{"id":122017644571,"title":"BCM Mist Net Poles","handle":"mist-net-poles","description":"\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cspan\u003e\u003ciframe src=\"https:\/\/player.vimeo.com\/video\/106782173\" webkitallowfullscreen=\"\" mozallowfullscreen=\"\" allowfullscreen=\"\" frameborder=\"0\" width=\"480\" height=\"270\"\u003e\u003c\/iframe\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003ch2\u003e\u003cspan\u003eHeavy duty black anodized seamless poles for single high mist nets, double high mist nets, and bat detector microphones\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp class=\"style256 f-fp\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003cspan class=\"style250\"\u003ePleasures of these mist net poles include: \u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cul class=\"f-lp\"\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan class=\"style221\"\u003eEasily handles single high nets of any length \u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan class=\"style221\"\u003eEasily handles double high net sets without any extra hardware \u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan class=\"style221\"\u003eSeamless connections so nets slide without any obstruction. \u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan class=\"style221\"\u003eMachined of all aluminum, will ever rust, virtually indestructible.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan class=\"style221\"\u003eAll poles are anodized flat black for one stealthy setup. Yes, bats see poles and may clue them in that something fishy is going on.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan class=\"style221\"\u003eEach section is standard 3' long. For reference matching other poles you aren't sure are BCM's, all of out poles (silver or black) are ~19mm diameter, 12.39mm male pin diameter.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan class=\"style221\"\u003eNot quite interchangeable with other brands of commercially available poles. Interchangeable with previous BCM \"silver\" (non-anodized) poles. This is also a good time to mention that BCM does NOT sell the actual mist NETS; only poles.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003c\/ul\u003e\n\u003cdiv class=\"\"\u003e\n\u003cem\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eWhy I like BCM “single-high” mist net poles: Quality survey efforts require quality gear. Short and simple.\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/em\u003e  Anyone can set a mist-net in their suburban, well-manicured back yard . . . but that’s not where the savvy surveyor operates. The best capture survey locations are invariably in the most challenging (to humans) habitats: deep water, steep stream corridors, tight forest flyways. And, the most successful mist-net sets require a sturdy foundation: poles that remain perfectly perpendicular to the surface of the earth and stand tall without leaning or bowing. BCM’s single-high poles fit the bill. From seasons of placing poles in rocky southwestern stream beds, to deploying mist-nets across earthen cattle tanks, and doubling up on nets when the flyway demands, no other poles are as reliable or versatile as those made by BCM. They don’t bend under tension. From purchase date to the final field season of a PhD thesis, these poles will remain straight and true . . . essential characteristics for years of reliable deployments. PLUS, they perform double-duty as bat detector microphone masts for acoustic surveys. Three sections (nearly 10-feet, or 3m) can stand freely. Additional sections can be added, and guyed, to elevate an ultrasonic mic 20-feet, or 6m high. None of this can be said about other lighter-weight options. Trust me. Invest in quality equipment. Your survey success depends on it.  \u003cem\u003e-Janet Tyburec, owner of \u003ca href=\"http:\/\/www.batsurveysolutions.com\" target=\"_blank\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\"\u003eBat Survey Solutions\u003c\/a\u003e, bat workshop instructor since 1992\u003c\/em\u003e\n\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003cp class=\"f-fp\"\u003e \u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp class=\"f-fp\"\u003e\u003cspan class=\"style310\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003cspan class=\"style243\"\u003eSay good-bye to conduit, bamboo, wood, etc.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/strong\u003e In the summer of 2001 we needed mist net poles, A LOT of mist net poles. Sure we knew of the terrific lightweight poles already commercially available, but the high price for these featherweight poles caused us to look at other avenues (did I mention we needed A LOT of poles?).\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan class=\"style310\"\u003eDutifully we set out starting with aluminum shafts featuring wooden pegs for stacking. Easy to build at a campsite (which a lot of them were), had seamless connectors, and worked great except for when the wooden pegs would swell slightly when wet, causing many afternoons to be (literally) whittled away. Later we tried using some electrical conduit with all its wonderful connectors to avoid our wooden problems, but it turns out that conduit should really just be used for conduit. You can't slide the net loops over the pole connectors, and conduit is HEAVY. Other material like bamboo is great if you -only- do single high nets. So it turns out there is a reason why 36'' seamless stackable poles have proved the test of time...everything else is less versatile.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan class=\"style310\"\u003eBCM makes our own all aluminum poles with CNC machined ends. We decided up front we would use for less expensive material instead of trying to make them featherweight, since rarely would we net several days' hike from a road and quite frankly often they are used to whack brush down when we need an extra foot or two for the net length. Anodized black for bat work; helps hide your rigging and potentially catch more bats. After beating on these poles for a few years, dozens of employees, thousands of net sets, hundreds of workshops, we felt they have stood up to enough of our abuse and are proud to make them available to fellow bat and bird netters.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan class=\"style310\"\u003ePlease note that we sell poles individually instead of packs, so you can build your own configurations. Keep the following facts in mind:\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan class=\"style310\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eIf you want to set one (1) free-standing single high mist net (any length by 2.6 meters high) you will need 2 Bottoms and 4 Tops. Six poles will weigh approximately 5.5 lbs.\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan class=\"style310\"\u003eIf you want to set one \u003cstrong\u003e(1) free-standing double high mist\u003c\/strong\u003e net you will need \u003cstrong\u003e2 Bottoms and 8 Tops\u003c\/strong\u003e. \u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan class=\"style310\"\u003eIf you want to set triple high mist nets AKA the type of net required for Indiana\/Northern longear bat clearance surveys, these poles are too thin for that kind of span. See our clever Forest Filter mist net system that delivers a 3H wall of net in 15 minutes.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e \u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp class=\"style498\"\u003e\u003cem class=\"style3\"\u003e\u003cspan class=\"style336\"\u003e\"FYI, Eric just ran over my BCM mist net poles with his F150, along their entire length, not crosswise. No damage. If they were xxxxxx-brand poles, they would have been crushed.\"\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/em\u003e\u003cspan class=\"style47\"\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp class=\"style568\"\u003e-Janet Tyburec, BCI Bat Workshop Instructor\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp class=\"style568\"\u003e \u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp class=\"style568\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003cspan class=\"style250\"\u003eFree Advice\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cul class=\"style1 f-lp\"\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\n\u003cp\u003ePoles need guy ropes to keep tension and prevent mist nets from falling over (duh!). Plan on at least 3- 12' ropes per single high net.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eYou need 3 poles per side to make a single high net stand up.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eTo get the net to the top of the pole, slide the two top shelves onto the top pole, remove the top pole, continue sliding the top shelves into place, then replace the top pole.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eFor best results the net should never be saggy and bag overlap should be about 3-4.''\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eGot tall grass or other obstructions at your site? Bats aren't going to be clinging to the ground. Add an extra pole to your single high making an \"extra high single high.\"\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\n\u003cstrong\u003eNever ever pound a mist net pole into the ground with any hammer.\u003c\/strong\u003e You will mushroom the head of the pole and it will need to be ground smooth again. This is probably the only was to damage our poles. Don't even bother with a \"pole pounder\" intended for that purpose; that's just more stuff to carry around. Simply press bottom poles into the ground while twisting; you will drill it into hard ground (eventually). \u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\u003cspan\u003eAll mist net poles conduct electrictiy and should never be used around powerlines. Be aware when loading and unloading poles from vehicles as well as the actual trap site.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003c\/ul\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #38761d;\"\u003eAvailable In Stock, \u003cem\u003eUsually Ships 1-2 Days\u003c\/em\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/h3\u003e","published_at":"2017-09-25T13:19:40-04:00","created_at":"2017-09-26T12:29:41-04:00","vendor":"Bat Conservation and Management, Inc.","type":"Capture Gear","tags":["Poles"],"price":2900,"price_min":2900,"price_max":2900,"available":true,"price_varies":false,"compare_at_price":null,"compare_at_price_min":0,"compare_at_price_max":0,"compare_at_price_varies":false,"variants":[{"id":1312718192667,"title":"Top Pole","option1":"Top Pole","option2":null,"option3":null,"sku":"MN-1top","requires_shipping":true,"taxable":true,"featured_image":null,"available":true,"name":"BCM Mist Net Poles - Top Pole","public_title":"Top Pole","options":["Top Pole"],"price":2900,"weight":794,"compare_at_price":null,"inventory_quantity":544,"inventory_management":"shopify","inventory_policy":"deny","barcode":""},{"id":1313549582363,"title":"Bottom Pole","option1":"Bottom Pole","option2":null,"option3":null,"sku":"MN-1btm","requires_shipping":true,"taxable":true,"featured_image":null,"available":true,"name":"BCM Mist Net Poles - Bottom Pole","public_title":"Bottom Pole","options":["Bottom Pole"],"price":2900,"weight":794,"compare_at_price":null,"inventory_quantity":768,"inventory_management":"shopify","inventory_policy":"deny","barcode":""}],"images":["\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/2378\/9221\/products\/shpoles1.jpg?v=1523014521","\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/2378\/9221\/products\/shpoles2.jpg?v=1523014521","\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/2378\/9221\/products\/mistnet-50656.jpg?v=1523014521","\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/2378\/9221\/products\/mistnet-51474.jpg?v=1523014521","\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/2378\/9221\/products\/mistnet-52381.jpg?v=1523014521","\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/2378\/9221\/products\/mistnet-5953.jpg?v=1523014521","\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/2378\/9221\/products\/frontpageslide-5653.jpg?v=1523014521","\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/2378\/9221\/products\/frontpageslide-5438.jpg?v=1523014521","\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/2378\/9221\/products\/detectorpole-5787.jpg?v=1523014521","\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/2378\/9221\/products\/detectorpole-5414.jpg?v=1523014521"],"featured_image":"\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/2378\/9221\/products\/shpoles1.jpg?v=1523014521","options":["Choose the variation that best suits you . . ."],"content":"\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cspan\u003e\u003ciframe src=\"https:\/\/player.vimeo.com\/video\/106782173\" webkitallowfullscreen=\"\" mozallowfullscreen=\"\" allowfullscreen=\"\" frameborder=\"0\" width=\"480\" height=\"270\"\u003e\u003c\/iframe\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003ch2\u003e\u003cspan\u003eHeavy duty black anodized seamless poles for single high mist nets, double high mist nets, and bat detector microphones\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp class=\"style256 f-fp\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003cspan class=\"style250\"\u003ePleasures of these mist net poles include: \u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cul class=\"f-lp\"\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan class=\"style221\"\u003eEasily handles single high nets of any length \u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan class=\"style221\"\u003eEasily handles double high net sets without any extra hardware \u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan class=\"style221\"\u003eSeamless connections so nets slide without any obstruction. \u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan class=\"style221\"\u003eMachined of all aluminum, will ever rust, virtually indestructible.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan class=\"style221\"\u003eAll poles are anodized flat black for one stealthy setup. Yes, bats see poles and may clue them in that something fishy is going on.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan class=\"style221\"\u003eEach section is standard 3' long. For reference matching other poles you aren't sure are BCM's, all of out poles (silver or black) are ~19mm diameter, 12.39mm male pin diameter.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan class=\"style221\"\u003eNot quite interchangeable with other brands of commercially available poles. Interchangeable with previous BCM \"silver\" (non-anodized) poles. This is also a good time to mention that BCM does NOT sell the actual mist NETS; only poles.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003c\/ul\u003e\n\u003cdiv class=\"\"\u003e\n\u003cem\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eWhy I like BCM “single-high” mist net poles: Quality survey efforts require quality gear. Short and simple.\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/em\u003e  Anyone can set a mist-net in their suburban, well-manicured back yard . . . but that’s not where the savvy surveyor operates. The best capture survey locations are invariably in the most challenging (to humans) habitats: deep water, steep stream corridors, tight forest flyways. And, the most successful mist-net sets require a sturdy foundation: poles that remain perfectly perpendicular to the surface of the earth and stand tall without leaning or bowing. BCM’s single-high poles fit the bill. From seasons of placing poles in rocky southwestern stream beds, to deploying mist-nets across earthen cattle tanks, and doubling up on nets when the flyway demands, no other poles are as reliable or versatile as those made by BCM. They don’t bend under tension. From purchase date to the final field season of a PhD thesis, these poles will remain straight and true . . . essential characteristics for years of reliable deployments. PLUS, they perform double-duty as bat detector microphone masts for acoustic surveys. Three sections (nearly 10-feet, or 3m) can stand freely. Additional sections can be added, and guyed, to elevate an ultrasonic mic 20-feet, or 6m high. None of this can be said about other lighter-weight options. Trust me. Invest in quality equipment. Your survey success depends on it.  \u003cem\u003e-Janet Tyburec, owner of \u003ca href=\"http:\/\/www.batsurveysolutions.com\" target=\"_blank\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\"\u003eBat Survey Solutions\u003c\/a\u003e, bat workshop instructor since 1992\u003c\/em\u003e\n\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003cp class=\"f-fp\"\u003e \u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp class=\"f-fp\"\u003e\u003cspan class=\"style310\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003cspan class=\"style243\"\u003eSay good-bye to conduit, bamboo, wood, etc.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/strong\u003e In the summer of 2001 we needed mist net poles, A LOT of mist net poles. Sure we knew of the terrific lightweight poles already commercially available, but the high price for these featherweight poles caused us to look at other avenues (did I mention we needed A LOT of poles?).\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan class=\"style310\"\u003eDutifully we set out starting with aluminum shafts featuring wooden pegs for stacking. Easy to build at a campsite (which a lot of them were), had seamless connectors, and worked great except for when the wooden pegs would swell slightly when wet, causing many afternoons to be (literally) whittled away. Later we tried using some electrical conduit with all its wonderful connectors to avoid our wooden problems, but it turns out that conduit should really just be used for conduit. You can't slide the net loops over the pole connectors, and conduit is HEAVY. Other material like bamboo is great if you -only- do single high nets. So it turns out there is a reason why 36'' seamless stackable poles have proved the test of time...everything else is less versatile.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan class=\"style310\"\u003eBCM makes our own all aluminum poles with CNC machined ends. We decided up front we would use for less expensive material instead of trying to make them featherweight, since rarely would we net several days' hike from a road and quite frankly often they are used to whack brush down when we need an extra foot or two for the net length. Anodized black for bat work; helps hide your rigging and potentially catch more bats. After beating on these poles for a few years, dozens of employees, thousands of net sets, hundreds of workshops, we felt they have stood up to enough of our abuse and are proud to make them available to fellow bat and bird netters.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan class=\"style310\"\u003ePlease note that we sell poles individually instead of packs, so you can build your own configurations. Keep the following facts in mind:\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan class=\"style310\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eIf you want to set one (1) free-standing single high mist net (any length by 2.6 meters high) you will need 2 Bottoms and 4 Tops. Six poles will weigh approximately 5.5 lbs.\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan class=\"style310\"\u003eIf you want to set one \u003cstrong\u003e(1) free-standing double high mist\u003c\/strong\u003e net you will need \u003cstrong\u003e2 Bottoms and 8 Tops\u003c\/strong\u003e. \u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan class=\"style310\"\u003eIf you want to set triple high mist nets AKA the type of net required for Indiana\/Northern longear bat clearance surveys, these poles are too thin for that kind of span. See our clever Forest Filter mist net system that delivers a 3H wall of net in 15 minutes.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e \u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp class=\"style498\"\u003e\u003cem class=\"style3\"\u003e\u003cspan class=\"style336\"\u003e\"FYI, Eric just ran over my BCM mist net poles with his F150, along their entire length, not crosswise. No damage. If they were xxxxxx-brand poles, they would have been crushed.\"\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/em\u003e\u003cspan class=\"style47\"\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp class=\"style568\"\u003e-Janet Tyburec, BCI Bat Workshop Instructor\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp class=\"style568\"\u003e \u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp class=\"style568\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003cspan class=\"style250\"\u003eFree Advice\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cul class=\"style1 f-lp\"\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\n\u003cp\u003ePoles need guy ropes to keep tension and prevent mist nets from falling over (duh!). Plan on at least 3- 12' ropes per single high net.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eYou need 3 poles per side to make a single high net stand up.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eTo get the net to the top of the pole, slide the two top shelves onto the top pole, remove the top pole, continue sliding the top shelves into place, then replace the top pole.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eFor best results the net should never be saggy and bag overlap should be about 3-4.''\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eGot tall grass or other obstructions at your site? Bats aren't going to be clinging to the ground. Add an extra pole to your single high making an \"extra high single high.\"\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\n\u003cstrong\u003eNever ever pound a mist net pole into the ground with any hammer.\u003c\/strong\u003e You will mushroom the head of the pole and it will need to be ground smooth again. This is probably the only was to damage our poles. Don't even bother with a \"pole pounder\" intended for that purpose; that's just more stuff to carry around. Simply press bottom poles into the ground while twisting; you will drill it into hard ground (eventually). \u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\u003cspan\u003eAll mist net poles conduct electrictiy and should never be used around powerlines. Be aware when loading and unloading poles from vehicles as well as the actual trap site.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003c\/ul\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #38761d;\"\u003eAvailable In Stock, \u003cem\u003eUsually Ships 1-2 Days\u003c\/em\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/h3\u003e"}

BCM Mist Net Poles

Product Description

Heavy duty black anodized seamless poles for single high mist nets, double high mist nets, and bat detector microphones

Pleasures of these mist net poles include:

  • Easily handles single high nets of any length

  • Easily handles double high net sets without any extra hardware

  • Seamless connections so nets slide without any obstruction.

  • Machined of all aluminum, will ever rust, virtually indestructible.

  • All poles are anodized flat black for one stealthy setup. Yes, bats see poles and may clue them in that something fishy is going on.

  • Each section is standard 3' long. For reference matching other poles you aren't sure are BCM's, all of out poles (silver or black) are ~19mm diameter, 12.39mm male pin diameter.

  • Not quite interchangeable with other brands of commercially available poles. Interchangeable with previous BCM "silver" (non-anodized) poles. This is also a good time to mention that BCM does NOT sell the actual mist NETS; only poles.

Why I like BCM “single-high” mist net poles: Quality survey efforts require quality gear. Short and simple.  Anyone can set a mist-net in their suburban, well-manicured back yard . . . but that’s not where the savvy surveyor operates. The best capture survey locations are invariably in the most challenging (to humans) habitats: deep water, steep stream corridors, tight forest flyways. And, the most successful mist-net sets require a sturdy foundation: poles that remain perfectly perpendicular to the surface of the earth and stand tall without leaning or bowing. BCM’s single-high poles fit the bill. From seasons of placing poles in rocky southwestern stream beds, to deploying mist-nets across earthen cattle tanks, and doubling up on nets when the flyway demands, no other poles are as reliable or versatile as those made by BCM. They don’t bend under tension. From purchase date to the final field season of a PhD thesis, these poles will remain straight and true . . . essential characteristics for years of reliable deployments. PLUS, they perform double-duty as bat detector microphone masts for acoustic surveys. Three sections (nearly 10-feet, or 3m) can stand freely. Additional sections can be added, and guyed, to elevate an ultrasonic mic 20-feet, or 6m high. None of this can be said about other lighter-weight options. Trust me. Invest in quality equipment. Your survey success depends on it.  -Janet Tyburec, owner of Bat Survey Solutions, bat workshop instructor since 1992

 

Say good-bye to conduit, bamboo, wood, etc. In the summer of 2001 we needed mist net poles, A LOT of mist net poles. Sure we knew of the terrific lightweight poles already commercially available, but the high price for these featherweight poles caused us to look at other avenues (did I mention we needed A LOT of poles?).

Dutifully we set out starting with aluminum shafts featuring wooden pegs for stacking. Easy to build at a campsite (which a lot of them were), had seamless connectors, and worked great except for when the wooden pegs would swell slightly when wet, causing many afternoons to be (literally) whittled away. Later we tried using some electrical conduit with all its wonderful connectors to avoid our wooden problems, but it turns out that conduit should really just be used for conduit. You can't slide the net loops over the pole connectors, and conduit is HEAVY. Other material like bamboo is great if you -only- do single high nets. So it turns out there is a reason why 36'' seamless stackable poles have proved the test of time...everything else is less versatile.

BCM makes our own all aluminum poles with CNC machined ends. We decided up front we would use for less expensive material instead of trying to make them featherweight, since rarely would we net several days' hike from a road and quite frankly often they are used to whack brush down when we need an extra foot or two for the net length. Anodized black for bat work; helps hide your rigging and potentially catch more bats. After beating on these poles for a few years, dozens of employees, thousands of net sets, hundreds of workshops, we felt they have stood up to enough of our abuse and are proud to make them available to fellow bat and bird netters.

Please note that we sell poles individually instead of packs, so you can build your own configurations. Keep the following facts in mind:

If you want to set one (1) free-standing single high mist net (any length by 2.6 meters high) you will need 2 Bottoms and 4 Tops. Six poles will weigh approximately 5.5 lbs.

If you want to set one (1) free-standing double high mist net you will need 2 Bottoms and 8 Tops.

If you want to set triple high mist nets AKA the type of net required for Indiana/Northern longear bat clearance surveys, these poles are too thin for that kind of span. See our clever Forest Filter mist net system that delivers a 3H wall of net in 15 minutes.

 

"FYI, Eric just ran over my BCM mist net poles with his F150, along their entire length, not crosswise. No damage. If they were xxxxxx-brand poles, they would have been crushed."

-Janet Tyburec, BCI Bat Workshop Instructor

 

Free Advice

  • Poles need guy ropes to keep tension and prevent mist nets from falling over (duh!). Plan on at least 3- 12' ropes per single high net.

  • You need 3 poles per side to make a single high net stand up.

  • To get the net to the top of the pole, slide the two top shelves onto the top pole, remove the top pole, continue sliding the top shelves into place, then replace the top pole.

  • For best results the net should never be saggy and bag overlap should be about 3-4.''

  • Got tall grass or other obstructions at your site? Bats aren't going to be clinging to the ground. Add an extra pole to your single high making an "extra high single high."

  • Never ever pound a mist net pole into the ground with any hammer. You will mushroom the head of the pole and it will need to be ground smooth again. This is probably the only was to damage our poles. Don't even bother with a "pole pounder" intended for that purpose; that's just more stuff to carry around. Simply press bottom poles into the ground while twisting; you will drill it into hard ground (eventually). 
  • All mist net poles conduct electrictiy and should never be used around powerlines. Be aware when loading and unloading poles from vehicles as well as the actual trap site.

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  • Is it 30 dollars for one pole or a set of 6?

    Hello - yes the price is per pole. These are unbreakable under normal use, coated black, and seamless so net shelves don't annoyingly hang up. You can do single-high and double high nets easily with proper rigging. They are often used to hold microphones and camera probes as well.

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