I found this skull laying in the pasture, but it is not the only reminder that we have wild hogs. We see them often in photos from the game camera located near our deer feeders. They usually come around 2 or 3 a.m. They are also destructive and have destroyed two deer feeders viciously by pushing up the buried poles. They not only broke open the barrel with corn, but also ripped apart the timer and spinner pieces. It’s a little freaky because we know the numbers keep growing. Ten years ago, it was very unusual to see a wild hog at all.
Pigs are a master of survival. According to Texas Parks and Wildlife, they can reproduce at 6 months, deliver 6-12 young in 3.5 months and breed every 6 months or so. They are fierce and will eat almost anything including their own young and dead animals. Feral hogs are listed as a nuisance animal. “Feral hogs are unprotected, exotic, non-game animals. Therefore, they may be taken by any means or methods at any time of year. There are no seasons or bag limits, however a hunting license and landowner permission are required to hunt them.” To read more, visit the Texas Parks and Wildlife website*.
There is hope because you can give them incentives to leave. It will only take a few kills and very soon, they will leave for a more secure place. The problem is, someone will need to be in the deer blind before they show up at the feeder. I am going to send Perry. 🙂
This photo came from one of the game cameras. The pigs are all adults and probably as tall as about 3 ft. tall. I don’t see any young ones but they are there, just not shown. If I can find a better photo, I will post it.
*Information courtesy Texas Parks and Wildlife Department © 2004, Rick Taylor.