Hunting may not solve Texas' hog problem, but it can certainly provide relief to individual landowners.
Pig_Popper and I finished off our season for protecting the oats field down in Bosque County. The harvester came. We had one last hunt in the oats and despite the harvester making things nice for us, this was our toughest hunt. We got onto a small sounder, shot at 3, hit 2, and could not find either one. I was very concerned that the harvester would find it and the hog would tear up the machine. We just couldn't leave hogs out in the field on the day of harvest.
So I dreaded contacting the landower. To my surprise, he invited us up for breakfast despite the news. Once there, he explained that he wasn't worried. He felt that they would spot the hogs before harvesting them, particular since the buzzards should be on them pretty quick. I was hugely relieved. He went on to explain that based on what had been harvested so far, they they were going to have a bumper crop, the largest in years and when I asked if he thought we had made a difference, he said he was certain of it.
Now, we weren't the only ones. He had managed to shoot a hog and he had a trapper that had trapped some hogs before we started and after we started, but that the trapper had not been very successful, only because the hogs go trap shy.
The key to this success is that we start earlier this season than previous seasons and it wasn't just a one person operation. The oats field was hunted on a weekly basis and also two or three other times in between. There was usually two of us doing the hunting. And a huge help was that the landowner would collect and dispose of the carcasses for us, letting us spend more time actually hunting. When you only have 4-5 hours of hunt time you can spend, you don't want half of that time dragging or carting carcasses out of the field. We would simply provide the landowner with a map the next day that we made up using GPS coordinates taken at the recovery locations. He would drive out his little front loader and collect them. That he collected the hogs was a matter of him not wanting us driving through his crop in our vehicle. I can understand that.