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The Feral Hog Invasion

Post by Pyrrho » Wed Jan 01, 2020 5:19 pm

https://www.texasmonthly.com/travel/fer ... rn-states/
Dear Yankee,

The South has fallen. Apparently so has Canada. Now an invading army of feral hogs is threatening to come for you. Trust us, we’ve seen the worst down here in Texas. When the hogs arrive up North, you’re in for a porky horror show. Wild pigs are rapacious. Rooting and marauding day and night, they can and will destroy your lawn, your crops, the fairways of your local golf course, and whatever else they run across. Feral hogs were blamed for the recent death of a woman from Liberty. (That’s a town in East Texas, not a state of mind, though we do like to live free in the Lone Star State.) And yes—as the memes foretold—thirty to fifty feral hogs can run into your yard within three to five minutes while your small kids play. It’s never too soon to panic.
Want to shoot a hog? Aim for the head, just below the ear, advises hunting guide Bruce Hunnicutt.

Taking down a mean old razorback is nothing like harvesting deer and other game more common to the northern United States, says Hunnicutt, owner of White Oak Outfitters in Northeast Texas and a hog hunting guide since 1993.

“You can’t run from ’em,” he says. “You gotta stand your ground and shoot, I’ll tell you that.”
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Re: The Feral Hog Invasion

Post by ed » Wed Jan 01, 2020 5:28 pm

They are not a joke down here either.

Evidentially they dig and then cattle trip and break their legs and have to be destroyed. Ranchers hate them. There is no closed season and no rules about the weapons you can use. I have met people at shows that hunt from helicopters with machine guns.

I've had them on my property but no real problems yet.

I've heard two things about eating them. One is "don't" the other is that they are just like pig. They are ugly brutes and look really compact. Muscular if you know what I mean.
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Re: The Feral Hog Invasion

Post by shemp » Wed Jan 01, 2020 5:35 pm

I don't know who's saying "no" but they're wrong. But you've got to be sure they're cooked thoroughly, because they can harbor parasites that farmed hogs don't have. I had roasted leg of wild boar at a restaurant up here a few years ago, and it was very good. Cook it slowly and keep it moist, it can dry out quickly.
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Post by Fid » Wed Jan 01, 2020 5:43 pm

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Re: The Feral Hog Invasion

Post by ed » Wed Jan 01, 2020 5:46 pm

Hell, some little ones chased my SIL's dog into the woods. He went in to rescue the critter and ran into mom who proceeded to chase him home :)
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Post by Abdul Alhazred » Wed Jan 01, 2020 5:58 pm

Hey! At least they are good eatin' :Hungry2:
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Post by robinson » Wed Jan 01, 2020 6:45 pm

You never know what's going to happen, then some shit happens nobody saw coming, then later somebody says they knew it was coming, then some new shit happens nobody saw coming, rinse and repeat

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Re: The Feral Hog Invasion

Post by shemp » Wed Jan 01, 2020 7:04 pm

Abdul Alhazred wrote:
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Hey! At least they are good eatin' :Hungry2:
Yes they are, but if you hunt them, you better get them with the first shot or they'll get you! Right in the head, use exploding bullets, blow their fucking brains out, the whole pack!
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Post by Nyarlathotep » Wed Jan 01, 2020 9:50 pm

Feral Hog Invasion is what I was going to name my band
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Post by Abdul Alhazred » Wed Jan 01, 2020 9:52 pm

Nyarlathotep wrote:
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My band's name will be pronounced "Feral Hog Invasion" but spelled "Federal Hog Invasion". :BigGrin3:
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Re: The Feral Hog Invasion

Post by Witness » Wed Jan 01, 2020 9:59 pm

Should have kept the local predators to regulate the hog population. :twisted:

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Post by Abdul Alhazred » Wed Jan 01, 2020 10:47 pm

Witness wrote:
Wed Jan 01, 2020 9:59 pm
Should have kept the local predators to regulate the hog population. :twisted:
Humans ARE the local predators. :coolspecs:
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Re: The Feral Hog Invasion

Post by ed » Wed Jan 01, 2020 11:01 pm

Witness wrote:
Wed Jan 01, 2020 9:59 pm
Should have kept the local predators to regulate the hog population. :twisted:
Not sure what that would be. We have lots of coyotes but I am not sure they are big enough. Panthers are few and far between. Probably a big 12"+ python could do it. But those are not indigenous.

They say the hogs might date from the time of the conquistadors so not sure what predictors we should have kept.
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Post by shemp » Wed Jan 01, 2020 11:16 pm

We should have kept conquistadors!

Also, the 2nd Amendment gives me the right to use nuclear weapons to blow up packs of hogs! Kills 'em and cooks 'em at the same time!
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Post by Abdul Alhazred » Wed Jan 01, 2020 11:21 pm

shemp wrote:
Wed Jan 01, 2020 11:16 pm
We should have kept conquistadors!

Also, the 2nd Amendment gives me the right to use nuclear weapons to blow up packs of hogs! Kills 'em and cooks 'em at the same time!
And to Hell with the FDA! 8)
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Re: The Feral Hog Invasion

Post by Witness » Wed Jan 01, 2020 11:22 pm

Good point.

From the Feral Hogs Community of Practice:
History of Feral Hogs in the United States

Feral hogs (also called wild hogs), belonging to the species Sus scrofa, are not native to the United States. The presence of these animals in this country is solely attributable to man-made introductions, some of which were intentional while others were accidental. Basically, two types of Sus scrofa, Eurasian wild boar and domestic swine, were introduced into the United States. Because these two types are conspecifics, wherever both of them were found together in the wild, interbreeding occurred. As a result, there are now three general types of wild hogs present in this country (Fig. 1). However, because this situation represents a very diverse hybrid complex, the distinguishing lines among these three general types are not always clear morphologically; genetic analyses may be necessary to sort out the ancestry of any one specific population of unknown origin.

Historically, the first man-made introduction of hogs into the United States was on the Hawaiian Islands. These animals were carried there by the early Polynesian immigrants who first colonized these islands. Hogs were abundant on all of the islands within this archipelago at the time of the first European contact in the 18th Century. The first hogs to be brought to continental North America were of European origin. The first importation of domestic swine into North America came with the second voyage of Christopher Columbus in 1493. Among the livestock acquired in the Canary Islands to provision this expedition were eight “selected” domestic pigs that were taken onboard at the island of Gomera. These animals and their offspring became the stock that populated the newly formed settlements and outposts on the islands of Cuba, Hispaniola, and Jamaica. From these animals sprang the immense herds that sustained the Spanish explorers on their journeys to the mainland during the early 1500s. It was from these ambulatory stocks of swine used by these initial expeditions that the first well-documented feral populations of wild hogs originated in the continental United States.
https://feralhogs.extension.org/history ... ed-states/ for the rest.

Bears could take them on (not sure if they would, so). Wolf packs hunt hogs in Europe.

Bonus: how swine looked during the Middle Ages:

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Re: The Feral Hog Invasion

Post by Pyrrho » Thu Jan 02, 2020 7:48 am

Thus bringing to fruition all predictions contingent upon pigs flying.
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Re: The Feral Hog Invasion

Post by ed » Thu Jan 02, 2020 12:01 pm

Actually it falsifies the oft repeated claim that if pigs could fly, they'd have wings.
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