Feral hogs cause up to $2.5 billion in damage a year, so the government is boosting efforts to fight them

Feral hogs cause up to $2.5 billion in damage a year, so the government is boosting efforts to fight them

Jeff Daniels

Fri, 10 Aug 2018

  • Wild hogs are in at least 39 states and cause up to $2.5 billion in damage annually.
  • More than 5 million of the feral swine roam the U.S., with Texas having the biggest share.
  • The pigs are a menace for agriculture but also a health risk and threat to native wildlife.
  • The federal government is spending about $30.5 million annually to fight the problem and may get more money from the 2018 farm bill.

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10 Best U.S. States to Go Hog Hunting

With feral hog populations exploding all over the United States, there are a lot of great places to hunt hogs.

It is thought that the first hogs in the United States were introduced in the 1500s by Spanish explorers. Since then, the hog population has ballooned and their range has expanded dramatically thanks to their prolific breeding (supplemented by hogs that escaped from farms and those introduced specifically for hunting).

Source: 10 Best U.S. States to Go Hog Hunting

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Closing in on Feral Hogs | Missouri Department of Conservation

CLOSING IN ON FERAL HOGS

Publish Date

Dec 01, 2018

On a warm June day, a crew of MDC biologists traveled to document a population of Mead’s milkweed, an endangered plant.

Like other milkweeds, Mead’s serves as critical habitat for the monarch butterfly and other pollinators vitally important to agriculture and wildlife. This population occurs on a remote glade, a unique type of desertlike habitat, in the shadow of Taum Sauk Mountain. The …

Source: Closing in on Feral Hogs | Missouri Department of Conservation

 

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Hog Charges Officer


Walton County deputy sheriff is charged by vicious wild hog.

Working in law enforcement can result in some interesting calls, but some calls go beyond what even an officer of the law can imagine.

Rock Podeszwa, a deputy sheriff in Walton County, recently received a call around five o’clock in the afternoon regarding a vicious and angry wild hog.

“At first I thought for sure it was going to be like a piglet or a domestic pig,” Rock said. “I was receiving information from dispatch that the wild hog was trying to attack and charge the neighbor, trying to charge the female and trying to get at her goat and her dog.”

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Public-Land Hog Hunting In August

In answer to the above, I do love hunting enough to brave the heat, further enhanced by the fact that WMA hogs have been left alone for nearly three months. A calmer animal is easier to hunt. Because of the heat, they can be easier to pinpoint as they will be drawn to the cooler swamps, drainages and floodplains to wallow and lay up. If a high and dry food source is a good distance away, they will have a very defined travel corridor, there and back. Cut across some fresh sign, and track ’em down.

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5 Reasons Why You Should Hunt Wild Pigs


BY STEVE HICKOFF 

1. Property Damage Control

Pre-hunt discussions by friends, outfitters, ranch owners and others often conclude with statements such as: “And kill as many pigs as you want.”

Damage control on properties is often one aim. There are four others as well.

Gear tip: Keep an eye on roaming hogs with the Covert Scouting Cameras Night Stryker in Realtree Xtra.

Bonus read: More on damage by wild pigs.

2. Year-Round Hunting Opportunity

Let’s face it, the weeks and months between spring turkey and fall deer seasons are long.

Fishing, as fun as it is, doesn’t always provide the variety you might need. You may want, to put it simply, hunt.

Pigs provide the answer.

Some states, like Alabama, just require a small-game license to target them; others, like Georgia, ask for regular hunting paperwork. In Oklahoma, no license is required to hunt wild pigs on private land.

Often, too, there are no closed seasons on these feral swine; even night hunting and other opportunities.

Always check your state’s regulations though, as they vary. Have fun but stay legal.

Bonus photo gallery: Hogs by Helicopter

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The ins and outs of feral hog hunting in Texas

 Updated 8:50 am CDT, Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Texas is home to the largest feral hog population in the United States, with an estimated 4 million hogs statewide.

These creatures wreak havoc on the land of hard-working farmers and land owners and disrupt the natural patterns of better and much more beautiful animals.

BIG DADDY: East Texas man takes down 416-pound wild hog in backyard

It’s safe to say that hogs are one of the most-hated animals in Texas along with mosquitoes, fire ants, bed bugs, snakes and rats.

The progeny of domestic hogs that quickly turned feral or hybrids between domestic feral pigs and European wild hogs, feral hogs are omnivores with a nondiscriminatory palate. They will eat anything, which is good news for hunters.

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Feral hogs are all over Alabama. How do we get rid of them?

They are four-footed eating, breeding, rooting machines.

Feral hogs are an invasive species present in at least 35 states, according to the United States Department of Agriculture. They cause billions of dollars in crop damage each year, and their rooting causes widespread and lasting environmental damage, according to the USDA.

The porcine population bomb is exploding on farms and ranches, timberlands and suburban yards across the country. Sows become sexually mature at six months, and can drop two litters a year. The average litter size is six to 12 piglets. After reaching about two months old, the piglets have no natural predators. Adult hogs have no natural predators, other than man.

Hogs are omnivores, eating just about anything including plants, small animals and carrion.

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Killing Hogzilla: Hunting A Monster Wild Pig


SEPTEMBER 4, 2018 08:33 AM

By Chris Bennett

Michael Mims charged across a turnrow and burst through a green wall of July corn, running toward the baying bedlam of a primal melee. Tangled leaves slapped his face as he pounded down the mocha dirt of a Delta middle, primed to break through an 8-foot curtain of stalks and reach the source of absolute chaos. Twenty-five yards into the field, he checked up and froze in surprise as the flailing body of a black dog catapulted upward from the corn, arced 5 feet above the canopy, and sailed across his sight line before crashing into the foliage. Adrenaline surging, he steeled his nerve, fingered a bowie knife strapped against his thigh, and broke through one last row before spilling onto a flattened pocket 30 yards off the turnrow. Less than 6 feet away stood a hulking leviathan, a 750-lb. wild pig slinging teeth and wearing five dogs. Sliding a 15-inch blade from its sheath, Mims waded into a surreal brawl of blood and dirt—unaware an extraordinary wild pig saga was only just beginning.

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Hog Hunting: The 6 Biggest Myths About Hunting, Killing, and Eating Big Boars

Don’t believe these common misconceptions—go hog wild

Veteran tusker-tracker and outdoor write Luke Clayton hr Las been hunting Texas hogs for more than 40 years. He’s tracked and put down porkers with everything from knives to flintlock rifles to longbows

While hog-hunting has gained in popularity in the four-plus decades he’s been afield, Clayton reports there’s been no change in the fundamental basics of tracking and putting down porkers. But many newcomers, and even some longtime aficionados, have misconceptions about how to hunt them and prepare them as tablefare.

Here are Clayton’s six most commonly-cited fallacies about hog hunting.

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