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Texas Highway with 85mph speed limit meets hog infestation

Discussion in 'Hunting' started by TexasPatriot.308, Oct 26, 2012.

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  1. TexasPatriot.308

    TexasPatriot.308 Member

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    in my part of Texas, we are overrun with feral hogs, couple days ago state highway 130 a toll road with an 85mph speed limit opened up, first nite, 4 wrecks with hogs, one vehicled totaled.....gee, us locals could have told them that.. :). it has even made national news, hogs are out of control and we up the speed limit 15-20 mph. what next "wild hog crossing" signs. around here you drive cautiously at night, a 300 pound boar can do some major damage to a compact car, and oh by the way, we now have a $2 a tail bounty on them....my gas and beer bill makes that plain stupid. what a joke.
     
  2. Texaszach

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    Yeah I cant imagine hitting one of those beasts going that fast, even a whitetail in my truck wasnt too pretty..
     
  3. beatledog7

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    As I understand it the bounty in SE VA and NE NC is $75 for a coyote. Seems like a hog ought to bring at least that given the damage they do.
     
  4. rondog

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    I hit a dead javelina laying in the road once in Florida, in the middle of the night. Hit it square with the left front tire, really messed up the steering and I damn near lost control. And that was a small one that was already dead! It was black, after midnight, and it just looked like a wet spot on the road. Was just like hitting a damn log, and we were probably only going 55 or so. I couldn't imagine hitting a big live one at 85.
     
  5. kyletx1911

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    Hey i live just down the road. Is there anyone over there need help
    Getting rid of them?
     
  6. Sav .250

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    At those speeds, by the time the hog it`s the highway, he`s already ......packaged bacon.
     
  7. Captcurt

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    You know some lawyer will try to sue the state because some DA hits a state hog on a state highway. This opens up a new can of worms.
     
  8. tinman080

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    hogcathers are the answer

    I'm sure some enterprising Texan will come up with an easily mounted ''hogcatcher'', something along the lines of a ''cowcatcher'' on the front of a steam locomotive. Going to Granny's house using the toll road- why snap the hogcatcher on the old Suburban and fly.....:neener: and yes boys I'm a native Texan so a little tease is on the up and up!;)
     
  9. jmorris

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    Down around Kerrville/Junction, at night the deer are so thick they need school zone signs running down the highway. I have had to weave back and forth across the road before when they wouldn't get out of the way.
     
  10. Readyrod

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    From what I hear about the numbers of hogs in Texas that would probably double the deficit.
     
  11. Art Eatman

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    rondog, if you hit a javelina in Florida, it was an escapee from a zoo. :D
     
  12. MCgunner

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    I've been known to follow bear bait at 120 MPH while on my motorcycle. What's the big deal? You wanna live forever? :D
     
  13. MCgunner

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    Well, I say we have too many district attorneys and we need to thin THEM out, too. :D
     
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    Not to worry. This won't happen again. Hogs are supposed to be very smart animals. They will learn to avoid cars very easily, right? After all, they have all learned that the should avoid cars everywhere, hence why nobody ever hits them anywhere else. :D

    Hogs get hit regularly around the state. There will be no lawsuit against the state except maybe to lower the speed limit, but there will be no settlements. The State is not liable for for collisions with wildlife.
     
  15. W.E.G.

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    I need to make some mods on my truck.

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  16. cadcom

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    Are you forced to drive 85 mph or could you actually slow down if you wanted to...
     
  17. MCgunner

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    Slower traffic keep left. I'm not sure if there's a minimum speed limit, but probably so, like 55 or something.

    Some seem to think 85 is something neat. Well, I don't get that big a thrill out of raw speed. I have gone twice that on the race track. It's the CORNERS, stupid! :D Driving straight for miles and miles at 85, I'd probably pass out and run off the road out of boredom. Anyway, 85 is a strain on my old van and my little Toyota. I have no reason to drive that road, anyway. There's plenty of highway options in Texas. I ain't in that big a hurry.
     
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    Yep, you live in TX.

    It's just the fastest legal road in TX. Run down 190 or NDT at 85 and you will be passed.
     
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    Since when do we have javelina in Florida???
     
  20. MCgunner

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    Ooops, don't know my right from my left, but yeah, usually they run the left lane at the same speed as some numb nut in the right land. :rolleyes:

    Yeah, seems like the standard speed on any road around is 80 mph by much of the traffic whether interstate or not. Between Fr. Stockton and El Paso, hell, is there a speed limit? :D
     
  21. tarosean

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    Least the deer are so small out that way, they're like road bumps. Miserable drive thou..
     
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    Jmorris ain't kiddin' bout the deer here. Tinman, you don't already have a toyota-catcher on your truck? They work.
     
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    This Thread reminds me of my cousins friend who hit a 500 pound running without headlights in a 76 Trans Am Smokey the Bandit package 400 doing about 80 or so and it ripped the front and rear axles out from beneath the TA. He ground to a stop and they totaled the car. On a good note he did get a years suppy of Pork.
     
  24. MCgunner

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    Some years back, a guy was coming back from Indianola to Port Lavaca, swamps and rice fields all around that road, about 1AM. He hit a big gator stretched across the road, flipped his truck and killed him. I don't think there's any gators where they built that toll road, though. :D
     
  25. medalguy

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    Remember, the speed LIMIT (Read: maximum) is 85. A prudent driver slows down at night, whether you're looking for deer or hogs. No smart driver drives the hill country, at night, doing the full-out speed limit. Not more than once, anyway.

    By the way, there are some pretty nasty hogs up in north Texas too, around Abilene. I've seen a few up there that look like Red Angus cattle on the road.
     
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