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Not again.......! Feral Hog Control in East Texas

Discussion in 'Hunting' started by Flintknapper, May 13, 2009.

  1. Certaindeaf

    Certaindeaf member

    I had been meaning to say that this is the best thread ever. Yep.

    Did anyone ever smoke one out of its hole like Elmer did down in Mexico?.. think they used hole dogs too.
    Anyway, I'd like to bust a Warthog with a 4" M29 before I die.
  2. rgilbert

    rgilbert Member

    Finallly got him Flint

    Flint, This hog actually charged me while I was trying to stalk him one night. He got away on that night, but three weeks later my buddy set up on him and was able to kill him using his night vision. The hog weighed 254lbs and had 2 3/4 cutters. He scored 533.76 in the Weiser Weight and Tusk records.

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  3. hoghunter95

    hoghunter95 Member

    Nate's First Hog Hunt

    Yall, guess what. Me and my buddy went hog hunting last week on sunday morning before church, and we left at about three thirty in the morning. While we were driving around, a ~150 pound boar crossed the road in front of us. I slammed on the brakes and swerved, and came to a stop right in front of him. He took off into a wheat field, and I spun the truck around and yelled to my buddy to load the rifle. He yelled back that we were bouncing to much, and wouldn't do it. I got the pickup around in front of it and we jumped out. I had the spotlight and my jack knife, and all he grabbed was his bowie. We ran out there and the hog was really ticked off and was trying to bite and charging us and not giving us a chance in the world to get close enough to use the knives... we didn't have dogs. I said, "Nate, can throw that bowie?" He was like "Yeah!" I said "Throw it next time he turns towards me!" Right then the hog spun towards me and Nate threw that knife and sunk at least 8 inches of the knife into it, right behind the left shoulder. It turned and tried to bite him and he (a third degree kick-boxing black belt, and slight idiot) round house kicked it in the side of its head, almost knocking it over. It turned towards me again, and I yelled "Go get a gun!" While I kept the still very much alive hog busy, he ran to the pickup, grabbed his SKS and ran back, then realized he had field stripped it so it would fit in his case. He then ran back to the pickup, put it together, and came back, and shot it twice before it stopped breathing. I told him all I wanted him to do was bayonet it, so we could say we hadn't shot it, but he was a little trigger happy. It was his first hog hunt. We went on and shot two rabbits and a rattlesnake.

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    Last edited: May 31, 2012
  4. 82blackbird

    82blackbird New Member

    Flintnapper said, "Presently, the State of Texas does little more than provide information about Feral Hogs"

    FYI, presently the state will provide feral hog control through the Wildlife Services department. To get their help the county has to have a County Trapper hired with county funds either tax money or private donations. Our trapper is paid with 1/3 county funds and private donations, 1/3 State Wildlife Services funds and 1/3 Federal APHIS funds. This gives us access to a trapper on the ground year around, helicopters and fixed wing aircraft. The aircraft are usually used in the winter months when the trees have no leaves with the exception of last year. A typical helicopter day is 400 hogs. Fixed wing is quite a bit less.

    There are projects in the works by the Wildlife Services for people in the more wooded areas like you that cannot use the aircraft like West Texas can.
  5. Flintknapper

    Flintknapper Well-Known Member

    Yes, I am well aware...I have looked into it quite a few times and the "services" are very much limited.

    Correct. In fact the "trapper" is not normally hired by the county at all, but the county must pony up for it. In my Region (NorthEast) there are 58 counties and about 10-11 full time trappers. Not enough to begin to make a dent.

    So a single trapper in one county can work...what, 20-25 properties at most? With what kind of success rate? If this is the State's answer/participation...then I stand by my statement.

    Aerial control can be effective...BUT isn't practical in many parts of the State. In relatively open and large areas, yes (with landowner permission). But when wooded areas and numerous small properties are involved, you can throw that method out the window.

    Such as what?

    I am not saying the Wildlife Services doing "nothing", just saying the "State" is doing "little" in any broad sense to combat the problem. There have been certain 'studies' done and a few attempts (in selected areas) to control the numbers, but look where we are four years later, no better.


    In early 2008, the Texas Department of Agriculture awarded the Texas AgriLife Extension Service $1 million for a feral hog abatement project for the next two years ($500 thousand per year).

    The bulk of the grant money will be used by Wildlife Services, a unit of the Texas AgriLife Extension Service, to carry-out a number of specially identified direct control projects where control efforts can be measured.

    Wildlife Services personnel will be removing hogs off specific properties identified in numerous counties throughout the state. We will be looking at the damage that hogs do to agricultural crops (vegetable crops, alfalfa, corn, milo, wheat, rice and peanuts) as well as damage they may present to a cattle rancher or pig producer, such as property damage or disease threat.

    We will also be looking at green space around urban areas and the role feral hogs play in E. coli transmissions to watersheds.

    This grant is not designed to be used to pay a bounty or to pay compensation for losses incurred by feral hogs. In fact the majority of the counties in the State will probably not see any direct benefit from this money, at least not this biennium.

    The Texas Wildlife Services Program has always been available to provide assistance with dealing with feral hogs and will remain available to all citizens of the state. While direct control will be limited to availability of personnel in cooperative association areas, technical assistance can be provided to individuals on how they may best resolve their feral hog problems.
  6. Trent

    Trent Resident Wiseguy

    Just wanted to pop in and say what a fantastic thread this is. :)

    Kind of goes without saying, with you hunting these so actively for so long, what a profound problem it is down there.

    Some idiots up here in Illinois evidently trucked some hogs up for sport. IDNR posted this up recently.


    Trailer for a 4 part series on Feral Hogs:


    I'm planning to hunt them this year. Using your thread as an effective "how to" manual, by the way. :)

    Also, you ever consider writing a book on this? Seems you have more than enough material.
  7. S.B.

    S.B. Well-Known Member

    Trent, used to be a guy down near the Spoon River that had some hog hunting? I went to Vermont a few years back and took this Russian
    Best of luck in this endevor, Steve
  8. Flintknapper

    Flintknapper Well-Known Member

    That is a great looking hog S.B., it made an exceptional mount!

    What is all that white stuff the pig is laying on? ;)

    We have a few beaches that look like that. :D
  9. 7.62 Nato

    7.62 Nato Well-Known Member

    That's Bath Salts. That's why the hogs get so crazy!
  10. Flintknapper

    Flintknapper Well-Known Member

    Of course it is, what was I thinking.

    Silly me....... :D

    Back on topic, hogs here have been few and far between for several months. Not sure what to attribute it to, but I sure am enjoying not having them around.

    I expect when things get really hot this summer (every day...triple digits), we will see more of them...as they take advantage of the water on the ranch.
  11. Trent

    Trent Resident Wiseguy

    SB - guy over in Fulton County bagged a feral hog with a bow during this last deer season, weighed in just shy of 400 lbs.


    They've been confirmed in 14 counties now, including Fulton and Sangamon.

    Figure worst thing that'll happen is I'll get to spend some quality time outdoors. :)

    Flint; good to hear things have been quiet. Doubt they'll be gone for long though!
  12. MtnSpur

    MtnSpur Well-Known Member

    Weather pattern is 180 degree turn from last year out here in West Texas though it'll settle back to hot, hot, dry and dry. Hog seem to have taken a vacation though 2 weeks ago I had to do a double take on a fresh (as in that night) roadkill boar that I guesstimated near to better than 350 lbs. Big fella for this area.
  13. WardenWolf

    WardenWolf member

    I find that hog's expression funny.
  14. Flintknapper

    Flintknapper Well-Known Member

    It's just subconscious childhood memories. ;) :D

  15. Capn Jack

    Capn Jack Member

    Subconscious childhood memories

    Naaah. It's the way the flash is highlighting it.:cool:

    Not to knock your mount, but that picture does remind
    me of our black Maltese just before she attacked...:eek:.

    Damned glad she wasn't that big though.;)

    I'm just jealous.:neener:

  16. S.B.

    S.B. Well-Known Member

    Here you go Jack, maybe this will make your little heart happy
  17. Capn Jack

    Capn Jack Member

    I'm still jealous.;)

  18. halogrinder

    halogrinder Well-Known Member

    Got 6 this weekend with a buddy of mine. Smoked one of the little ones, came out GREAT!

    Really thinking about thermal vision. It will completely change the game on how we hunt. Instead of rolling up on them, we can stalk them.

    We shoot from a jeep- windshield and doors off, and a Q beam FYI.... Runnin and gunnin style :)
  19. moonwatcher

    moonwatcher New Member

    I recently began hunting feral hogs on a 20 acre tract in Karnes County, Texas.

    The need to protect the safety of my neighbors and their property severely limits the positions and firing directions where a rifle or shotgun slug is usable. I have no interest in archery or trapping, leaving only buckshot. Use of buckshot would significantly expand firing locations and safe firing directions.

    Regardless of the weapon used or any other factor, the farthest possible shot on my land would be about 160 or 170 yards. This is obviously too far for buckshot. But, what is the maximum effective distance for buckshot? Internet research and conversations with sporting goods store employees suggest that 40 yards is the approximate maximum. I find this hard to believe for all but the largest individual animals.

    Any suggestions for 12-ga buckshot hunting of feral hogs would be appreciated. I would specifically like to know what type of shell and barrel combination would be effective to what distance. A sporting goods store employee once said that a 12-ga coach gun firing 3-inch magnum shells is an excellent choice to 40 yards. Would anyone care to comment on that?

    Thanks for helping a newcomer!
  20. LeonCarr

    LeonCarr Well-Known Member



    Look at Dixie Slugs Tri-Ball Buckshot, and then look at the photos :).

    Just my .02,

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