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Thursday, August 6, 2009


Hunting Report - August 1, 2009

There are 6 fallow bucks below the house at the feeder tonight, and these sika bucks and elk between Betty’s and gravity. There was a hog chasing blackbuck does this am at tree, Betty was pissed, wanted me to drop everything and go kill the hog, but Lawrence is not on the ranch so I would have to clean it, not what I like to do before breakfast! It has been overcast and cool every day with sporadic rain, the high yesterday was 85, today 90! I have been working on roads and opening a new calachie pit between buck and intersection, we are trying to calachie the roads from the main road to buck, party, windmill, Betty’s.

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Sunday, January 4, 2009


What is the best method to ensure a kill shot while hunting feral hogs?

Wild hogs are much more difficult to hit with a kill shot than many of the other species of animals found on Escondido Ranch. Hunters have to have a good understanding of the area of the hog that is most likely to result in a clean kill rather than having to track the animal. Feral hogs are extremely tough and it is very difficult to catch them if they are not serious injured with the first shot.

Wild hogs have a very small lungs and a small heart cavity, so shooting accurately is essential. The best place to aim for a clean kill shot is into the middle of the upper shoulder area or slightly to the front into the base of the neck area in a line from the shoulder, another good area to shoot for is behind and below the ear. Shooting behind the elbow or shoulder may not result in a kill since all the vital organs are well protected by the heavy front shoulder muscles and bones, and thick skin.

Are feral hogs only found in the central Texas areas around Escondido Ranch?

Wild hogs are a serious nuisance problem in most areas of Texas. They can actually be found in very suburban settings however they tend to avoid the large cities that are found throughout the state. Almost any community with rural areas or acreages is going to have some type of feral hog population. In general the hogs will tend to keep out of sight during the daylight hours when people are around, however they will come out at night to root and get into garbage, causing a real problem in some areas.

There are feral swine reported in 39 states in the United States and four provinces in Canada. The wild hog range extends well down in to Mexico where they have mated with the domestic hog population, producing a hybrid. It is estimated by a recent A&M Texas study that there are over 2 million wild hogs in the state of Texas and at least another 2 million scattered throughout the other 38 states with populations.

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