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21 responses to “Ethics, Karma and Wild Hogs”

  1. Phillip

    Nice work, Hank.

    It can be hard to pass up those wet sows, especially if you’ve hunted hard and think you’ll be going home empty-handed. It’s even harder to watch (and I have) as the hunter has to push the youngsters off the sow’s carcass in order to field dress her. Want to talk heart-rending?

    Of course it’s a different story with a farmer who hates ALL pigs and could care less. They’re just vermin… no different than rats or cockroaches. To the person interested in eradication… if you kill the wet sow, you’ve probably killed the litter as well. That’s a bonus, as far as the angry farmer is concerned. But it’s pretty hard-hearted for the shooter… and this is why I think sport hunters will never have more than a limiting effect on the overall population of wild hogs. There’s a big difference between extermination and hunting… and your choice over the weekend illustrates it perfectly.

  2. Jeff

    Congratulations Hank! Just a wonderful hunting story. Enjoy your (well deserved) bounty.

  3. Holly Heyser

    Phillip: OUCH! That’s gotta suck, seeing that. I’ve seen footage on TV too of baby animals that died not far from their mothers. It’s always heartbreaking.

    Someone once invited me on an elk hunt that was designed to thin the herd. I could take I think one or two home, but I had to commit to killing eight. The thought was repulsive. Taking out one animal for a landowner benefits the owner AND me. Taking out a LOT of them doesn’t appeal to me at all.

  4. Joshua

    Looks like just about the perfect pig. Congrats!

  5. Eric S

    Way to go Hank!! I’m looking forward to some pork posts.
    I also wanted to say thank you again. In addition to inspiring me to butcher my own game, I made my first sausage the other night. We chose your recipe from the book to be our first run from Little Red. Your not the only one who names his pigs 🙂
    It came out great! Thanks again.

  6. Stephen

    Sweet hunting story.

  7. Sean

    Been on this site since the old one, but have never commented. I am excited that you’ve landed a nIce hog. Boar hunting is pretty big down here in S.Florida and I typically shoot a couple hogs a year and get them on to my plate. Recipes are hard to find, lately I’ve been grinding mine into sausage. I’ve experienced some northern Italian dishes that have boar sauce, boar ravioli but not many other dishes have sparked my interest (aside from some Fergus Henderson,Escoffier dishes) I’m hoping you can come up with or introduce some not-so known dishes. This type of game meat is seemingly becoming more popular as people become aware of their overpopulation and decide to get a couple of coolers full.

  8. Baaf

    Thanks for this post, eat everything but the oink.

  9. Me

    Very nice post Hank. I truly appreciated how you explained your thought process behind your hunting. It helps non-hunters to understand, not every hunter is just out for the kill. Most hunters just want to feed their families healthy meat and won’t kill more than they can use. Thanks for sharing.


  10. Stella

    Congrats! And thank you for hunting ethically. Nice read.
    When you get down to the feet and hocks of this hog I would love to see what you could do in the realm of jelled pigs feet. My grandmother made a delicious “Jemina” with boiled feet, carrots, onion, allspice, horseradish, bay leaves and vinegar and let it set up cold. Even tho it is delicious I always think It could go to another level when I make it. Just in case your lookin for a hog foot challenge.
    Thanks for all the great recipes, stories and pictures.

  11. jason

    I’m a very novice hunter in south florida. I’ve gone boar hunting and enjoyed it. still have meat in the freezer. i have 2 questions. 1. how long will the meat last in the freezer?. second, and this is not a joke, have you or other hunters on the message board shot/eaten the piglets, ie wild suckling pig? Too hard core? not possible? Thanks a lot, love your website.

  12. cmblake6

    Here in NM pigs are no license, no limit, vermin. I’d have been able to harvest all the little ones as well. And it is at the point in their infestation that you walk up to damn near any farm or ranch, tell them you want to hunt pigs, and they hand you the key to the gate.

  13. Page Chamberlain

    Hey Hank Good to hunt with you. For those not there – it was a fabulous hunt. My son and I harvested two pigs that should hold our family till deer season. RJ and Jason are the two best guides I have ever hunted with –



  14. Bricky

    I’m of course saying this from a Florida perspective, were exotics are litterally eating the native ecosystem wholesale: Hogs are worse than giant rats. I’m not heartless, but around here by killing that sow you’d have ultimately done a lot of good.

  15. Bricky

    But I’m also the guy who got upset about poisoning an actual rat who turned out to have a baby that I had to kill, so I do understand.

  16. Chris

    Hey Hank, cool account of the hunt. Did you use the .270? And thanks for naming the pig Matilda, now I have the song “Waltzing Matilda” repeating through my brain.

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  18. Craig Sanders

    You need to pick up a bow, much more fun to shoot them with a bow. never shot one with a rifle, maybe I’ll go out this year and shoot one, real far away instead of 20 feet. 🙂

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