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Old March 3, 2013, 08:16 PM   #1
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Question for experienced feral hog hunters

Can you all estimate how much the sounder's boar may weigh from my video? Thank you.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bM-KE6o9wKo
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Old March 3, 2013, 09:37 PM   #2
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Hard to tell. I'd say 250 tops. Bye the way, boars don't really have family groups. A breeding age boar is a solitary roamer that will range far and wide in search of a full belly and a ripe sow. It's dominant sows that lead sounders.
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Old March 3, 2013, 11:33 PM   #3
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Yes, I see the boar with them sometimes, but I think it's the brown and yellow sow that is in charge of this sounder. Is 250 the usual size for boars who are looking for sows, as opposed to the smaller, loner boars? You hear about 350, 400 pounds and up, and I'm pretty sure we've never had one that big. Though we did have a pretty gnarly one a couple of years ago -- had like a ridge down his back, and his hair was hanging off in places, and he was big!
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Old March 4, 2013, 12:52 AM   #4
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I'm no expert,But I shot 2 last weekend real close to the same size they were 185LB. & 202LB. like I said just a guess.
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Old March 4, 2013, 01:18 PM   #5
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You hear about 350, 400 pounds and up
That is extremely hard to reach in a true wild hog. Normally, the genes for getting that large just don't exist in wild stock. It takes breeding with domestic hogs in order to get those "super size" genes. Secondly, a wild hog will have a hard time getting enough calories to get that big. It takes alot of food to make a pig that big. That means access to farm-type grains and not having to waste energy traveling a big circuit looking for natural food.
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Old March 4, 2013, 04:46 PM   #6
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300-400lb hogs are killed every year on our club and it is pine forests and swamps. They have about 10,000 acres of club lands they travel on eating food plots, corn and natural browse. Granted most are a product of breeding with escaped domestics but many have that "Eurasian" look to them. Average sizes are typically 150-250lbs but there are quite a few bruisers in there. I think it depends on where you hunt as to the sizes you may encounter.
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Old March 4, 2013, 05:39 PM   #7
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That is extremely hard to reach in a true wild hog. Normally, the genes for getting that large just don't exist in wild stock. It takes breeding with domestic hogs in order to get those "super size" genes. Secondly, a wild hog will have a hard time getting enough calories to get that big. It takes alot of food to make a pig that big. That means access to farm-type grains and not having to waste energy traveling a big circuit looking for natural food.

Do you get to Plant city much? With all the strawberry and veggie fields they get that big on a regular basis.
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Old March 4, 2013, 10:53 PM   #8
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I couldn't tell, I got motion sickness trying to watch it!
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Old March 4, 2013, 11:25 PM   #9
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180 lbs +/- video shake and scale. It's bulk says 150 min, but don't think it's 220.
(And where did a "sounder" of pigs come from vs. calling it a herd?)
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Old March 4, 2013, 11:35 PM   #10
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Sorry about all the shake! It was so windy that even when I braced against a tree, I couldn't hold the camera steady. I got a lot of great footage that day, but it all came out jumpy.

TXAZ, I don't know where 'sounder' came from, that's just what it's called here in Texas. Maybe it's called something else in other parts?

Here is one of my favorite videos, and it wasn't windy.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4t3Evwl85_U
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Old March 5, 2013, 12:08 AM   #11
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Wow JPP
If that first litter of ferals didn't sum up the problem I don't know what does.
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Old March 5, 2013, 08:22 AM   #12
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(And where did a "sounder" of pigs come from vs. calling it a herd?)
TXAZ, wild hog groups are always called sounders - just like bunches of birds are called flocks and bunches of fish are called schools.
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Old March 5, 2013, 08:23 AM   #13
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A group of cattle is a herd, a group of crows is a murder, a group of ducks is a flock, and a group of pigs is a sounder.
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Old March 5, 2013, 10:52 AM   #14
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And a group of monkeys is called a "congress"... How very fitting...

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Old March 5, 2013, 10:54 AM   #15
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Just watched the vid...
Pretty good size hog... 150-200 or a bit more...

By the color variants in the sucklers and weaners it shows plenty of domestic blood in that group...

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Old March 5, 2013, 04:31 PM   #16
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a group of lions is called a pride

you forgot that one.

a murder of crows sounds very POEtic
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Old March 5, 2013, 06:37 PM   #17
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Monkeys-Congress. Lol. A lot of times around here and everywhere I'm sure along with ferals people bring in Russian boars and turn loose and they also breed with domestic pigs also. And all mixtures get real large. That's part of the fun, breed them big and chase with dogs. And before you know it , it gets way out of hand very quickly.
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