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Discussion in 'Hunting' started by aguyindallas, Sep 17, 2006.

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  1. CollinLeon

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    Well, obviously, our acres are bigger than yours... :)

    Texas is pretty big... Chicago is closer to some parts of Texas than El Paso... According to Google Maps, from Texarkana to Chicago (I-94 / I-290 intersection) is 789 miles. From Texarkana to El Paso (I-10 / US-54 intersection) is 809 miles. And there's still another 22 miles to the New Mexico border. Best I remember from the mile marker signs, there's 880 miles of I-10 in Texas between NM and LA. I-5 in CA comes close though with around 795 miles from the Mexico to Oregon border. From the southernmost tip of Illinois to the northern reaches of your frozen state, you have maybe half of what Texas has across I-10... I think what TexasPatriot.308 was referring to was that the ranches / farms down here just have a lot more land in them than you see in the smaller states like Illinios. The 460 vs 640 thing was most likely just fumble fingers. We have been known to make typos down here also...
     
  2. baylorattorney

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    "our acres are BIGGER than yours" lol
    +1


    Waste not want not. :)
     
  3. danite

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    so that's how they kill hogs in texas.EXHAUSTION!they just walk across the state and wear-out in front of butcher shops so they can be there for breakfast,when y'all have bisquits and hog-sausage gravy,so are you guys hog hunting or buying real estate,i'm all confused
     
  4. Snakepit

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    I know what you mean. When I got out of the military I drove across California, across Arizona, across New Mexico and finally got to Texas and I was only half way to Houston. When we drive in our RV to West Texas from Houston to go hunting we allow two days for driving each way.

    Using approximately 170,000,000 acres and 640 acres to a section that is about 26,562 sections of land. That is a lot of land for those hogs to roam on. Guess I had better order a lot of ammo if I am going to take all those hogs on. They are a real nuisance where I live and are even making shambles of the local golf course.
     
  5. Double Naught Spy

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    My current setup is a Marlin 1895 .45-70 with a Pulsar N550 Digisight. 4th time out with it got this 220 lb. Mulefoot boar at 140 yards.

    With the same rifle, I have been happy with using an Aimpoint T-1 red dot sight. I have also used AR15s in 5.56 and red dots, ACOGs, and NV scopes.
     

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  6. CollinLeon

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    Texas is 268,581 sq-miles (i.e. sections) in size... This includes the water area of Texas, but that only about 2.5%...
     
  7. Snakepit

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    Sorry about my typing. My 26,562 sections/sq miles should have been 265,620 sections/sq miles. That is about the same as yours. Might as well include the water area as these hogs will probably mate with the fish to produce a hogish species.
     
  8. Flintknapper

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    Snakepit wrote:




    Yeah, I think they already have…. ;) (Hogfish):

    http://www.flmnh.ufl.edu/fish/gallery/descript/hogfish/hogfish.html


    Seriously, Feral Hogs should be "shot on sight" wherever they exist.

    Unfortunately...some States regulate the hunting of them or forbid it entirely.
     
  9. 230therapy

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    An acquaintance of mine killed two with an AR-15 in 300 Blackout and one with 45 ACP from his 1911.
     
  10. CollinLeon

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    Considering how little water area we have here in Texas (approx 5,372), it's pretty insignificant... Louisiana, for example, is 51,843 total sq-miles and 15% water (approx 7,775 sq-miles)... Louisiana is much smaller, but has more water... Probably why they call it the "Sportsman Paradise"...
     
  11. Yarddog

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    "[Seriously, Feral Hogs should be "shot on sight" wherever they exist]"

    Agree 100%^^^^On This^^^^^^They will mess up some good hunting ;)
    I,ve shot my share & then some, We about got them off our lease ; )
    Y/D
     
  12. Saakee

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    The reason it's been banned in at least one state was due to fears of creating a hog hunting culture and people NOT ERADICATING them to keep being able to hunt them. Which didn't make sense to me but it sure made sense to the politicians.
     
  13. CollinLeon

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    I'm not so sure about the logic of their thinking... But then again, are we ever sure about the logical reasoning process of politicians?

    Hogs breed fast enough that as long as we are hunting them via firearms, we're unlikely to be able to put a serious dent in their population. There are currently an estimated 1.5M wild hogs in Texas. There are 650K deer hunters in Texas and we do not require any additional license to hunt hogs, that would also be the number of potential hog hunters. So, to eradicate them, each hunter would need to be able to take on an average 2.3 hogs in a single year.

    A lot of land owners like to complain about the damage that the hogs do to their land, but they really aren't that serious about eradicating them since instead of just letting any hog hunter to volunteers to help them clean up their infestation, they want to charge a hunting lease. I don't have a problem with landowners charging for the use of their land, but it's kind of two faced to complain about the problem on one hand and to charge people for helping you remove the problem on the other hand. If you are going to complain about it, you should be willing to let someone help you clear up your problem for free. If you want to charge for someone to hunt hogs on your land, then you should consider them a managed resource and you should not complain about them. I don't care whichever way you do it, but just be honest about it.

    Here's a good article about hogs in Texas:

    http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/huntwild/wild/nuisance/feral_hogs/
     
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    To drag this slightly back on topic :p, I usually use a Marlin in 444 Marlin topped with a 1.5x Weaver scope. Have also bagged a couple with an SKS.

    I've heard estimates of 1.5 to 3 million in the state, I suspect it's closer to the latter.
     
  15. baylorattorney

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    Used a.22mag with success today.


    Mark, esquire
     
  16. CollinLeon

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    At what distance and what size hog?

    If you're talking point blank range, you don't even need a .22mag... I've had to put down cattle before and was able to do it with a single shot of .22LR and it was like turning off a light switch... Not so much as even a twitch... Shot placement counts -- through the forehead and aiming towards the brain stem... I suspect that the .22LR bounces around in the skull after going through though...
     
  17. danite

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    down on the killing floor

    i worked summers in a slaughter-house as a teenager.the kill-guy there used a hammer for hogs and cows, in two different killing floors,a damn ball-peen hammer,very low budget operation his hunting methods were very simplified obviously.
     
  18. HoboCoastie

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    Females begin breeding at about 8 to 10 months old, or as young as 6 months if food is abundant. Under favorable conditions, sows can produce two litters every 12 to 15 months, with an average of four to eight piglets per litter and a sex ratio of 1:1. Younger sows tend to have smaller litters, while an older sow may have as many as 10 to 13 piglets.

    You're not going to run out of pigs. Furthermore, they have no natural predators. Kill on sight!​
     
  19. Flintknapper

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    HoboCoastie

    Yes, unfortunately they are prolific breeders.


    After they reach a certain size (25-40 lbs), they are pretty much "home free" most places they live.

    The standing joke around here is: "A sow will have a litter of 10 and 13 will survive"!

    Sure seems that way sometimes. Survival rate is pretty good...whatever the number.
     
  20. Snakepit

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    Texas is less one more hog as of last night. Around 125lbs, male, shot with a 12 guage with a led light, 00 buck. By this morning he was already partly eaten. Will hogs eat other dead hogs?
     
  21. Snakepit

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    That was interesting, I did not know of the Hogfish. Looks like they are even found off the Texas Gulf Coast. May have to use my AR-15 to go fishing for Hogfish. Always looking for an excuse to shoot a couple hundred rounds.
     
  22. wheelgunslinger

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    Yep.

    I use a 51# recurve bow.
     
  23. Freedom_fighter_in_IL

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    One of the best Hog baits out there in my book! Pretty good coyote bait too! I've found if you slit the gut and let the innards partially spill out WITHOUT penetrating the stomach, you will get a really good response from other hogs. Penetrate the stomach and coyotes won't come near it. Hogs may but it seems less attractive for some odd reason :rolleyes:
     
  24. GunAdmirer

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    I shot this 200lb porker with my 6" Ruger G100 .357 revolver and a 158 Hornady XTPHP handload at 10-15 yards from a tripod stand last night. Went through the ribs near the spine and wreaked havoc on the lungs. One shot kill. No exit wound. More fun to shoot at bowhunting ranges than a .270 Win. I've now shot two pigs and a doe with this revolver at a similar range. Our lease doesn't have a lot of wide open space - mainly brush and trees.

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  25. me&my2boys

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    Would love to find the time to leave Kansas and try using my old Savage 340 30 30 on some hogs. Kansas won't let you hunt them so untill I get more vaction time I guess I won't know how my old rifle will do
     
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