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Old April 26, 2017, 05:23 PM   #26
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They look about sandwich size.
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Old April 28, 2017, 08:41 AM   #27
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As bad a hog problem as Texas has, releasing them should be criminal.
In a way it is. From the Texas TPWD website........

The Texas Animal Health Commission has enacted regulations requiring all feral hogs in Texas to be tested and certified to be disease free before being released into the wild for whatever purposes.
That said, if the problem with feral hogs is really as bad as folks put it our there as, then there should not even be a questions as to whether or not to let them live. While one person enjoys hunting them and wants them around, their neighbor may have major damage done from the same drift. That seems to be the major issue in controlling their numbers.
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Old April 28, 2017, 08:42 AM   #28
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I see roasted pigs with Sweet Baby Ray's painted on them.
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Old April 28, 2017, 09:21 AM   #29
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I agree, smoke 'em.

BTW, nice trap!
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Old April 28, 2017, 12:20 PM   #30
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They do enough damage that I wouldn't want to release them. Just feed them out for a bit, then butcher.

If I was going to release any it would be males after castration, they won't be making any little piggies, and if you harvest them later the meat won't be so boarish tasting.
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Old April 29, 2017, 03:51 AM   #31
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stevelyn.....I love the Sweet Baby Ray's sauce with pork. My wife made up a hog leg a while back with it and root beer in a crock pot. I stripped it off the bone when done and made sandwiches with it and a little more sauce dribbled over it. Makes my mouth water just thinking about it.
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Old April 29, 2017, 05:51 PM   #32
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I'd say harvest them. From what I've read you guys don't have a shortage of them....
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Old May 21, 2017, 10:19 AM   #33
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If they parallel other edible animals, the young ones are generally better....think veal or lamb. I don't know if that holds true for pigs or wild animals in general.
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Old May 22, 2017, 04:58 AM   #34
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I heard that some trappers catch the males and castrate them and feed them corn for a month before slaughtering. This practice is for the quality of the meat.

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Old May 24, 2017, 03:23 AM   #35
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There are probably a few guys that might pen up feral hogs to fatten them up for butcher, but I doubt many. Castrating and feeding out a larger boar is a time consuming endeavor. You won't be getting meat from a mature boar that is nearly as good as a sow for quite some time after castrating.
The feral hogs work for a living for one thing, and do not have the fat infused into the meat as much as domestic hogs. You can find them with a large girdle of fat on them, and still have pretty lean meat to deal with. The boar taste and smell can stay with one for some months after castrating as well.
A small boar will butcher out just fine, but the bigger ones are just coyote food as far as I'm concerned.
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