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Discussion in 'Texas Gun Forum' started by Flat Tire, Jan 29, 2013.
Where do you go ? Tell me what is up with the pigs.
people hunt them all over the state. the biggest thing is they breed and multiply very quickly. they can survive on many things other animals can't and they are very disease tolerant. the smaller ones are very good eating as well when cooked properly. there is no limit or hunting season as they are considered nuisance animals, not game animals.
I would like to plan a spring hunt, find some ranches who have some problems with the pigs. It would be fun to help some ranchers who don't have the time but need some help.
I've been gunning for a Construction project in Texas for awhile now just so I can go kill some hogs on the companies dime...have not popped one yet, but I will.
What are the best towns/areas for this?
lots of people post on Craigslist either looking for people to get rid of their feral hogs or people looking to hunt them.
kind ofthe same answer as i gave to FlatTire. i live in the East Texas area and there is quite a few around here. they seem to be pretty much in most areas of the state.
About 5 years ago my buddy called me up because he had a massive hog problem on his land outside Normangee. I went up there to take care of it and there was so many that I ended up killing 5 pigs with only 2 bullets from a .308
I was up there this past December and although there was plenty of hog signs, we didn't see even one.
There are feral hogs almost anywhere in the state of Texas.
The problem is almost all land owners are greedy,and want you to pay them for removing their problem.
I refuse to pay someone to help them get rid of the feral hogs,they can just keep them,and let them destroy their property.
Hogs are very smart,and they stay on the move. I hunt them all the time on my friends ranch on the Red River.One week there will be several herds running around,and the next week,you can't find a single hog.
They are almost always nocturnal after they have been hunted in an area,and sometimes they will come to feeders and traps,other times they just tear up acre's of farmland in the open. You just never know where or when they will show up on his property,and he has several thousand acres.
We drive to one part that shows fresh sign of them,and when we drive somewhere else,they have just dug up about 5 acres of a hay field,and are no where to be found. It gets to be very frustrating at times trying to figure out where they are.
You need NV......................
That's in the plans. I'm going to put a Pulsar N550 digital nightvision scope on my LR-260 AR-10 as soon as I can afford it.
Right now we are using a couple Laser Genetics ND-3 lasers on our rifles,and also the bigger handheld ND-5,along with a remote controlled GO Light on the roof of my truck and also handheld spotlights.
If they are within 300 yards of us at night,they die!
We found this "Pig" in a Bar in Fort Worth.
If you want to come down to Texas and hunt hogs first off you will need a hunting license. Second look at some of the big ranches down here some will charge from 250 a person to 1000, just do some research so you don't get screwed. Like no kill no pay. Good luck in your search .
What other brands or models of NV have you used or recommend. I live in open country and shoot a lot coyotes and would like to see and shoot at 500 yds. What would you buy if funds weren't the option ?
All of the NV stuff that I've looked thru would work out to around 300 yards max.
I'm sure some of the really expensive stuff $10K and up would probably be able to be used at longer ranges,but I don't know if you could see yotes or hogs well enough to shoot them at that range.
Why would you shoot any animal under low light conditions at 300-500 yards. How can you focus and control a shot with in a 12" area in the dark at 500 yards? An animal taking a slow death "Gut" shot in the dark at 500 yards will die slowly in the Sage brush. Why?
Nite is right.
And heaven forgive me but I LOVE watching hog-hunt videos. I hate the things...
I never hated any animal. The critter is just making a living the best way he can. I did kill a sidewinder with a lot of anger. The damn thing bit my Gordon Setter for no reason.
I have always harvested animals for meat and hides. That said I believe in respect for the animal that is killed. That most likely reflects my young years hunting with people of the First Nations.
"Take Only What you need"
With game animals this is true...
Feral Hogs are not game animals. They are an invasive destructive species that also happen to taste pretty good.
I'm looking forward to my future hog hunt and hoping to do it "cowboy style" with a lever action rifle and an S/A Army... To keep it sporting and all.
Hogs are like Green Eggs and Ham... I'd kill em in the day, I'd kill em in the hay, I'd kell em in the dark, I'd kill em for a lark!
I thought you only have to have a hunting license to hunt feral hogs on public land?
My understanding is you can hunt them on private property with no need of a license, as long as you are a guest of the land owner? Unless being an out of state hunter requires a license?
Any animal that requires a hunting licenses is a game animal. Great herds of Elk 1,000s at a time do incredible damage to ranch and public range.
In Texas Hogs are a very Big cash crop for land owners. They charge very high fees to kill these problem hogs. I fish near Sea Drift, Txs and there are many hogs. That said, you will pay big bucks for every hog you shoot.
No Texas game law require you to have a hunting license, all game animals. Even though they are nuisance animal and cause a lot of damage.