Originally Posted by trailhorserider View Post
Nope, no wild hogs here!
Are they good eating? I guess not or they would just encourage people to fill their freezers? Or do they just reproduce so fast no one can keep up with them?
said: They can be decent. Younger the better... those that reach sexual maturity usually taste pretty strong... though they do make really good sausage at any age. I've had pork chops cut from a pork loin that came off an older young hog, and they tasted amazing - more flavor than store bought, not strong at all, and tasted cleaner.
Also as JG said - we're now looking at an explosive population growth in Texas and Oklahoma. I think it's too far gone now to kill them all, to be frank. At least with conventional methods like open season hunting or trapping. There's just too many of them, and they get wise to trapping and the places where people will shoot at them and just leave and go somewhere else - like a national forest or grassland where hunters aren't allowed. They will eat anything on the ground - young fawns, ground nesting birds, eggs, baby bunnies... anything they can get in their mouths, they'll eat it. They are also destroying grassland areas by rooting enormous areas - all the prairie grass is gone and nothing but muddy piles left. Natural meadows and hay meadows will look like you took a tractor and disked (or plowed) everything under. IIRC, they're also driving out or killing off the native pigs... javelinas and razorbacks in Oklahoma and Arkansas (Not sure about Texas).
The first time I camped and rode at Coffee Mill, we heard turkeys going to roost and waking up, every morning. Lots of whippoorwills, heard some quail. The last time we went? The woods were absolutely silent except for hog grunting and then the coyotes firing up when the moon came up. I really, really missed hearing the ground bird calls. :(