For states with a wild hog problem, this picture is indicative of just how bad that problem is. While feral pigs are more known for their destructive sprees when it comes to agriculture or the environment, it should be noted that hogs will also compete and even prey on native species. In fact, there are very few things that the swine will not eat. This picture, which was shared by on their Facebook page, shows a large hog carrying a dead whitetail fawn. The picture is believed to have been taken in Louisiana, which currently has wild pig population of well over half a million.

Just how badly are pigs impacting the deer population? Consider the fact that for the past few years, hunters in Louisiana have taken more hogs than they did deer. In 2015, sportsmen and women harvested 300,000 feral pigs, but only 139,000 deer.

“Hogs continue to be a primary concern,” stated the LDWF in its annual deer report in 2014. “Research shows that deer and hogs do not mix and that deer can be displaced by hogs. Research has shown that deer detection rates can be up to 49% less where hogs occur. Hog populations affect deer numbers through direct competition for food resources and fawn predation. Hogs carry infectious diseases such as Leptospirosis, brucellosis, and pseudo-rabies.”

The impact that hogs have in deer are not only noticeable, but very significant. When the pigs are not actively preying on deer, they compete with them for food and space while at the same time, they also degrade their habitat. All around, hogs are having a greater impact on deer than experts previously expected. Unlike deer, hogs are highly adaptable and can also breed very quickly. If you ever wondered just how feral pigs have managed to become such a nuisance, keep in mind that a single sow can produce an average of 12 piglets every year. At this rate, biologists propose that 75 percent of the total swine population must be harvested every year to maintain a stable number of pigs.

That is a lot of bacon.

Thankfully, a lot of states encourage hunters to harvest wild pigs and have very lax to almost no regulations when it comes to hog hunting. Some states, such as Louisiana, are relaxing their regulations even more as the hog population increases.

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27 thoughts on “Think Wild Hogs Don’t Kill Deer? Think Again

  1. This should be the cheapest hunt you can go on, but it’s not. If hogs are your problem then you should make hunts more affordable.

    1. Shoot, back home if you kill a hog the land owner is very likely to skin and cook it for you…some folks really do appreciate your help…some are greedy!

  2. The majority of hunters can’t afford the hunts. Trying to eke out the $ for killing these animals is backfiring. This problem would end if that attitude changed. Like Texas for instance, no public land, so in order to hunt pigs you have to pay some rediculous fee. Landowners have it backwards. We’d be doing you favors, not the other way around….

    1. Can you a imagine 30-40 hunters ,dogs and hog drives. Now that would be fun. When all you got is hogs don’t come begging for government money to fix a problem your greed created. They can be controlled as long as you let hunters help you, But I ain’t paying for doing you a favor.

      1. Until Texas landowners are convinced that they lose more for charging for hog hunting than they gain they will charge ….. big time . All they need to reinforce that view is slob doing something stupid . Another thing cementing landowners resistance to free hunting is liability . Say dum-dum previously mentioned manages to shoot himself in the foot climbing over a fence into the bull’s pasture at the warning sign , the first thing dum-dum does is call his lawyer and sue the landowner . If you want to hunt , ” free ” on his land , get to know him ,let him get to know you . Offer to help him, on any farm or ranch there is always a time when extra hands are needed , even unskilled hands . Prove you are trustworthy and reliable . You are liable to find a new place to hunt ,you will likely find a new friend .

      2. Good points all. That is how we do it here in Minnesota. Land leases as well. But, not $2000 for a pig hunt. A seasonal lease is like $400. I’d be inclined to do it that way but how does a guy in Minnesota go about doing that in Texas? Twitter? Facebook? Pen pals? Besides, do you really think the guys are buying liability insurance with the $ they charge? Don’t be silly. Also that is easily remedied by having lessee sign a liability waiver. State out front that as the landowner I’m not responsible for your neglect.

        It’s plain, they are simply trying to leverage $, in order to line their pockets. They think that if they could just get enough guys to pay the $ then all their troubles would go away. But, if they got rid of the damages these things make, they’d make more in not having land destroyed….. Pig hunts aren’t that marketable. That’s obvious. How long will we bang our head on the wall. The only guys that are making this work already have other marketable hunting, i. e. Deer, turkeys, ducks, etc. with the pigs being another option or add on. Pig hunts aren’t that exciting either. It’s similar to eradicating rats, only they are good to eat and rats aren’t.

      3. That would very interesting. You would need that many to run a drive on them. That would the only way to bring the number down to a “manageable” level. You are right, short sighted greed. It’s the new American way…..

      4. Psychopath, enjoy killing animals don’t you? Does it make you people feel like real men?

      5. You are free to express your opinion. The real question is where do you draw the line? If your house was over run with mice or rats, would you live trap and release? How about roaches? Have any trouble smashing them. What about fish? chickens ,cows, goats ,rabbits, frogs. Do you eat meat? Do you walk the walk? How pure are you? Do you exploit cows for their milk and hide for your shoes? Are you a hypocrite in some else’s eye’s? Being judgemental is a troubling load to maintain.

      6. Nope, I’m totally vegan and have been for over 30 years and I really do understand the way Mother Nature works..
        What people like you do not understand is that wild animals in relation to their environment are self regulating in numbers, predators and prey.
        In a natural environment true predators go after the weak and so called human ‘hunters’ kill off the strong.
        Only when humans interfere things start going wrong. As for mice or roach invasion in my house, this would never happen because as an ecologist I also know how to keep the balance.

      7. You evaded the questions. Where do you draw the line? Do you all living creatures as your equal,including insects? All I asking is to define the depth of your conviction.

      8. I do not evade questions you are just cherry picking what you ‘want’ to understand. Ask yourself this; if a human raped a baby would you put that human above what species?
        Do some self regulating yourself, I’ve already done mine a long time ago

      9. I see .I’m a psychopath and you chose to not answer the tough questions. Seems to me you cannot defend your beliefs without name calling. Once again you evade. Raping a baby! Really?Have a nice indefensible, judgemental , I’m right and you are wrong life. Seek professional help.

      10. “Thank you for showing your true self. When there is no argument just go on a mini rant.”

        Who said that? Wait a minute, that was you.

      11. I have to admit I ,I am truly enjoying this debate. Especially with someone emotionally invested beyond the point of reason. Since you felt free to express your opinion that I am a psychopath, I will kindly return the favor. By last count vegans constitute 3.2% of the U.S population. A half percent consume no animal products at all. Therefore by your accounting 97% of the

  3. “Unlike deer, hogs are highly adaptable and can also breed very quickly.” While hogs obviously produce more offspring, whitetail deer are extremely adaptive. They can and do live just about anywhere there is vegetation. I’ve shot deer (bow) not more than 50 yards from my back door and I live in a subdivision. (My property backs up to woods) Secondly, a picture of a hog carrying a dead fawn doesn’t mean the hog killed it. While it certainly could, with the fawn mortality rate so high it is more likely that it was dead before the hog found it.

    1. As a kid we raised hogs in farrowing crates. I can say reproduction is staggering. A sow can have as many as 13 more or less. Can reproduce at 6 months in favorable conditions. Piglet mortality is generally pretty high because the sow rolls over on them when she is tired of nursing and predators in the wild. Generally they are not especially protective of their young,not to be mistaken for their generally disagreeable nature. And you are right. The sow may not have killed the fawn, but they will eat pretty much anything. They are very smart and never defecated in their crates , and knew which crate was there’s.

  4. LOL. Apparently there aren’t enough wild pigs if it’s costing a fortune for hunters to shoot them. Perhaps if there was a big FINE for any land owner caught with wild pigs on their property things would open up.

  5. Hogs do not predate fawns, such as coyotes do. They are opportunist omnivores. The problem is not that bad. More hogs are taken than deer because they can be trapped, snared or hunted year around. Many people, such as myself, pass on numerous bucks and does, waiting on the trophy, but will shoot the first hog that pops out. This article is very misleading with non-facts.

  6. Hog dogs are the least effective method of controlling hogs, with trapping and snaring #1, followed by hunting. Hog Dogs do not recognize property lines and cause many problems, by running where they are not allowed. The fact of the dogs getting cut up by hogs, is reason enough to call it animal cruelty. Being a hunter, I have no problem with taking hogs by any other means, but as a Hunting Club manager of over 6000 acres, hog dogs running on my property, with their poaching owners, is a significant problem and headache. I wish it was outlawed. I press charges on every one I catch on my property.

  7. All you anti-hunter bry babies out there should go and see what a herd of wild pigs can do in one night to all the hard work a farmer puts in to feed you “vegans”, or how those hogs can slaughter calves and lambs for no reason at all! just like coyotes….I run cattle in Texas, and I kill as many of the little bastard’s as I can! Hogs have no “natural” predator, so they multiply like mosquitoes we kill them too !

    1. Amen brother. You can now join me in Karina1’s psychopath Club. What those people don’t understand is that other people may have a point of view different than their own. I respect their right to their opinion, but they may not impose their values on me. Feral hogs are a problem that will not self correct.

  8. Great comments by all. I’m from Texas and hog hunt on family land in a area neat the Navasota River where you can’t shoot or trap enough to put a dint in the population. I think the problem in most of Texas is that most hunters feed corn to deer year round. The corn feeders attract the deer and hogs. If hunters could put cattle panels up around their feeders to force deer to jump in and keep hogs out then it would help. Otherwise your hogs will come every time your feeder goes off. Allowing them to eat 60-90% of the corn before the deer get to it. Our other idea was to go to gravity feeders. This way hogs cant reach the corn/protein and your deer get 90-95% of the food. (other 5% may go to raccoons) Only through year round hunting, snaring and trapping can you every get close to controlling hog the problems.
    In Texas you look at local papers, craigslist and ask at local feed stores you will find some local land owners that want hunters to come kill as many hogs as you see for free. There are even counties that have hog bounties and contest for the most hogs trapped/killed or biggest hog killed.
    To most land owners they feel that the risk is too high to allow hunters on their land for hog hunts. They fear lawsuits after a injury happens. I do agree that a few free spring (APR-MAY) and late summer (AUG-Mid SEP) hunts would help thin the pack before deer season begins. Good luck a keep piling up the bacon.

  9. I’m all for it, hunt the hell out of them. However, we must keep in mind that this is a self inflicted wound. We brought the pigs to America and set them free for hunting purposes and their numbers have grown like crazy. We also killed off all of the wolves and bears that could help keep the numbers lower.

    So, I agree with hunting them, but hunting is also what brought us the problem.

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