Skip to comments.Back Bay (VA) Feral Hogs Running Wild
Posted on 01/20/2014 5:43:57 AM PST by Don@VB
By Aaron Applegate The Virginian-Pilot © January 20, 2014 VIRGINIA BEACH
The destructive and fertile wild hogs that roam the marshes around Back Bay are poised for a bumper year.
Some of their favorite foods are abundant, and the guy with a knack for trapping them has moved to another job.
"I'm sure the pigs did a little dance," said Molly Brown, president of Friends of Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge.
The jig would have been for the departure of David Bishop, an invasive-species biologist who spent the past three years trying to keep in check the state's oldest population of hogs in the refuge and adjoining False Cape State Park.
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The DC feral hogs are worse.
Yep, gotta watch them politicians in Virginia. Running wild they are.
why can’t folks just shoot them and eat them?
Why do you hate Aaron Applegate?
Trapping? Just make it open season for hunting them or even put a bounty on them. Not only would it thin the herd but most hunters I know donate the meat they can't eat to charity and homeless shelters. It would be a win-win situation.
Mr. Mercat and I stumbled onto a wonderful heritage park in Ireland which was reverse breading animals to make them like the ones the Irish raised hundreds of years ago. The boars were fascinating. Their babies looked just like adorable little domesticated piglets. But the adults were huge and terrifying. And they are smart, smarter than dogs. This park also had sheep that had been regressed (is that a word?). Instead of shearing, they plucked the wool. Interesting side note - boar meat is not considered to be pork and is therefore a mean that Muslims will eat... I don’t know about Jews.
I think some have been taken by hunting..just not enough.
No harm intended to the article’s author. It’s an informative news item worth passing along.
Once trapped they're usually shot. The trap pens usually get 90+% of the herd at one time if done correctly as opposed to shooting one or two and have the rest escape that much wiser as to avoiding getting shot.
Wild Boar served German Style with a dark sauce is one of my favorites. They should be harvested and used for food - or in care packages to the Palestinians and Iranians.
Indeed, but you (accidentally) claimed credit for authoring it.
People release them into the National Forest here because there is no pig season. You can hunt them anytime.
I would guess you meant "breeding", unless they were about to cook the animals.
I first read the title as “Federal Hogs Running Wild”. The bad part is I wasn’t surprised.
Served with a shot of Jaegermeister?
fertile wild hogs - exactly why we need our AR-15 assault weapons
At the hunting club we shoot them. There is no closed season, no limit, and it is good practice. I have killed 100 or more in a single year. What I don’t keep I donate to the people who live nearby.
Texas has an estimated 2-3 million feral hogs. The crop damage from their rooting is incredible. They now have OKed hunting them from helocopters. They make really good sausage if you know a good butcher.
LOL got me. more coffee please.
I’m sure you have to pay to have them trapped. Charge hunters $20 bucks for an unlimited hog license. They would happily pay, big bucks could be raised for land and game management and the problem still dealth with. Again, seems like a win-win for me.
The sows might be okay, but the testosterone will make the boar meat taste and smell funny.
Here in North Carolina, the state recently removed all restrictions on these animals; no season, no limit, no license required.
That's great. As a hunter I wouldn't mind paying twenty bucks for an unlimited license as long as the funds were used for land and game managment. One question: Does NC allow you to use rifles to hunt hogs or is it shotgun slugs only? I'd love to try out my AR-10 hunting hogs, I think it would be a blast.
Absolutely. The effective hog trap consists of a temporary pen, an automatic feeder and a remote control gate. The pen segments have to be hauled onto the site, and a partial pen set up and the feeder programmed. several days of feeding with a partial pen, and then a full pen is set up, but the gate left open, and several more days of feeding and remote observing to see how many of the herd go into the pen. When you've achieved the maximum, you drop the gate and shoot any hogs too wary to get in the pen. Then shoot the ones in the pen before they break out.
The upside is that you get rid of a lot more of them than you would by hunting. The critters reproduce prolifically, and hunting just doesn't get rid of enough of them. They are a serious pest in the agricultural areas of south GA and do significant damage to crops. A more efficient method is needed rather than just hunting.
An industry needs to spring up which uses the feral pigs as feed stock.
How about a chain of “Hog Wild” rib joints, that feature the image of the nasty looking critters in their signage and serve only entrees made from the fresh kill?
Ribs, pulled pork, Cowboy sausage, red beans and rice with wild ham hocks etc etc etc.
I’ll bet even the boars could be made into sausage with the right supplements.
Feral Hogs Running Wild
You are sure right about the taste of boar hog meat. I have had it once and never want it again.
Have they ever tried hunting with no limit? I have a hard time believing that the hundreds of thousands of hunters in any state who would take advantaged of this wouddn't be very efficient, if not eliminate the hogs entirely. Most times I've seen trapping pushed it's always by the anti-hunting element as a more "humanitarian" alternative.
“Trapping? Just make it open season for hunting them or even put a bounty on them. Not only would it thin the herd but most hunters I know donate the meat they can’t eat to charity and homeless shelters. It would be a win-win situation.”
Now yer talkin. Get that guy out in TX that shoots them out of a chopper. He really racks up the numbers.
Why not feed the hogs something that will sterilize them - to slow down the breeding?
It is still edible, but just barely.
I suppose it is edible........ if you were hungry enough but it could turn me into a vegetarian.
P.S. The smell from cooking boar meat always reminded me of my dad’s sweaty t-shirts.
Already no limit or closed season in GA and has been that way for years, and the hogs continue to expand their numbers and range.
Hunting is ineffective in controling hogs. They’re too smart and reproduce too rapidly. GA has no limit and no closed season on hogs and has been that way for years, but the hogs keep expanding their numbers. Large scale trapping is the best way.
Herd ‘em to the governor’s mansion.
Just start a reality show like "Duck Dynasty" and those feral hogs will be taken care of really quickly!
And a nice cold hefeweizen to wash it all down, Yum.
Ja! Oder Riesling!!!
Its an informative news item worth passing along.
Indeed, but you (accidentally) claimed credit for authoring it.
OK My Bad!! For the record, I definitely did NOT author this article. Just wanted to post it.
We saw a show on TV where this guy was using a chopper and he was really wiping them out. Of course here in GA we don’t have the open spaces they do out west.
I agree with you that just walking around in the woods hunting hogs is not going to eradicate them in GA.
Don’t we have over a million of them?
Mr. GG2 and I were speculation that when the SHTF we will probably be glad for too many deer and hogs.
Btw they claimed 100% success on the first one, but I saw one get away.
Thats a helluva strong fence. I was thinking it was too lightweight to hold up.
I’d love to have a couple of those little ones. Suckling pig on the grill. Mmmm Mmmm Mmmm!!!