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eating summer pigs? #6800060
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So I'm new to pig hunting, and haven't yet harvested one. i plan on getting a few dropped in the next week or two and was talking with a co-worker about my plans of attack. He cringed when i mentioned cutting a backstrap and throwing it in the cooler. Is it a big no-no to eat pigs killed in the summer? or his he just paranoid?

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He is paranoid, nothing wrong with eating summer hogs. Get them cold as soon as you can and they will be just fine.


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IMO, paranoid. Just get it on ice as quick as you can.

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so throw in the ice chest PRONTO. That was my plan. I also read to let sit, draining and refilling ice for a day or two. any other tips?

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He prob cringed bc he is a vegan.


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Man, I kill more hogs in the summer than any other time of year. Like others have said, ice them down fast and you'll be good to go. Your coworker sounds like a hippie.


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hahaha hes actually an older guy that has a VERY enviable gun collection but i think he only hunts deer. he was concerned about how quickly bacteria starts to set in on the meat, but i was like, "yeah it'll be put on ice immediately" as i was trying to get back to the point of my story at that instant. then i started thinking about his interjection on the way home.

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You will be fine, and while many stress getting on ice quickly, and I would say sooner is better, you still have a little working time.


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Originally Posted By: SapperTitan
He prob cringed bc he is a vegan.


^ lol exactly. Not to be repetitive but you will be fine. Best of luck!


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You're on track, but take the hams and shoulders too. Get the meat on ice pronto in hot weather.


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Only way i would is IF it was a sow under 100lbs that had no sign of hair loss and was good and fat... and don't stink... and that's still a maybe.... and im not one to be picky about what I eat

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Originally Posted By: redchevy
He is paranoid, nothing wrong with eating summer hogs. Get them cold as soon as you can and they will be just fine.

This. And worst case scenario leave it in the freezer for a month or so before you eat it.


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my folks ate meat back in east Texas during the depression
throughout the year. most of what pigs they put up were
killed in the winter and canned or cured and smoked, but
they did eat fresh meat in the summer too and lived to tell
about it. they also didn't have electricity back then and
no refrigerators or deep freezers to store food. the indians
before them killed and ate game for centuries year round.

get your game cleaned and cooled down quickly as posted^ ^ ^
and cook it properly and there should be no problem.

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nope nope nope there is just better things to eat this time of year

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I no longer eat wild hogs but if I wanted to consume one this time of year I'd be stripping the back strap within minutes. No way would I attempt to clean a whole hog in 100 degree temps. No offense to anyone who feels otherwise. JMO

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Backstraps only was my thinking just to get it on ice quickly. As my wife doesn't care for pork it'll just be me eating so i dont need to harvest whole hams.

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My grandpa always butchered and smoked hogs in the winter in south Texas back in the 60's. Made his own smokehouse preparing the hogs in an old German tradition. Asked my grandpa one day why he only butchered hogs in the winter. The answer was very simple.....FEWER FLIES.

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The hogs are back at my place. If I can just drag my lazy self out of the bed and go hunting, I'm sure to get a couple. I'll hang em by the back legs and take the back strap and debone the hindquarters. Put it on ice for a couple of days and drain off the water from time to time. Adding salt to the ice soak took the stink right out of a recent small stinky male. Meat was not gamely at all.

But yes, get it on ice promptly.

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I have washed pigs off really good and gutted and cut the head off so it would fit in my ice chest so I could clean it the next day. Pack ice in and around and it cools down real quick. Ain't nothing wrong with wrong with wrong with me so far.


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Even if I'm not eating them I'm still killing them


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Originally Posted By: SapperTitan
Even if I'm not eating them I'm still killing them

Yeah I wouldnt NOT go out to pull the trigger if everyone said to not eat em.

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Originally Posted By: SapperTitan
Even if I'm not eating them I'm still killing them


I still kill them every chance I get, I just won't eat them any more. An old cowboy I know said he rode up on a dead cow one time and some little pigs came running out from inside the cow. Said it was the nastiest thing he ever saw. I just can't get that picture out of my mind.

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Originally Posted By: TexasKC
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Even if I'm not eating them I'm still killing them


I still kill them every chance I get, I just won't eat them any more. An old cowboy I know said he rode up on a dead cow one time and some little pigs came running out from inside the cow. Said it was the nastiest thing he ever saw. I just can't get that picture out of my mind.
yeah I know they will eat just about anything


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Originally Posted By: Navasot
Only way i would is IF it was a sow under 100lbs that had no sign of hair loss and was good and fat... and don't stink... and that's still a maybe.... and im not one to be picky about what I eat



Is there some that "DON'T STAANK"??? confused2 roflmao

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