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  • Big Boar

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    Can you say OINK!! My club in Caswell is over run with hogs.
    We will be taking more pork than venison this year!!
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    Hogs
    What area are you hunting in Caswell. I have never seen any hogs on our farm. We hunt near Semora/Milton
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    Piggy
    Hey all I can say is get use to them they are there to stay. I will tell you this and thatís they are a lot of fun to hunt and you can do it all year long. They are really good to eat we have a cook out every year at the farm and thatís what we eat. I have read that to control the population you have to shoot 7 out of every 10 born. A sow can reproduce 2 times one year and the next have three litters. They can produce up to 15 little ones at a time depending on the environment. Around my house they normally have 3 to 5 but I have seen as many as 8 and as few as 2 in a litter. As for corn if you are dumping it on the ground you are going to go broke. There are some people around my house that have built troughs about 2 foot to put ther corn in and seems to work for a while but the bigger hogs figure out that they can prop there front feet up and eat out of the trough too. All I can say is they are here to stay and just find a way to enjoy them. They do make it hard to deer hunt too. They compete for the same foods. I had a dog hunter say that they couldnít run parts of there club because of the hogs. Be careful if you get one cornered they can and will hurt you even the sows. They are fast and can be very mean.
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    Manage!
    We started seeing hogs on our club land about 13 years ago. We have enjoyed harvesting them as a club benifit since then. I will tell you that you do need to focus on their management. Don't think that it will be easy to stay on top of. They eat everything and leave very little for the deer. Don't let your members be too picky when manageing them. Harvest any size and gender. Have a plan for the big boars as they are not fit to eat. We are ambivilent about what to do with them. We tell our members that big boars are for trophy mounting if that is your goal but we doubt that you will eat them. Concentrate on taking out the sows and young boars.
    Connecting land owners had removed over 200 last year.
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    Fun to hunt, pain in the butt
    These guys are more fun to hunt than deer, I think. The little ones (40-100 lbs) are fantastic eating. Unfortunately once they are in your area you have to concentrate on them or they will ruin everything. They are very smart, go nocturnal once you kill a couple, and chase deer and turkey out of any area they invade. Fire at will, and invest in a starlite scope if you have to.
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    Big Boar
    Country Line Creek/Farmers Lake area. I killed A 130 lb. sow last night bout 9:30. Picture to come.
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