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Butterbean

Hog Hunting

We have a bad problem with wild hogs.  Their population is exploding and they are tearing up people's crops and pastures.  We'll hunt them with dogs and they will just move further into the swamps.



We'll trap them but they soon become trapwise.



We'll even turn a lost Brit on them.



But unless we kill 75% of them each year the population will steadily increase.  Not only are they bad financially they are also bad on the environment and eat up the food stores that other wildlife depend on.  They are also very smart and learn tricks to outwit dogs, elude the traps and they tend to come out in droves at night when there is little threat of being seen.  Until now anyway.  

Just mounted some slightly used extremely sandy optics on my rifle and - as the preacher said - I can see the light!  The pigs are sure to be surprised.  Anyone want some free pork?

escape

Nice optics  

Looks like you will be having lots of pork on the menu now then  
bodger

A nice bit of crackling I bet.
hopefullbry

Night Vision     Bet thats Gen3 as well ?

Any Chance farmers /people / Gov would pay a Brit to set up a hog control business over there using NV setups ?

Bry
Woodsmoke

Is there a market for the meat, BB? Seems to me that it's a free resource that could be a lot of use!  
Butterbean

Bry, it is gen 3 but unfortunately its on on loan to me while a crate of stuff is being repaired.  Plan on mounting three of these on rifles and then using a thermal spotting scope to find the targets since it is much lighter.  Most people will not pay you to kill the pigs on their land but they are more than happy to give you access to their land to thin the pigs down.  Unlike dog hunting, where you might have to get permission from several landowners this is much easier to do.

As for a business, there are two people I know who run business killing hogs but what they do is guide others for a fee and supply them with night vision.

Unfortunately due to the slight risk of trichinosis you cannot sell it unless it is carried live to the processor and tested.  I can process it and give it away and as long as none of it is cured there should never be any problem.  I do think there are a few people who would give me love offerings for meat but there is not a legal market.  But I will say, I've eaten my fair share of it with no ill effects.
Gareth

Couldn't you get some of the local "good'ol boys" to sort out the Hogs?

I always thought it was easy to generate an interest with these guys.
You just tell them 3 things

1)  The Hogs are out of season.

2) The Bag limit is 2

3) They taste just like chicken.

       
Woodsmoke

I always thought that as long as pork was properly cooked or cured the trichinosis parasite was killed?
Butterbean

Woodsmoke wrote:
I always thought that as long as pork was properly cooked or cured the trichinosis parasite was killed?


If its heated to a high enough temperature or frozen for 30 days its OK.  There are exceptions up north with bears and some other animals I think.

Its not as big a problem as they would have you think.  IMO its more of a political thing.  You must understand that not all regulations are put into place for public safety but for politcal reasons.  With the right lobbists you can always regulate away competition.  

I hope you realize that what you said makes too much sense and you have just killed your chances of ever working for the government in this country.
Butterbean

Gareth wrote:
Couldn't you get some of the local "good'ol boys" to sort out the Hogs?

I always thought it was easy to generate an interest with these guys.
You just tell them 3 things

1)  The Hogs are out of season.

2) The Bag limit is 2

3) They taste just like chicken.

       


You left out free cold beer for every one killed.

Actually, hunting hogs is much harder than you might think cause they are really smart and have tremendous noses on them.  Also they are primarily nocturnal in the wild which makes it all the more difficult.  Dog hunting is by far the best way but you have landowner issues.  Some people think this cruel.

I just got in tonight and I knocked a dent in them with this setup.  Can't say how many I killed yet but I had to come home for more bullets cause a 30 round clip wasn't enough. (and I'm not that bad of a shot)
daddymatty82

id so love to live over there hunting pigs would be cool.  never been hunting before but bet its a buzz iv watched the local hunt go after a few fox with there hounds
debbie

They look just like my little berkshires but without the white points.  Over here all pigs that have been bred from or that have wild boar in them have to have the trichenella test.  its free and this country has been free from the parasite for around 30 years.
flatiron

   Wheres the curs , they can handle those porkers .
sod

That is a great set up my mate goes pig hunting here I've been out at times but my knees pack up now and they are mainly in rough hilly country, we use dogs and stick them all no guns I will have to show him this    
Butterbean

flatiron wrote:
   Wheres the curs , they can handle those porkers .


We use some curs too but I don't think many would appreciate my posting pictures of what the pig looks like after its caught.  Its kinda ironic to see a dog fight a hog ten or twenty times its weight then come up to you and roll over on its back and pee all over itself wanting you to scratch his belly.

We hunt them in various ways.  My favorite is running them with hounds.  Sometimes things come together and it yields a wonderful hunt. Unfortunately we can't put dogs in the swamps cause we'll lose them.  We've started using GPS collars and this is making it a little better.

Daddymatty, if you - or anyone else for that matter -  ever find yourself over here you have an open invitation to come join us.  There is open season on hogs and being a nuisance animal you don't even need a license to hunt them.  You might want to bring a little extra blood to donate to the mosquitoes though.

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