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Thread: Feral Hogs / Wild Boar in VA

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    Default Feral Hogs / Wild Boar in VA

    Had one of my partners at work, guy lives in Goochland, tell me his dogs went nuts on Sunday barking and he let them loose. They went tearing across the property and he went after them to see what they were chasing a wild hog through the woods. He was able to recall the dogs before they got hurt. Thats the last thing I want to see in Goochland and Powhatan.

    So today he and I were looking up the DGIF number for reporting sightings etc. and came across this fact/statement

    If feral hogs are such a problem then why is the DGIF not doing more to encourage hunting of them?

    The recreational hunting of feral hogs does not control populations, just like hunting does not effectively control coyote populations. It is estimated that 70% of a feral hog population must be harvested every year to continue reducing the population size. In wild, free-roaming populations of feral hogs, achieving this goal is virtually impossible.

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    Rule .303 works here, too

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    So the 17 year old that shot the 500+ pounder (waynes relative) was on the local radio today. They asked if he was going to eat it. He said that after talking with several people "in the know" that a boar like that would release so much testosterone into the muscle that it would be super gamey. Well that would suck - but I bet the little tiny ones would be good!

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Size:  586.8 KBI've shot and ate them in AR, GA and SC. They are not very good. Much different from the pork we are used to from the store or from local farms. We got to where we would just make sausage out of them. This black one I whacked at about 300 yards with a .308 175gr matchking. The other one I shot in the face with a 9mm Beretta at about 15 feet.

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    Plus.....I think they would be full of a lot of different parasites.
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    Edible, but not what I'd call good. You can add enough sausage seasoning to a skunks a$$ and it's edible. Last one I killed I had it ground and used it to supplement my dog food. The dogs didn't complain at all.

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    Thats what I was afraid of Charlie, but still want to hunt them

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    They're a ball to hunt. I went one time on a hound hunt and it was a blast. They were trying to get me to kill one with a knife. The 9mm shot was close enough to suit me. I've cheated the reaper enough times that it's not on my to do list anymore.

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    For what it's worth...last summer while on the 95 heading north towards Ashland I passed what appeared to be a dead one on the side of the road. After some deductive reasoning I was almost certain that it was one. I went back to the spot shortly there after and was going to pull off the side of the road to check it out and snap some pics to send to dgif biologist I know only to find it had been picked up already. If it were a dog more than likely it would not have been picked up just like any other regular piece of roadkill. Was too small to be a bear right there near Elmont exit.

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