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Strain of Feral Super Hogs

Discussion in 'Hunting' started by 308win, Mar 28, 2009.

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  1. 308win

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    I watched parts of a show on the Discovery Channel about over populations of feral hogs and a strain of super hogs that has developed in Alabama and, I believe, other places. The premise was that the domestic hogs are cross breeding with Russian or Eurasian boars and a strain of hogs that are more prolific, bigger, faster, and more agressive are developing. It was an interesting show. One statement (made for effect I suppose) was a little off the wall - the narrator stated that a 1500 lb hog capable of running 70 MPH could result.:what: Now, I would pay to see that and probably to hunt it. Though I am not sure with what as the largest caliber rifle I own is a .308; 12ga with slugs I guess.
     
  2. chas08

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    (LOL) And we could feed them Grizzly Bears. And hunt them with .50 cal. BMG's mounted in the backs of Jeeps. :D
     
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    I watched it, wish we had some hogs around here to hunt.
     
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    I saw that show, interesting but I think that they are over reacting a bit. If hogs are fed well, they will grow very large. They can also be territorial, which would make them aggressive. I don't forsee any "Hogzilla" size hogs becoming the norm. They do, however, reproduce quickly. From what I have read about them, at 6 months of age they are capable of bearing young and generally have 4-8 piglets. This is why they are becoming so prevelant. If there are no predators to slow them down, they continue on their path of reproduction.
     
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    California wild hogs are hybrid with European wild boar (imported for someone's hunting estate long long ago) ... they don't seem to have magical properties.
     
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    Heh.. pig bomb
     
  8. 308win

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    Yep, I would also like to hunt wild hogs. We supposedly have populations in Ohio but you don't hear much about them. DNR treats them like coyotes & groundhogs; no seasons, bag limits, or weapons restrictions.
     
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    We have them here in New Jersey,we call them politicians(closed season).:what:
     
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    70MPH??? What was he smoking?
     
  11. Mp7

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    The bigger the better.

    Yumm!
     
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    Yeah, I saw it too. I was disappointed, they took a small amount of information and footage, and stretched it out to last an hour. They kept going over the same thing repeatedly, showing the same clips, and not really saying anything. If they wanted to do a show about wild pigs in the US, they sure failed IMO. Sure could have been a LOT better.
     
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    Just curious, Does that 1500lb. "hog" have "Harley" written on it anywhere?
     
  14. 308win

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    I suppose he could have been talking about a Fatboy.
     
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    We have those cross breeds here in Texas but the biggest ones I have seen would only run in the 600-700 pound range. The free ranging pigs around here don't get that big too often and the darn sure can't run 70 mph.
    I don't care how big and nasty they get the are still no match for my AR-10 of .50 Beowulf so bring it on super pig!
     
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    The Kentucky Derby will never be the same. But who would be willing to ride it?! I can just heard... <<It's Boaris by a snout...>>

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    When younger, I had a Poland China brood sow that got over 600. She could barely walk letalone run.

    The statement was also made that to maintain the population by culling, 70% (I believe was the number) of pigletts would have to be removed from each brood.
     
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    I live about 25 miles away from the Ocmulgee river and I have hunted the swamps along that river for many years. The area that we hunted was about 25 miles down stream from Abbeville, GA, the town featured in that Discovery Channel. The Horse creek area is(was, been a while) loaded with hogs. Three of us guys killed(one guy shot, the other two tried to drag) a very large hog there. Now I can't say for sure what he weighed, but the scales we had only went up to 350 lbs and he over maxed the scale. When HL shot the hog, he yelled for us to come over....there lay the biggest wild hog I've ever saw in the wild. Now we wasn't lost but really didn't know how far from the road or the boat we were(we hunted from the river by boat), so we started dragging...made it about 30 yds...we were huffing and puffing and dog tired aready! One of the guys stayed with the hog and my buddy and I went to find the boat. Luckly we were able to run the boat up old oxbow lake to with in 50 yds of the hog. The lake was Lake Montgomery where George Perry caught the world record bass back 1932. We made the drag to get the hog in the boat and the ride down and across river! What a sight... 3 muddy men, a large muddy hog and a ride in 14' aluminum with 16" sides with only a inch or two to spare! Yes the Discovery Channel show was short on details and was hiped up ..... but there are hogs there....BIG HOGS!

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    Finding more and more domestic and wild hogs matting and get some damd big hogs. Hunted for some years around perry fl and growing up in sw fl and haveing a good much more wild ( piny wood rutters) don't there would could still bump into a 400 lb + wild hog, meaning showing know domestic in the built of the hog. Small back end big frontend. But when you see a big cross breed hog that is 600lbs+ it does get the hair on your kneck up. A freind allways raised one just to take carry of the left overs and freebes from work (publics ) and they would typical be near 700lbs when killed off. Also be about 8foot long it seems. Still like them small wild sow for bbq's better.
     
  20. Albert A Rasch

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    I raised wild hogs for a while.

    If they are fed a high protein diet, they grow much larger than normal. Case in point: In Argentina imported Eurasian Boars have learned to become predatory and hunt sheep, they commomly grow to 600lbs.

    Nice.

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    I don't believe there is a 1500 lb. animal currently living that can do over 40 mph. Unless pigs somehow hugely modify their musculature and limb structures, they won't either.
     
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    The Discovery Channel is neat, but over the last few years they have started running some seriously flaky shows. I only know of one terrestrial animal on this planet capable of 70MPH (the cheetah), and only a few more that come anywhere close to that speed.
     
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    Feral hogs have been a persistent, and tasty problem around where I live (Central TX) for as long as I can remember, and there are more of them now than ever before. I've had run-ins with aggressive ones a couple of times and that's why I never go out on our land unarmed. They've been breeding with domestic hogs all this time and I've never seen one on my land that looked to weigh more than appx 250 lb, though I've seen pics of some taken locally in the 350 lb range and come across tracks that must have come from some very big ones.
    Seems like we'd have 1500 lb, 70 mph hogs here already if they were possible in the first place. Looks like BS to me.
     
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    Stupid 1000lb + hog stories. and 70mph ,,,if dropped out of a jet,maybe . I do know that a 250 lb pinny wood rotter come'n out of a palmeto patch at a run will look 1000lbs for a minute while you run like hell to get out of in front of it. And a loose bacon hog at around 700lbs is one hell of a big and pissed hog when try'n to get back in his pin.
     
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    we have had an explosion of hogs in the past few years here in texas. A few years ago i had never seen one, now they lie dead on the side of road. Thank god our guard dogs keep them all ran off the ranch no need to worry. As for 1500 lbs. and 70 m.p.h that's just starving for ratings. Anyway there is not and never will be a pig that a 45/70 can't stop.
     
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