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