Your search for Monster Hogs is interesting. I have always been intrigued by reports of super sized ferals and when I saw the photos you ran in the January issue, I was blown away. So many magazines just focus on the actual hunt but I love the fact you focus on the wildlife and ecology that make it happen. We cannot hunt if we have no game and you do such a good time of giving us that level of understanding.
Now back to the hogs. I have heard stories of hogs that were nearly as big as a compact car and it is interesting to see something written about the connection to domestic strains.
I have a question. Which area of the state do you think has the greatest potential for true monster hogs?
Editor: That is a very interesting question. Most of the areas with the biggest hogs are those with agriculture. Some of the areas producing grains out in the Bryan/College Station area of the state produce monsters as do some of the coastal plains around Victoria and Matagorda. Any part of the state can hold monster hogs. The most likely areas are those with a lot of grain production and also those with super thick bottomlands, little hunting pressure and a history of big hogs. There are pockets in East Texas that have unusually large hogs as well. There is no hot spot. Follow the food source and look for a lack of pressure to allow the monster to get monster-sized.
Which area of the state has the highest concentration of big Eurasian boars? And do you really think they are more aggressive than standard feral hogs?
Editor: The area of Texas with the highest concentration of Eurasian boar genetics would be South Texas and the western portion of the Hill Country from Kerrville out toward Bandera, Uvalde and Medina Counties. Those areas had many pure Eurasian boars stocked years ago and they still show up in the population. In my opinion, the higher the Eurasian boar genetic, the more aggressive. At the end they probably all come from the Eurasian strain but the closer they are to the wild line versus domestic you tend to have more aggression according to my research. Any hog can be aggressive.
What a great article on Jim Fowler!
It’s nice to see that kind of story that brings us back to a simpler time and reminds us of the origins of wildlife television. I can’t thank you enough.
“Jim Fowler’s Wild Kingdom” was one of the best articles I have seen anywhere in a long, long time. It was great to hear about how he started and some of his adventures around the world. I grew up watching that program and always admired the man. It is good to see he is still out there talking about wildlife and wildlife conservation.
Had to smile when I read your article. The first 58 years I did not think lures were for anything other than freshwater and purchased only Johnson and Tony Ascetta in gold and silver. That is how I was taught and told several people about them over the years and like you said, “I never caught anything on a spoon.”
The best spoon ever I think was the Pluger Limping Minnow. I lost it off a pier and was catching trout with it. No one else on the pier caught diddly.
But just to tell you I have gold and silver in my tackle box and cleaning it last weekend I found them and steel wooled them to a high shine. I cannot remember the last time I used them. Being luckier than a lot of folks and having a very good wife that looked after our money for years I have a place on Trinity Bay with a pier.
Editor: Greg is a fine writer and spoons are great lures. They are under-utilized in Texas in my opinion and are a favorite of mine for catching trout and redfish.
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