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Old 02-12-2004, 05:58 AM
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I've noticed feral hog hunting in Texas mentioned in a number of topics across the forum so I thought I would open a like topic here. Post your pictures, stories and info about the hunt to share with others!

On MarlinTalk and over a trade of Lee Loaders, a friendship developed between a fellow in NJ and myself. We had a number of things incommon and we often checked each other via email and telephone. We finally decided to hunt together and on the last weekend of January he traveled to South Texas to hunt feral hogs and javelina around my hometown.

This wasn't to be a big time outfitted hunt, just hunting like I normally participate in. On Friday morning we started off by driving from Cuero into Karnes County to hunt my 115 acres on the San Antonio River. Hogs and javilena aren't really morning critters and hunting from tower blinds all we saw where deer and lots of Rio Grande turkeys.

We went into Kenedy for breakfast tacos and then back to Cuero for an afternoon hunt on the Lost Creek Ranch. This is a 1000 acres of hog country where Lost Creek runs into the Big Sandy Creek and from there into the Guadalupe River. It is just west of my house on the edge of town but on the other side of the river. A good friend of mine, Joe, gave us access to the place.

We did some driving around to give Mark a lay of the land and then right at dark we split up and still hunted in opposite directions along the Big Sandy. We weren't apart five minutes and while I was standing on the edge of a ravine that leads to the creek, I heard a clue about the presence of some hogs. I heard a flight of morning doves leave the ravine I was along and then a mockingbird started to scold something. I quickly crossed the deep ravine and came up on the opposite side sitting down where a road parallels the creek. About two seconds later, I saw a large hog step out into the road and turn around. Sitting where I was I knew that I wouldn't have a good clear, steady shot so I crab crawled two quick moves into the middle of the trail. The hog reappeared immediately and from a braced sitting position the shot was off. I was shooting my Marlin 336D with the 180-grain Speer FN being pushed with 38.0-grains of H4895. I shot the big sow right through the heart at 100 yards! My GG has a 1.5 X 4.5 Bushnell Banner scope mounted on it.



While I was field dressing the animal, I saw a number of hogs including a boar that probably would go 400#. He cross the trail, stopped and looked at me from only 20 yards! When you are hog hunting always pack about a 2.5' length of 4x4. It sure makes the gutting easier. Lay the animal on it's side and the 4X4 along it's back and roll the hog into the 4X4. The hog will lay perfectly on their back for field dressing. I didn't have my timber and there is nothing in the field in Texas that diameter so as I was trying to dress the hog it kept rolling back and forth. What a job when you have a bad shoulder!

We hunted Lost Creek the next morning and Mark didn't see anything. I hid from the wind and damp weather by sleeping with in the Jeep and my dog Sheila kept watch. She woke me up twice; once to look at four coyotes and then to checkout 10 feral hogs walking about 15 yards in front of the Jeep. Later that day we ventured back into Karnes County to another friends 1000 acre pasture to hunt javelina. While sitting in a tower blind, Mark shot this fine boar.



This is what a typical tower stand might look like. The brush down here is thick and if you do any walking you are not going to see a thing... period. We use stands to watch over senderos... these are typically pipeline right-of-ways or siesmic lines.



That's it for now... I will add more pictures as I continue to hunt through the Spring.
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Old 02-12-2004, 07:15 AM
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Great story and wonderful pictures!

We don't have feral hogs here in Oregon, it's really nice to see and hear about different types of hunting from unfamiliar places.

I've often wondered about how those hogs taste on the table? Do you treat them like a domestic?
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Old 02-12-2004, 11:31 AM
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They are excellent for the table, a bit less fat than a domestic, so keep that in mind when cooking to make sure they don't dry out.
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Old 02-12-2004, 01:57 PM
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Clint, like Mike said... just about anyway you can think to cook them they are darn good! In November I killed a boar that field dressed 285 lbs. I took it into my local butcher to get it cut up and we discussed the facts of it being big and a boar. I decided to have it just made into fresh link sausage and not and any beef or additional pork to it in case it was not the best. Turns out, that fellow is quite tasty. So far, I haven't met one I didn't like.

These critters have been floating around this area since the Spainish explored this neck of the woods. In fact... that is how most of the feral goats, sheep, cattle, horses and pigs where established in this country as they just moved there livestock with them and let them range.
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Ranch Dog -

Thanks for starting the thread -- pig hunting is something I have never done but is high on my list. I hope others will chime in with their stories, and lots more pics!
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Old 02-18-2004, 10:45 AM
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Thanks for starting the thread -- pig hunting is something I have never done but is high on my list. I hope others will chime in with their stories, and lots more pics!
Pig Hunting down south has opened up a new hunting season which is all year long. More and more hunters are leaving their feeders on year round, and all of the supplemental feeding they are doing to bring in more whitetail is also bringing in more pigs.
Some people cuss them out but more people are enjoying the opportunity to hunt them. If I've got the right picture, here is one strain that we see a lot. It's has a long snout, chocolate brown in color. Some call it a Eurasian hog. Its got some Russian is in. But I can tell you that in my humble opinion, they taste better than venison.

We are finding them in areas that never had pigs and I don't think that it will be long before they show up all across the lower states.

One thing though, they are a hot blooded animal, and don't like the cold very much. I stumbled on a creek bottom a few years ago, in 28 degree weather. There were about 50 of them and they were all huddled up together for warmth. I would have done better with a shotgun.
This fellow hit the dirt shortly after he posed.

Texas Parks & Wildlife will send you mucho information on them if you are interested.

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Old 02-19-2004, 06:42 PM
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A couple of years ago I saw some TPWD maps that had shaded areas of where the feral hogs where at 10 year intervals from about the 50's or 60's. It's amazing how much ground they are taking.

Right here in Dewitt Co back in the mid sixties I was deer hunting in a creek bottom as a very young boy. I came upon a hog that had to weigh about 600 pounds. I thought it must have gotten away from somebody but later found out that it was one of those feral hogs that people sometimes shoot. I had never seen one. Heck, now you can't drive down a dirt road at dark without see one.

Oh, when the hog noticed me it left quicker than the deer. If I knew that it wasn't our neighbors hog that young boy would have sure enough been bold enough to hammer it with that Savage 340 in .30-30!
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Old 02-20-2004, 05:17 AM
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A couple of years ago I saw some TPWD maps that had shaded areas of where the feral hogs where at 10 year intervals from about the 50's or 60's. It's amazing how much ground they are taking.

Right here in Dewitt Co back in the mid sixties I was deer hunting in a creek bottom as a very young boy. I came upon a hog that had to weigh about 600 pounds. I thought it must have gotten away from somebody but later found out that it was one of those feral hogs that people sometimes shoot. I had never seen one. Heck, now you can't drive down a dirt road at dark without see one.

Oh, when the hog noticed me it left quicker than the deer. If I knew that it wasn't our neighbors hog that young boy would have sure enough been bold enough to hammer it with that Savage 340 in .30-30!
I used to have an old Savage 340 in .222 Rem, with the side mount for the scope. That was a good rifle.
I'm having trouble sending pics to the forum, I'll figure it out eventualy.
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I didn't have the scope on mine but it was a pretty fair shooter. The extractor broke which was real common. I see them pretty regular down here... both in use and at the pawn shops or gun shows.

I thought I would add this picture... last year I came to a spot where the hogs had cut one of my roads in half... they did this during the night.



What part of Texas you call home Tom? County is okay...
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Old 02-28-2004, 06:03 AM
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I didn't have the scope on mine but it was a pretty fair shooter. The extractor broke which was real common. I see them pretty regular down here... both in use and at the pawn shops or gun shows.

I thought I would add this picture... last year I came to a spot where the hogs had cut one of my roads in half... they did this during the night.



What part of Texas you call home Tom? County is okay...

Ranch Dog,

The ranch I've been on for almost 14 years now is located in Jack County. That's about 1 1/2 hr NW of Fort Worth.
There are only about 7000 people in the whole county, Most of the county is made up of large old style ranching families.
It wasn't until about 1982, with the drop in oil prices, that some of these ranches finally decided to start leasing. The ranches that we manage have a lot of creek arms that end up in the Upper Trinity River. This is the reason for the good hog population I think. They love to travel these creeks.
I've seen that kinda damage in your picture. Your right, there's only one animal that will do that.

Think I'll go to the first gun show of the year this morning, and then go sit in a stand this afternoon.

The counties to the West of us, Stephens, Young, Throckmorton, Shackleford, Haskell as well as Jack, are all big buck producers as well as pigs. It just doesn't get as much publicity as South Texas.
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Tom,

I've never been up in that part of the State. I used to order some camo from a fellow that had a business in Jacksboro. That was some of the best stuff for hunting anywhere in Texas. Can't remember the name of the business. I bow killed a lot of deer, turkey, and hogs wearing that stuff.
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Yes, hogs are coming to town; literally. We took 4 of them out in Taylor, a small farming town 15 minutes east of Austin, whereas 5 years ago you'd have been laughed at if you posted hog hunting on your unfenced crop land, but they are here and no farm is safe, as they are chewing and rooting to the tune of $100 per day per acre damage. Some land owners are still asking nice folks to come and shoot as many as they can for free, but there are plenty more 'trophy" shooting ranches that somehow turn out huge hogs for every hunter willing to pay big bucks.
Still, they've provided me with some of the best sausage I've ever had, and hopefully next weekend I'll have some more sausage to grind.
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A friend caught 16 of them at once, and he lives in a subdivision near Lake Travis, right off of 620.

I helped him build the trap, but was out of town when he set it. The carnage was impressive....

Hey, SFT, you ever try curing a ham from a wild pig? It's pretty easy, I use Morton Tender Quick, let me know if you need any information on that, if you get some, I'll show you how.
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A friend caught 16 of them at once, and he lives in a subdivision near Lake Travis, right off of 620.

I helped him build the trap, but was out of town when he set it. The carnage was impressive....

Hey, SFT, you ever try curing a ham from a wild pig? It's pretty easy, I use Morton Tender Quick, let me know if you need any information on that, if you get some, I'll show you how.
Mike, Forgot to ask you. Ever see a white one?

About a month ago I was stand hunting and had some come in to a feeder. The last one was pure white and looked like he just excaped from a pen at the Fort Worth Fat Stock Show.
I thought I saw a Blue Ribbon on his rear end.
He was pure feral, but was fat with a short snout. I don't think he had been wild for long. I took pictures of him, but haven't seen him/her since.
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Are all free roaming hogs fair game?

I'd love to be close enough to get in on some of that! The best we can do here is clear out ground squirrels and coyotes.
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Never saw a fully-white one, Tom.

Most I've shot are black, sometimes with white spots or a bit of stripes. Once I got one that was pretty red (or maybe my dad did, I forget which one of us pulled the trigger).

You sure get some funny patterns when the mommas and daddys forget which 'breed' they're supposed to be, LOL.....
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Are all free roaming hogs fair game?

I'd love to be close enough to get in on some of that! The best we can do here is clear out ground squirrels and coyotes.
All are fair game in Texas. I don't think you will ever shoot them out. They reproduce too fast. It has opened up the hunting season year round. In my opinion, it taste much better than venison.

If you're lucky enough to kill a sow with babies, there is no better eating then a 3-5 lbs piglet. Sounds kinda mean, but there are so many of them.

Keep killing those coyotes so more don't migrate down here.

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Are all free roaming hogs fair game?

I'd love to be close enough to get in on some of that! The best we can do here is clear out ground squirrels and coyotes.
TPWD says that all feral hogs are wild game. This is defined as "Depredating feral hogs, if a landowner (resident or non-resident) or landowner's agent or lessee is taking feral hogs causing depredation on the landowner's land."

http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/publicat...hunt_licenses/


I've heard that Tarrant County is legal to hunt hogs and coyotes as long as your not within like 1000 yards of housing. Never seen that writen out though. If you call your local sherif department or the TPWD they'll be happy to tell you the local areas to legally hunt hogs and may even give you tips on what to plan for.
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In Texas, counties can restrict the discharge of a firearm on tracts of 10 acres or less in unincorporated areas. Other than that I do not believe that counties have any ability to restrict hunting.

The state reserves the right to regulate all other aspects of firearms ownership / use and I am not aware of another other exceptions. If so please let me know....
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Hi we are from southern utah and have never hunted feral hogs before . One of my buddys ,my son and myself are planing a roadtrip to go hunt hogs somewhere in texas on public land .I think it would be the trip of a life time sometime we would all remember for a long time.If anyone has any info about were or when is the best time to go or any contacts that could help us on our adventure please PM me

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