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?
One of the most important components of deciphering a new hunting area is distinguishing between the summer and winter ranges for the game that you plan to pursue. Without knowing this you cannot make reliable assumptions about where the game will be come opening day. Knowing these areas will allow you to take the current weather (as well as the past couple weeks) and apply that to the landscape and make an educated guess as to where you might find that big buck or bull.
There are a couple ways...