6,000,000 Wild Pigs in the Southern USA

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6,000,000 Wild Pigs in the Southern USA

Post by Allen » Wed Mar 25, 2009 1:13 pm

I saw a TV show on the Discovery Channel last night.
Wild pigs are breeding like rabbits all over the south.
They are tearing up farms everywhere, and nobody knows
what to do about it. You have to use dogs or night vision
glasses to hunt them. They can grow as big as 500 pounds.
It sounds like a good way to fill up a freezer to Me.

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Re: 6,000,000 Wild Pigs in the Southern USA

Post by dkhoward » Wed Mar 25, 2009 1:19 pm

Here are a couple I killed last year on our deer lease. THey weioghed in at about 200lbs a piece and were probably about a year old

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Re: 6,000,000 Wild Pigs in the Southern USA

Post by tilt » Wed Mar 25, 2009 1:28 pm

Part of the fault (at least in Texas) lies with the landowner and it is mostly driven by greed.

See, about 7-8 years ago, hogs were a problem, enough so that property owners would allow hunters on their land to shoot them (at no charge). In some cases, the animal damage was so bad that there was a bounty placed on hogs (I remember getting paid $25 a tail at one point).

What happened next is no surpirse, land owners realized they could put a spin on hog hunting as "the new whitetail" or the "year round deer" and started charging folks to hunt them. Granted, the prices aren't as bad as whitetail, but there are actually folks out there with the nerve to talk about "trophy hogs".

Basically:
1. Greed led to charging to hunt a varmint
2. Charging to hunt varmints usually turns people off to the notion
3. When less people are hunting because they don't want to pay somebody else to help them with their problem, populations explode.
4. Now, the same landowners that cut off access to good natured people looking to hep the environment and the industry in exchange for a little bacon are throwing a hissy fit because the populations have gone bonkers. Cry me a river.
5. ????
6. Nobody profits.

From a guy that used to hunt coyotes and hogs for the bounty, fur and food... I have no sympathy for any landowner that charges people for the privelege of getting rid of his/her problems. They made their bed, let the hogs wallow in it.
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Re: 6,000,000 Wild Pigs in the Southern USA

Post by tilt » Wed Mar 25, 2009 1:29 pm

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Re: 6,000,000 Wild Pigs in the Southern USA

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Re: 6,000,000 Wild Pigs in the Southern USA

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Re: 6,000,000 Wild Pigs in the Southern USA

Post by arrowolf » Wed Mar 25, 2009 1:40 pm

This thread is screwed.
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Re: 6,000,000 Wild Pigs in the Southern USA

Post by arrowolf » Wed Mar 25, 2009 1:42 pm

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Re: 6,000,000 Wild Pigs in the Southern USA

Post by Phoenix David » Wed Mar 25, 2009 1:44 pm

Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmm Bacon :D :D :D
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Re: 6,000,000 Wild Pigs in the Southern USA

Post by arrowolf » Wed Mar 25, 2009 1:45 pm

Dogs? Night vision glasses? Bullshit! You can hunt 'em in broad daylight in some of the places I have to go on the job. One of my co-workers had about 125 trapped off his farm in Young County, TX. Not sure I'd eat 'em though. They're probably full of parasites. But some folks do.

The agency I work for (APHIS) is in the beginning stages of studying the problem in order to come up with a solution. They are very destructive pest animals for the most part.
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Re: 6,000,000 Wild Pigs in the Southern USA

Post by Phoenix David » Wed Mar 25, 2009 1:49 pm

More Bacon :D :D
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Re: 6,000,000 Wild Pigs in the Southern USA

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Quadrule Tap...
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Re: 6,000,000 Wild Pigs in the Southern USA

Post by Phoenix David » Wed Mar 25, 2009 1:54 pm

Bacon :D
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Re: 6,000,000 Wild Pigs in the Southern USA

Post by congochris » Wed Mar 25, 2009 2:12 pm

The multi-posting is strong with this thread. :lol:

Personally, I'd be more than happy to shoot bacon on the hoof for the price of a small game license. But if you want to charge me to keep your crops alive, you're out of your mind.

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Re: 6,000,000 Wild Pigs in the Southern USA

Post by bioboy » Wed Mar 25, 2009 2:43 pm

Nightvision goggle for pig hunting I think your allowed since they are are varmit but it's not needed pigs area day creature if you turn off the lights in the barn they go to sleep. Dawn comes they are up looking for food. Plus they require light to regulate their breeding cycle. The barns use 12 hours on 12 hours off to keep them breeding less light less likely they are to go into heat. From my understand the only issue with too much light is that they will stay up all night (think 8 year olds at a sleep over) if you leave the lights on.

We have the same problem in Canada don't need a tag or anything just kill the buggers. If someone asked me to pay to hunt a hog forget it. Not going to happen. Crazy idea that's like paying to kill gophers.
After having been personally attacked by a Boar once I would make sure you kill them right away nasty teeth and disposition and fairly tough.

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Re: 6,000,000 Wild Pigs in the Southern USA

Post by tilt » Wed Mar 25, 2009 3:06 pm

bioboy wrote:After having been personally attacked by a Boar once I would make sure you kill them right away nasty teeth and disposition and fairly tough.

I went hog hunting with a .50 Cal muzzleloader once. No backup pistol, and only half a dozen charges. I shot a hog in the shoulder... then she ran me up a tree. On my way up the tree, I dropped my possibles sack with all of my reloads. She wandered around for a while charging the tree and such every now and then. After about 20 minutes (cause I didn't drop my wristwatch and had nothing better to do than look at the clock), she wandered off into the woods. I waited about 10 minutes, climbed down and reloaded as quickly as I could, then I started on what little blood trail there was. This is why I suggest a good repeating something. Even if you shoot it, you may have to chase it. I followed the trail about a half mile before I found her dead on the side of the trail. When I started to butcher the carcass, I saw that I poked a hole in one lung, nicked the heart and poked a hole in the other lung before the bullet lodged in the shield on the opposite side.

She had run me up a tree, hung out for 20 minutes and walked half a mile before dying... all with a hole in each lung, a broken leg and a nicked heart.

Many lessons could be learned that day, not the least of which is: no more hunting hogs with a muzzleloader and no backup pistol.

Truthfully, I don't like the idea of hunting them with a muzzleloader at all, but it was my only gun at the time (and I was 20 making a pistol out of bounds). Now, if given the choice, I like a 12 gauge with a rifled barrel and my Super Blackhawk on my hip for under a hundred yards and a .30-06 outside of 100 yards.
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Post by arrowolf » Wed Mar 25, 2009 3:12 pm

45-70 is a good hog-hunting round.
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Re: 6,000,000 Wild Pigs in the Southern USA

Post by The Sundance Kid » Wed Mar 25, 2009 3:13 pm

I dropped one that was about 150lbs with a 58 Cal Muzzle Loader....

The smaller they are the better they are as far as meat goes.

I'd say about 80lbs is ideal for cooking.

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Re: 6,000,000 Wild Pigs in the Southern USA

Post by Ad'lan » Wed Mar 25, 2009 4:16 pm

I got my Pig at dusk, they arn't nocturnal by any means.
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Re: 6,000,000 Wild Pigs in the Southern USA

Post by Molon Labe » Wed Mar 25, 2009 7:41 pm

I've heard a lot of stories of people getting excellent results with their Mosin, for Boar hunting. Wouldn't know myself, but it'd sure be fun.
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Re: 6,000,000 Wild Pigs in the Southern USA

Post by filip » Wed Mar 25, 2009 7:51 pm

I'm going hog hunting this weekend! woohoo!

Hog hunting is enjoyable...because it usually means sitting around, drinking beer, and having fun until dusk.

I took a hog last november with my mauser. I shot it right through the heart and lungs and it sprinted off. I got another shot off that blasted through its pelvis, spun it, and immobilized it. I was pretty happy with my open-sighted, left-eyed marksmanship and reloading speed.
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Re: 6,000,000 Wild Pigs in the Southern USA

Post by tilt » Wed Mar 25, 2009 8:39 pm

Molon Labe wrote:I've heard a lot of stories of people getting excellent results with their Mosin, for Boar hunting. Wouldn't know myself, but it'd sure be fun.

More than a few guys here like the SKS or M44 Carbine for hogs. Mostly because they have a big damn spike deployed and attached to the rifle, they aren't expensive guns either.

Then again, some guys hunt them with pit bulls and a Cold Steel spear... or a KaBar...

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Re: 6,000,000 Wild Pigs in the Southern USA

Post by non-descript » Wed Mar 25, 2009 8:50 pm

6,000,000 wild pigs - I thought this thread was going to be about party girls.

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Re: 6,000,000 Wild Pigs in the Southern USA

Post by Chef » Wed Mar 25, 2009 8:52 pm

Around here, people used to corral them and feed 'em corn until it was bacon time. A nice domesticated diet is supposed to make them taste better.
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