Like a lot of Texans, I hate pigs. I doubt I hate them more than the farmers and ranchers that have their land and fences destroyed by the porcine infestation. To this point, the Kee ranch has managed to avoid the pig problem, save for a few very rare sighting over the years. But now we’re in full-on invasion mode. And thanks to the fine folks at Stealth Cam, I have some juicy footage of what we’re dealing with…
The full review of the G42NG from Stealth Cam is forthcoming, but in case you’re itching to buy a game cam, I wholeheartedly recommend it. I counted eleven pigs with what appeared to be one sow and ten juveniles. Keep in mind that female feral hogs reach sexual maturity and usually produce their first litter around 13 months. The linked article has some great information about the feral hog problem, but if you prefer to consume your information in video format, Rod Pinkston from JagerPro has a great presentation for you.
Here’s the skinny. Assuming those juveniles are 4 months old, and half of them are ladies, we’re looking at five females about 9 months from dropping their first litter of 5-6 piglets. Or 25-30 more pigs within the next year. Which means that Nick and I are going to be working overtime to eradicate porkers from the area. The perfect gun for the job seems to be Nick’s silenced .300 BLK AR running some sort of deep penetrating fast projectile. That and a strong light as they seem to be showing up on the camera only at night.
But listening to Rod, it seems that the only real solution is to start trapping and killing the entire sounder whereas traditional hunting methods might net 2-3 pigs at a time. And given how intelligent feral hogs are, they’ll just change their habits, have another couple piglets, and we’ll be right back where we started.