Question. I went and found this hog today. Shot on August 13th.Only thing left was the hog’s skull and it was totally stripped. It literally looks like it was euro mounted. The two top tusk were laying beside the skull hollowed out as well. What would have done such a through job cleaning it out? The vultures were on it within 8 hours. What else would strip it dare like that in less than 3 weeks?
Between the bugs, coyotes and birds, they get picked clean quickly. I shot a sow at dawn on Saturday morning and it ran off into deep brush. I was sure I hit it hard, but didn't care to go crawling through mesquite and cactus to find a wounded hog, so decided to come back after a day. As I got in the area yesterday morning, I flushed dozens of vultures as I walked in. The hog was in pieces - the shoulders and head were intact, and the hide from the hindquarters was laying in one piece, but about 15' away from the head. Pieces of the spine were scattered about, but no sign of legs or much of anything else. That was just over 24 hours after the shot.
Funny though, I've taken others to my dump site and some have them have remained intact for days, and even a week or more, without being stripped or even moved much. Guessing it has alot to do with the temperatures - if it is cool, it takes longer for the stink to get to the scavengers. Saturday it was VERY hot in central Texas, so I think that made it quicker for the predators to find and do their work.