Poisoning Hogs Has Unintended Consequences

Hunters and farmers have a love hate relationship with wild hogs.

We constantly hear complaining about the damage they do, but we also see videos of people having a great time hunting year round. Many of the same people who complain about the massive numbers of wild hogs also wont let anyone hunt them on their property.

I can already hear people yelling at their computers after reading this. Claims that landowners will be held liable if they let anyone on their property are a major concern for many people. I am not qualified to offer legal advice, but some quick google searches will alleviate your concerns. Almost every state has a laws that prevent liability for landowners that let hunters onto their property. These laws very from state to state, and some protect only landowners that do not charge for access. My point is most people who complain secretly love the problem they get to deal with.

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Over the last couple years, poisoning has been a hot button issue in dealing with wild hogs. We have heard over and over that it is safe, but hunters and farmers are not buying that. In an undisclosed location in North Texas hunters and farmers have been proven correct. A new product called Hog-Gone, with active ingredient sodium nitrite, was thought to be the next great hope for feral hog control. While testing Hog-Gone hundreds of birds were found dead near the test site. Justin Foster, Texas Parks and Wildlife Research Coordinator for Region 2, said he has been conducting research on feral hogs for more than 10 years, and has never seen a bird kill of this magnitude.

 

We love to hate hogs in America, but most people are united in our hatred for poisoning our lands. Hunters that deal with feral hogs will continue to complain about how hard it is on them to hunt year round. While the rest of us sit around while there is nothing to hunt dreaming of the day we get to hunt hogs.