VPAC was established in 2015. Through our experience controlling vertebrate pest animals on private properties, public land and government land in rural and high density peri-urban areas around Melbourne, we have developed our skills and processes to become highly efficient and productive at safely reducing these animal populations (especially wild deer) in areas where they have become a problem.
Through the course of setting up VPAC, we have been dedicated to developing sensible and cost effective plans that focus on realistic assessments of our ability to achieve desired results for our customers in way that is low cost, low impact, productive and ethical. Respect towards the animals we are controlling is always a big part of our plans and plays a large part in the decision to use shooting as a control method. That being said, where control by shooting is required and performed properly, it is often the most humane and effective way to minimize the negitive effects caused by unchecked feral animal populations.
Collectively, our staff have many years hunting and shooting experience on pest control projects. We bring this experience to every job that we attend, but above all safety and an ethical approach to feral animal control is what we strive for. We are committed to performing a quality, reliable service that is safe and effective.
On every job we seek to find the best control method for the customer, property and target species, whilst keeping safety and an ethical approach as our main priorities.
We quote every job on a case by case basis, with end costs taken into consideration. For example: If a smaller private, or hobby farm is not able afford the sort of costs involved in a larger commercial operation, then we will tailor the project to suit the budget of the client after discussing the most cost effective options for that particular property and target species, such as combining projects across neighboring properties to share costs, offseting costs through game meat harvesting, options for per animal rates, and only working during peak animal movement periods to increase time vs effectiveness.
We are completely transparent regarding our costs and and methods.
We do not start work until an we have completed a Job Safety Analysis for the property. This includes but is not exclusive to:
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A Thermal Monocular is small handheld device that is used to help locate heat signatures in low light and some daytime conditions. These devices have become a dependable part of our every day equipment, and help us to quickly and safely locate target species without the use of spotlights.
Infrared scopes are used on many of our rifles and are designed to work in low to zero light conditions, without the use of a spotlight. The main advantage to using infrared scopes is that we are able to execute more controlled and ethical shots on target species that are not under stress caused by a spotlight, as they are often completely unaware of our presence before the shot is taken. This is important because a stressed animal is often a more difficult target. Because we strive towards the most ethical methods, we find infrared scopes an invaluable tool for helping us control animals using accurate shot placement, but only in open areas. In areas that are close to or even inside bush lines, Infrared scopes do not function as well as thermal technology because of the flaring on foreground foliage causing the site picture to black out the target in the background.
Below is a still shot taken from a video recorded on one of our night vision scopes. Notice how the target animal, a Sambar deer, is very hard to properly identify. As such, a shot cannot be taken and time is wasted in the field. In this instance we would always use thermal equipment, as Sambar tend to habitate in dense areas with lots of foliage cover, and rarely venture out in the open.
We use thermal scopes on some of our rifles. Thermal scopes are designed to detect the heat of an animal in almost all light conditions and are often used when infrared is not an option in conditions such as fog or heavy cover. Thermal scopes help us to execute more controlled and ethical shots on target species, especially deer, that are not under stress caused by a spotlight, as they are often completely unaware of our presence before the shot is taken. This is important because a stressed animal is often a more difficult target. Because we strive towards the most ethical methods, we find thermal scopes an invaluable tool for helping us control animals with accurate shot placement.
Below is a still shot taken from a video recorded on one of our thermal scopes. You will notice the vast difference in clarity over the night vision picture of a deer in a similar heavy foliage situation above. Thermal scopes we use do no suffer from image flare and are extremely effective at acquiring clear images of target species in heavy cover situations.
It is through years of experience and the use of the latest thermal technology that give us the edge over hard to control feral deer populations, and helps us keep running and invoice costs to a minimum.
Spotlighting target animals can be very effective in the proper situations, but spotlights can also spook target species, be disruptive to neighbors and other non target species and can cause target animals undue stress that can lead to a more difficult shot. Generally we only use shooting over spotlights as a control method when thermal imagery or infrared is not viable.
Drones are an invaluable tool for assessing clients properties for safety and for acquiring positioning of target species. We will often use a drone to provide us with a quick aerial survey of a property before taking on a job. This allows us to help develop a plan using the live aerial feed to help our clients describe problem areas and areas of concern where safety may be a issue. Using aerial surveys helps us speed up the process of assessing larger properties. Aerial surveys also assists us with locating target species quickly and efficiently, helping us to develop an approach plan for the most effective result.
All of the above equipment helps us immensely, not only for cleaner and more ethical control of pest animals but also with planning and execution, so we have less time on the ground to get the job done, which in turn means greater savings to our clients.