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....
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.
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.......
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.