Hogs A Growing Problem for Oklahoma, But They’re Fun to Hunt!

Two rifle shots rang out in the distance, and I knew what it meant. My two hunting companions on this cold December day probably had just downed a couple of feral hogs.

It was getting late in the afternoon and I began to fear I would be the only member of this hunting party not taking home pork at the end of the day. feral hogs

I had been sitting in the hunting blind for nearly two hours and had seen a half-dozen hogs roaming through the woods, but none had offered me a clean shot.

Two hogs had cautiously braved their way toward a ravine below where corn had been scattered nearby, even sticking their snouts out from under the brush and sniffing around, but evidently I didn’t pass their smell test. They turned around and headed back up the hill, protected under the thick cover.

As daylight began to slip away, I started to wonder if I had missed my opportunity. But then another hog came along that was not as wary as the previous pigs.

The big boar stepped into the clearing and walked straight toward me. The hog then turned its head, offering a shot through the shoulder and into the vital organs. The .308 Winchester round dropped the swine dead in its tracks.

One of the perks of being an outdoor writer is that sometimes you get to shoot guns before they make it to the stores, like Smith and Wesson’s new M&P 10 semi-automatic rifle in camo.

Another perk is that occasionally you get invited to tag along on hunting and fishing trips, and on this day I was a guest at the new “Hog Wild” hunting operation in McClain County.

I would feel uncomfortable shooting a whitetail behind a high fence, but I have no such ethical dilemma about feral hogs. All of them should be blindfolded and executed for crimes against nature.

Feral hogs continue to overrun Oklahoma. They can be found in all 77 counties.

They have caused millions of dollars in property damage across the state and can spread disease. The state Agriculture Department cautions hunters to wear gloves when cleaning feral hogs and to cook the meat thoroughly.

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Source: NewsOK


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  1. David

    I have absolutely no sympathy for any of the landowners who complain about hogs destroying their crops & livestock…. while at the same time charging outrageous lease fees for hunters wanting to hunt those hogs.

    Those farmers & ranchers deserve all the hog damage they get! Here in SW Oklahoma, many land owners want over $2,000 a year to hunt hogs on their land.. but whine over the damage the hogs are causing. There are lots of good ethical hunters who would be working on the hog population if it wasn’t for the greedy land owners who want the hog population reduced while at the same time lining their own pockets with hunting lease $’s.

    • D. Scott

      David, I agree. It is the same here in Texas. You would think if they really wanted to get rid of the hogs they would change the prices for hog hunts.