There is a ongoing epidemic of feral hogs destroying and damaging private and state properties and with this comes the debate of how to minimize the effects they have on the land they damage. Feral hog population has increased substantially throughout the U.S. and with this comes the dilemma of having to deal with the repercussions of letting their population increase. The great debate of feral hog management is how exactly landowners and states are to go about fixing the problem of feral hogs. Trapping and hunting are the two most prominently used ways of battling this epidemic but the question still remains, which is the more ethical and reliable means to this end.
The debate still rings out on what is the more practical way of handling feral hog infestation on a property. Trapping has become a go to for certain situations where a population of hogs has dwindled and too few hogs are left to hunt. The reason some landowners go to trapping is because it allows for easy retrieval of hogs. Trapping is also a good alternative because hogs are mostly nocturnal animals, which makes hunting them an extremely tedious task. Even with the advancement of technology used in traps there are still major flaws in the process of setting up and seeing results from trapping.
Hogs are very intelligent animals and extremely capable of breaking out of traps once caught. Time also is a key factor when it comes to the process of trapping hogs. The installation of a hog pen or trap usually takes many hours to set up properly and also has the need of being properly maintained. Setting up an efficient trap also could cost a very substantial amount of money. Traps must be well built enough that the captured hogs wont be able to break them down before they are retrieved from the trap. All of this preparation does not guarantee successful capture and maintenance of a hog population
Feral hogs are also nocturnal which leads to them being exceptionally hard to hunt. Although hunting hogs tends to lead to a quicker decline in population it still has its flaws. While feral hogs have a tendency to leave easily sighted locations of feeding and foraging, they are exceptional in the act of hiding during the daytime. Hunting hogs brings a whole new feeling to the avid hunter who hasn’t necessarily hunted hogs before. There are many different ways to hunt hogs which lead to the fact that many hunters are willing to try and bag a couple of these animals just to try different techniques. Hunting hogs can be gone about in many different ways and this opportunity can give hunters a sense of a new experience for a fair price.
Feral hog hunting has become a pass time that is fairly inexpensive and something that doesn’t require much talent. Spotlighting is one way of being able to hunt hogs especially sine they are generally nocturnal animals. Spotlighting is a tactic that is generally legal in most states where feral hogs are a problem. Hunting hogs at night allows a person the ability to invade a group of hogs that have been located on a property, and are known to damage said property, and exterminate those said hogs. For most hunters hogs offer a chance for them to sharpen up on their shooting skills while still experiencing the thrill of downing a live wild animal and at the same time protecting their land.
While hunting and trapping of feral hogs both differ in approach and execution of a certain plan they both strive for the same end. Feral hogs have become a growing problem for many people throughout the country. While some might see the hogs as animals with a right to be taken out fairly and ethically, others will always be there to combat this belief with their show of brute force and firepower. Hunting feral hogs has become a great pass time for many sportsman in there offseason of hunting deer and other wild game, and they tend to believe it keeps them ready and primed while protecting the more popular wild game from the damaging acts of feral hogs.
The act of shooting a wild hog is something that cannot be explained as easily as just pulling the trigger. For someone who has gone hunting for deer and other wild game it is hard to compare the excitement of a traditional hunting trip to that of hunting wild hogs. The beginning of each type of hunt is generally slow paced but once the action starts the whole dynamic of a hog hunt greatly differentiates itself from most hunters’ expectation of hunting more popular game. When hunting wild hogs there is generally no limit posted as the hogs are seen as pests, which leads to multiple hogs being downed in a single hunt. This is drastically different from hunting traditional game such as deer where usually on one animal is taken down during a hunt. Being able to take multiple animals during a single hunt tends to attract more hunters looking for a little more excitement form their outing.