Right now there are about 5 million wild hogs running around America. With 2 million of them living in Texas alone. Hog hunting has become so popular in Texas that many counties and cities have their hog cook-offs and BBQ’s annually. There are currently 37 countries that have wild hogs in them. Back then wild hogs were a logical choice to bring and attempt to populate the area, because of their toughness and ability to multiply easily. The typical female wild pig can give birth to 24 piglets annually. That’s plenty of babies.
So this is where hunters step in and become a massive asset. In Texas alone, hunters kill about 24,000 hogs a year. Can you imagine if hunters were not killing this many pigs each year? Texas would be overrun with these animals. Florida is another state that is totally overrun with these creatures. They’re in each and every county in Florida. With the terrific weather and abundance of food there, it’s no surprise that they flourish and spread like a disease.
One thing Texas landowners should and could do is open their gates to more hunters and allow them to help control this from control animal. It has been said that if the landowners were to open their gates to hunters there wouldn’t be an over population of these animals. At least not to the extent it is now.
Not only do these animals destroy and decimate the property. They carry serious diseases that can spread to every other living thing. Deaths have occurred from people consuming vegetables that were contaminated by wild hog feces. This could be avoided. Hunters are more than willing to go out, hunt and take down these creatures. Hunters do everyone a service, also putting food on their own tables.
Just imagine what great an additional billion dollars could do to the economy? This issue could definitely be avoided. Our neighborhood Fish and Game departments do not have the money or resources to handle this problem.
If you’ve got these animals in your state.
Be safe and decent hog hunting my friends.