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#5707933 - 04/19/15 09:29 PM Mule footed hog
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HFAC picked up our first mule footed boar hog today (187 lb). Seems they are a pretty rare breed.





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#5707994 - 04/19/15 09:56 PM Re: Mule footed hog [Re: Believer]
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As of 2013, The Livestock Conservancy considers the Mulefoot to be critically endangered, a categorization given to breeds with a population of fewer than 2,000 and yearly registrations of fewer than 200.[3] As of 2006, there were estimated to be fewer than 200 purebred Mulefoot hogs in existence.[1]
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#5708313 - 04/20/15 07:58 AM Re: Mule footed hog [Re: Believer]
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Mulefoots (the breed) used to be considered high-end pork and in the early 1900s, there were quite a few mulefoot operations in the US. The boom of the cattle industry squelched at big part of the pig industry and many of the specialty breeds like mulefoot pretty much faded into oblivion.

While considered to be a genetic defect by many, part of the reason that mule foots became popular, aside from their purported superior meat quality, was that with the toes grown together, they were less prone to hoof-rot issues that often plagued other barnyard pigs.

With that said, you can have a mulefoot without having it be part of the breed. It is a genetic mutation. So you can get random individuals with it.

Several of us have gotten them....M Bennett, guess, and me, and now Believer, but I suspect many others probably have and simply didn't notice the condition. The more this gets noted, hopefully the more people will notice. I have gotten two. This was my second. http://texashuntingforum.com/forum/ubbthreads.php/ubb/showflat/Number/4509834/Searchpage/1/Main/370030/Words/mulefoot/Search/true/Re:_Montague_Mulefoot_Sow_Vide#Post4509834 M Bennett had his mounted, which is pretty cool. The thread was here, but he pulled the picture. http://texashuntingforum.com/forum/ubbthreads.php/ubb/showflat/Number/5196314/Searchpage/1/Main/424483/Words/mulefoot/Search/true/Re:_smokin_hog_an_eyes_light_u#Post5196314

A bit of fun reading...
https://books.google.com/books?id=xvcYAA...ect&f=false
http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/tetrapod-zoology/2011/09/28/mulefoot-and-other-syndactyles/

Mulefoots are very cool. Can't wait to see the pics!


Edited by Double Naught Spy (04/20/15 04:40 PM)
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#5708357 - 04/20/15 08:27 AM Re: Mule footed hog [Re: Believer]
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Good read.I no were a section of land is that holds alot of mulies.but we always catch a split hoof.
Dns.thanks for the hook up on the high fence
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#5708639 - 04/20/15 12:01 PM Re: Mule footed hog [Re: Believer]
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I've killed quite a few pigs over the years across the state and have yet to kill one. Then again I haven't killed a banded duck either.
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#5708982 - 04/20/15 04:38 PM Re: Mule footed hog [Re: Believer]
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Just keep looking. They are easy to miss if you aren't looking for them. I knew something wasn't right with the first mulefoot I shot, but darned if it didn't take an hour or more for me to figure out what was wrong. We had taken the trophy pictures and everything and were going to let the carcass drain for the night before I realized what was out of place.

And, you are welcome, Monty!
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#5709409 - 04/20/15 09:42 PM Re: Mule footed hog [Re: Believer]
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thats just cool
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#5709478 - 04/20/15 10:25 PM Re: Mule footed hog [Re: GunsUpHunter]
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Originally Posted By: GunsUpHunter
thats just cool
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#5710391 - 04/21/15 02:57 PM Re: Mule footed hog [Re: Believer]
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thats cool, I have never even paid any attention to the feet before.

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#5710431 - 04/21/15 03:49 PM Re: Mule footed hog [Re: DustyWyoming]
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scratch tis why i'm for HF... Yagh, take a near sighted donkey & near sighted horse ya gets a mule... A near sighted donkey & a near sighted deer ya gets a mule deer... Now ya got a near sighted donkey & near sighted pig flag
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