Porcine Press: A Bounty On Wild Hogs In Texas And Other News

October 2, 2012

OK, so it’s not the whole state yet, but in two Texas counties, hog hunters have the opportunity to collect two bucks for every feral hog tail they bring to the designated check stations.  Hays and Caldwell counties are in a competition for $20,000 of state wildlife management funds that will be used to implement hog control programs. 

There’s a good piece in the Austin Statesman, explaining a little more about the program, as well as the drop-off locations for those who might choose to participate.

In other porcine news, it looks like the California DFG’s SHARE program has now added the Tejon Ranch to the list of participating properties.  The SHARE (Shared Habitat Alliance for Recreational Enhancement) program is a cooperative effort between the department and CA landowners that provides public hunting opportunities, usually for a nominal fee.  The Tejon hunt is a huge bonus to the program, and I encourage all of my CA hog hunting friends to get an application in for one of the five hunts.  There are only five passes for each hunt date, but each hunter can bring a hunting partner.  Hunt dates are:

  • December 7-9, 2012 (application open until November 20)
  • February 1-3, 2013 (application open until January 15, 2013)
  • February 22-24, 2013 (application open until February 5, 2013)
  • March 22-24, 2013 (application open until March 5, 2013)
  • April 19-21, 2013 (application open until April 2, 2013 )

Meanwhile, further to the north, there’s this story out of Oregon:

COQUILLE, Ore. — Oregon authorities are investigating how a farmer was eaten by his hogs.

Terry Vance Garner, 69, never returned after he set out to feed his animals last Wednesday on his farm near the Oregon coast, the Coos County district attorney said Monday.

A family member found Garner’s dentures and pieces of his body in the hog enclosure several hours later, but most of his remains had been consumed, District Attorney Paul Frasier said. Several of the hogs weighed 700 pounds or more.

 Not a story about wild hogs, maybe, but definitely a wild hog story.




2 Responses to “Porcine Press: A Bounty On Wild Hogs In Texas And Other News”

  1. daniels on October 2nd, 2012 20:51

    I think that some sort of system allowing 1 “buck” – say 8 points or more – or maybe some other system, giving a larger dollar amount in credit towards next season’s hunting license,or maybe a special extended deer season for those who take a certain number of hogs, might get a better response from hunters who need a little more motivation to head out and take some porkers.

  2. Phillip on October 3rd, 2012 09:05

    That’s not a bad thought, especially the idea of credits toward next year’s hunting license. I think though, when it comes to killing hogs on this level, the focus isn’t as much on attracting the sport hunter as it is to get the trappers and eradication guys involved. $2 per tail probably won’t mean that much to the average hunter who will see and kill one or two hogs on his deer lease, but it can add up with a couple of good corral traps running, or after a good night with the thermal scope and semi-auto rifle.