The hogs we have been hearing about for years have made it to our hunting area. There is no telling how many are around us. Already, two of my friends have been successful in harvesting a hog or two. Check out the pictures in my Hog Central gallery.
Actually, the hogs are just getting to this part of the state. We aren't smothered in hogs but their population is growing rapidly.
We will be making fresh sausage until the hogs overwhelm us. I hear from hunters in other parts of the state that are overwhelmed with hogs. They are to the point where they don't bring the hogs out of the woods anymore because they don't have freezer space available to aid in processing them. Hopefully we will not get to that point.
That species just spreads like wild fire. No matter how hard you push them, and no matter how aggresively you harvest them, it is just almost impossible to really control their populations. They are a generalist species and they can live in just about any habitat. Its scary how adaptable they are. Its just a matter of time before every state in the union has to deal with these things in one way or another. They are not a wildlife managers favorite topic... they are more like a nightmare.
You're right. It's extremely difficult to keep their numbers in check, much less put a dent in their numbers.
I have some friends who have hunting hogs longer than I. They have hunted them over bait and have caught them in pens. But the best way they have found to keep them in check, has been running them with dogs. They set out the dogs on some hogs, get them to bay, kill a couple hogs then re-group and do it again. They have killed as many as 15 hogs in one day. They're going to bring the dogs in January after deer season to try and cull some more hogs.
There can be too much of a good thing with antler rattling.
I like to hit the horns together for a good 30- to 40-second rattling sequence and then hang them up and resist the urge to hit them again.
This works to the hunter's advantage, because if a buck has heard it, he may have been 300 or 400 yards away and he comes in and he's not exactly sure where it came from.
When finally is time to rattle again throw a slight change-up into the routine.
The second time, don't rattle as loud...