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Feral hogs are a terrible problem for our agricultural producers in the USA. Feral hogs even promote disease and sanitation issues for our vegetable producers. From time to time there are questions concerning feral hog management on this site. Here is a link to a video of what happens when farmers form a coop and fight back. Warning if you don't want to see tha feral pork fly don't watch it. See the first answer for the active link.

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from Beekeeper wrote 4 years 12 weeks ago

This is almost as much fun as pulling the trigger...

Here is the active link:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xiHmYsyVniE

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from BrigMarine wrote 4 years 12 weeks ago

thats awesome i would love to do that!

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from Ontario Honker ... wrote 4 years 12 weeks ago

Sorry, I wouldn't write my legislator to have that legalized for everyone. It's good for the controlled hunts. That kid behind the trigger was an expert. An unbelievable shot. Better to leave that kind of thing to the experts.

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from MLH wrote 4 years 12 weeks ago

Those guys are good. Will probably make it on a future hunting video game - or is that already available? What about the carcasses?

One thought usually leads me to another ... drives people nuts. This time, it's pigs to manure to horse sh*t to mushrooms. Yesterday, a guy in the office told a company rep that he felt like a mushroom. She didn't understand, so he said that mushrooms are fed horse sh*t and kept in the dark. She still didn't understand so he explained how mushrooms are cultivated. I wonder if she'll ever eat another shroom ... or at least start scrubbing the brown stuff off of them. People are getting so dissociated from their food and nature that even simple old sarcasm goes over their heads. Takes the fun out of it.

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from Elmer Fudd wrote 4 years 12 weeks ago

I got caught up in the "whoopee" too and found myself wanting to do it! ButI can't watch something like that and not think that somebody needs to be eating that pork, for me it's "shoot it, eat it" ... so I would pass after thinking about it

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from mutt wrote 4 years 12 weeks ago

where do I go to get his job

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from CJ wrote 4 years 12 weeks ago

Hey Bee, are those feral hogs any count to eat? Never tried any (at least to my knowledge).

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from Ontario Honker ... wrote 4 years 11 weeks ago

I ate some feral hog sausage when I was in California. It was good.

As far as salvaging the carcasses: I don't pick up the gophers or jackrabbits when I shoot them either. Birds will eat those hogs so I don't consider them going to waste. The world doesn't revolve around what is useful to just us. The waste is letting the dang things continue to live and breed. I imagine the shooter could punch a GPS everytime one of those pigs goes down and then someone could go pick em up later with a truck. If the dead hogs are left in the field, they provide more food for the surviving hogs.

I have a feeling someone did go back and pull the huge tusks out of the gnarly bruiser that charged the chopper.

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 4 years 11 weeks ago

Reminds me of a line from 'Full Metal Jacket': "Easy, you just don't lead 'em so much.."

http://warmingglow.uproxx.com/2009/12/easy-you-just-dont-lead-em-so-much

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from jamesti wrote 4 years 11 weeks ago

i would rather see people actually hunting them. not very sporting IMO. send that to PETA and see what happens.

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from matouse3 wrote 4 years 11 weeks ago

Great video Bee, I put a similar one (night hunt though) up on a question a few days ago. Here it is if you missed it:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EymHKsaOpRg

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from hengst wrote 4 years 11 weeks ago

Now that was so pretty good shooting....a few of them were big'uns

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from NolanOsborne wrote 4 years 11 weeks ago

I think we all understand that this is not a hunting video, but a population control idea with some good shooting. I think that there are a few marginal shots in the video, which could have perhaps been eliminated with the use of a larger caliber? Just my two cents. That pork could have at least been used for a soup kitchen.

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from Beekeeper wrote 4 years 11 weeks ago

This video is extreme. For those not accustomed to feral hogs, especially feral hogs in large numbers you can not fully appreciate what kind of damage they do. This damage is not only to crops (damage and destruction) and livestock (by spreading disease) but major environmental damage. Their rooting causes extensive erosion leading to water quality issues. They often lay up in streams and rivers during hot weather defecating into the water thus creating extensive coliform bacteria issues in drinking and irrigation water, the same irrigation water that goes onto the vegetables at your salad bar. Their rooting destroys native plant colonies and often eliminates the natural progression of regeneration of forest or riparian areas. They will destroy the nests of groung nesting birds (quail, turkey, and other game birds) they will eat deer fawns and baby rabbits found bedded.

They are vermin of the highest order and I see more justification in shooting feral swine than many other animals we declare as varmints. In many areas where feral swine populations are high they have become an urban pest rooting up the lawns and gardens of homeowners. Commercial and private forestry tracts can also be hammered by hogs.

Food quality of the animals is highly dependent on age and forage availability. Young feral swine which have been filling their bellies on corn, peanuts, soybeans, milo, pecans, acorns, vegetables and fruits are quite tasty when BBQ'ed. Older animals in good condition make very good sausage. Animals that have been run (boar or sow) and really stirred up are best used as fertilizer or coyote bait. The meat takes on a strong disagreeable odor and flavor that can't be easily covered up! If they have been rooting in a pine stand be prepared for the flavor of Pine Sol...

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from country road wrote 4 years 11 weeks ago

Lordy, wouldn't it be an experience to do that. I really hadt feral hogs, and I'd have to go along with Ermy that in that situation, "Happiness is a belt-fed weapon." Those guys are fantastic shots.

Feral hogs are fine eating as long as they aren't too big. They are great on the grill and make good sausage, but I'm with Ontario Honker about not being concerned about waste. I've sliced the tough skin on many a porker and left it for the buzzards. (The skin on the big ones is so tough, the critters have a hard time getting through it.) Kill 'em all and leave 'em where they lie---just get rid of them.

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from country road wrote 4 years 11 weeks ago

That's, "I really hate feral hogs,"

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from Ontario Honker ... wrote 4 years 11 weeks ago

Ooooh, somebody didn't like this thread! We all got hammered. Knock yourself out, pal. I'm not testing anything so I don't care.

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from 86Ram wrote 4 years 11 weeks ago

Beekeeper great post... Wow That shooter is good and that was alot of bacon, ham, tenderloin, sausage ... mouth watering.

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from 86Ram wrote 4 years 11 weeks ago

Need bout six smoke house to get em done right.

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from sgaredneck wrote 4 years 11 weeks ago

There are places down here infested almost that bad. You'd have a devil of a time flying like they were doing over some of the river swamp where I hunt. Some places are just too thick, and you hear them before you see 'em.

Let someone from PETA get in a thicket with some of these rascals. They will instantly change their mind about how cute they look from a distance.....

The AR almost sounded suppressed on the video. Or do y'all think the rotor wash was killing off the report that much?

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from Del in KS wrote 4 years 11 weeks ago

Saw this video last fall-amazing eh? Most of those pigs look fat and likely good eating except for old boars.
The pigs we see on my Uncle's cattle ranch in central Florida are usually thin sows with piglets and tough old boars. Neither are very good eating. The best is about a half grown pig. We used to catch them, pen and feed them before butchering. Note they never eat enough to get really fat like a domestic hog no matter how much feed we put in front of them.

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from naten wrote 4 years 11 weeks ago

that was a really cool video, what great shots and a very effective way to do a little personal management of the hogs.

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from rudyglove27 wrote 4 years 11 weeks ago

Beekeeper,
Awesome Video..
Thank you for sharing it with us!!!

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from Ontario Honker ... wrote 4 years 11 weeks ago

Del, try pumping some wormer into those pigs and I bet they'll put on the lard.

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from idahooutdoors wrote 4 years 11 weeks ago

Idiots keep trying to introduce them to places in Idaho, then the Fish and Game haas to scramble to try and kill them off before they get out of control...at a huge cost to sportsmen..hog hunting looks fun, but the habitat and crop destruction isn't worth the hunting...

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from 86Ram wrote 4 years 11 weeks ago

sgaredneck.. if I ever get back down to Chatham Cty I'd like to look you up and go get some bacon... and unleash the Savage 06

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from NolanOsborne wrote 4 years 11 weeks ago

I think we all understand that this is not a hunting video, but a population control idea with some good shooting. I think that there are a few marginal shots in the video, which could have perhaps been eliminated with the use of a larger caliber? Just my two cents. That pork could have at least been used for a soup kitchen.

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from Beekeeper wrote 4 years 12 weeks ago

This is almost as much fun as pulling the trigger...

Here is the active link:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xiHmYsyVniE

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from Ontario Honker ... wrote 4 years 12 weeks ago

Sorry, I wouldn't write my legislator to have that legalized for everyone. It's good for the controlled hunts. That kid behind the trigger was an expert. An unbelievable shot. Better to leave that kind of thing to the experts.

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from matouse3 wrote 4 years 11 weeks ago

Great video Bee, I put a similar one (night hunt though) up on a question a few days ago. Here it is if you missed it:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EymHKsaOpRg

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from hengst wrote 4 years 11 weeks ago

Now that was so pretty good shooting....a few of them were big'uns

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from Beekeeper wrote 4 years 11 weeks ago

This video is extreme. For those not accustomed to feral hogs, especially feral hogs in large numbers you can not fully appreciate what kind of damage they do. This damage is not only to crops (damage and destruction) and livestock (by spreading disease) but major environmental damage. Their rooting causes extensive erosion leading to water quality issues. They often lay up in streams and rivers during hot weather defecating into the water thus creating extensive coliform bacteria issues in drinking and irrigation water, the same irrigation water that goes onto the vegetables at your salad bar. Their rooting destroys native plant colonies and often eliminates the natural progression of regeneration of forest or riparian areas. They will destroy the nests of groung nesting birds (quail, turkey, and other game birds) they will eat deer fawns and baby rabbits found bedded.

They are vermin of the highest order and I see more justification in shooting feral swine than many other animals we declare as varmints. In many areas where feral swine populations are high they have become an urban pest rooting up the lawns and gardens of homeowners. Commercial and private forestry tracts can also be hammered by hogs.

Food quality of the animals is highly dependent on age and forage availability. Young feral swine which have been filling their bellies on corn, peanuts, soybeans, milo, pecans, acorns, vegetables and fruits are quite tasty when BBQ'ed. Older animals in good condition make very good sausage. Animals that have been run (boar or sow) and really stirred up are best used as fertilizer or coyote bait. The meat takes on a strong disagreeable odor and flavor that can't be easily covered up! If they have been rooting in a pine stand be prepared for the flavor of Pine Sol...

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from BrigMarine wrote 4 years 12 weeks ago

thats awesome i would love to do that!

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from MLH wrote 4 years 12 weeks ago

Those guys are good. Will probably make it on a future hunting video game - or is that already available? What about the carcasses?

One thought usually leads me to another ... drives people nuts. This time, it's pigs to manure to horse sh*t to mushrooms. Yesterday, a guy in the office told a company rep that he felt like a mushroom. She didn't understand, so he said that mushrooms are fed horse sh*t and kept in the dark. She still didn't understand so he explained how mushrooms are cultivated. I wonder if she'll ever eat another shroom ... or at least start scrubbing the brown stuff off of them. People are getting so dissociated from their food and nature that even simple old sarcasm goes over their heads. Takes the fun out of it.

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from Elmer Fudd wrote 4 years 12 weeks ago

I got caught up in the "whoopee" too and found myself wanting to do it! ButI can't watch something like that and not think that somebody needs to be eating that pork, for me it's "shoot it, eat it" ... so I would pass after thinking about it

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from mutt wrote 4 years 12 weeks ago

where do I go to get his job

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from CJ wrote 4 years 12 weeks ago

Hey Bee, are those feral hogs any count to eat? Never tried any (at least to my knowledge).

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from Ontario Honker ... wrote 4 years 11 weeks ago

I ate some feral hog sausage when I was in California. It was good.

As far as salvaging the carcasses: I don't pick up the gophers or jackrabbits when I shoot them either. Birds will eat those hogs so I don't consider them going to waste. The world doesn't revolve around what is useful to just us. The waste is letting the dang things continue to live and breed. I imagine the shooter could punch a GPS everytime one of those pigs goes down and then someone could go pick em up later with a truck. If the dead hogs are left in the field, they provide more food for the surviving hogs.

I have a feeling someone did go back and pull the huge tusks out of the gnarly bruiser that charged the chopper.

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from country road wrote 4 years 11 weeks ago

Lordy, wouldn't it be an experience to do that. I really hadt feral hogs, and I'd have to go along with Ermy that in that situation, "Happiness is a belt-fed weapon." Those guys are fantastic shots.

Feral hogs are fine eating as long as they aren't too big. They are great on the grill and make good sausage, but I'm with Ontario Honker about not being concerned about waste. I've sliced the tough skin on many a porker and left it for the buzzards. (The skin on the big ones is so tough, the critters have a hard time getting through it.) Kill 'em all and leave 'em where they lie---just get rid of them.

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from country road wrote 4 years 11 weeks ago

That's, "I really hate feral hogs,"

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from Ontario Honker ... wrote 4 years 11 weeks ago

Ooooh, somebody didn't like this thread! We all got hammered. Knock yourself out, pal. I'm not testing anything so I don't care.

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from 86Ram wrote 4 years 11 weeks ago

Beekeeper great post... Wow That shooter is good and that was alot of bacon, ham, tenderloin, sausage ... mouth watering.

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from 86Ram wrote 4 years 11 weeks ago

Need bout six smoke house to get em done right.

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 4 years 11 weeks ago

Reminds me of a line from 'Full Metal Jacket': "Easy, you just don't lead 'em so much.."

http://warmingglow.uproxx.com/2009/12/easy-you-just-dont-lead-em-so-much

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from jamesti wrote 4 years 11 weeks ago

i would rather see people actually hunting them. not very sporting IMO. send that to PETA and see what happens.

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from sgaredneck wrote 4 years 11 weeks ago

There are places down here infested almost that bad. You'd have a devil of a time flying like they were doing over some of the river swamp where I hunt. Some places are just too thick, and you hear them before you see 'em.

Let someone from PETA get in a thicket with some of these rascals. They will instantly change their mind about how cute they look from a distance.....

The AR almost sounded suppressed on the video. Or do y'all think the rotor wash was killing off the report that much?

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from Del in KS wrote 4 years 11 weeks ago

Saw this video last fall-amazing eh? Most of those pigs look fat and likely good eating except for old boars.
The pigs we see on my Uncle's cattle ranch in central Florida are usually thin sows with piglets and tough old boars. Neither are very good eating. The best is about a half grown pig. We used to catch them, pen and feed them before butchering. Note they never eat enough to get really fat like a domestic hog no matter how much feed we put in front of them.

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from naten wrote 4 years 11 weeks ago

that was a really cool video, what great shots and a very effective way to do a little personal management of the hogs.

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from rudyglove27 wrote 4 years 11 weeks ago

Beekeeper,
Awesome Video..
Thank you for sharing it with us!!!

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from Ontario Honker ... wrote 4 years 11 weeks ago

Del, try pumping some wormer into those pigs and I bet they'll put on the lard.

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from idahooutdoors wrote 4 years 11 weeks ago

Idiots keep trying to introduce them to places in Idaho, then the Fish and Game haas to scramble to try and kill them off before they get out of control...at a huge cost to sportsmen..hog hunting looks fun, but the habitat and crop destruction isn't worth the hunting...

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from 86Ram wrote 4 years 11 weeks ago

sgaredneck.. if I ever get back down to Chatham Cty I'd like to look you up and go get some bacon... and unleash the Savage 06

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