Hogs wild - come & take 'em
The feral hog population is biggest in Texas (2.6 million plus), but it's not something to brag about. This destructive, prolific, cunning and sometimes dangerous beast roots its way through agricultural fields, grasslands and sometimes front yards to the tune of $52 million in agricultural damage alone.
That doesn't include the cost to private landowners and the cumulative costs of erosion and degraded water quality and wildlife habitat. Evolved from domestic hogs, the feral hog has no natural predators.
Hunters have a year-round open season with no bag limit on feral hogs which are tasty on the table.
You can find recipes on the TPWD website.
Meanwhile, biologists and scientists nationally and worldwide search for additional ways to reduce feral hog damage to the ecosystem.
You can help reduce the feral hog population by buying a chance for the new Wild Hog Adventure in this year's Big Time Texas Hunts. Entries can be purchased online for $9, $10 at licensed retailers or by phone at (800) 895-4248. The deadline for all entries for all hunts is Oct. 15.
And remember it's always open season on feral hogs!
Report feral hog damage to public sites or private lands through Texas Agri-Life Extension Service.