BCM 3H Mist Net System
YOU NEED THIS GEAR: The BCM 3H Mist Net System
Even if your local bats are still hibernating, you are probably starting to think about gearing up for field season, right? Maybe you’re going through your mist nets and harp traps and other field gear and trying to see what needs repairing ,what needs, replacing, and what simply needs phasing out. Well, if you’ve ever thought about adding a Triple-high Mist Net setup to your bat capture arsenal, you can’t go wrong with the Triple-high Mist Net Pole System from Bat Conservation and Mangement.
Sure, there are less-expensive triple-high systems out there. And you could always scour the internet for pix from which you can cobble together the necessary parts and put your handy-man skills to work building your own setup. But really, besides the satisfaction in a job well done, what is your time worth? You will likely spend well in excess of $700 for research, development, and re-development, and your priceless time before you are all done. Why not save all that and purchase the best ready-made 3H pole system on the market today?
You may not be aware of this, but the BCM 3H Pole System is a time-tested product that is the culmination of a cadre of colleague inventiveness that began way back in 1992. That’s before BCM was founded, before the USF&WS summer Indiana bat survey guidelines were released, and before many of you were even born!
Today’s system is robust yet portable, simple yet elegant, extensible, and ships to you ready to deploy — all you need are mist-nets! You will receive the sturdiest yet lightest weight aluminum poles, already installed with rigging and hardware, including four 50-foot top-guy lines, a complete pulley system with a pair of 60-foot pulley lines, two high-quality pulleys, enough net-carriers to stack nets three-high, two pole anchors, and a user manual with tips and tricks for successful deployment. [Author’s note: I’ve had my BCM poles for 7 years and after constant use during the field season, I haven’t had to replace a single component.] From ease of use to dependability, season after season, year-after-year, there is no better way to stack mist-nets two, three, even four-high (inquire about BCM’s a’ la carte options for replacing pieces of and/or adding to your 3H system).
Satisfied User Pro-Tips . . .
- The 3H pole system accommodates mist nets from 1.8-meters to 18-meters long. (Ask Avinet about purchasing 3H “stacked” nets.)
- You can stack nets 2H with this system with greater ease than by using extra “single high” poles. Plus, extra pole sections and net carriers are available from BCM if you want to go 4H!
- Each pole breaks down into four 6-foot sections. Your local specialty painter can anodize them to blend in with any habitat.
- Poles come in a 6-foot carry bag, but you can keep the poles joined for a full 24-foot length and transport them, rigging and all, on your vehicle roof-rack and easily carry them into the field on your shoulder . . . one set of poles on each if you are a stud!
This will become your favorite mist-net system!
- John Chenger