Hays County residents will have several regular opportunities to trade in the tails of feral hogs they slay for a bounty, according to a tentative schedule released today.
The county is spending up to $1,500 to pay $2 per tail for every hog killed between from Oct. 1 to Dec. 31 — an incentive for residents to help the county compete for grants the Texas Department of Agriculture issues.
Counties can collect points during the Hog Out County Grant Program during that period for the number of feral hogs taken and the number of people who participate in an educational course to learn about the animals.
The county with the most points secures $20,000 in state funds to implement a plan to reduce the feral hog population. The second- and third-place counties earn $15,000 and $10,000, respectively. Other participating counties receive an award based on how many hogs were killed.
The locations haven’t been finalized but as of now, residents will be able to turn in tails 4-7 p.m. Tuesdays starting Oct. 23 in Wimberley, 4-7 p.m. Wednesdays starting Oct. 24 in Dripping Springs and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays starting Oct. 27.
The schedule will run through the end of the year excluding Thanksgiving and Christmas, said Nick Dornak, watershed coordinator with the Plum Creek Watershed Partnership.
Caldwell County, which is also offering a $2 bounty per tail, has a similar schedule.
Volunteers are expected to collect tails starting at 5 p.m. Oct. 16 at the Luling Foundation farm, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays and 5-6p.m. Thursdays at the Caldwell County Scott Annex starting Oct. 22, and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays in Luling starting Oct. 20.
As in Hays County, the schedule runs through the end of the year excluding holidays.