Missouri Dept of Conservation Changing Feral Hog Strategy
Unfortunately, hogs are becoming more of the threat to native species and agriculture all over the U.S. Our grandchildren will still be dealing with them long after we are gone.
There should be an effort to completely eradicate this non indigenous species. There should be no closed seasons with no bag limits. Hogs are prolific breeders with large litters and they are also smarter than most people give them credit for. We should even kill the piglets (they'd be mighty tasty on the grill.)
I thought the article was well written and helped to present the feral hog problem in the proper manner.
We have been hunting hogs regualrly for some time now. We use dogs and ride horses and mules into the areas they use... It has been my experience that the hogs will find the places that are dense and brushy to spend most of their time. I don't claim to be an expert hog hunter, but we have taken alot of hogs this way. I don't see that the use of helicopters and sharpshooters is going to be benificial, especially during the summer. How about offering a bounty for them?
From the books that I have read, there is a lot of importance in knowing every nook and cranny of your hunting territory as well as the animal that you are hunting. So scouting as much as possible, just walking the land, will give you a good idea of what's around the corner or what's on the other side of a hill. Which can be very beneficial.
Making your own maps of human and deer trails, and different types of foliage such as group of pines,...