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The Fastest Way To Rid Your Land Of Wild Hogs

The Fastest Way To Rid Your Land Of Wild Hogs

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Over the past 40-50 years, the feral hog population across the country has increased dramatically. In some areas, it is not a horrible epidemic, but in others it has been devastating. There are an estimated 6 million hogs running wild in the United States

Wild hogs can be compared to bulldozers on four legs, wreaking havoc on forests, wildlife habitat, farms and even flower gardens. Hogs root, and wallow and pollute streams and rivers with their fecal matter. They carry brucellosis and can even carry tape and round worm parasites in some parts of the world.

For many years, people around the nation illegally imported hogs to their land to have another game species to hunt. This practice only increased the range of wild boar, with many of the landowners quickly regretting their decisions and begging people to come and kill their recent “game” additions to their land.

Hogs are known to eat turkey, quail, pheasant and even eggs, and to kill and consume deer fawn.

Many states allow landowners to use whatever methods necessary to kill wild hogs. Here are some methods you, too, can employ to tackle wild hog populations.

1. Hunting

This is actually the least effective form when employed in the traditional way. Often, trophy hunters will only target large boars and leave smaller sows to live to oink another day. By only removing a hog here and there, it does nothing to control the population.

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The reason: The female pig, the sow, becomes sexually mature at four months of age. It can breed three times a year. Each litter of piglets can have between eight and 16 new pigs. Get the picture?

If hunting is used, the objective must be to kill as many pigs as possible. Hunting needs to be paired with other methods to work. Once hogs are removed, hunting can serve to keep populations low.

2. Bait, trap, eliminate

The most effective way to control hogs is to set up a fenced trap with bait in the middle. The traps can be auto or manually sprung. The key is to capture as many hogs as possible. If a few sows escape, you are right back where you started.

Do not transport these hogs and release them. Completely and totally shoot and kill every hog captured in the trap. The large magazine firearms come in handy, as reloading while eliminating up to 20 or 30 hogs at a time can be a pain.

3. Tannerite

Tannerite is an explosive, and there are regulations regarding its employment; study your state’s laws before considering this option. Tannerite must be detonated by a high velocity rifle cartridge. The user must ensure he and anyone else is at least 100 yards away for safety sake, and that he is a good shot. If you miss, the hogs will surely bolt and the opportunity will be lost.

The more tannerite, the further back you want to be. If you are foolish, you will die. Usually four to eight pounds is sufficient. Bait the area for a few days with corn, and use trail cameras to determine hog patterns. The day you set out to decimate their numbers, put out more corn, mix the tannerite, and set it up, and then place yourself in a position of safety and concealment a safe distance away. Do not add any nails or shrapnel to the mix; the explosives have enough power to kill the hogs.

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7 comments

  1. You might want to do some actual research on how to get rid of them, instead of just youtube…. trapping is the most efficient, bud don’t just shoot them and throw them away, they are worth alot alive, I trap, buy and sell them for around 40c a pound depending on the size. They are edible, but I wouldn’t recomended big boars. Sows will always taste good… better than domestic with zero growth hormones. Email me if you have any questions.

  2. Like travis said– more research needed. I raised hogs since a child and learned a lot about their husbandry. Young hogs up to the age of sexual maturity, which some call shoats, (I prefer just calling them pigs), will not reach that maturity until six to eight months of age, and can only have two litters per year, even under the most ideal, Farm raised, conditions. In the wild, true, they can have up to 16 piglets. It is much more likely that first litter females, known as gilts until they have weaned that first litter, will likely have a litter of 7 or 8 piglets. Sows may have 11 to 14, rarely more.

    But that is just the beginning of the story. Given conditions in the wild she will lay on and kill 2 or 3. Others may starve or be killed by disease, weather or predators. I would hazard a guess that a really good mother MIGHT raise six or seven in the course of a year. Still, given that a sow might live to have litters until 7 or 8 years of age, that could be 40 to 50 pigs!

    You are right that a few Wild Boar were imported from Europe; far and away most of our feral hogs are descended from escaped domestic swine. You can tell the difference–Wild Boar are all solid dark colored. Anything white or with stripes or spots, and most of the solid colored hogs are domestic ancestored. As to those you kill for the table, younger, better. I’ll guarantee older boars will be the gamiest, smelliest meat you’ve ever eaten. One minor correction, travis, hormones of any kind aren’t used on Swine. Antibiotics, however, are. Thanks

  3. We always gave the feral pig meat to the dogs to eat, they loved it and seemed none the worse for it. 🙂

  4. Thank you for your effort!
    However, as far as the wild hogs on our land is concerned, there is a TERRIBLE error in #2!
    You state: “If a few sows escape, you are right back where you started.”
    Not in my experience!

    In my experience, if a sow escapes, it will be a long time before ANY wild hog will enter that trap again . . . if ever! (Hogs are smarter than any dog you’ve ever seen, never forget that fact!)

    The hogs on our place, didn’t cause all the damage and destruction to the land, wildlife or water we hear so much about, they even graze with our horses, cows and calve and there hasn’t been any incidents. (WARNING! If you shoot one from a distance, and only wound it, they are VERY dangerous, and they WILL “fish-hook” and ambush you if you follow! Use EXTREME CAUTION!)

    We eat all ages, size and sex of wild hog. (We cooked a “massive pair” once, that skinned and heads removed, they BOTH fit into a single gallon ziplock bag.)
    Dressed out right, you’ll not be able to taste/smell the difference between a sow or a boar.
    However, done incorrectly, and you can literally smell a boar being cooked from outside the house. (I would share the detail privately, but not in an open forum. It’s a “family secret” that also works on buck goats.)

    Wild hog meat is also usually RED instead of white, so don’t be freaked out. I believe this is due to their much slower growth rate compared to domestics.
    Wild hog meat is also “heart healthy” according to my dad’s cardiologist and all of his tests! (That’s a great bonus!)
    My dad BELIEVED the hype about “Once you have wild hogs, you’ll ALWAYS have them because you can NEVER get rid of them!” Consequently he has inadvertently got rid of all the wild hogs on our property, by killing 87 adults in about an 8 month period. (Now he wants them back!)

    Wild hog sausage, bologna and ham is delicious and wonderful! (They aren’t so good for bacon due to their very low body fat.)

  5. Wow, so GLAD we don’t have wild hog problems out in our woods. Turkeys, deer and squirrel. Rarely see a bunny either.

  6. Very well explained. Thanks for sharing all the information and tips.

  7. Great read and very well explained. I believe in professionals so this is a very useful article for everyone. Many thanks for your share.

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