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Re: Would you miss feral pigs if they disappeared? [Re: psycho0819] #8688246 09/15/22 03:57 PM
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I would. I prefer a nice 30# to 60# pig over any buck deer. They keep my freezer full while I wait for a nice buck.


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Personally, I'd miss them greatly, but I understand that's not everyone's experience. We have three hay fields that they do some damage to, but we also get free pecan-fed, free-range pork throughout the year. It's not a bad tradeoff!

Re: Would you miss feral pigs if they disappeared? [Re: psycho0819] #8688411 09/15/22 09:08 PM
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Re: Would you miss feral pigs if they disappeared? [Re: psycho0819] #8688413 09/15/22 09:10 PM
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I've already commented 'No'. They're on camera every night...at every feeder. Huge rats is what they are.


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Re: Would you miss feral pigs if they disappeared? [Re: psycho0819] #8688460 09/15/22 10:20 PM
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I would miss them like I would miss getting kicked in the nuts.

Re: Would you miss feral pigs if they disappeared? [Re: hook_n_line] #8688602 09/16/22 01:03 AM
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Originally Posted by hook_n_line
I would. I prefer a nice 30# to 60# pig over any buck deer. They keep my freezer full while I wait for a nice buck.


I vastly prefer them to venison….


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Re: Would you miss feral pigs if they disappeared? [Re: psycho0819] #8688881 09/16/22 01:12 PM
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Not really.
While I have and do actively hunt them, after the first few hundred, it's not as much fun.....said no hunter ever.
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My parents and relatives had hog farms during 60's and 70's and they aren't hard to raise.
They are hard to keep contained and after a few get out guess what?
So I can't see them totally disappear but have noticed they are not around as much as civilization closes in around CenTex.


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Re: Would you miss feral pigs if they disappeared? [Re: psycho0819] #8703817 10/07/22 08:22 PM
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I have to admit I'd miss hunting, shooting, and eating pigs but not the destruction. They truly are a menace.


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Re: Would you miss feral pigs if they disappeared? [Re: psycho0819] #8707880 10/13/22 01:56 PM
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Too tasty so I'd say yes.

Re: Would you miss feral pigs if they disappeared? [Re: psycho0819] #8709118 10/15/22 04:07 AM
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I would have loved to have had hogs on the ranch I hunted as a kid back in the 60's.
There were only deer and very few coyotes as most ranchers raised sheep and goats back then, and drove around with guns in their rear window gun racks, and shot coyotes on sight.
Things changed when the wool and mohair business dried up, and ranchers sold out completely, or partially sold their land to developers, and old timers died off and the kids didn't want to mess with being ranchers.
A lot of them then turned to leasing to hunters, and introducing exotics and hogs as an easy way to attract hunters.
Where I now hunt we are overrun with hogs.
They've been shot, trapped, and even been shot from helicopters, and you wouldn't know it.
Hunting isn't going to do away with them, and it might slow them for a while, but they come back just like fleas.

Re: Would you miss feral pigs if they disappeared? [Re: stxranchman] #8709124 10/15/22 04:56 AM
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Originally Posted by stxranchman
No. Then exotics would be next on my list to rid off the Texas landscape.

This right here.

But a lot of the answers on here are VERY discouraging and tell me we'll never get rid of hogs. Billions of dollars in damages every year from a non-native species (just as long as it's not in MY backyard!), who out-compete/destroy native animals and habitats... but "they're SO fun to shoot and taste pretty good too." That's just great. rolleyes


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Re: Would you miss feral pigs if they disappeared? [Re: flintknapper] #8714413 10/21/22 08:21 PM
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Originally Posted by flintknapper
Nothing would make me happier than if there was not a single pig within 100 miles of me.

I don't eat them, I don't hunt them for sport. I hunt them because I HAVE TO....in order to keep the damage they do to my property to a minimum.

This has been going on now for about 30 years and I hate to think of all the money and time I have invested in battling them. They are a scrounge.


Pretty much sums it up for me on my thoughts as well.

Re: Would you miss feral pigs if they disappeared? [Re: psycho0819] #8715731 10/23/22 06:26 PM
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Thought of this thread yesterday as I was shredding a pasture. Would like to have the people who think hogs are great to have around come drive the tractor for an hour.
I bet they might change their mind.

Re: Would you miss feral pigs if they disappeared? [Re: Jimbo] #8715993 10/23/22 11:32 PM
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Originally Posted by Jimbo
Hunting isn't going to do away with them, and it might slow them for a while, but they come back just like fleas.


Hunting won't do it anymore than trapping and hog dogs. The simple reason is because we don't have a full court press across the landscape. You can hunt/trap/hog dog this property or that property or helicopters may cover thousands of acres, but their range stops somewhere and that is where the hogs will be that will repopulate the area last cleared of hogs.


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Re: Would you miss feral pigs if they disappeared? [Re: psycho0819] #8716063 10/24/22 12:37 AM
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It would be nice to see a reduced population. So farmers and ranchers don't have to deal with as much, or any, devestation to their land. I don't believe they're going anywhere and are here to stay. Obviously.
But, when times get tough(er), plenty of porkers to put in the freezer and keep you alive.


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Re: Would you miss feral pigs if they disappeared? [Re: psycho0819] #8718145 10/26/22 12:41 AM
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Re: Would you miss feral pigs if they disappeared? [Re: psycho0819] #8718503 10/26/22 01:47 PM
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Re: Would you miss feral pigs if they disappeared? [Re: psycho0819] #8745845 11/30/22 02:21 AM
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Hell no ! I despise them ! Maybe you have to be a landowner and not just a hunter but that’s the way I feel.

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