Images of Wild Hogs with How-To Tips
Texas is fighting a war on wild pigs.
In barely more than a generation, the direct descendants of domesticated pigs have spread to nearly every county in the state. Along the way, this has unleashed carnage on the landscape accounting for nearly half a billion dollars a year in crop damage, loss of rangeland productivity, and municipal damage to places like public parks or golf courses.
Currently, biologists estimate the pig population to be somewhere around 2.5 million, but granted, that number is hard to pin down. Some reports say a whopping 750,000 animals are taken by Texas hunters each year, but that harvest rate is far too scant to even curb their expansion.
Biologists estimate that unless 70 percent of the animals are removed from the herd each year, pig numbers will continue to grow.
To combat the problem, Texas state game officials make it easy to hunt pigs. If you can access the land, any means and methods for killing feral hogs are acceptable.
Hunt them with a bow, rifle, from a helicopter, or at night – it's all legal in Texas.