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Back Bay (VA) Feral Hogs Running Wild
Virginian Pilot ^ | 1/20/14 | don@vb

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.

(Excerpt) Read more at hamptonroads.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: Virginia
KEYWORDS: wildhogs; wildlife
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Sometimes we just need a good wild pig story to break up our routine. Hope you enjoy it. ;-)
1 posted on 01/20/2014 5:43:57 AM PST by Don@VB
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To: Don@VB

The DC feral hogs are worse.


2 posted on 01/20/2014 5:47:53 AM PST by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: Don@VB

Yep, gotta watch them politicians in Virginia. Running wild they are.


3 posted on 01/20/2014 5:47:59 AM PST by upchuck (Stop this abuse now! Get behind Convention of States: http://bit.ly/1ak1Iz9)
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To: Don@VB

why can’t folks just shoot them and eat them?


4 posted on 01/20/2014 5:48:58 AM PST by brooklyn dave ( Dante DiBlasio's Afro for President)
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To: Don@VB

Why do you hate Aaron Applegate?


5 posted on 01/20/2014 5:49:26 AM PST by humblegunner
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To: Don@VB
"and the guy with a knack for trapping them has moved to another job."

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.

6 posted on 01/20/2014 5:50:04 AM PST by circlecity
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To: Don@VB

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.


7 posted on 01/20/2014 5:53:38 AM PST by Mercat
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To: brooklyn dave

I think some have been taken by hunting..just not enough.


8 posted on 01/20/2014 5:57:56 AM PST by Don@VB (Power Corrupts)
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To: humblegunner

No harm intended to the article’s author. It’s an informative news item worth passing along.


9 posted on 01/20/2014 6:01:10 AM PST by Don@VB (Power Corrupts)
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To: circlecity
Trapping?

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.

10 posted on 01/20/2014 6:03:11 AM PST by from occupied ga (Your government is your most dangerous enemy)
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To: Don@VB

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.


11 posted on 01/20/2014 6:05:44 AM PST by ZULU (Magua is sitting in the Oval Office. Ted Cruz/Phil Robertson in 2016.)
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To: Don@VB
It’s an informative news item worth passing along.

Indeed, but you (accidentally) claimed credit for authoring it.

12 posted on 01/20/2014 6:08:32 AM PST by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: Don@VB

People release them into the National Forest here because there is no pig season. You can hunt them anytime.


13 posted on 01/20/2014 6:09:32 AM PST by AppyPappy (Obama: What did I not know and when did I not know it?)
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To: Mercat
a wonderful heritage park in Ireland which was reverse breading animals

I would guess you meant "breeding", unless they were about to cook the animals.

14 posted on 01/20/2014 6:09:51 AM PST by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: Don@VB

I first read the title as “Federal Hogs Running Wild”. The bad part is I wasn’t surprised.


15 posted on 01/20/2014 6:10:53 AM PST by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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Well, here in Floriduh, we're all pitching in and tryig to do what we can:

"Mom arrested for neglect for leaving her kids in car to go hog hunting"

16 posted on 01/20/2014 6:11:47 AM PST by ken5050 (This space available cheap...)
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To: ZULU
Wild Boar served German Style with a dark sauce is one of my favorites.

Served with a shot of Jaegermeister?

17 posted on 01/20/2014 6:12:04 AM PST by ROCKLOBSTER (Celebrate "Republicans Freed the Slaves" Month.)
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To: Don@VB

fertile wild hogs - exactly why we need our AR-15 assault weapons


18 posted on 01/20/2014 6:12:36 AM PST by Red_Devil 232 ((VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!))
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To: Don@VB

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.


19 posted on 01/20/2014 6:18:02 AM PST by Conspiracy Guy (Did the ancients know they were ancients? Or did they see themselves as presents?)
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To: AppyPappy

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.


20 posted on 01/20/2014 6:19:19 AM PST by MisterArtery
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To: Izzy Dunne

LOL got me. more coffee please.


21 posted on 01/20/2014 6:20:18 AM PST by Mercat
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To: Red_Devil 232
As another poster said, the problem is much worse in Texas. Here is a link to Not Again, Feral Hog Control in East Texas a +100 page blog about one farmer's war against feral hogs. Once you start reading it, it's hard to stop, for some odd reason. He also finds that an AR-15 is not the best weapon to use in this case; IIRC, he favors something like an AR-10.
22 posted on 01/20/2014 6:34:31 AM PST by PUGACHEV
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To: from occupied ga

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.


23 posted on 01/20/2014 6:42:42 AM PST by circlecity
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To: brooklyn dave

The sows might be okay, but the testosterone will make the boar meat taste and smell funny.


24 posted on 01/20/2014 6:49:40 AM PST by Blood of Tyrants (The War on Drugs has been used as an excuse to steal your rights. Support an end to the WOD now.)
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To: circlecity
Charge hunters $20 bucks for an unlimited hog license.

Here in North Carolina, the state recently removed all restrictions on these animals; no season, no limit, no license required.

25 posted on 01/20/2014 7:00:50 AM PST by Gritty (Liberals think living your life free of welfare, EBT, and government nannies is "cheating"-J Hawkins)
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To: brooklyn dave

too many


26 posted on 01/20/2014 7:05:52 AM PST by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: Gritty
"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.

27 posted on 01/20/2014 7:07:06 AM PST by circlecity
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To: circlecity
I’m sure you have to pay to have them trapped.

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.

28 posted on 01/20/2014 7:09:59 AM PST by from occupied ga (Your government is your most dangerous enemy)
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To: Conspiracy Guy

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.


29 posted on 01/20/2014 7:14:37 AM PST by ROCKLOBSTER (Celebrate "Republicans Freed the Slaves" Month.)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

Feral Hogs Running Wild


30 posted on 01/20/2014 7:14:48 AM PST by Iron Munro (Orwell: There are some ideas so absurd that only an intellectual could believe them.)
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To: Blood of Tyrants

You are sure right about the taste of boar hog meat. I have had it once and never want it again.


31 posted on 01/20/2014 7:16:21 AM PST by Ditter
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To: from occupied ga
"The upside is that you get rid of a lot more of them than you would by hunting."

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.

32 posted on 01/20/2014 7:18:29 AM PST by circlecity
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To: circlecity

“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.


33 posted on 01/20/2014 7:19:47 AM PST by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: Don@VB

Why not feed the hogs something that will sterilize them - to slow down the breeding?


34 posted on 01/20/2014 7:23:10 AM PST by texgal (end no-fault divorce laws return DUE PROCESS & EQUAL PROTECTION to ALL citizens))
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To: PUGACHEV
hmm..an AC-10 (Warthog :) against a pack of feral hogs, 30mm gun..shredded pork.

35 posted on 01/20/2014 7:34:24 AM PST by skinkinthegrass (The end move in politics is always to pick up a gun..0'Caligula / 0'Reid / 0'Pelosi)
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To: Ditter

It is still edible, but just barely.


36 posted on 01/20/2014 7:35:37 AM PST by Blood of Tyrants (The War on Drugs has been used as an excuse to steal your rights. Support an end to the WOD now.)
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To: Blood of Tyrants

I suppose it is edible........ if you were hungry enough but it could turn me into a vegetarian.


37 posted on 01/20/2014 7:37:18 AM PST by Ditter
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To: Ditter

P.S. The smell from cooking boar meat always reminded me of my dad’s sweaty t-shirts.


38 posted on 01/20/2014 7:38:12 AM PST by Blood of Tyrants (The War on Drugs has been used as an excuse to steal your rights. Support an end to the WOD now.)
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To: Blood of Tyrants
LOL! I have actually heard people say they like that strong sweaty t-shirt taste to their hog meat.
39 posted on 01/20/2014 7:45:14 AM PST by Ditter
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To: circlecity

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.


40 posted on 01/20/2014 7:48:29 AM PST by from occupied ga (Your government is your most dangerous enemy)
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To: Georgia Girl 2

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.


41 posted on 01/20/2014 7:55:00 AM PST by from occupied ga (Your government is your most dangerous enemy)
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To: Don@VB

Herd ‘em to the governor’s mansion.


42 posted on 01/20/2014 8:03:59 AM PST by CatherineofAragon ((Support Christian white males----the architects of the jewel known as Western Civilization.))
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To: circlecity
"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."

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Just start a reality show like "Duck Dynasty" and those feral hogs will be taken care of really quickly!

Good TV!

43 posted on 01/20/2014 8:09:30 AM PST by hummingbird (Mark Levin and Article 5)
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To: ZULU

And a nice cold hefeweizen to wash it all down, Yum.


44 posted on 01/20/2014 8:16:11 AM PST by jstaff
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To: ROCKLOBSTER

Ja! Oder Riesling!!!


45 posted on 01/20/2014 8:16:58 AM PST by ZULU (Magua is sitting in the Oval Office. Ted Cruz/Phil Robertson in 2016.)
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To: Iron Munro

*snicker*


46 posted on 01/20/2014 8:17:46 AM PST by hummingbird (Mark Levin and Article 5)
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To: Izzy Dunne

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It’s an informative news item worth passing along.
Indeed, but you (accidentally) claimed credit for authoring it.
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OK My Bad!! For the record, I definitely did NOT author this article. Just wanted to post it.


47 posted on 01/20/2014 8:17:50 AM PST by Don@VB (Power Corrupts)
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To: from occupied ga

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.


48 posted on 01/20/2014 8:41:13 AM PST by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: Georgia Girl 2
Some youtube videos from a professional hog removal company

one

two

Btw they claimed 100% success on the first one, but I saw one get away.

49 posted on 01/20/2014 10:37:39 AM PST by from occupied ga (Your government is your most dangerous enemy)
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To: from occupied ga

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!!!


50 posted on 01/20/2014 10:50:31 AM PST by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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