eating hogs???

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  1. dragon1681

    dragon1681 Elite Refuge Member

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    Hey guys will be down there in a week and a half chasing turkeys. Last time, saw a lot of pigs so decided to bring a rifle along this time. Have heard that the smaller pigs are good to eat. Have a game dinner my local gun club puts on and was curious on your thoughts on eating them. Are they OK and are they OK this time of year? Any help would be appreciated.
     
  2. cracker4112

    cracker4112 Refuge Member

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    Wild pork is one of the finest eating meats the outdoors has to offer...most of the time. Large boar hogs can and sometimes have the taint, and will taste exactly as they smell --which ain't good!

    If you are looking for fine eating, sows and shoats eat the best, and boar hogs under 100 lbs should be fine. When in doubt shoot a pig under 75lbs, and enjoy. I personally only shoot sows, under 100 lbs. Not much better with four legs walks in the woods.

    Oh and no worries with eating wild pigs any time of year. They can carry brucelosis which is a nasty disease if contracted, but it is transmitted through blood, it is cooked out. I guess its recommended to wear gloves when cleaning wild hogs to prevent getting it but I've never worried about it. And I've cleaned hundreds of hogs...
     
  3. Ol' Red

    Ol' Red Senior Refuge Member

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    Some of the best table fare out there. This one was about 45-50lbs on the hoof.

    Red
     

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  4. Waterfowl fool

    Waterfowl fool Elite Refuge Member

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    Also for me, sals are the best eating.
     
  5. dragon1681

    dragon1681 Elite Refuge Member

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    Jack from a distance can you tell the difference.

    Tom L
     
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    That is why when in doubt, shoot smaller pigs. The only way to tell them apart is by the evidence of sex obviously this will be complicated by high grass, brush, etc.
     
  7. Waterfowl fool

    Waterfowl fool Elite Refuge Member

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    yes sir. Heads (around the neck are different too) Normally they have piglets with them of various sizes.
     
  8. Lake O Hunter

    Lake O Hunter Elite Refuge Member

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    that looks awesome!
     
  9. bigdrumnc

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    any recipes or tips on cooking? I am going to put one quartered up on my pig cooker tomorrow! was planning on doing it eastern NC style...
     

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