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teaberryeagle 01-05-2014 04:57 PM

The Feral (wild) Hog/Pig~~~
 
The Feral (wild) Hog/Pig~~~

I've been enjoying these videos from YouTube.com and thought I would pass a few along to see if anyone has any comments they would like to share and to make you aware of this problem that seems to be getting greater...:D

Bell County Hog Hunt Highlights HD

Heli Hog Hunt 2013 Knox City, TX

AR-15 rifles to protect crops from hogs

Hog Hunting Jager Pro Style - The Management Advantage #33


JAGER PRO™- Four Legged Enemy (Part 1)
JAGER PRO™- Four Legged Enemy (Part 2)

JAGER PRO™ Hog Trapping (17)- 26 Hogs Captured before June Planting:

Sniper03 01-05-2014 05:28 PM

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Teaberry,

It is no exaggeration at all! They are unbelievable regarding reproduction. A Hog can have the first litter in the first year of life. Not just one piglet but 8-12 at a time. They can have at least two liters per year after that. You figure the math. Where I hunt in Texas they literally eliminated the ranchers doing the peanut business. They would come into a field and go row by row eating all the peanut seeds and peanuts. They now raise cotton in the area since the D*** Hogs do not eat cotton! We shoot many of them each year and do not seem to be eliminating the problem. The son in law of a friend of mine owns three ranches. They shot almost 300 of them from a Helicopter as in the video in one three day weekend on the Ranches. That is how many of them they are. And by now the population is no doubt recuperated and going strong. Once again DO THE MATH!
An AR-15 in 223/5.56 is the preferred weapon. Although I also like the 6.5 Grendel and the 458 SOCOM. Here is a picture of the SOCOM I use. We also do some night hunting with the NV for Hogs and Coyotes.

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teaberryeagle 01-05-2014 05:55 PM

Thanks, Sniper03, for your response and information....maybe more hunters/trappers will
be aware of this problem which seems to be overtaking all states where there use to be
only a few that were experiencing this problem...

Here are videos of predominately TEXAS hog/pig problems and hunts and trapping...
http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=+hunting+pigs+in+texas&sm=3

SAMPLES:
Hogs Wild - Fighting the Feral Pig Problem - Texas Parks and Wildlife [Official]

Wild Hogs Impacting Texas Agriculture - America's Heartland

Helicopter Hog and Coyote Eradication Hunt with Cedar Ridge Aviation

Hunting Texas Feral Hogs at Fence Line Crossings! Big Cutters! .223 @ 150 Yards

hairbear1 01-05-2014 06:32 PM

Jeeez how many pigs do you want? In Australia it's estimated that there's at least 1 pig person so that's at least 23 million pigs estimated.

So if you boys want a few more to shoot we can lend you some on a non return basis :D

Here they get poisoned, shot, trapped,dogged etc but it just seems to make room for the others.

Must admit I luuuuurrrvvvee busting pigs with my 30/06AI,.30/30,.270 or .303 best fun you can have with your clothes on.

teaberryeagle 01-05-2014 06:54 PM

Thanks for your kind response......and, if folks
don't believe you have the same problem in
Australia as we do in the USA, then watch a
few of these videos...very interesting....:D


http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=pig+hunting+in+australia&sm=3

SAMPLE:

ULTIMATE! boar hunting australia

Feral Pigs in Australia

Hunting wild rabbits and Feral pigs Australia. Go Pro

Axxe55 01-05-2014 07:26 PM

feral hogs are huge problem in Texas and the hog populations have exploded to huge numbers and seem to be growing every year. i think this is a problem in most southern states and not just Texas though.

they tend to reproduce quickly and in large numbers. hogs are very versatile creatures and able to survive on just about anything. they are also very disease tolerant as well.

JimRau 01-06-2014 03:16 PM

Three litters in 14 months! Usually 8+, and the sows in the first litter will have their first litter before their mother has her third litter!!!:eek: Most of the biologists I have talked to consider the litters to be 50-50 male to female, BUT of the litters we have taken it was more like 2 female to every male!:(
They are rapidly becoming a BIG problem where ever they are. Their only 'predator' is man. Remember:::
THE ONLY GOOD HOG IS A DEAD HOG!!!!;)
AND they are very good eating!!!!:cool:

AlotOfPayne 01-06-2014 03:47 PM

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That's awesome I am from the Knox city area my family is from Haskell,Tx and my uncle and aunt live in Knox city and I think the guy who runs the helicopter hog business is a guy my brother in law hunts with I'm all for killing them I love firearms but I'm a bow hunter at heart I've killed 5 this year during deer season and there is still plenty of pigs in my area Attachment 132109

alsaqr 01-06-2014 05:24 PM

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They can have at least two liters per year after that.
Can have and do have are very different. Very few wild sows have more than one litter of pigs per year. Problem comes when the wildlife gurus take facts from hog farms and apply those facts to the wild hog population. A sow that raises four pigs to 40 pounds in the wild is a fine mother. Predators kill many pigs, some die of starvation and disease. A hog in the wild often has a very rough time of it.

Last year my hog hunting partners and i shot and trapped over 200 wild hogs in SW OK and northern TX. Almost all those hogs were field dressed and given to folks who needed the meat, quite a few were also skinned. Most of the mature sows we trapped last year did not have litters and were not pregnant. We trapped a few dozen 2-4 year old sows that had never borne a litter. One of the properties we hunt and trap had a bumper crop of acorns and pecans in 2012 and again last year. Many mature sows are running around sans litters of pigs.

i have spent thousands of hours observing, hunting and trapping wild hogs. Most wildlife biologists have never personally studied hogs in the wild. They simply pass on bad information.

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They now raise cotton in the area since the D*** Hogs do not eat cotton!
i would have never believed hogs would eat mature cotton bolls until i saw it for the first time. The hogs here prefer mature cotton bolls over green wheat and corn. Cottonseed is very high in protein, much higher than corn. Makes for some funny looking hog poop.

alsaqr 01-06-2014 05:47 PM

Free ranging domestic hogs and wild hogs often build nests. Some are communal nests, others are built by sows prior to birthing.



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