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  • Feral pigs on the move ...

    ... and coming to a place near you, if they are not there yet:


    They came here five years ago and are now a problem for most everyone.
    Batten the hatches if they come to your area, because there is not much anyone can do about them.

  • #2
    Some game dept people told me we've got them in Virginia.

    Guess they'll be making their way up through the state.

    Bad. Very Bad.

    Brothers and sisters, I bid you beware
    Of giving your heart to a dog to tear.
    -Rudyard Kipling


    • #3
      Feral pigs are a big problem here in Hawaii. They're everywhere. About a week ago they decided to uproot the immaculately kept lawn infront of the ranch's office. We're talking putting green quality lawn that looks like someone took a tiller to it. They're ignoring the traps too. The ranch is probably going to have to resort to hiring someone to "remove" them.

      It's pretty common for folks around here to hunt them, the limit is one per day (two per day on Maui), which kind of tells you what the islands think of the pig population. Some of the hunters don't use guns, just dogs and really big knives.
      For the horse color genetics junky


      • #4
        Originally posted by Twisting View Post
        It's pretty common for folks around here to hunt them, the limit is one per day (two per day on Maui), which kind of tells you what the islands think of the pig population. Some of the hunters don't use guns, just dogs and really big knives.
        Hmmm... dogs and knives... sounds like Georgia, except there I think the season is open 365 days a year with no limit. And they are still everywhere. Good eatin' though.


        • #5
          We're north of Dallas and they have made their way to Denton, biggest town
          on the north side before it gets more rural. We haven't seen any in our area
          but looks like target practice time if they do show up. They are a big, big
          problem in Texas. I don't like hunting (no bunnies or deer for me) but think I could make an exception for these things. Definitely don't want to run into any on the way to the barn--they can be very mean!


          • #6
            The feral pigs in VA are in the Back Bay area. This part of VA is a protected area with limited access. They have had a few hog hunts. You can find out about it through the VA Dept of Game and Inland Fisheries.


            • #7
              I'm actually surprised it's a problem. . .in MS where I"m from they are considered VERY good eating and prime sport and hunters get really territorial about them. Shoot them and serve them up in the shelters.. . .my in laws love wild pig and have a freezer full of it.


              • #8
                They can be very damaging to the environment. In the Back Bay they are trying to control the population because they damage natural and sensitive marsh and dune grasses, and they can be hard on the ocean turtles and shore bird nests, add to that the area has no large predator to control their numbers and you end up with an ecological problem from a non native animal.


                • #9
                  I've been plotting to start hunting feral pigs when I am done with this pregnancy crap. learning more about hunting them with dogs as that seems to be the most effcient way to do it.
                  If i'm posting on Coth, it's either raining so I can't ride or it's night time and I can't sleep.


                  • Original Poster

                    We just saw four crossing the road yesterday, not scared at all, but no one of us had a gun right then.

                    No one can raise peanuts around here any more.
                    The hogs dig them out as fast as they can.
                    One 200 acre field had over 400 hogs at once rooting in there.

                    Did you see that picture of Hogzilla in that article?


                    • #11
                      One of the things I noticed shortly after moving to central florida are the signs posted in some areas: "Hog Hunts;Trophies". Call xxx xxxx". Apparently they are in many parts of Florida, with few, if any, natural predators.

                      When I lived in a semi-rural area in NE Ohio, we had: Deer, raccoons, more deer, coyotes, more deer and more coyotes. An occasional fox. Some wild turkeys.

                      Here I'm on the edge of a small town, and we have: Alligators in the lakes (across the street), coral snakes, water moccasins, bears - yes bears! at least one bobcat, some coyotes, but not like up north. And replacing the wild turkeys are sandhill cranes, herons and egrets, which seem to patrol the neighborhood. Have not seen the hogs, but obviously they're lurking out there too!!
                      We don't get less brave; we get a bigger sense of self-preservation........


                      • #12
                        Saw the big one, bagged within 200 yards of city limits. Wouldn't want that wandering around.

                        CT doesn't have an issue with them. At least not now. They do survive cold climates but it's not optimum for them so it's unlikely we'd ever have them at problem levels.

                        Goats, OTOH...
                        You jump in the saddle,
                        Hold onto the bridle!
                        Jump in the line!


                        • #13
                          The article is a little misleading when it implies they are all the decedents of pigs brought over by the Spanish conquistadors. It takes a matter of a few months for a domesticated pig to grow tusks and get a hairy coat to make the transition to "feral."

                          I think they have the same natural litter size adjustments in accordance with the space available in the environment that make coyotes impossible to eradicate.


                          • #14
                            Wild hog is supposed to be delish eatin'!!
                            I read an article in the WSJ, yes I am a finance geek, about how bad they have gotten in TX. Apparently there is no limit or season, they are free to bag, and they will be having a "Get The Hog Outta TX" competition where the hunter with the highest number of hogs bagged gets $25,000. not small change, even from a finance geek's POV!
                            25Gs and freezer full of wild hog?? Watch out TX I'm a comin!! Jk for now!

                            Part of me can't wait til they make their way up here, the sane part of me realizes that they are a total HASSLE!!

                            I don't give 2 sh*ts about grass, other than grazing, but root up my roses and we are gonna throw down piggie!!

                            I reject your reality, and substitute my own- Adam Savage

                            R.I.P Ron Smith, you'll be greatly missed


                            • #15
                              subk is right , we had an issue here in MD with a bad breeder, who didn't have good enough fences, and wasn't doing a good job of keeping them fed. Apparently a good num got loose. Dept of Ag tried to kill them off, but piggies are smartand since this happened in a pretty rural area, there may well still be a small feral herd that is unknown.

                              I reject your reality, and substitute my own- Adam Savage

                              R.I.P Ron Smith, you'll be greatly missed


                              • #16
                                They are a nuisance and can ruin footing in your fields, arena. But there was one that used to sleep next to my horse in her shelter at night that I got attached to. Someone shot him. There are hog hunts here in Florida and the state/county someone keeps the population in check with regular trappings. They do reproduce rapdily.


                                • #17
                                  Last week I was driving in Tuscon around 9 pm and a herd of them popped up from the arroyo below the road. I know I hit one of them w/the truck side step but didn't find any blood. My friends swore the pig just ran off. I guess they have been cruising Tuscon for years.

                                  Are javalinas different from wild pigs?


                                  • #18
                                    We have started seeing tham at severl of the National Forest Areas that we ride in. They have no fear of people or horses.


                                    • #19
                                      maybe they need to put a bounty on them.. . .nothing motivates
                                      people like money. If they are truly a nuisance, and there is a
                                      decent bounty, I'd think hunters would be chasing those things
                                      down day and night. . . plus the bonus of them being a very good
                                      eating animal. Ham for everyone?


                                      • #20
                                        Feral hogs are dangerous game.

                                        I've not seen any around here. I don't know if TN has a season or not. If you're going after them then use a rifle with sufficient hitting power to take out the pig with the first shot. In brush country I'd be inclinded to a semi-auto shotgun with 00 buck.

                                        Some guys I know hunt with a large caliber handgun. Don't think Dirty Harry (with his wimpy .44Mag.). Real men would use a S&W 500, a .50 Desert Eagle, or a 50GI Model 1.

                                        Personally I'm not into hunting or blood sports. But I've no problem removing predators or animals that damage my land and streams.

                                        Mangalarga Marchador: Uma Raça, Uma Paixão