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#7023915 - 01/03/18 09:31 PM Letís talk tusks
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Here on our place in central Tx, iíve been killing and trapping hogs for years. But never yet have I found a hog with significant tusks. Some of the boars were in the 200 pound range, with one maybe 250ish, but no big cutters. Any thoughts on why that is? Is it an age thing, or genetics, or nutrition?


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#7023930 - 01/03/18 09:38 PM Re: Letís talk tusks [Re: 603Country]
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I'd like to know the answer to that too. I've killed over 100 hogs on our place in Lee county and not one had any real tusks.

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#7023950 - 01/03/18 09:48 PM Re: Letís talk tusks [Re: 603Country]
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Idk but Iíve killed a few on Ft Hood with good tusks but the biggest I killed there had hardly any they were all broken and busted up.
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#7023966 - 01/03/18 10:01 PM Re: Letís talk tusks [Re: 603Country]
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It s genetics

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#7023969 - 01/03/18 10:03 PM Re: Letís talk tusks [Re: 603Country]
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Prob too much inbreeding. Iíve heard the really colorful pigs are due to inbreeding as well
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#7023976 - 01/03/18 10:08 PM Re: Letís talk tusks [Re: 603Country]
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I know they do break them off a lot but some seem to never grow big cutters. I saw some pigs come off a place in Franklin County that were always around 120-150 lbs. all had massive cutters. Only lasted about 3 years. Then they were and are just decent to hardly any. Has to be genetics. I saw a sow the other day that had been shot and she had really big cutters. So basically I have no idea! Lol
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#7024012 - 01/03/18 10:39 PM Re: Letís talk tusks [Re: TAT]
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Originally Posted By: TAT
I know they do break them off a lot but some seem to never grow big cutters. I saw some pigs come off a place in Franklin County that were always around 120-150 lbs. all had massive cutters. Only lasted about 3 years. Then they were and are just decent to hardly any. Has to be genetics. I saw a sow the other day that had been shot and she had really big cutters. So basically I have no idea! Lol
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#7024023 - 01/03/18 10:48 PM Re: Letís talk tusks [Re: 603Country]
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Back when I was assessing age based on tooth eruption and development, I had several boars ranging from 180-210 lbs that were less than 2.5 years old...with small tusks.
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#7024059 - 01/04/18 01:18 AM Re: Letís talk tusks [Re: 603Country]
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We get some nice ones up in Montague on the bigger boars. Sometimes they were broken. I got one in Nov that were little over 4 inches. Another bigger boar killed same night were smaller. Big one I got few weeks ago might be closer to 5. Will see when I get the euro. Seems part genetic and how their bite is. In west Texas they are all pretty big. Buddy got one 6 inches and was not a big one.

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#7024065 - 01/04/18 02:35 AM Re: Letís talk tusks [Re: 603Country]
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Looking at mounts can be pretty deceiving as far as tusk size, as the tusks have a couple of inches inside the jaw bones, and once the skull dries out some, you can pull then out further. This is generally done to make them look more dynamic on the wall.
I don't know if there is any real definitive answers to locations, food sources, or genetics as far as tusk size....there seems to be a lot of variation all over the place in every category.

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#7024090 - 01/04/18 05:20 AM Re: Letís talk tusks [Re: 603Country]
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I have been hunting and trapping hogs for a while, have killed hundreds and the biggest hog I ever shot was close to 300# boar with very big cutters, other than that I have never really got a good set of them. I am around the San Antonio area.
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#7024109 - 01/04/18 06:05 AM Re: Letís talk tusks [Re: 603Country]
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With food available pigs can go from 3 lbs babies, to 300 lbs pigs in 6-8 months . Genetic plays a part in this . Where cutters are concerned, genetics does play a role here too, but so does age. Takes a lot longer for them to grow then it does got them to put on weight. Think about it in same terms as antlers on deer. Exact same factors come into play . They also fight and break them, or grind them down a lot just being a holes, when showing theyíre dominant . Catch one, cut him, and catch him again 8 months later, heís gained ton of weight, and cutters significantly bigger. Same in captivity/high fence ect

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#7024112 - 01/04/18 06:10 AM Re: Letís talk tusks [Re: 603Country]
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#7024114 - 01/04/18 06:11 AM Re: Letís talk tusks [Re: 603Country]
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#7024120 - 01/04/18 06:17 AM Re: Letís talk tusks [Re: 603Country]
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These pictures are of pigs we killed that aged between 3-5 years. They really donít start getting cutters until @2. Nutrition/genetics do play role. But so does age, and thatís a huge factor. Most of the pigs people kill are young pigs, under a year. Just doesnít seem like it because weight can go on much faster than teeth . Itís identical in farm raised pigs. If they didnít cut the needle teeth as babies, the breeder boars would have prehistoric look to them . Because theyíd be alive and healthy at 8years old

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