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New angle on feral hogs
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 Posted: Sat May 21st, 2005 10:01 PM
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What do you biologists think of this?:confused:

 

Wild Hogs in Texas
Boar a Headache for Some Ranchers, Livelihood for Others

 




 


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John Burnett, NPR
Maurice Chambers has opened his ranch near Sabinal, Texas, to bow hunters trying to bag wild boar.

 
 

 


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A wild boar is penned at the Chambers Ranch.

 
 
Weekend Edition - Sunday, March 21, 2004 ยท Feral pigs are running rampant in the Lone Star State, rooting up lawns and pastures, and eating everything in sight. But what Texans consider little more than vermin, Europeans see as a delicacy for which they'll pay dearly. Could wild hog be the next big thing? NPR's John Burnett reports.

Wild hogs have been rummaging through the American countryside for as long as there has been an America. Spanish explorers introduced pigs in Florida 500 years ago. Some escaped, went native, and they've been running wild ever since. Today, feral hogs are found in more than half the states, mostly in the South. In many places, such as Texas, their numbers are growing, causing big headaches for landowners.

There are an estimated 2 million in Texas alone. The population has gone hog wild, boosted by the release of feral and domestic hogs onto ranches so they can be hunted for sport.

Having depleted their own supply, Europeans now import large quantities from the United States. Broken Arrow Ranch, in Ingram, Texas, says it ships about 14 tons of wild pork a year.


 
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 Posted: Sun May 22nd, 2005 06:28 PM
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Well, I can speak from both sides of this, its a great way to make money if you have a place with hogs, Most ranches that have hogs are controling them well and keeping the damage to neightoring land to a controled amoung.

Wild Hogs are the most destructive animal in the USA. the do Damage in the 10's of millions of dollars yearly.

What do I think of hogs a money making ,I have worked on Ranches that between Deer and Hogs make more then when where running Cattle .

I believe that the Population of Wild hogs in Texas are more in the neighterhood of 3.5 to 4 Million and the are growing at a rate of about 8%per year.

This Weekend I was in Breckenridge,Tx at a Shoot and was speaking to a few ranchers that are having problems with the hogs that started coming in a bout 4 years ago and the Ag Ext. Agent was telling us that in Stephens Co. along the Damage was going to Top the 1 million mark this year along.

 

The story and the Facts are true in this story.

 

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I have to totally agree with TexasDoc on this one.  In WV, our boar population has been dwindling down to nothing.  It seems to be the result of coyotes, climate and poaching mainly.  I personally don't have much experience in managing them at all.

Now from TN south, you guys do tend to have quite a few hogs, especially TX.  I guess that in my opinion, the boar is about as destructive critter as you can get.  In the flatlands of Texas I can only imagine the sheer magnitude of loss of agricultural lands.  In the hill country of TX and the Mtns of TN, NC and others I can only imagine the loss of topsoil these little buggers cause! 

I guess I view hogs more as an environmental liability than a potential source of revenue in the areas I frequent.  Now in TX, as doc as mentioned, where you have less slopes and more arid conditions, I suspect that if properly managed it could provide a great opportunity for landowners to cash in on some extra money.  Only thing I worry about with this situation is for landowners to hoard the resource and cause near unrepairable damage to the area as he looks for more and more hunters.  I'm all for the guy making money with his land.  Rather him have it than some unconscientious developer.  Only problem is for improper management of the resource and with high populations desired and large acreage ranches typical of TX, it should be looked at pretty closely and reasonably should a landowner decide to maintain a hog hunting resource.



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I wish you guys could see that television show about the feral hogs.It was about the internet legend hog "hogzilla" but it dwelved off into the meat market trade we are discusing,their breeding rates and such.

When I first got out of the service I went to south Florida and worked on a citrus grove and ranch operation.The owner of the place told me flat out,"Shoot evry damned hog you see.I don`t care what you do with em.Let em rot if you want".

I wouldn`t do that.There was an old man and his wife that lived out in the middle of nowhere about 5 miles from me.His daughter was a drug addict and the couple had taken all six of her children to raise.I used to skin and butcher the hogs and take them to him for his freezer.They were very poor people and they ate evrything I gave them so they were not wasted.

People who have never seen what it looks like when a pack of hogs roots up a grove bed would be amazed at the damage.Strangely the best shooting was in the groves not the ranch,The hogs were always after rotten fruit that had fallen from the trees.

The bigger boars though were solitary and I often caught them at night  on the ranch with a light.Occasionally I would catch one in the groves but thats another story..:thumbs:



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Here in South Africa, I know a farmer that cross breed them with the white pigs, because the feral hogs are more resistant to heat exhaustion and stress.



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Ruger, This post is 9 years old. I would like to hear about wild pigs in South Africa.

Unfortunately I still think many folks in TX are shooting hogs and wasteing the meat. Not saying that an old breeding boar would be as tasty as a younger less than 200# one but many of us would value the ability to go to TX to hunt them and save and eat the meat.

Of course I'm also an advocate of either shipping wild horses to countries that will also eat their meat or consuming them domestically instead of the taxpayers footing the bill for the welfare of over 25,000 wild horses in captivity and the continued current management by the Bureau of Land Management under the Wild Horse and Borro Act.

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I didn't even see that this post is so old, being a probationary member, I'm supposed to reply to 5 posts before I can start a topic. South Africas feral pigs came from uerope to control the emporer moth, in the pine forest along the Franchhoek mountains, but they somehow bred with domestic pigs, and can be found along the Berg river up to Veldrif in the Western Cape. I hunt them at night with a silenced 6 br and atn night vision scope. The pigs are very clever, use to get them at night, but only find them at first light now, that is the reason I aquired the 375 ruger.



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375 ruger wrote: I didn't even see that this post is so old, being a probationary member .... .
There's a topic on feral hogs going on now here

http://handloadersbench.com/forum97/32264.html



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