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The Truth about Wild Hogs (feature article)

April 2006 Feature Article:

The Truth about Wild Hogs

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There are a whole lot of hogs in south texas. I shot a smaller one and they were some of the best pork chops i have ever had. There was very little fat on the hog. I need some nice farmer to ask me to shoot off his hogs for him. They are available year round down here and I would rather shoot hogs than paper targets.

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Great article....I just moved to california and ready to try out some hog hunting. And that article just got my blood flowing! thanks for sharing. Thumbs up tb.

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Just joined this evening! This is a good article! Lots of the hunting community is snobbish about hog hunting for some reason, but once you do it, it's addictive as hell!! I hunt almost nothing else any more!

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That was a great article, though a little in error in places!

FERAL Hog, or WILD BOAR hunting, is one of my favorite pass times between hunting seasons, not to mention the excellent table fare! Pork is one of my all time favorite meats. So I never miss a chance to place a pile of meat in my freezer.

I started a club a few years ago, with myself, and four other guys, that has members all ove the world today ! We have on member, who is starting a chapter in RUSSIA, and we have a chapter in RSA (Republic of South Africa), ans many states, and provences of Canada! It is called the DRSS,or (DOUBLE RIFLE SHOOTER'S SOCIETY)! And is manned by those who have a healty interest in hunting with nitro express double rifles. Boar hunting give us a chance to hunt with these rifles in the off season, and these rifles are perfect for that purpose.

In the artical the author also states:

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The truth is they are largely misunderstood. Introduced and interbred, today's wild hog is rarely, if ever, found as pure stock. Throughout the U.S. and parts of Canada, wild hogs are swine found out of captivity. They include European stock (to my understanding, mostly of Russian or Hungarian origin), feral hogs and hybrids. Feral hogs (Sus scrofa) are from domestic descent and, over time, they have adapted and evolved as a wild breed. With the Russian boar imported for sport hunting several decades ago, escapes and interbreeding have resulted in feral/Russian hybrids. Wild hogs, although sharing similar traits, are considerably different from North America's only indigenous pig, the javelina or collared peccary (Tayassu tajacu).

The Europian wild swine were brought to TEXAS coast by the conquistadores, in the 1500s, and were placed in pins at Mission outposts where Priests were dropped off along the exploration route to the PASS OF THE NORTH or El PASO DEL NORTE. now ElPaso, Texas, in the farthest western place in the state of Texas. Most of the escapees remained pure, because there were no other swine in North America at that time. There are no indigeonous swine to North America. The escapees only started cross breading when the farmers started raising domestic hogs in the late 1600, and for this reason the piney woods of east Texas, the ferals are nearly pure strain, as are the so-called RAZORBACKS of Arkansas which is one continous woods from the gulf coast of Texas all the way to Tennesee.

In the South East colonies of the Verginias,North and South Carolina there was a rich plantation owner,in the 1600s who had come from Europe, and was a real fan of wild boar hunting on horse back with dogs, and spear. He had a ship load of wild swine brought over from Europe, to his plantation, where he had a fence built, to hold them. What he didn't realize is, fences don't hold hogs for long, and they began to escape, and along with domestic hogs of the surrounding farms,started a cross bread that spread all along the Southern Seaboard, in habitat that was perfect for them, the crosses becoming the first feral hog mixes. So what I'm saying it was considerably longer ago that severl decades! The strain mixed with the pure so-called RUSSIANS, has been in the Southern USA, for well over 350 yrs. , and the pure ones have been in North America for over 500 yrs.

The second is his claim that the JAVALINA is an indigeonous SWINE, or PIG to North America. The JAVALINA or Collard Peccory (Tayassu Tajcu) Is not a pig at all but a seperate species all together. They are not pigs, and there are no indigeonous swine to North America, at all!

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Biologists have determined that wild hogs can have a small or large home range. Some will remain in a relatively condensed area as small as a half square mile while others may roam up to almost 20 square miles. Much like their distant relatives, the black bear, boars tend to have a bigger home range than the sows, particularly during their breeding season. Boars normally travel and feed by themselves. If you see a herd of several wild pigs of variable sizes, the odds are that they are sows with their young. Boars may follow behind, but are more commonly found on their own.

Swine have no breading season, and as soon as a sow drops her litter, she becomes in estrus again, and breeds back. While she is nurseing her littler, she is almost always pregnant with the next litter. Wild pigs are self sufcient by the time they are two months old, and can do quite nicely on their own. A sow will have tree or four littler per year, and that is why there is a saying in Texas, that has been around for a long time, "THERE ARE TWO KINDS OF LAND IN TEXAS, THOSE THAT HAVE WILD HOGS, AND THOSE THE WILL HAVE WILD HOGS "

HOGS are fun to hunt, any way they are hunted, but the hunting of hogs with dogs, and killing them with a knife turns me off. That is too much like murder to me, however, it is becoming more popular all the time!

.......................Good hunting! Thumbs up

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From my first and recent experience in hunting hogs, the small group I went with used dogs at times and didn't use them all the time as we were seperated on two different lands. When dogs are used and from what I have seen, they do not attack the hog. They corner them until you the hunter get there, call them off and make a clean kill with your rifle. In the state of California, from my understanding and learning from the guide I was with, it is illegal to kill the hog with a knife. But to each his own whether or not he/she wants to utilize dogs while hunting game. Happy Hunting to all.

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The Truth about Wild Hogs (feature article)

good article now if i can find some of those pigs here in california on my little budget lol. robert

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Robert -- there's a hog hunt in Riverside that I believe is reasonably priced. I can dig up the info if you are interested...........

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Whitworth wrote:
Robert -- there's a hog hunt in Riverside that I believe is reasonably priced. I can dig up the info if you are interested...........

Here is the place, they also have exotics, they are charging 325.00 ea, but nowadays work a deal, I have a friend that got in their for 250.00ea.
http://www.bighorncanyonranch.com

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The Truth about Wild Hogs (feature article)

" HOGS are fun to hunt, any way they are hunted, but the hunting of hogs with dogs, and killing them with a knife turns me off. That is too much like murder to me, however, it is becoming more popular all the time!"

Not every hog caught by dogs are killed using a knife. Quite a bit are taken home alive either for raising or for bbq'ing. I prefer knifing them compared to shooting them. Cleaner and blood drains out makes the meat taste a bit better, IMHO. I can see why some people don't like that. I think spear hunting is a bit weird!!

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Gave up work this year because it greatly interfered with my hog hunting. I hunt wild hogs at least two days a week 12 months of the year. Averaged about one hog per week this year. Most of my hogs are killed with a .50 caliber muzzleloader. Wild hogs in SW Oklahoma are having an adverse impact on the deer population. Acorns are scarce this year in SW OK and it is the deer that suffer. Have seen hogs chase deer off game plots, away from feeders and out of wheat fields.

Wild hogs can be dangerous under some conditions. A friend of mine was hurt two years ago when a wild sow knocked him down in a surprise and unprovoked attack: He killed that sow and it did not have pigs. I've been chased by wild hogs four times in the past five years: Twice by wounded boars, once when I in advertently got between a sow and her pigs, and once by a big boar that answered the distress call of a wounded sow. Now I wear chainsaw pants when going after a wounded hog.

The state of OK has still not gotten serious about wild hogs: We are not allowed to hunt hogs at night with a gun and the hunting of hogs on WMAs is greatly restricted.

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