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So the most destructive pest in America is the wild pig? A beast that good to eat? Well, solution found.
The younger ones are good eating but wild hogs can carry many diseases. I doubt the Govt/USDA would approve for commercial sale, not sure.
Most of the meat goes to waste as there is just too many of them to deal with. Eradication is the name of the game. In a survival situation Texans will never stave that's for sure.
 

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A rifle with night vision and a suppressor seems to be the way to go to rack up numbers outside of trapping them. The ammo bill would put a hurt on you though.
Lot's of Texans on this forum could provide more info, in fact most of the southern states are infested, southern Missouri has plenty but nowhere near the problem they have become further south.
The problem is they reproduce so fast they are spreading their territories like wildfire. They cause millions of dollars in damage every year.
 

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Wow - nearly a full eleven minutes of Bang-Flops. And I watched it twice!! Awesome.
 

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They won't allow us to hunt them anymore in Missouri. Conservation Dept wants them all trapped now, they say hunting just spreads the sounders all over creation while trapping if done right can capture the whole sounder or most of them in one fell swoop. I think anything goes in Texas outside of tactical Nukes.
 

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Plenty of them available in my area
Georgia even has a State program to pair hunters with farmers who are needing relief from the depradation of Hogzillas.
No season on hogs, but a hunting license is still required.
Stock up and corn and raspberry jello mix and you are ready to hunt.
They come for raspberry jello corn like flies to a certain unmentionable substance.
Or for that matter just sprinkle the jello mix all around by itself. Still a highly effective attractant even without being sluiced over feed corn.
Only problem is locating the hogs, as they range over very large areas.
This is where being tied into the State program helps a lot.
Its called Hunters Helping Farmers.
Other states may well have similar programs. I havenot looked into that as there are far too many hogs here in GA to even remotely contemplate going elsewhere to hunt them.
My biggest hog to date was over 450lbs. One 250 grain Hawk from my 356 put him down instantly.
Side on shot at 60+ yards
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Plenty of them available in my area
Georgia even has a State program to pair hunters with farmers who are needing relief from the depradation of Hogzillas.
No season on hogs, but a hunting license is still required.
Stock up and corn and raspberry jello mix and you are ready to hunt.
They come for raspberry jello corn like flies to a certain unmentionable substance.
Or for that matter just sprinkle the jello mix all around by itself. Still a highly effective attractant even without being sluiced over feed corn.
Only problem is locating the hogs, as they range over very large areas.
This is where being tied into the State program helps a lot.
Its called Hunters Helping Farmers.
Other states may well have similar programs. I havenot looked into that as there are far too many hogs here in GA to even remotely contemplate going elsewhere to hunt them.
My biggest hog to date was over 450lbs. One 250 grain Hawk from my 356 put him down instantly.
Side on shot at 60+ yards
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Recovered bullet retained over 90% of its original weight.
Broke both shoulders and was under the skin on the right side View attachment 899429 View attachment 899430
I can smell this hogs stink through the website. I hope you had a backhoe to bury this cuss.
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We even had feral hogs back in the 60's that were from known "sources" ... "hog farmers" that slopped their hogs from local grocery stores stale/rotten produce. They would only have them in the pen when they dumped the daily "feed" out for them, other than that their feed pen gate was open for them to free range. Occasionally (often) there would be one or two that decided to see the world. Caused quite a bit of vehicle damage in the area, but they also started spreading out and reproducing ... a lot.

My immediate neighborhood/area hasn't had much of a problem for the last 10 years or so, but it was pretty bad for the 10 years prior to that. They seem to act a lot like fire ants
 

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They won't allow us to hunt them anymore in Missouri. Conservation Dept wants them all trapped now, they say hunting just spreads the sounders all over creation while trapping if done right can capture the whole sounder or most of them in one fell swoop. I think anything goes in Texas outside of tactical Nukes.

Lot of truth in that, especially with larger sounders. Even a litter of pigs it's tough to get them all when you start shooting. They scatter instantly, and they scatter everywhere. When the group is shot, the survivors will adjust feed times. They might work back to a reasonable time over the course of a week or two, a few times, but sooner or later, they stop working back, and arrive 2 - to 5 am every night, and if you pressure them at all there, they simply move.

If the pigs in a litter are small enough, it's sometimes possible to take out the entire litter, IF you shoot the sow first. Been close several times, but usually wind up with one or two stragglers. Managed it once, 7 kills in one set, sow with 6 pigs. Shooting shotgun, took sow and a pig out first round, decided to sit back and wait, see if the pigs came back to the sow. Sure enough about 15 minutes went by and they came sneaking back in. Got all but the runt of the litter that round, waited a little, gave up, and went after the mule and my little trailer. When I got back out there and started picking up scattered pig carcasses, the last one stuck his head out from behind momma. Grabbed the .22 off the mule and popped that one between the eyes.

In larger groups they often split up and scatter in every direction. The pressure can make them very man shy, which often makes them difficult to trap as well.

Trapping is a whole different ball of wax too. Any time you catch part of a litter or part of a sounder, you educate the remainder. Some more so than others. Educate a sow, and she will pass on her knowledge to her pigs. Had one case where we caught several pigs and the sow rooted around the gate until she slipped the stop out and managed to open the gate and let them out.

Video surveillance, and remotely sprung trap doors like the Jaeger Pro system allow you to catch the entire sounder if you are patient enough.

Personally, I like the concept behind the Pig Brig trap, that one is built out of net, that lays on the ground and is tied up on steel posts. Pigs can lift the net and walk in under it, they are never locked out, they just keep walking in. When they try to get out, they walk up to where the net turns up before trying to root, and then they're standing on the net and can't get under it to lift it. If they back up and run into it, it simply gives, they can't hurt it. Simple, easy, no cell phone plan, much simpler to set up, and about $10,000 cheaper!

Trapping is not nearly as much fun as hunting them however! Have had some memorable hunts out there in the dark. Most fun I ever had, had a sow with pigs come in right at sundown one night, feed plot conditions were such that every time I sent a round of buckshot, a little circle of dirt around the pig would fly up about 3 inches. Honestly, looked like a video game. Got pigs going opposite directions, turned them back on both sides, and they crossed paths. Swing one direction a couple shots, then swing the other. Knocked a couple pigs down, they got back up and took off again. I emptied the 870, no plug, slammed 4 more rounds of #4 buck in quick, started over, and emptied it again. When the dust settled and the smoke cleared, sow and 4 pigs were down, and it took a week to wipe the smile off my face. That was the coolest experience.
 
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