Wild Feral Hogs

by (99) Updated January 18, 2013 at 2:04 AM Created January 17, 2013 at 8:32 PM

I live in East Texas and we have a huge wild feral hog problem. I have several friends and family with land that is being invaded with them. Are they good to eat? I have one friend in particular who hunts them just to attempt to get rid of them. I asked him if I could buy one from him and he said he would gladly give it to me if I'd pick it up and get it off his property. I'm thinking 'free meat that is free of antibiotics and growth hormone and hasn't been raised on grain!"

Is this a good idea. I know there is a local butcher who will process deer. I'm thinking I could take it to him....

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30 · January 17, 2013 at 9:42 PM

VB - I would say do your research on the invasion of feral hogs in TX before you speak about them. They are nothing like a little pig from a cartoon. They are destructive and can ruin a full crop of wheat in one night. They are nothing but a nuisance animal. Do a little research before you bring cartoon pigs into the mix. Be realistic.

HDC-TX - The are actually very tasty and can be processed normally where you get deer processed. Just remember that they are very, very lean and often you want to cook them with added fats and as you would venison.....slow and low. I would eat feral hog sausage every time I had sausage if I could keep it stocked. You do not need a license to kill them and there is no limit to how many you can kill. They are so bad in TX that you probably know, they are kill at will. Do research on cooking procedure or you will not like the taste just due to the difference in a pig that is raised specifically for butchering.

1826 · January 17, 2013 at 10:30 PM

Feral hogs are good eating! Let me know if you have more than you can handle. I know folks in Houston who might be willing to butcher them in exchange for pastured meat and organs.

726 · January 17, 2013 at 9:01 PM

Absolutely, feral hogs are delicious. Get all you can. They really makes you appreciate how much the flavor of an animal can change following a change in lifestyle.

105 · January 17, 2013 at 8:47 PM

Do not hesitate on this opportunity! It sounds like a great idea. I mean, I'd do it. I ate wild boar mixed with sour kraut that I got at a market recently. It was really good!

4232 · January 17, 2013 at 8:37 PM

These are called wild boars, no? There are many in my neck of the woods as well and many folks hunt them, with one caveat. The meat is tested for trichinosis before it is declared fit for eating.

20 · January 18, 2013 at 2:04 AM

I can attest to taste. Good to very good. If you need someone to help teach you how find, hunt, and dress-let me know

256 · January 18, 2013 at 2:00 AM

Feral hogs are good eating. If you want to go super Paleo, try hunting them with just a knife and your instincts. That's how we do it here...... Nothing more primal than man versus animal with nothing more than something pointy.......

1185 · January 18, 2013 at 12:57 AM

Remember, low and slow braise. No crock pot! Lower!

100 · January 17, 2013 at 11:14 PM

Oh goodness! Wild boar, as much as you want, and they are not charging? Wow. Take to a reputable place for processing, and you should be fine. Stock your deep freezer with that stuff, and enjoy!

11664 · January 17, 2013 at 9:46 PM

I just ate a wild boar chop for dinner for the first time last night. Very tasty.

110 · January 17, 2013 at 9:17 PM

Chow down all you can. They're a nightmare on ecosystems.

11251 · January 17, 2013 at 8:54 PM

I live in Northwest Louisiana, and the pigs are here too. I worry a little bit about what they might be eating around here, but I very much want to try this:

Anatomy of Thrift

All about old fashioned pig processing. I hope to be able to do the whole thing some day.

15380 · January 17, 2013 at 9:04 PM

So first humans invaded their land and now they are killing them in cold blood? Poor little wild things! They will never taste fresh water from a stream. They will never eat acorns with their pink snouts. They will never go "oink, oink" just because you want to know what they taste like?

Have you ever watched a movie called "Babe"? Plus they are white meat, full of omega 6. If you really want to hunt, go for grass-fed buffalo.

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