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Special Report: Night Stalkers

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By Jim Wallace - bio | email

Calhoun County, GA (WALB) –  Every night in South Georgia, there is a war being fought. Thousands of enemies are attacking farms, destroying their crops, and Former Army specialists use the latest high tech gear to hunt down and kill those enemies. 

Jager Pro owner Rod Pinkston prepares for the night's battle. "We're using the same equipment that we used in Iraq and Afghanistan," Pinkston said

An ex-army marksman, he uses thermal scopes to hunt an enemy that only comes out at night. Pinkston helped develop these instruments that show body heat in pitch black.

"When we retired we switched from a two-legged enemy to a four-legged enemy, that's all we did," Pinkston said.

Their enemy now, feral hogs. A plague to South Georgia farmers, eating their crops.

"Peanut seed, once you plant them they root it up. We have to replant. It's never ending," Farmer Byron Brown said.

Pinkston runs Jager Pro, which means professional hunter. Clients pay him hundreds of dollars to attack the enemy, exercising what he calls their tactical gene.

"They've always wanted to be a soldier. A sniper, or member of a SWAT team. And we give them that opportunity," Pinkston said.

Pinkston takes the clients to fields being destroyed by hogs, and exterminates as many as possible.

This night they slowly creep up on a pack of nine. Then targeting through the thermal scopes, open fire on the enemy.

"If you had a termite problem in your house, do you care that the pest control company kills the pregnant termites and the baby termites. No. You want the termites out of your house, because that is your biggest investment. The farmer feels the same way," Pinkston said.

The hunters kill five hogs in this flurry. They pick up the bodies and will take them to meat processors.  "This makes 343 hogs that we've killed this year in four nights. That's right around an eight-hog average. So we are a little bit under our quota."

There are literally thousands of hogs in South Georgia damaging farms. The farmers feel like they are losing this war, so they welcome Pinkston and his hunters. The Night Stalkers head back out on another military style mission. Targeting an enemy terrorizing farmers, trying to save their livelihood. 

Farmers don't pay for Pinkston's hunts, letting him use their fields, welcoming his help with their hog problem. His clients, mostly doctors, lawyers, and business owners, have him booked six nights a week through June.


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