Wild hogs are taking over
ranches in many areas of the U.S.. Hog trap use is increasing as feral pig populations are increasing in more
than 20 states. Somewhere between 1-4 million wild pigs live in Texas alone. In
some areas feral hogs are reproducing at the rate of ten piglets per litter and
w/three litters per year possible one pair can produce thirty offspring in a
Feral hogs compete with deer and other animals for the
same food only pigs are even worse than goats in destruction. They not only eat
the plants they eat the roots so that as long as they are present the food
quickly decreases. Deer populations suffer in size, quality and quantity.
Their rooting not only denudes the land it is indicated
in excessive erosion which can cause irreparable damage to the environment.
Even if deer are fed grain the hogs will steal it from
them. Deer feeders have to be well fenced to keep out hogs using four ft high
2"x4" minimum sized welded wire with the wire sung at least a foot in the
Feral pigs are shy wary animals and it is very time
consuming to hunt them out of existence so trapping them with a hog trap becomes the best option
to rid the ranch of them.
Several types of hog trap /s have been designed
for this purpose.
Two are shown in simple
hog trap plans
University. One is a permanent stationary trap using 4" steel fence posts and
2"x4" or better 6"x6" 10ga welded wire mesh (same as used for concrete
reinforcement. The other is a portable using wire mesh, plywood and 2"x4"
In South Texas a lot of hunters and ranchers
fabricate 6"x6"x10ga welded wire panels to angle iron frames. The primary
requirement to building these traps is the ability to weld. The most popular
size is 4'Wx8'Lx4'High with wire mesh roof and floor. Another popular model is a
round trap. They are more complicated and expensive to make. A
is easy to
move though when desired.
Caution Caution Caution
Do not let a wild hog's size fool you. Be
extremely careful when approaching a trap containing wild hogs. Wild hogs can be
very aggressive and dangerous - even small ones - especially when cornered
If the intent is to kill one or more for meat
you might do well not to let them see you at all. If they are recently trapped
they will be very excited and full of adrenaline and I am told that this will
make the meat taste more wild. I have never been able to compare the taste side
by side but the way to avoid this problem is to wait until the adrenaline has
all been metabolized and they have calmed down. When this has happened shoot
them in the head with a rifle, one by one from a blind or from behind some kind
of cover some distance away. When one falls it will not arouse the others if
they do not see you.
When you have harvested all you want do not
blindly enter the trap because a wounded hog is more dangerous than a healthy
As soon as possible hoist them up in the air by
the hind legs stick them in the neck and cut the carotid artery to bleed them out then skin and clean them out.
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