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8-14 SS Feral Pigs OFW
by David Sparks, Ph.D., click here for bio
Program: Sportsman's Spotlight
Date: August 14, 12
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Hunting feral pigs is pretty much like hunting wild boar’s. Lots of fun and lots of pigs.
Feral pigs do huge amounts of damage to agricultural landscapes. They are called invasive species but according to Oregon Fish and Wildlife spokesperson, Rick Boatner, they are an excellent hunting opportunity. “We have limited opportunities and small numbers. Most of ours are on private property and our main concentrations are in central Oregon and on the California Oregon border because we have migrants coming in from California. How do you hunt them and what you expect them to be like? 1st you look for damage, that is the easiest way. They Rototill these huge areas, especially along creek bottoms. You look for that 1st. It is important to play the wind. They have excellent hearing and an excellent sense of smell. We had one of our radio collared pigs actually travel 11 miles in 24 hours when we went to look for it. Start looking in the heavy thickets, especially in daylight hours. They cannot sweat so they have to stay cool and they will be in the heavier stuff such as heavy willows and junipers and generally close to water. The largest boar I have seen here would go between 350 to 400 pounds. Most of ours are hybrids so they have some Russian bloodlines in them. Most of the boars will have tusks and the females have tusks too. It will be very challenging for a guy because they are probably one of the smartest animals on the planet. They learn real quick and you have to play the wind just right and you want to bring enough firepower to break bone because if you wound them they are going to take off.
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