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Old 01-06-2014, 06:14 PM   #11
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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.
The smallest litter I have seen in the wild here is 5. The largest was 9+. They have a plenty to eat here and no natural predators. They live in the Sipsey Wilderness (Bankhead National Forrest) and this is part of the Black Warrior Game Management area where hunting with a 'deer' caliber rifle is VERY restricted so they are very secure and prolific.
We, a retired game warden and I, have a permit to trap and hunt (at night and over bait) them on his property next to the Wilderness and we have killed 40+ in the last few years. They are hard to get to come out of their natural habitat as they have plenty to eat and are very secure there. Usually in late winter and early spring we have the best luck getting them to come to bait as their food sources are more limited then.
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I agree with alsaqr I haven't studied pigs but just from hunting them I can't tell you how many times they are bred and birth a litter but I have only seen a new litter of pigs on my current property once this year I have photos off my game camera I don't know how many sows were bred but I do know there were around 15 piglets around march April since then I haven't seen any new litters but they still produce a lot of pigs each year due to carrying 5 or more also they have a wide home range due to always moving around so maybe they had more then one here is 2 pregnant sows that I gave away to a guy who needed meat imageuploadedbyfirearms-talk1389035755.542756.jpg
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Those pigs had 5 baby's in them and were completely developed and were about to give birth any day here is what was in them the guy sent me the picture after cut them open imageuploadedbyfirearms-talk1389035906.508930.jpg
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Is that too graphic for this forum lol don't wanna offend any liberals I mean people on here
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A good hog is a dead hog IMO. ( Not to offend pig farmers, but if they end up on my land, then they will be shot,period)

I'll be retiring soon, so the war on hogs will be a more full time war at that point.....lol ( One more combat deployment to go, then I'm droppin my packet when I get back)

My preferred cartridge for dumpin hogs is 7.62x51mm via my M14S. (Day and night).......but have recently bought a Ruger SR762)

As long as everyone shooting hogs in TX place safety first, and have permission from the landowner (if hunting on...or over private lands)...... then I say go for it.
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Breeding rates for feral pigs here is subject to conditions like drought and food availability much like our native animals. At the moment there's plenty of pigs around because of at least 2 good Winters and plenty of feed around so they've bred up big time.
From memory with feral pigs their survival rate after birth is something like 50% or less but they breed so quickly that the loss is soon covered by the next generation.

Biggest mob of pigs with slips I saw was a few years ago up in the Northern Territory when we shooting over baits and a mob of at least 30+ came in and probably a quarter of them were young piglets about a month or 2 old.
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The problem in TX is self created. One farmer is trying to kill hogs. The next farmer is feeding them so he charge $200 a day to hunt hogs. Landowners need to make up their mind, do we want to raise hogs for hunting or are we going to farm? I can tell you a large peanut farm makes over $200 a day, not to mention the property damage done by hogs.

NC is one of the largest hog producing states in the country. We have better habitat for hogs. Plus we have hog farms shutting down all the time. You know a few hogs get left behind every time a farm shuts down. We don't have anywhere near the hog problem they have in TX. But no one in NC is running a pay to shoot a hog farm.
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A good hog is a dead hog IMO. ( Not to offend pig farmers, but if they end up on my land, then they will be shot,period)

I'll be retiring soon, so the war on hogs will be a more full time war at that point.....lol ( One more combat deployment to go, then I'm droppin my packet when I get back)

My preferred cartridge for dumpin hogs is 7.62x51mm via my M14S. (Day and night).......but have recently bought a Ruger SR762)

As long as everyone shooting hogs in TX place safety first, and have permission from the landowner (if hunting on...or over private lands)...... then I say go for it.
There is life after retirement, but you have to WORK at it!!!
I am considering the SR-762, how do you like it? Any short comings with it?
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The problem in TX is self created. One farmer is trying to kill hogs. The next farmer is feeding them so he charge $200 a day to hunt hogs. Landowners need to make up their mind, do we want to raise hogs for hunting or are we going to farm? I can tell you a large peanut farm makes over $200 a day, not to mention the property damage done by hogs.

NC is one of the largest hog producing states in the country. We have better habitat for hogs. Plus we have hog farms shutting down all the time. You know a few hogs get left behind every time a farm shuts down. We don't have anywhere near the hog problem they have in TX. But no one in NC is running a pay to shoot a hog farm.
In my area I don't think it's self created and to be totally honest I haven't heard of any complaints from any farmer that's just in my area I here hey they been in the wheat field but nothing like we got to stop this there doing to much damage I do know if gives me stuff to shoot at year round lol by the way I'm not saying your wrong John deer I'm sure in other areas here in Texas your right but here we love shooting and eating them I wouldn't say there totally out of control just that there is a lot to shoot at if that makes sense
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There is life after retirement, but you have to WORK at it!!!
I am considering the SR-762, how do you like it? Any short comings with it?
I put the "work" into retirement since my first day in the Army brother.
Cant wait, as I'm an aspiring future wannabe civilian....lol

So far, the SR762 has proven to be a decent rifle. (Already shot a few hogs with it.)

All 3 mags that sold with it feed it well, and the dual stage adjustable piston drive gas system is extremely easy to keep clean. (I'll never mess with DGI again...lol)

Other than my Raptor NVS, I haven't bothered to add an optic yet. (Too much fun using the rifle's Samson iron sights.)

Of all the 7.62x51mm semiautomatic rifles I have owned and shot over the years.......this one has very little felt recoil, even though it sells with a flash hider on it.

It should make for a good host when I get around to utilizing a can.

This rifle is a well balanced stick overall, and "feels" better in hand, as compared to their SR556.

I'm not a big fan of rails everywhere on a rifle, so this one has them where I want them, but not where I don't need them to be...... ( The 2 sections of rail and the grips that sold with it are still in the wrap, and will most lkely stay there....... as really like the "lean and clean" feel of the handguard as it is.)

The things I aint all that fond of......
1. Ruger could have put together a better trigger. Mine has a gritty feel to it, even though it is starting to smooth out after use.

2. An ambi safety switch would have been nice.

3. The flash hider is about useless compared to other flash hiders, and seems that it's only real purpose is to protect the threaded muzzle and crown.

4. It's black. Not fond of black rifles, but cant blame Ruger here, as that's what sells concerning rifles like the SR. (At least it aint pink.....lol)

5. It should have come with a sling. ( I consider a sling to be a component of a rifle). The stock seems to be an exact replica of the type that is utilized on our issued M4's. It sports a sling swivel there, but not a front sling swivel.

My "not so goods" are all personal preference, and all are relatively easy to remedy.

The SR762 has a lot of potential for a anti hog rifle, and especially for folks who like AR types.

Feral pigs technically was a human created issue, but me and my clan enjoy hunting them, and eating some of them. (Youngins are tasty)
Fun for the whole family.

(I would add some hog pics, but having problems loading them here right now.)
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