Taxidermist Wade Seago investigated the cause of a commotion in his front yard in late July 2017. He found, much to his surprise, a monster boar just a few feet from his front door. The boar had some dispute with Seago’s dog. A day earlier, he had scared Seago’s daughter but not harmed her.
Seago used his .38 caliber revolver to shoot the boar. It took three shots to bring the big male pig down. The boar weighed in at a healthy 820 pounds. Seago must be an excellent shot who knows exactly where to place the bullet. A .38, even a magnum, is not considered strong enough to put down a large feral pig reliably. Well, but he is a taxidermist.
It is generally not wise to use a handgun to kill a feral pig unless it is a small, young animal. However, Seago did not have time to contemplate his best choice of weapon. After all, his dog had trapped the boar close to and almost against the front door of the house.
Courtesy of W. Seago
Handguns to kill large feral pigs are acceptable in larger calibers, such as .44 and .45 magnums with long barrels. Many guides and experienced hunters carry such revolvers either as their primary weapon or as a backup. Just think about it, a guide is not supposed to do the actual shooting. His job is to get the hunter to a location with wild pigs and to set up the hunter for a good shot.
Wade Seago lives on a 100-acre property that is home to much wildlife, including deer, raccoons, and other critters, including at least one monster boar. Alabama has a healthy population of feral pigs. They cause millions of dollars of damage annually to agricultural crops. Some people also believe that feral pigs can transfer diseases to livestock and, indirectly harmful bacteria and parasites to humans as well.
In reality, much of the fear of transmission of infectious disease from swine to humans are somewhat exaggerated. Keep in mind, that professional hunters and hunting companies are in business to make killing feral pigs the source of their income. They use these arguments to promote the killing of feral pigs.
Damage to agricultural crops, however, is another story. Wild hogs, indeed, do immense damage if left unchecked. Since populations of wild hogs are increasing almost everywhere, wild pig control is of great importance.
Personally, I lay much blame for the proliferation of feral hogs in certain states at the feet of ranchers operating high-fence hunting ranches. Texas comes to mind immediately. Hunting feral pigs that could almost be considered tame, constitutes a very substantial percentage of the income of ranchers. Yet, whether it is true hunting is open to discussion.
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