Category Archives: Hogs

Poisoned Hogs & The Texas Javelina Massacre

Should we poison feral hogs?

For the last five years, various plans to poison feral hogs has been on tap for Texas but various challenges have changed the original plans.

In the final installment on our series on hogs, Higher Calling Wildlife discusses the following:

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*Latest update on plans to poison hogs on a mass scale in Texas

*Results of USDA Studies on impact on non-target animals

*The CONTRACEPTIVE that was introduced into the wild to fight hogs in 2021.

*’An exclusive interview excerpt with a geneticist about technology to GENE EDIT sows.

*How hog poisoning could help finish of Texas’ javelina population.

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Monster Hogs: Killing Bear-Sized Boars

In part two of the Higher Calling Wildlife podcast series, we discuss truly monster hogs.

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In this episode we address the following questions:

*What is the maximum size for wild hogs?

*Are wild hogs as smart as whitetails?

*Can you specifically target and kill giant boars?

*Which is more dangerous-giant boars or sows?

*How are monster hogs thriving in cities?

Plus, much, much more.

You can listen to part 1 of the series here.

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Analysis Of A Hog Attack

In this episode of Higher Calling Wildlife on the Waypoint Podcast Network, host Chester Moore and hog expert Jeff Stewart analyze a 2021 hog attack after Chester interviews the survivor who tells a terrifying story of his near-death encounter.

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Chester and Jeff answer the following questions:

What triggered the attack?

How will this factor impact others as hog numbers continue to skyrocket?

Are we about to enter an era where hog attacks are common?

Just how dangerous are feral hogs?

It’s a can’t miss episode with the super rare change to hear a hog attack survivor’s story and high-level analysis of exactly what happened.

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Did I Find A Killer Hog?

The first time I went into this location I got the creeps.

You know that feeling you get when you think something might be watching you?

Well, that’s what I had.

So I do what this inquisitive wildlife journalist always seems to do. I pressed on.

I found some large feral hog tracks. They were 3.5 inches long and were the only hog tracks in area.

This location is a piece of property I have access to in a local city. It’s close to homes and areas used for a variety of recreation so I decided to put my Moultrie Mobile XV-6000 that sends photos to an app on my cell phone when photos are taken.

The first photo taken Oct. 7 clearly shows the boar which judging by the tracks and its height measured next to the vegetation in the area is a big boy.

I’d say it weighs 200 plus pounds. It’s not a monster but a legit big hog.

The second shot comes three days later and is the same hog. Between this time and for an additional four days there were no other animals on this trail.

And when I scouted the area-even in a wide patch of open dirt the only trucks were this guy’s tracks. There were no rabbit, raccoon, other hog, opossum, armadillo or any of the tracks of animals common in this area. In fact, just 1/4-mile down from here there is plenty of other animal sign.

I believe I was in the area this hog stakes as its home base of operation and it keeps a lot of other animals, especially other hogs out.

In a 2017 article I did for The Wildlife Journalist, I quoted a study conducted by Dr. Jack Mayer of the Savannah River National Laboratory.

The study documented 412 wild hog attacks worldwide impacting 665 people. During this time there were four fatal hog attacks in the United States.

Of the 21 states reporting hog attacks Texas led the pack with 24 percent with Florida at 12 percent and South Carolina 10. Interestingly when examining worldwide shark fatalities hogs actually beat them out in deaths some years-including 2013.

Here’s where it gets interesting about our solitary boar. Check out these stats.

In his study, hogs that attack are described as solitary (82 percent), large (87 percent) and male (81 percent) and most attacks occurred when there was no hunting involved.

The boar in these photos checks off all of those boxes.

Someone like me who has an idea what he is looking for and knows to take precautions going into a spot like this is one thing.

But how many people in urban and suburban areas will have surprise encounters these kinds of hogs as their populations grow?

We need to start educating people about hogs in urban and suburban areas. And as whatever means are used to take out hog numbers in these zones (usually trapping), specifically targeting some of these lone boars might be wise.

In fact, I began advocating for this practice in an award-winning article I wrote for Hunter’s Horn, the magazine of the Houston Safari Club Foundation called “Hunting American Man-Killers”.

The author with the kind of hog described in the story taken on the outskirts of a populated area. The author’s friend Gerald Burleigh who shot this photo has trapped more than 500 hogs in five years from the same location. Whether you hunt or not you should be for hunting hogs as they do an incredible amount of damage to native wildlife. All wild hog meat taken by the author is eaten by his family or given to those in need.

We have a proven profile of a killer and we can’t know which one will snap but have a very high percentage idea of the ones with the capacity.

It’s a conversation that needs much more discussing.

I pulled the camera from the spot as I have some research to tend to at another location and I have to be honest I was glad to have them out of there.

That place gave me the creeps as much when I left as when I first found evidence of this lone, territorial boar.

Chester Moore

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