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Title: Wild Pigs?
Post by: Ben Framed on September 27, 2019, 12:51:21 am
I have really enjoyed reading of your deer hunting topic. Which brings a question to you hunters. My question concerns wild hogs. I hear that they carry several different types of parasites as well as diseases. As a boy we would cure our own farm raised Hams and bacon. Mum! My question, do you, or can you sugar cure wild hog meat safely? Will the diseases still be present in the cured meat or is the meat ok after the curing process. I feel certain that back in the day, the old timers surely did the same with their free ranging hogs?
Title: Re: Wild Pigs?
Post by: iddee on September 27, 2019, 07:55:12 am
Trichinosis is the worse thing I know that could be gotten from wild pig meat. Proper curing and/or cooking will prevent that. My assumption is the meat would be fine. My experience is, I never got sick from it.
Title: Re: Wild Pigs?
Post by: Fishing-Nut on September 27, 2019, 09:47:58 am
We have a serious wild hog problem here in Georgia. We stopped doing it less than a year ago but we used to make a little side money by trapping them and taking dogs to south Georgia helping out the farmers. I hear people all the time say how your not supposed to eat wild hogs or you have to do this, have to do that........we've eaten more feral pork than I care to count and I'm just fine. So is everyone else that I've given a freezer full to. My opinion is it's like any other meat, wild or domestic, take care in the handling of it and you'll be just fine. I've quartered some up in a south Georgia swamp at 100+ degrees with the humidity high enough to water the garden and even those turned out fine. I'm pretty quick about it though   :wink:
Title: Re: Wild Pigs?
Post by: jtcmedic on September 27, 2019, 02:45:07 pm
I have eaten many wild hogs, never had a issues never had a taint issues.
Title: Re: Wild Pigs?
Post by: jvalentour on November 11, 2019, 10:26:18 pm
I hope wild hogs never make it my way.  Feral animals destructive to nature, I don't like it one bit. 
Bald Eagles and bobcat are in my area, nice those predators are doing well.
Title: Re: Wild Pigs?
Post by: Michael Bush on November 12, 2019, 12:48:04 pm
I imagine wild hogs are like bear.  How they taste depends on what they've been eating.  Both hogs and bear eat basically the same things... everything.  When they've been eating carrion the meat doesn't taste very good.  When they been eating "mast" (acorns, wild plants etc.) they are known to taste pretty good.  Everything wild has a little bit of "wild" to the taste I suppose.
Title: Re: Wild Pigs?
Post by: herbhome on November 12, 2019, 11:41:30 pm
 Trichinosis is generally found in garbage fed hogs. It was a common practice a hundred years ago but is rarely done now. To me, a feral hog is essentially a free range hog without an owner.
 I've eaten many. The really big ones are generally older and make poor choice for hams, chops etc, but can make really good sausage especially if mixed with ground venison. The smaller ones, under 150 lbs are delicious tender meat but the the chops are really tiny. Some years, with a good acorn mast they will get really fat and tender.
 I avoid eating boars over 120 lbs or so as boar meat has an offensive taste and smell to me. Many folks make really hot and spicy sausage with them and I've heard its quite good.
 Some local hunters started releasing hogs on federal land here about 20 years ago or so and they have become a serious problem now. I'd like to see them all gone.  :smile:
Title: Re: Wild Pigs?
Post by: Dallasbeek on November 13, 2019, 01:15:02 pm
The hogs or the federal lands?  Ideally, I'd like to see a lot of the federal lands gone, along with the hogs.
Title: Re: Wild Pigs?
Post by: herbhome on November 13, 2019, 07:55:40 pm
The hogs or the federal lands?  Ideally, I'd like to see a lot of the federal lands gone, along with the hogs.

Well, in our case, the U.S. owns about 2/3s of the property in this county. If the hogs would be considerate and stay on forest and park land- no worries- but they go where they will and can tear up just about anything.