Tadpole's Outdoor Blog

April 9, 2016

It isn’t easy to trap feral pigs

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They are back and I think it’s about over for them.

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That’s it.  The trap door has slammed shut. They are captured.   No longer will they be rooting our hay meadows or eating out deer corn.   It’s over for them.

 

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What’s this!   Where are my captured pigs?  The mesh size on the cattle panels is 6″ X 8″.   Somehow these pigs were able to escape by crawling through those small openings.  In less than fifteen minutes from the time they were captured, they all escaped.

Plan B?

March 2, 2015

she has a new pet

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Our neighbor was checking the hog traps today when they noticed a momma hog with some babies.  They chased and caught one of the babies.

The pig is so cute, yet so destructive.  His momma can have three litters of 6 to 12 pigs per year (gestation 115 days).  And the feral pigs are capable of breeding at six months of age but eight to ten months is normal.  That’s much better than compound interest.

Feral hogs generally travel in family groups called sounders, comprised normally of two sows and their young. Mature boars are usually solitary, only joining a herd to breed.

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February 25, 2015

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January 4, 2013

They got greedy

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We have had the hog trap door wired open which allows the hogs to enter and exit without penalty.

After they become comfortable, we activate the trap.

In this trap are four pigs.

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They will be great on the grill.

October 23, 2012

Grilled smoked pork for the grand-kids

    These little fellows should not have stopped by our hog trap.

once cleaned, washed and seasoned

they will be cooked for grand-kids.

seasoned and wrapped in foil to be cooked

for about 12 hours.

Once cooked, the foil is removed

to smoke the meat for about one hour.

The meat is then cooled before bagging

and then to freezer.

Once frozen, the meat goes to the homes of the grand-kids.

September 20, 2011

Hog Out Month in October

Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples is challenging all 254 Texas counties to participate in Hog Out Month in October – a statewide challenge to decrease the state’s feral hog population.

This challenge, which Staples announced Tuesday morning, will coordinate various feral hog removal strategies implemented across the state into one statewide effort.

“Wild hogs are finding their way into urban and rural areas destroying yards, golf courses, parks and crops at a cost of up to $400 million each year,” Staples said. “These animals reproduce at staggering rates and are now a menace on Texas highways, which is why I encourage all Texans to continue to step up efforts to reduce the number of feral hogs and protect our state from further damage.”

Beginning Thursday, qualified hunters will be able to take to the skies to take aim at the state’s burgeoning feral hog population.

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission has approved rules for hunting the hogs and coyotes by helicopter, in accordance with House Bill 716 passed by the Texas Legislature earlier this year.

The new rules permit qualified landowners or their agents to pay helicopter operators for aerial operations. Qualification involves filing a form with Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and does not involve a fee.

An estimated 2 million feral hogs live in Texas, causing hundreds of millions of dollars in property damage across the state each year, according to the Texas Department of Agriculture. The statewide challenge, which kicks off Oct. 1 during Hog Out Month, will run through Dec. 31. Grants will be awarded to the five counties with the most hogs removed and highest participation in feral hog abatement programs.

The deadline for counties to submit a notice of intent to participate is Sept. 30.

In October 2010, Staples kicked off the first county challenge to rally Texans to reduce the number of feral hogs in the state.

The TDA works with the Wildlife Services branch of the Texas AgriLife Extension Service, which removes thousands of hogs annually through various feral hog abatement strategies that result in an estimated savings of more than $4 million to Texas landowners.

Landowners are encouraged to call their local AgriLife Extension Agent for information on feral hog control measures.

“The only way to combat a problem as far-reaching as feral hogs is to aggressively employ multiple tactics in a coordinated and concentrated effort, starting at the local level,” Staples said. “Good local participation complements the work done in other communities resulting in a comprehensive statewide strategy.”

Counties may obtain a notice of intent to participate in the Hog Out Month challenge by visiting www.texasagriculture.gov, calling (512) 463-6695 or emailing Grants@TexasAgriculture.gov.

Texas Feral Hog Facts:

• Feral hogs cause an estimated $400 million in damages annually.

• There are an estimated 2 million feral hogs in Texas.

• Feral hogs are predators of lambs, kid goats, baby calves, newborn fawns and ground-nesting birds, and compete for food and space with many native species of wildlife.

• Feral hogs commonly destroy urban yards, parks and golf courses, as well as rangeland, pastures, crops, fencing, wildlife feeders and other property. Additionally, they contribute to E. coli and other diseases in Texas streams, ponds and watersheds.

• Vehicle collisions with feral hogs cause an estimated $1,200 in damage per collision, and create safety hazards for those involved.

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October 1, 2010

Suprise for me and Suprise for the hogs

Filed under: Hogs — Freddie Keel @ 7:23 pm
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Due to the hot weather, I had not activated the hog traps at our tree farm.  The traps were open with the trap door in a locked position.  During the last few days, I have put some feed in the traps so that the hogs would get use to entering and exiting without difficulty.

On Thursday afternoon, I had planned to put some corn in the traps with activation next week when the weather is cooler.

When I drove up to the traps, I was stunned to see three hogs and one piglet in one trap.  And they were excited to see me.  I’m assuming they entered the traps and their bumping the sides caused the trap door to fall and locking them on the inside.

It was 88* and without water they might die so the choices were to release them or dress them quickly.  In about 90 minutes, they were cleaned and on ice.

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