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Feral Hogs Are Invading Yankeeland. Northern
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Posted By: StormCnter, 1/2/2020 10:13:09 AM

Dear Yankee, The South has fallen. Apparently so has Canada. Now an invading army of feral hogs is threatening to come for you. Trust us, we’ve seen the worst down here in Texas. When the hogs arrive up North, you’re in for a porky horror show. Wild pigs are rapacious. Rooting and marauding day and night, they can and will destroy your lawn, your crops, the fairways of your local golf course, and whatever else they run across. Feral hogs were blamed for the recent death of a woman from Liberty.

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Reply 1 - Posted by: JunkYardDog 1/2/2020 10:20:18 AM (No. 276404)
Can they swim across rivers? Could they cross the Hudson River into New England?
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Reply 2 - Posted by: HPmatt 1/2/2020 10:21:42 AM (No. 276405)
As every ‘southern’ ag landowner knows, you need a varmint gun, but rather than possums or wild dogs, now you need something bigger - like a 223 ‘Assault’ rifle....
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Reply 3 - Posted by: wildcat1 1/2/2020 10:51:54 AM (No. 276434)
They are legal to hunt here in Kansas, any time, no liscence needed. I think they can even be hunted from a plane or helicopter. So far, we have been able to keep them mostly in Oklahoma.
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Reply 4 - Posted by: LC Chihuahua 1/2/2020 10:56:48 AM (No. 276438)
How well do hogs hold up in below freezing, below zero weather? My guess is fine.
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Reply 5 - Posted by: curious1 1/2/2020 10:56:49 AM (No. 276439)
Bacon! It's a meal!
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Reply 6 - Posted by: winmag 1/2/2020 10:58:47 AM (No. 276443)
The AR15 platform is the perfect medicine for getting rid of these hogs.
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Reply 7 - Posted by: GreatGreyhounds 1/2/2020 11:29:30 AM (No. 276466)
Here in Middle Georgia, my wife drives a school bus. She’s had children unable to get on the bus for being chased back in their homes by feral hogs...
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Reply 8 - Posted by: Grounded 1/2/2020 11:30:24 AM (No. 276468)
Pork: The other white meat. If those hogs are as smart as advertised, they will stay way away from D.C. where pork is on every politicians' menu every day.
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Reply 9 - Posted by: FLCracker 1/2/2020 11:40:10 AM (No. 276481)
Hogs, feral or not, are a danger. Smarter than a dog, larger than a wolf. Like the bear and the human, they'll eat anything they can eat. ("Omnivore", just another word for "scavenger.") We're not talking "Charlotte's Web" here; we're talking "Ole Yeller." And what did the heros and demi-gods in Greek and Celtic myths hunt to prove they were manly men?
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Reply 10 - Posted by: BruceInWorcester 1/2/2020 11:46:28 AM (No. 276492)
#1, why swim? There’s plenty of bridges. But yeah, they can also swim.
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Reply 11 - Posted by: hurricanegirl 1/2/2020 12:00:32 PM (No. 276498)
#4: How well do hogs handle freezing temps? You've got to be joking, right? You do know that hogs have built-in insulation, correct? And lots of it, too! As for feral hogs invading Yankeeland, I thought they were already there--in D.C. to be specific.
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Reply 12 - Posted by: texaspast 1/2/2020 12:12:18 PM (No. 276516)
#9, I think you meant "Savage Sam', the sequel to Old Yeller - and a much more enjoyable book for a boy, too. It was Sam the dog that got cut up by the wild hogs. Old Yeller and Savage Sam were my favorite books when I was a kid, and read them so much I practically memorized them, which is why I still remember the stories well. Savage Sam isn't quite politically correct now, (Little Arliss biting the Indian's ear off, for example) but both books should be on any boy's reading list (especially a Texas boy) .
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Reply 13 - Posted by: Clinger 1/2/2020 12:13:18 PM (No. 276517)
I'm no expert but I think I'd rather have something a but more substantial than an overgrown .22 (.223) despite the delivery platform. I'll stick with the M1 Garand with the added benefit of keeping unwanted visitors off my lawn. Actually I'd probably go with my sporterized scoped 8mm Mauser.
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Reply 14 - Posted by: Hazymac 1/2/2020 2:05:58 PM (No. 276587)
The link below (History of Feral Swine in the Americas) from the USDA's website includes maps showing the spread of feral hogs over time. States with 99-100%--that is to say, in nearly every county--infestation of these non-indigenous wild boars now include California, Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, and Florida, with other nearby states (Missouri, Tennessee, North Carolina, etc.) almost as badly affected. Feral hog population in the Lower 48 probably exceeds ten million. Sows are sexually mature at six months of age, and they can have three conceptions per year, each one bringing eight or more piglets into the world. They multiply but are not fruitful and should be shot. https://www.aphis.usda.gov/aphis/ourfocus/wildlifedamage/operational-activities/feral-swine/sa-fs-history Shooting and trapping are the commonest methods of dealing with these agricultural menaces. Poisoning is being tested in a few places, utilizing feeders with heavy metal doors inaccessible to all other species of wild animals. But trying to orkin these pigs to death seems unacceptably risky to any creature or person who consumes the poisoned carcasses. Hunting is for animals that require a license to harvest in the wild. These pigs are such a problem that killing them isn't called hunting--it's called eradication, which is the object. As others have said, it's legal to hunt hogs all year long. More experienced hunters should do this, and more still are needed. Just get permission or an invitation from the land owner and don't shoot his cattle or his house. For one thing, hogs demonstrate the need for high capacity sporting rifles like ARs and AKs. When being shot at, the pigs run like hell, and they're not easy to hit. They're incredibly tough, as well. A few have survived being shot eight times, and have run away. AR-15s with .223 Remington/5.56 NATO are formidable weapons that can (and have) killed running hogs at over 400 yards. But some hunters say that a better choice of rifle for feral hogs (some of which can top 500 pounds) is an AR-10 with .308 Winchester or 7.62x39mm. The larger bullet incapacitates better than the .223 if the shot isn't to the K-5 zone. Euthanizing feral hogs that have been trapped inside a fortified metal enclosure with trap doors is normally done with suppressed .22 rifles that make no more noise than a stick cracking underfoot. Even a small .22LR or .22 Short bullet, directed into the hog's brain, guarantees instant lights out. Very humane and instantaneous. On the cable RFD Channel there is a show on Tuesday nights called Jager PRO. It's about hog eradication, whether by trapping--their usual method--or long range sniping (for the suspicious hog that won't come to bait). It's a Southern thing, but in the best of moments when the coordinated rifles are cutting down the squealing hogs by the full sounder, it's pretty Western, too.
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Reply 15 - Posted by: Rumblehog 1/2/2020 2:09:28 PM (No. 276592)
These are not native American feral hogs, but a mixed breed with "Siberian Boar" that get very big and very mean. The males are extremely smart, and have a harem of females which forage for food along with the piglets, while he hides out in the event they get captured, or killed. The story is that someone imported them from Russia in the 1970's to be hunted on a private game preserve in Alabama, but they got away and began breeding with the American wild hog, thereby landing us in the situation we now have. Here's a representative example: https://sciboarhunter.com/russian-boar-hunting-siberian-snow-hunts/ In Texas it's open season year round on them.
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Reply 16 - Posted by: DVC 1/2/2020 3:11:47 PM (No. 276650)
I was in northern Fla a month ago and spent some time canoeing. We went ashore and found a piece of nice wilderness just roto-tilled, literally. About 3 acres of land in a beautiful forest just uprooted, turned upside down for about 8-12 inches deep. Wild hogs. Shoot every one you see, people. They are the ultimate vermin.
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Reply 17 - Posted by: DVC 1/2/2020 3:12:39 PM (No. 276653)
#3, it isn't hunting, it is extermination that is needed.
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Reply 18 - Posted by: Geoman 1/2/2020 3:37:04 PM (No. 276668)
On my modest spread in ground-zero rural East Texas, the feral hog invasion has accelerated in recent years. My anti-hog weapon of choice, while on my own property is a plain, old-fashioned lever-action Marlin 30-30, commonly referred to as a saddle gun. A few months ago, while driving to town on a county road, I couldn't avoid running over one in my truck. I stopped to asses damage, as colliding with a big hog often completely totals vehicles my county. There was no visible damage because she ran under my rear tire, lifting my heavy diesel a few feet in the air. I noticed the hog stirring in the ditch but the only firearm I had available was a small .380 pistol, which I figured might be better than nothing and I didn't want the wounded hog to suffer. As can be predicted the .380 round had no effect on the top of the skull, other than to anger her and get her coming my way along the roadway. Being familiar with wild hogs, I got down in the ditch and let her come close such that I got a shot off up from under her lower jaw, where the bottom of the skull is rather thin. She never even twitched after that but I wouldn't recommend that method for dispatching a wounded hog. Later, when I drove back home, the dead hog had already been partially devoured by her brethren, which is one reason why I don't eat feral hog meat. I've found that a safe and sure method of dispatching a wild hog at close range is the use of a 12 ga shotgun firing 1 oz slugs. The energy transfer is sufficient to stop even the largest hogs, with no need for follow-up.
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Reply 19 - Posted by: FLCracker 1/2/2020 4:15:39 PM (No. 276699)
#9, had to be the movie "Ole Yeller" (the first movie I saw in a theater); I never read the books. I know there is a scene in there about a boy falling into a sounder and being rescued by the dog. (Because, as I was told by my hog-raising cousins at age six, "Don't you fall into where those hogs are. Those hogs will eat you up." Spoken in a north Florida drawl that moved at the speed of molasses.) #15, 16: The feral hogs of Florida are descendants of food-on-the-trotter that the Spanish explorers brought with them. My grandpa would hunt them accompanied by two dogs.
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Reply 20 - Posted by: Hazymac 1/2/2020 4:16:59 PM (No. 276701)
If you shoot your big hog with an especially powerful rifle like the .300 Winchester Magnum, you win the prize. Watch what the .300 Win Mag does to a large boar from more than 250 yards distance. Blammo ammo! Four legs in the air. Literally. The bullet beats the sound to the hog by a split second. (Quoth the rifleman: "I, ah, I don't always pin tags but when I pin tags I pinch with the ELD-X* from Hornady. La la la la la" as he pulls the bolt back and ejects the spent brass. LOL!) *Extremely Low Drag - eXpanding https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2bACa2Ir1f4 (feral hog vs .300 Win Mag) And 65 hogs down with AR-15s, including a 418 yard kill shot on a running hog (22 Nosler, .224 Valkrie, .223 Remington, or what?): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3z8O9xRnPN4
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Reply 21 - Posted by: cor-vet 1/2/2020 5:01:31 PM (No. 276731)
At night, with a green light and an AR in .300 blackout!
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Reply 22 - Posted by: chumley 1/2/2020 6:00:01 PM (No. 276763)
They're already here in WV. I saw a herd at the mall on prom night, in high heels and lipstick.
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Reply 23 - Posted by: Foghorn 1/2/2020 8:08:58 PM (No. 276861)
I missred read the headline. I thought it said 'federal hogs' invade yankeeland.
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Reply 24 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623 1/3/2020 2:07:01 AM (No. 277096)
#22 When I spit all over my keyboard, the cat in my lap spooked and leaped. I saw the back side of one yesterday at the radiology center in heels. Whoa. Feral hogs will tear up not only your yard in a hurry, but most of the neighborhood.
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Reply 25 - Posted by: ladydawgfan 1/3/2020 3:55:21 AM (No. 277135)
Didn't a herd of them go rampaging through a mall in Connecticut last week??
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