LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

EDITOR’S NOTES by Chester Moore
May 25, 2017
INSIDE FISH & GAME by Roy and Ardia Neves
May 25, 2017

All About Hog Poisoning

If landowners would allow access to their land to hunt these hogs, then hunters could stop the advance of hogs. Instead, some landowners are using the hogs’ advance to gain wealth from hunters by charging high fees. Why should I pay $300 to $1000.00 just to kill a hog? Heck, I can go to the grocery store and get pork for a lot less money. 

If landowners really want to get rid of their hog problem, then allow some hunters to hunt hogs for free on their land.

M. Burrell

This e-mail is in response to the HOG-ageddon article in the latest issue of your magazine (April 2017).

First, I am a longtime outdoors person, fishing, hunting, and conservation.  My introduction to feral hogs was being run up a tree in the Trinity River bottoms while squirrel hunting many years ago.  Back then we referred to the feral hogs as piney woods rooters, nasty buggers they were and still are.

Over my life I have witnessed the constantly growing feral hog population not only in Texas, but also in the majority of US states.  If my memory serves me correctly, in the not so distant past feral hogs were responsible for an e-coli contamination in California spinach fields which lead to the death of more than one person.  I have read numerous articles and watched numerous TV programs on the attempted control of feral hogs and the many diseases they carry and transmit to the human population.  Feral hogs in the United States are out of control and measures so far and the various and sundry methods to control the feral hog population is not working.

Hog hunters and the fledgling wild hog butchering industry does not want any type of chemical feral hog control.  I do not see either of these two activities coming anywhere near being able to control or reduce the feral hog population in Texas.  The feral hogs are far too prolific reproducers for hunting or the hog butchering industry to impact the population.  I read and hear their side of the feral hog equation, but their ideas of hog control simply is not and will not control or reduce the hog population.

For the greater good of mankind, the Kaput Feral Hog Lure may be an effective method to control and reduce our feral hog population.  If I read the information in your article mentioned above, the warfarin dosage is very low in the Hog Lure and the low dosage reduces the impact on other wildlife that may consume some of this lure.  I am totally familiar with warfarin because I was on the drug last year for health reasons.  I had to make weekly tips to the medical lab to ensure that I was at proper dosage.

I also believe that very little in life is irreversible.  Try the hog lure and track its results to determine if it works as advertised.  If it works, leave it in place until such time as the feral hog population is stable, or remove the product from the market if the collateral damage is out of control.

This is my opinion and my two cents worth on this subject.

Ron Miller

As a landowner with a hog problem I am interested in anything that can help control the hog population as long as it’s safe and does not have any serious side effects. The article I read in your April issue, while it said that warfarin has been studied since 2008, did not state any side effects or what collateral damage it could cause to the deer population or other wildlife. Without more information with actual statistics and side effects I would not be willing to try it on my property.

Sam Hopper

I am a devoted follower of your mag. I also share the passion for hunting and fishing. Concerning your April 2017 article, “Hog-ageddon,” here is my opinion.

As a fourth generation Texan and previous landowner, I sympathize with the destruction of property by hogs. 

As a consumer of what I harvest whether plant or animals, my 70 years of experience leads me to side on the fact that Americans are forced to consume more chemicals than we would voluntarily choose to consume if the choice were given to us. Here again is government intervention as the sole authority, as if big government has all the answers and every program they implement is successful. NOT EVEN CLOSE.  

Americans have become the largest social experiment in mankind’s history. Whether it is pharmaceutical drugs, food, politics, business, families, religion, immigration etc. You name it, government has screwed it up. 

Why would this be different?  

More poisons in the food chain we, as hunters, have depended on as toxin-free and as healthy as we can consume is now going to be contaminated, and where does it end? 

Do I have the answer? 

NO, but adding MORE government, chemicals and poisons to the last “pure” food availabile is definitely NOT the answer. Wake up Americans, big government is NOT on your side and is NOT your answer for everything. 

Leave the last of what is pure and untouched for future generations to choose to consume as a legacy of wiser decisions, like marketing wild meat for consumer consumption, a choice as a healthier option and creating a large market: greater demand = less hogs. Ya think. 

Keep up your great work TF&G.

Byron Terral

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