each T-post at the breached section to hold the posts stable and add cam straps to keep the net wall attached to the gate T-Posts. Check our videos page for a video on trailering
Ground anchors are disposable and cost under $2 each to replace. We also recommend leaving the T-posts if the trap site will be useful as a long-term trapping location. T-posts cost about $5 each, so it is more time and cost-effective to leave the T-post mounts and ground anchors; $50 per trap site. This way, you can hang the Trap any time pigs come to bait at each location. It only requires 10-15 minutes to hang the net.
The answer is it depends. All netting is treated with inhibitors that protect it from wear and tear as well as ultraviolet degradation. Environmental conditions, amount of use, and lack of care can cause more rapid deterioration of the material. We expect the net to last about 5 years. It's possible it could be longer, or with heavy use, it could be less. Replacement accessories are easy to find. If you need other replacements, check our site or give us a call. We can help with them.
You can, and it is safer than trying it with a metal corral trap. However, we recommend walking up to the trap and shooting over the top rope. Check our videos page for an FAQ on euthanasia in the trap
We have observed that about 1-2 in every hundred pigs handled get lucky and get over the top rope. We have developed the Trap Cap to prevent this from occurring if you are serious about trapping and holding every pig.
Larger boars can occasionally cut the net when their tusks get caught. This is more problematic if the net’s bottom is stuck in heavy clay soils giving the pigs leverage to cut it. The Boar Shield is designed to be damaged and simply repaired to address these infrequently occurring situations - standard with every Boar Stopper Trap System and Professional Trap System.
We've made repairs simple. We include heavy-duty zip ties to reconnect the cut twine, or you can use p-cord.
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For any undamaged product, simply return it with its included accessories and packaging along with the original receipt (or gift receipt) within 60 days of the date you received the product, and we will give you a refund based upon the original payment method. We will even pay for shipping if you aren’t happy with the trap. Learn more about the Returns Policy here.
When we receive a valid warranty claim for a product purchased from us, we will either repair the relevant defect or replace it. If we cannot repair or replace the product within a reasonable time, the customer is entitled to a full refund upon the prompt return of the product to us. We will pay for the shipping of repaired or replaced products to the customer and the customer will be responsible for the return shipment of the product to us. Learn more about the Warranty Policy here.
We are starting with a referral program to keep partnerships simple until we move further along with production and marketing. If you are interested in becoming a distributor, check the footer for a link to our wholesale page ... we've got a handy form that will send us your information.
We find whole kernel corn works just fine. Let us know if you find something else that works well for you so we can share with the Pig Brig community!
We call our customers the Pig Brigade - fighting hard in tough conditions to beat back the swine bomb of feral pigs. Our customers are working hard to take down the pig population. Our community is the Pig Brigade.