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#5969205 - 10/09/15 09:55 AM TRIPLE: Mulefooted Sow Plus Two More
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Loc: Forestburg, Montague Cnty, TX


This was pretty cool. Mulefooted hogs are fairly rare, but there are probably more out there than we realize, but the feet are probably one of the more overlooked features on hogs, LOL.
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#5969218 - 10/09/15 10:01 AM Re: TRIPLE: Mulefooted Sow Plus Two More [Re: Double Naught Spy]
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Where abouts did you get the mule foot?

I know a fella who had some mule foots he kept, he liked them so he bread and released them on his property.
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#5969224 - 10/09/15 10:04 AM Re: TRIPLE: Mulefooted Sow Plus Two More [Re: Double Naught Spy]
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Nice kills
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#5969245 - 10/09/15 10:12 AM Re: TRIPLE: Mulefooted Sow Plus Two More [Re: Double Naught Spy]
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Where did I get them?

Montague County. According to Glenn Guess, there was at least one breeder in the area historically. Based on research I did into the industry a couple of years ago, mulefoots were top-of-the-line hogs, purportedly disease resistant, the mulefooted condition precluded hoof rot, and the meat was considered superior quality. Hundreds of breeders popped up around the US to meet the demand. However, it was the near explosion of the cattle industry that caused prized pork to fall out of favor.

As noted, the condition can occur naturally as a mutation, but it is also a genetically recessive trait from the breed. That I have shot three off the same <80 acre property since 2011 would indicate that these are likely the result of recessive genes being expressed from a historic population rather than random mutation.

Here is the sow I got a couple of years ago...



Edited by Double Naught Spy (10/09/15 10:33 AM)
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#5969686 - 10/09/15 03:52 PM Re: TRIPLE: Mulefooted Sow Plus Two More [Re: Double Naught Spy]
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I usually check the hooves, although I don't always remember it. I've not yet seen a mule foot hog, although I did shoot a boar that was polydactile about a year ago. It had an extra dew claw. That didn't seem to affect the taste of the meat, though. food
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#5969690 - 10/09/15 03:56 PM Re: TRIPLE: Mulefooted Sow Plus Two More [Re: Double Naught Spy]
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That is something I have not run across, a hog with extra toes. Well, one can only hope...
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#5970028 - 10/09/15 08:26 PM Re: TRIPLE: Mulefooted Sow Plus Two More [Re: Double Naught Spy]
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Congratulations DNS!

The first MFH you killed several years ago was quite the prize. Then came a second...and I was thinking then, man...what good fortune! NOW a third one! You da Man!

I don't know of anyone else (personally) that has taken more than one. You are hunting in an area known to have them...but the odds of coming across one (let alone three) is still pretty slim. Thanks for sharing and for bringing to our attention the anomaly.

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#5970045 - 10/09/15 08:42 PM Re: TRIPLE: Mulefooted Sow Plus Two More [Re: Double Naught Spy]
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Cool pig ,hope to get a mule foot one day
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