Texas allows hunters to kill wild hogs year-round without limits. Wild hogs are among the most destructive species in the US today. One to three million of the animals are wreaking havoc in Texas, where they do some $400 million in damages annually. They tear up crops and squeeze out other wildlife. The clever hogs seem to thrive in almost any conditions. They are surprisingly intelligent and elude the best efforts to trap or kill them and those that have been unsuccessfully hunted are even smarter.
Hogs have no natural predators, and there are no legal poisons to use against them.
Wild hogs are equipped with a tough shoulder hide, which is made of a tough scar tissue. This is formed through continuous fighting and it hardens as the animal ages and survives more fights. They are highly adaptable and mostly nocturnal. Sows begin breeding at 6 to 8 months old and have two litters of four to eight piglets every 12 to 15 months during a life span of 4 to 8 years. Wild hogs are opportunistic omnivores which means they’ll eat most anything! With their extra-long snouts, flattened and strengthened on the end by cartilage, they can root as deep as three feet. They destroy entire fields in a matter of hours!! Hogs deteriorate the soil and muddy water sources. They damage native vegetation and make it easier for invasive plants to take hold. Hogs claim any food set out for livestock, and sometimes eat the livestock as well. They also eat other wildlife such as deer and quail.
Wild hogs are also susceptible to parasites and infections and are potential carriers of disease. Pseudorabies, also known as “mad itch” is a swine herpes virus that may affect the respiratory, nervous and reproductive systems. Despite its name, it is not a rabies type disease but derives its name from the symptoms like a rabid animal. It is transmitted primarily through breeding but may also to be transmitted through respiratory secretions of the infected animal. Infected adult swine typically develop flu-like symptoms whereas young pigs can have severe respiratory and digestive symptoms and ultimately die. Pseudorabies poses no threat to humans but may be fatal to domestic livestock and pets. Swine Brucellosis is an infectious, bacterial, reproductive disease that can cause miscarriage, low conception rates, and other problems. It is transmittable to humans, known as undulant fever, and causes flu-like symptoms such as fever, chills, aches and pains. It is treatable with specific antibiotics.
Many people are unaware of the havoc wild hogs are causing. At Circle B Outfitters we provide you with a safe environment to hunt and harvest these wild, destructive mammals.