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Are feral pigs trophy animals?

Trophy pigs?

 

I’m curious.  How many folks here consider hogs a trophy animal?  Heck yeah I would shoot one and be happy to fill the freezer.  I’d even spend the money for taxidermy on a big tusked wart hog or maybe even one of the Russian boars if I found one running wild.  But I don’t think I could consider the majority of feral hogs as a trophy animal. 

 

How about you?

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Absolutely.  If you have ever

Absolutely.  If you have ever tried to hunt them? They are tough little critters.  They can smell like you wouldn't believe, even if they can't see 15 feet.  And it's not like you are shooting fish in a barrell.

Heck, I would consider them more of a trophy animal than whitetail deer, in some places like Texas.  Some of those hunting ranches, you can sit there and see 15 bucks in a sitting, and you just choose to shoot the biggest one.

Would you consider that to be a "trophy".  What did you really accomplish there? 

Believe it or not, the pig is the most popular big game animal in California.  Sure, you have some places where it's a slaughterfest, but those are few and far between. 

for the record, with both deer and pigs, I really don't consider anything shot off a fenced ranch a true "trophy", but that's my opinion.  Any wild animal shot in a fair chase situation, I feel is indeed a trophy.

Just curious Mike, why do you not consider hogs a trophy?

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I never have hunted them

I never have hunted them.  They are not wild where I am and I can't bring myself to pay to hunt them.

 

Given the chance I'd be happy to fill a freezer with feral hog.  Heck I've shot plenty of pigs already but these were domestic hogs being butchered. 

 

Let me make it clear that I am in no way opposed to pig hunting and if they are a trophy to you – that’s great.  Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.  I’m just curious whether I’m the only one who feels this way.  It is likely just because I’m a farm kid.  I don’t think I’d consider them a trophy because even though these pigs are raised wild, they just look too much like domestic hogs to me.  I grew up around generations of domestic pigs from helping to birth them and bottle feeding on up through putting them in the freezer and eating every ounce.  I understand that the feral pigs are wild and not tame animals, but to me they are just pigs that got loose. 

 

I’ll get a lot of disagreement on this but I feel the same way about wild sheep and goats.  They are just sheep and goats and I grew up around hundreds of them.  I’ve helped them be born, trimmed their hooves, and sheered them.  To me, they are just farm animals.  Yes I know that a stone sheep has never been a farm animal.  But when I see a sheep, all I see is a sheep and to me, sheep are farm animals kept in fences and fed with bottles, sat on their butt and shaved every summer.

 

I have no interest in shooting a zebra.  They are too close to the ponies I had as a kid. 

 

I wouldn’t really consider a coyote a trophy.  Its just a dog.  A wary, wild predator yes, but still a dog to my eyes.

 

Again, I am not opposed to hunting them and understand that they are perfectly suitable as trophies to others, but just not my cup of tea.  Maybe I’m the only one.

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I hear ya Mike, but i think

I hear ya Mike, but i think there may be a little misconception on your part.

Up in the northeast, most of the hunts for the hogs take place on small, fenced in reserves.  The pigs are indeed treated like livestock, and I wouldn't shoot one either, or consider it a trophy.

However, out here in CA, and down south, these hogs are truly wild animals, and in my opinion, are as hard to hunt as deer.  You don't know where they are from one day to the next, and there is no guarantee of anything when you head out for them.

Again, hogs taken in the scenario you are talking about..... No trophy.

Hogs taken in a fair chase situation... Absolutely

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As they say the trophy is in

As they say the trophy is in the eye of the beholder or in this case the hunter.  I have a friend that is a taxidermist that used to offer wild pig hunts in New Mexico for $900.00 and included in that price was a head mount of the prize.  Now I thought about doing the hunt just to have that pig head mounted and hung above my garage doors just to ward off evil spirit's but he quit offering the hunt when the population of the pigs dropped quite low.  As for hunting them and having to pay a price to do it I think that you have to look at the enjoyment factor of the hunt itself along with the fine meat that you could bring home.  But if you just want some pork go down to the local butcher shop and pick some up, which can be said for just about any hunt that you go on.  I know that I will usually spend way more in travel and living expences while in another state on a hunt than it would cost for the same amount of meat out of the supermarket.  But then the supermarket isn't as much fun, which it is all about.   

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In my opinion they are indeed

In my opinion they are indeed a trophy. I have hunted them with dogs in Florida and in the Texas panhandl and also down by San Antonio. All free range and every bit as much of a big game animal as any other and also a fair bit tougher than some. Although regular feral hogs can look quite similar to domestic ones, most of them that I have hunted do not. The heads make a great open mouth mount and the european mounts look just as good.

All the meat has turned out very well for us whether it be a sow or even an average sized boar. We have eaten a couple of older boars and although a little tougher they were in fact still edible. I have paid to hunt them 4 times now and will gladly do so again as it is very reasonable compared to a normal game animal and you can get away with a very cheap license or even none at all in some states. Plus you can hunt them year round and escape from the cold where you live and head somewhere warm to hunt for a few days.

Of course I consider any animal has trophy status and will happily hunt anything I'm legally allowed to. Big smile

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now you are talking!

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and will gladly do so again as it is very reasonable compared to a normal game animal and you can get away with a very cheap license or even none at all in some states. Plus you can hunt them year round and escape from the cold where you live and head somewhere warm to hunt for a few days.

Of course I consider any animal has trophy status and will happily hunt anything I'm legally allowed to. Big smile

 

Now you are making sense to me!  ten below zero last night - a pig hunt in thw south is sounding mighty good to me! And if I do I sure will share the story and photographs Arrowflipper!

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Have you ever shot one

Great question Groovy Mike.....   Personally, it would have to be one mighty big old boar before I'd consider it a trophy worthy of space on my wall.  Does that mean I wouldn't like to hunt them?  Oh no, I'd love to slip through the underbrush and come face to face with one of those mean old boys.  I just don't think I'd spend the money to have it mounted by a taxidermist.

I am considering a Russian boar hunt in Northern California this spring and I'd love to harvest a big tusker, but I'm not sure I'd like to see him mounted on my trophy room wall.  I have heard they are a formidable foe, and I look forward to matching wits with one, but I just don't know if they are a real trophy.

But then, come to think of it, I've called a cow elk with a bow a "trophy", so I guess the label of "trophy" is strictly up to the hunter.  Sooooo, bottom line, a trophy is what you consider them to be.  If you take one Groovy Mike, please post the story and lots of pictures.

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Thanks for the Tag assist Groovy Mike!

For all of us who are desperate to get a wild sheep or mtn goat tag, I want to say thanks Groovy Mike for making one more limited tag available.  If having a genetic link to a domestically raised animal is the qualifier, don't forget that elk are also quite commonly domestically managed too so you might not want to apply for any limited entry areas.  Myself or any number of other hunters here will gladly take this burden from you. 

Come to think of it, caribou, rabbits, ducks geese & buffalo are also domestically raised too.  Now if we could only find a domestic source for moose meat !!

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Well at least we have a lively thread!

Hal Fast wrote:

For all of us who are desperate to get a wild sheep or mtn goat tag, I want to say thanks Groovy Mike for making one more limited tag available.  If having a genetic link to a domestically raised animal is the qualifier, don't forget that elk are also quite commonly domestically managed too so you might not want to apply for any limited entry areas.  Myself or any number of other hunters here will gladly take this burden from you. 

Come to think of it, caribou, rabbits, ducks geese & buffalo are also domestically raised too.  Now if we could only find a domestic source for moose meat !!

 

All true!  I've never applied for a sheep, goat, or elk tag!

I would not consider rabbit, ducks, geese, turkeys, or other birds "trophy game".  Bison and cape Buffalo are iffy in my mind (yeah - I'm just that weird) but polar bear, grizzly, and African lion - THOSE are trophies!  As for moose - stay away from those tags - those are all mine.  You can have the sheep and goats in trade!

Don't tell anybody but a few twisted individuals liek my neighbor down the road keep white tail bucks as fenced livestock too - but I'll make an exception to my theory for wild raised fre ranging white tail bucks!In love

 

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I consider any animal that I

I consider any animal that I am after as a trophy. I know it may not be the common definition of a "trophy" as in "really big", but if I manage to kill an animal, it's my prize, my trophy, I have fulfilled my quest. A lot of it is in the perception, obviously; like Mike saying a zebra is just a pony. There are probably a lot of hunters who would disagree with that completely. I would love to kill a feral pig, which we now have running all over our state and ruining a lot of property. I'm not ready at this point to pay to go on a hog hunt, but I would relish the opportunity to shoot one when I'm out hunting something else. I might even put some relish alongside the roast pig on my plate, too. Thumbs up

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