Taking on Texas Feral Hog Myths

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Feral hog hunting has grown in popularity over the last decade, but unlike many other big game species, not a great deal is known about wild hog range, population, and population growth rates. No place dominates hog hunting like the Lone Star state and the Bonham Journal has a detailed article running about feral hogs in Texas. It's an interesting read detailing the hunter success rate, birth rate, and range of hog habitat.

“When it comes to feral hogs in Texas, separating fact from fiction is becoming a little easier as research reveals more about the pesky porcines,” said Dr. Billy Higginbotham, AgriLife Extension wildlife specialist. “There remains much we don’t know about this exotic that has inhabited our state for the past 450 years.”


hunter25's picture

Now this is an excellent

Now this is an excellent article with a lot of facts that dispell a lot of information that I have read elsewhere and been guilty of spreading myself. I had always believed the reproduced at lees than a year and had up to 4 litters yearly. That's what I get for believing the internet again.

I agree completely with Ca_Vermonster as we have a similar situation in Colorado with the deer and elk. Landowners want compensation for crop damage but will not let anyone hunt without large trespass fees. I believe you can do what you want with your land but request extra money without letting them be hunted is too much. We have tons of private land only licenses go unsold because there is nowhere to use them.

I have hunted Texas several times now and am going back this November for more. The reason I never tried California as like stated the cost was far more than anything I have had to pay for a Texas hunt so the economics won again.

Ca_Vermonster's picture

Yeah, but again, it always

Yeah, but again, it always comes back to the $$$$$$.

As I have said many times before in response to these articles, I hate it when you see farmers and ranchers complaining about the damage that is being done to their farms, but when you, as a responsible hunter, offer to take care of the problem, they say "Okay, that'll be $500".

If they truly wanted to rid the state of them, or at least control them, they would open their doors to the public.  The author gets that, in his last paragraph, where he refers to arming the public with the best management practices available to control the problem.

Now, I am not against making money.  It's their property, their right.  But, just don't complain about it, and then when someone offers a solution, put conditons on it.

On the other hand, at leat Texas is very reasonable when it comes to hog hunting prices.  Now California, that's entirely a different story.

jaybe's picture

According to a quick search,

According to a quick search, I read that European explorers first came to Texas in 1519 and found Native American Indians living there. They must have brought those three little piggies from Europe to start a small herd of livestock for food. Little did they know what those three little piggies would turn out to be!

Wow - 1.9 to 3.5 million feral hogs now in Texas! That sounds like a whole lot of rooting and a whole lot of shooting to me.

I guess that hog hunts are becoming more popular in Texas, along with their wonderful opportunities for deer, but it sounds like they need to increase the tempo of thinning their population. The article says that somewhere around 25-50% are removed by hunting each year, but it will take a 60-70 harvest rate to keep ahead of them little buggers.

We'd better get busy and book our hog hunts and help the Lone Star state out, before they get eaten out of house and home!