Are wild hogs good to eat?


November 15, 2007, 04:02 PM
A friend of mine has wild hogs on his property. He says they're good to eat. I just needed other opinions before I decide whether or not to hunt them.

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November 15, 2007, 04:10 PM
I've never shot or eaten them, but I'm told they're good eating. We were discussing them while I was deer hunting in Missouri recently.

November 15, 2007, 04:34 PM
Get 'em before they get to 200 lbs and there ain't much better. ;) Every bit of one, even the ribs, can be grilled. Venison is too dry for that.

November 15, 2007, 04:49 PM
Heck I'll eat the rubber sole on your hunting boots....nah wild hogs are good eats

November 15, 2007, 05:11 PM
The meat is very good, particularly on a young hog, though wild hog meat is generally much leaner than you might expect from "store-bought" ham. I have been hunting and eating Tennessee Russian hogs for years. I usually take the hams to a local BBQ restaurant and let them cook 'em up professionally. Excellent.

And hunting the hogs is great fun, particularly if they are truly wild and you take them with a handgun at bad-breath distances!


November 15, 2007, 05:12 PM
Size dependent. Although I've cleaned my last one......i felt bugs crawling on me for a week......

November 15, 2007, 05:14 PM
Springmom and I each shot a hog last year, and got hams, ribs, chops, roasts, hocks, and LOTS of sausage off of them. the only thing you are not likely to get from a wild hog is bacon, simply because they don't carry enough fat.

They are BETTER eating than domestic pork: organic, lower in fat, and very tasty. :)

That said, it IS true that the really big ones, say over 225 - 250 pounds, are not so great. Hogs are omnivores, so by the time they grow that big they've eaten so much dead animal flesh that their own gets a mite unpleasant.

Great, challenging fun to hunt, too. Just be careful, 'cause unlike most deer, hogs will fight back. :eek:

November 15, 2007, 05:15 PM
Good Eats.

November 15, 2007, 05:20 PM

It is the "fighting back" part that makes them such worthy game animals, and makes the victory taste all the better!


November 15, 2007, 05:25 PM
Try running 'em with dogs and killin' 'em with a knife. Gives you a bit of an adrenalin rush. :D

Texas Colt
November 15, 2007, 05:29 PM
Definitely good stuff, if you get them under about 150 pounds. Once you get above 175 or 200, they start to get tough. Along with 3 or 4 deer, I put at least one hog in the freezer every year. Keeps the fambly well fed all year.

November 15, 2007, 05:33 PM
Are these wild pigs or wild boar ?

November 15, 2007, 05:37 PM
Try running 'em with dogs and killin' 'em with a knife. Gives you a bit of an adrenalin rush.
No way. I saw what happened to Old Yeller and Travis. And Ma ain't got no prickly pear poultice or horse har to stitch me up.

November 15, 2007, 05:41 PM
Wild boar, feral pigs, pork of any kind......


Instead freeze and pack it carefully and send it to me for proper disposal.

In all honesty, the best "big game" I've had. Boar or feral pig, you can't go wrong.

November 15, 2007, 05:47 PM

I have run 'em with dogs, and I have taken some mighty close shots with a pistol, but I have yet to wrassel one with a knife. I am 53 years old, and I doubt that either my child bride or my life insurance company would be too happy to see me try one with a knife!


November 15, 2007, 06:11 PM
Another vote for wild pork. Good stuff for sure as long as it aint an old boar or sow.

November 15, 2007, 06:11 PM
not a big deal with a knife providied you have quality dogs- much fun no doubt.
you'll not use a handgun round my pups

November 15, 2007, 06:19 PM

I have always avoided shooting the dog...dogs sure'nuff don't taste good, even with plenty of BBQ sauce.


November 15, 2007, 06:42 PM
The guy I did it with didn't want a handgun along, for the dogs safety. I convinced him it was just for self preservation. LOL However, I never had to use it. I was in my late 30s, early 40s when I was hunting with this guy. I'm 55 now, and don't know if I could hang with the dogs runnin' through rice fields and such. It's somewhat athletic.

CSA 357
November 15, 2007, 06:45 PM
WILD HOG IS! Some of the best meat i ever put in my mouth! the young ones are the best, i killed a big boar one time that was not fit to eat, i threw the head away and kept the meat, i should have kept the head and got ot mounted, but i thought i would get a bigger one, if i had a place to hog hunt i would shoot the 100# ones too eat, and the big ones for mounting and pictures! come on man! go! you will love it! csa:D

November 15, 2007, 06:56 PM
Great eatin. And you will see a bunch of them when you hunt. I singe mine with a torch before skinning and butchering. No bugs.

We had a tragedy down here couple three weeks back. A man and his grown son were catching hogs with dogs and the dogs got into it with a BIG hog and were getting tore up good. The son went in to help the dogs and the Dad tried to shoot the hog and ended up shooting his son in the neck and killed him. The Dad had to run near a mile to the road and then couldn't get anybody to stop and ended up running down the road to the next house to call 911 and by the time he got EMS back to his son the man was dead.

November 15, 2007, 07:08 PM
Wow, that's a sad tale. Stuff can happen with dogs. Most guys that have dogs also carry suture kits. And, they use 'em on the dogs a lot. It's a rough sport. A big hog can do some damage.

November 16, 2007, 08:08 AM
Feral hog os some of the best meat I've ever eaten. The younger then better

November 16, 2007, 10:29 AM
For the big ones, the farmer I used to work for live trapped them, castrated them and fed them corn for a few months. (Castrating a 300 pound wild boar is a story in itself! Just say that it can be done with enough people holding enough ropes tied to enough hog legs.) The best wild hunted hogs I've eaten were less than 75 pounds.

Bazooka Joe71
November 16, 2007, 08:35 PM
Like others have said, it depends on the size....

I wouldn't be eating this guy:


November 16, 2007, 08:52 PM
Be careful with food safety. They can get all the same parasites that domestic pigs can get, but they don't get the drugs and inspection.

If you see little blister-like cysts in the meat when you butcher it, you should probably toss it out. Even if you don't see them, cook well.

The bummer is that if you eat the raw meat and get a pork tapeworm, it probably won't bother you very much. You become a source of eggs and your family members can get this:

The black spots are holes in the brain with a little worm inside.


Bazooka Joe71
November 16, 2007, 09:01 PM
jr roosa,


The bummer is that if you eat the raw meat and get a pork tapeworm, it probably won't bother you very much. You become a source of eggs and your family members can get this:

What do you mean?

November 16, 2007, 09:06 PM
You eat the cysts and a tapeworm hatches and grows in your intestines. The tapeworm spews out millions of eggs. If a human eats the eggs, they hatch and burrow into your body and some can end up in your brain. The image is a brain CT scan showing lots of little worms in somebody's brain.

Bad stuff. No really good treatment.


November 16, 2007, 09:40 PM
This is one reason, port diseases and parasites, that I don't jerk pork. Any pork I prepare has been cooked thoroughly at much higher temperatures than jerking. I don't KNOW that jerking pork is a no, no, but better to err on the side of safety and leave jerking to the venison.

oklahoma caveman
November 16, 2007, 10:08 PM
hog is good just as they have posted before me depends on size. if your after a trophy size boar then the meat probably wont be to good. when im after a meat hog i try to keep them under 150. not to hard around here. GREAT eatin

November 16, 2007, 10:53 PM
I'd rather live trap the piggy and raise for a while on clean feed and Ivermectin before slaughtering it.

November 16, 2007, 11:46 PM
jr roosa -

You have ruined it for me. But thanks for the heads up.

I think.

November 17, 2007, 01:17 AM
Oh, no! You should definitely eat the wild pork! It's really tasty! It's perfectly safe if you cook it to around medium well or more, which most people do anyway. You just have to be careful that you're cooking the meat properly, cleaning up your raw meat preparation area, and washing your hands...all things you should be doing anyway even with grocery store pork.

The world is full of dangerous stuff, but that's no reason not to have fun. You just have to be smart and minimize the risks you can. That's why we have rules of gun safety and rules of food safety, etc.

It's likely that the wild pigs in Texas have no parasites whatsoever, I was just saying that being wild, they might, and therefore you need to take care.

If that doesn't make you feel better about it, then I sincerely apologize for taking a potentially tasty dish off your menu. I am so sorry.

The CT with the hundreds of worms was probably from somebody who lived in a country with very poor food sanitation, and years of chronic exposure to eggs from infected cooks who never washed hands after a trip to the john.


November 19, 2007, 06:43 AM
Most anything is good to eat if you clean and cook it properly. Hogs included.

November 19, 2007, 07:48 AM
I hunt wild hogs with my Hawken 50. The meat is very good, just make sure you cook it thoroughly. Cleanliness when handling the hog is also very important.

Marlin 45 carbine
November 19, 2007, 08:13 AM
a large (over say 250 lbs live weight) boar maybe you should cull the meat and mount the head if good tusks. a sow or smaller boar is good eating if they have been around plentiful food which is most any kind of roots, many plants, wild fruit or berries, acorns, mast. if you are lucky enough to find them on an old farm with orchards it is very good after they have been feeding on the fruit for awhile. apple orchard fed ones are very tasty. or cabbage patch, corn field, squash or pumpkin - that sort of food source. I shot a 300 lb. sow few years back that had fed around farmland and orchards. best grilled and sauced pork chops I've ever eaten. cook it well however, at least 170*

November 19, 2007, 09:40 AM

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