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#6124718 - 01/07/16 07:29 PM Opinion on eating boars
MckinneyRifleHunter Offline
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Registered: 11/14/11
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What is your opinion on eating big boars (200+)? I killed a nice one last week and didn't think the big ones would be any good.

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#6124729 - 01/07/16 07:31 PM Re: Opinion on eating boars [Re: MckinneyRifleHunter]
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If no stink then eat it. food

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#6124746 - 01/07/16 07:45 PM Re: Opinion on eating boars [Re: MckinneyRifleHunter]
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Varmints gotta eat too. If they stink bad they stay where they fell.

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#6124762 - 01/07/16 07:55 PM Re: Opinion on eating boars [Re: MckinneyRifleHunter]
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If they stink I let the circle of life take care f them.? I shot a 190 pound boar we had processed and it was good.

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#6124827 - 01/07/16 08:25 PM Re: Opinion on eating boars [Re: MckinneyRifleHunter]
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If I can't pick it up with one arm, it goes to the bone yard. The larger, older hogs can carry some pretty ugly diseases, so you have to be real careful about what you take home to eat.

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#6124960 - 01/07/16 09:42 PM Re: Opinion on eating boars [Re: MckinneyRifleHunter]
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I honestly think there is a lot of missinformation out there on the web as far as feral hogs particuliarly good sized boars. Son just harvested a 196 pound boar. Of course he didn't smell like mama and dove moisturizing soap he smelled like a hog that lived out in the woods. We were careful when we skinned him and we used the gutless method. He was on ice for a week. I deboned his hind quarters and one front quarter and the meat hands down was some of the finest looking pork I have ever seen. Deep redish looking pork meat just like some store bought. I made him into sausage except for the loins but I think I could have gotten some chops and other cuts that would have been just fine. We had some Bratwursts from him the ohter night back out at the ranch. They were absolutely delcious! I can't wait to try the Italian sausages and Chorizo as well as the loins! Oh and I'll be shooting, trapping and processing as many as I can get my hands on.
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#6124984 - 01/07/16 10:00 PM Re: Opinion on eating boars [Re: blazin]
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Originally Posted By: blazin
I honestly think there is a lot of missinformation out there on the web as far as feral hogs particuliarly good sized boars. Son just harvested a 196 pound boar. Of course he didn't smell like mama and dove moisturizing soap he smelled like a hog that lived out in the woods. We were careful when we skinned him and we used the gutless method. He was on ice for a week. I deboned his hind quarters and one front quarter and the meat hands down was some of the finest looking pork I have ever seen. Deep redish looking pork meat just like some store bought. I made him into sausage except for the loins but I think I could have gotten some chops and other cuts that would have been just fine. We had some Bratwursts from him the ohter night back out at the ranch. They were absolutely delcious! I can't wait to try the Italian sausages and Chorizo as well as the loins! Oh and I'll be shooting, trapping and processing as many as I can get my hands on.



There is just more meat ,the bigger they are
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#6124991 - 01/07/16 10:03 PM Re: Opinion on eating boars [Re: MckinneyRifleHunter]
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It depends. I usually cook a small piece in camp. If it's nasty it feeds the yotes. If tasty quartered and in the cooler. One thing I have noticed is if the pigs fat is white it will almost always be good. If the fat is yellow the odds are it will have a funky taste.

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#6125037 - 01/07/16 10:33 PM Re: Opinion on eating boars [Re: MckinneyRifleHunter]
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The one I took was probably 300-350. HUGE pig, just seemed like he was gonna be too big to eat.

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#6125505 - 01/08/16 09:55 AM Re: Opinion on eating boars [Re: blazin]
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Originally Posted By: blazin
I honestly think there is a lot of missinformation out there on the web as far as feral hogs particuliarly good sized boars. Son just harvested a 196 pound boar. Of course he didn't smell like mama and dove moisturizing soap he smelled like a hog that lived out in the woods. We were careful when we skinned him and we used the gutless method. He was on ice for a week. I deboned his hind quarters and one front quarter and the meat hands down was some of the finest looking pork I have ever seen. Deep redish looking pork meat just like some store bought. I made him into sausage except for the loins but I think I could have gotten some chops and other cuts that would have been just fine. We had some Bratwursts from him the ohter night back out at the ranch. They were absolutely delcious! I can't wait to try the Italian sausages and Chorizo as well as the loins! Oh and I'll be shooting, trapping and processing as many as I can get my hands on.


I totally agree. I killed a big one last Nov didn't "officially" put scales on him but easy well over 200. He was delicious, tender, and some of the best pork I've eaten.

Now, I've also been on the flip side and brought back a big boar and it smelled the whole house when cooking.

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#6125527 - 01/08/16 10:09 AM Re: Opinion on eating boars [Re: MckinneyRifleHunter]
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Had big ones that ate great and big ones that stunk to hi heaven. Pig to pig basis for me and typically we shoot enough sows that we don't even mess with the boars.
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#6125606 - 01/08/16 11:09 AM Re: Opinion on eating boars [Re: MckinneyRifleHunter]
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Have killed feral hogs both boars and sows that were over 200lbs and were great eating and one that was about 60lbs that was not fit for food IMO.

I think it has to do with their diet more than anything else. The cooking test and fat color post above is spot on in my experience.


Killed one last Saturday that there was no way I was going to try to eat him, cuts on shoulders, brisket and back from fighting no fat visible at those cuts and smelled him before I got within 15 yards. He was pushing 200lbs with nice 2 inch cutters. If the yotes want to eat that nasty hog they are welcome to him.
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#6125735 - 01/08/16 12:29 PM Re: Opinion on eating boars [Re: MckinneyRifleHunter]
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Amazes me the weight people put on hogs...A dead 150lb-200lb hog will be near impossible for "average guy" to load on his own with out leverage or equipment. Then they automatically become "300-400lb" hogs. Ive been in a lot of camps but seen very few scales! True Hogs grow "heavy" everything about them is more "dense" bones hide scar tissue etc... I've shot several hogs and have never left one to rot or to nature yet...and only one could I load by myself!
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#6125802 - 01/08/16 01:00 PM Re: Opinion on eating boars [Re: MckinneyRifleHunter]
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Hogs stink on the outside. Wash him down good and get the stink off before you cut him. It won't stink on the inside unless the hog had issues.
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#6126127 - 01/08/16 04:09 PM Re: Opinion on eating boars [Re: RangerRick]
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Originally Posted By: RangerRick
Amazes me the weight people put on hogs...A dead 150lb-200lb hog will be near impossible for "average guy" to load on his own with out leverage or equipment. Then they automatically become "300-400lb" hogs. Ive been in a lot of camps but seen very few scales! True Hogs grow "heavy" everything about them is more "dense" bones hide scar tissue etc... I've shot several hogs and have never left one to rot or to nature yet...and only one could I load by myself!

Yes sir I agree with you. Me and my 21 year old son could not get this hog up and on the tailgate of my pickup. The hog weighed 196 pounds. My son is over 6 foot.

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