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Texas Ag Commisioner Anounces 2nd Annual 'Hog Out Month'
Texas Dept. of Agriculture ^ | 8-30-2011 | Todd Staples

Posted on 08/31/2011 10:10:30 AM PDT by waterhill

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Print Commissioner Todd Staples Texas Department of Agriculture FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 08-30-2011 CONTACT: Bryan Black Veronica Obregon (512) 463-7664

Commissioner Staples Announces Second-Annual Statewide Hog Out Month County Challenge

AUSTIN - Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples today called upon all 254 Texas counties to participate in Hog Out Month - a statewide challenge to decrease the state's feral hog population. This challenge will coordinate various feral hog removal strategies implemented across the state into one statewide effort.

"Wild hogs are finding their way into urban and rural areas destroying yards, golf courses, parks and crops at a cost of up to $400 million each year," Commissioner Staples said. "These animals reproduce at staggering rates and are now a menace on Texas highways, which is why I encourage all Texans to continue to step up efforts to reduce the number of feral hogs and protect our state from further damage."

It is estimated 2 million feral hogs live in Texas, causing hundreds of millions of dollars in property damage across the state each year. The statewide challenge, which kicks off Oct. 1 during Hog Out Month, will run through Dec. 31. Grants will be awarded to the five counties with the most hogs removed and highest participation in feral hog abatement programs. The deadline for counties to submit a notice of intent to participate is Sept. 30.

In October 2010, Commissioner Staples kicked off the first county challenge to rally Texans to reduce the number of feral hogs in the state.

Additionally, TDA works with the Wildlife Services branch of the Texas AgriLife Extension Service, which removes thousands of hogs annually through various feral hog abatement strategies that result in an estimated savings of more than $4 million to Texas landowners.

Landowners are encouraged to call their local AgriLife Extension Agent for information on feral hog control measures.

"The only way to combat a problem as far-reaching as feral hogs is to aggressively employ multiple tactics in a coordinated and concentrated effort, starting at the local level," Commissioner Staples said. "Good local participation complements the work done in other communities resulting in a comprehensive statewide strategy."

Counties may obtain a notice of intent to participate in the Hog Out Month challenge by clicking here, calling (512) 463-6695 or emailing Grants@TexasAgriculture.gov. More details about the program can be found by clicking here.

Texas Feral Hog Facts (source: Texas AgriLife Extension Service)· Feral hogs cause an estimated $400 million in damages annually. · There are an estimated 2 million feral hogs in Texas. · Feral hogs are predators of lambs, kid goats, baby calves, newborn fawns and ground-nesting birds, and compete for food and space with many native species of wildlife. · Feral hogs commonly destroy urban yards, parks and golf courses, as well as rangeland, pastures, crops, fencing, wildlife feeders and other property. Additionally, they contribute to E. coli and other diseases in Texas streams, ponds and watersheds. · Vehicle collisions with feral hogs cause an estimated $1,200 in damage per collision, and create safety hazards for those involved.


TOPICS: Agriculture; Food; Outdoors
KEYWORDS: bang; guns; hogs
They have added an extra two months this year I see.
1 posted on 08/31/2011 10:10:33 AM PDT by waterhill
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To: waterhill

I think the drought is keeping their numbers in check this year. I hope it isn’t affecting the deer the same, though.


2 posted on 08/31/2011 10:12:50 AM PDT by crusty old prospector
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To: waterhill

I’m up for some hog huntin’. Anybody got a chopper?


3 posted on 08/31/2011 10:13:59 AM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open ( <o> ---)
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To: waterhill

“Hog Out”

*snicker*


4 posted on 08/31/2011 10:14:14 AM PDT by GQuagmire ('Don't Piss The Lady Off')
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To: waterhill

These things look like they would be delicious on a huge barbeque, roasting slowly for about 24 hours on a spit.


5 posted on 08/31/2011 10:14:28 AM PDT by Mr. K (Physically unable to proofread....)
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To: Envisioning; ixtl
))) HOG PING ((( Image and video hosting by TinyPic
6 posted on 08/31/2011 10:17:10 AM PDT by waterhill (Little 'r' republican:)
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To: smokingfrog
Anybody got a chopper?

...or night vision?

7 posted on 08/31/2011 10:18:58 AM PDT by Nervous Tick (Trust in God, but row away from the rocks!)
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To: waterhill

PETA is deeply saddened.


8 posted on 08/31/2011 10:19:42 AM PDT by Nervous Tick (Trust in God, but row away from the rocks!)
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To: Mr. K

[ These things look like they would be delicious on a huge barbeque, roasting slowly for about 24 hours on a spit. ]

As long as they are completely and througly cooked as wild hogs can carry quite the large number of horrifying parasites.

Though if you cook them well you kill all the parasites and get the side benefit of the meat just falling off the bone.


9 posted on 08/31/2011 10:21:05 AM PDT by GraceG
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To: waterhill

Hope Texans do some serious killing of these voracious pests in the last three months of the year. The lack of acorns and wildlife caused by the severe drought will only make them invade more urban territory this winter as they search for food.


10 posted on 08/31/2011 10:22:18 AM PDT by kittymyrib
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To: waterhill

What a great excuse to pick up a “hog rifle”, a .45-70.

Texas is a fun place to live.


11 posted on 08/31/2011 10:30:10 AM PDT by texmexis best
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To: waterhill

I’ll try to do my part!


12 posted on 08/31/2011 10:32:36 AM PDT by Envisioning ( Call me a racist................, one more time......................)
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To: texmexis best

I prefer using one of my bolt rifles, in 30-06.
Although 45-70 would work ;-)


13 posted on 08/31/2011 10:33:58 AM PDT by 9422WMR (FOBO)
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To: 9422WMR

Two words:

Lu au


14 posted on 08/31/2011 10:43:13 AM PDT by null and void (Day 950 of America's holiday from reality...)
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To: waterhill

I’m headed to Tennessee Colony this weekend to reduce the hog population there.


15 posted on 08/31/2011 10:46:01 AM PDT by Texas Colonel (Get as close as you can...then get 10 yards closer..)
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To: waterhill; All
A few questions, if y'all'd be so kind...

1. Has Texas ever considered, or actually paid, a bounty for each hog killed? If they cause so much damage, wouldn't that be the most effective way of getting people out to thin the population. What amount would be needed to get folks out. $100? Also, should it be limited to sows?

2. I assume that there have been extensive studies of the feral hog population. How long do they live in the wild? How many litters will a sow produce? How rapidly does the population increase...?

16 posted on 08/31/2011 11:10:08 AM PDT by ken5050 (Should Christie RUN in 2012? NO!!! But he should WALK three miles every day!)
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To: texmexis best

“What a great excuse to pick up a “hog rifle”, a .45-70.”

I prefer an AR-10.


17 posted on 08/31/2011 11:14:54 AM PDT by SVTCobra03 (You can never have enough friends, horsepower or ammunition.)
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To: Nervous Tick

PETA=Pigs Eating Tons of Ammo!


18 posted on 08/31/2011 11:26:40 AM PDT by freebird5850 (Of course Obama loves his country...it's just that Sarah Palin loves mine!)
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To: freebird5850

>> PETA=Pigs Eating Tons of Ammo!

Good one!


19 posted on 08/31/2011 11:28:28 AM PDT by Nervous Tick (Trust in God, but row away from the rocks!)
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To: Nervous Tick

Pig Entrails Torn Away........(I’ll be here all week).


20 posted on 08/31/2011 11:32:01 AM PDT by freebird5850 (Of course Obama loves his country...it's just that Sarah Palin loves mine!)
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To: ken5050

I’d think the state would go broke on hog bounties. Maybe we can get some stimulus for it? :-)

Wild pigs breed like rabbits. 4 to 6 pigs/litter, 1-2 litters per year. Live 5-10 years.

They’re a real problem.


21 posted on 08/31/2011 11:33:00 AM PDT by Nervous Tick (Trust in God, but row away from the rocks!)
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To: ken5050

1. Yes, a few counties have hosted individual bounties. I recall one county offering $10 for a set of ears.

2. Hogs can die of old age at about 10 or so years.

A healthy sow can have litters as large as 12, and its not uncommon to produce 3 litters a year. ( Thats 36 !).
This doesn’t include mortality rates due to predation.


22 posted on 08/31/2011 11:35:59 AM PDT by waterhill (Little 'r' republican:)
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To: Nervous Tick; waterhill
Thanks fcor the info...but I'm a tad confused..are you saying that there are TOO many wild hogs to offer a bounty?

Or maybe some type of sliding scale...$10/hog up the first 25..then $50 after that..or would people collude? ( NAH...)

Or prizes for the biggest....makes people wanna go after them

Seems to me there's some way to do this to make a profit...maybe a TV series...and accomplish a worthwhile goal..

23 posted on 08/31/2011 11:52:15 AM PDT by ken5050 (Should Christie RUN in 2012? NO!!! But he should WALK three miles every day!)
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To: ken5050

To tell the truth, I know nothing about the science or economics of varmint bounties and I was just flapping my jaws er, I mean, offering my opinion.


24 posted on 08/31/2011 11:54:31 AM PDT by Nervous Tick (Trust in God, but row away from the rocks!)
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To: Nervous Tick
Well..thanks anyways..I assume ( hope) you know more than I do...

I recall stories about the rattlesnake roundups..bounties were paid...

But it seems to me that where you have this obvious problem..a dangerous, destructive feral hog population...and lots of hunters...there has to be an economically driven solution..

maybe the state, and the most affected counties..contribute some funds...maybe charge a fee for the hunt permit..but also pay bounties, prizes, maybe have drawings...maybe a reality TV show....I'mm sure one of the hunting themed cable nets would buy into it...

25 posted on 08/31/2011 12:04:14 PM PDT by ken5050 (Should Christie RUN in 2012? NO!!! But he should WALK three miles every day!)
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To: ken5050

http://feralhogs.tamu.edu/files/2011/05/FeralHogFactSheet.pdf

This guy has an interesting solution (trapping).

http://www.wirelesstraps.com/


26 posted on 08/31/2011 12:05:36 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open ( <o> ---)
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To: waterhill

The predation includes humans and their dogs....

The best pork is fresh off tha tit. ( grilled whole )


27 posted on 08/31/2011 6:09:26 PM PDT by waterhill (Little 'r' republican:)
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