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Old 11-02-2018, 11:54 PM   #1
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Default I refuse to eat feral hog...change my mind?

Feral hogs are quite possibly the nastiest animal I have ever come in contact with. Granted, pets will eat their own feces...but I ain’t eating a pet or a hog. Cows are nasty, but they don’t eat other dead animals, they eat grass. Maybe i hate hog because of their diets. Can someone convince me to eat a hog? I kill them all the time, but I leave em for the yotes and other hogs. When I leave one, seems the vultures eat the entire hog in a couple of days.

Is wild hog as disgusting as I think it is? Is it just me?
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Old 11-02-2018, 11:59 PM   #2
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They eat just fine and I’d imagine the majority will agree. However, they are pests. I kill them because they are destructive. No other reason. Sometimes I find them and clean them and sometimes I pick up my arrow and head to the truck.
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Old 11-03-2018, 12:00 AM   #3
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Do you eat store bought pork?
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Old 11-03-2018, 12:03 AM   #4
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I think itís one of the best game meats out there.

Do you eat catfish? How about tilapia? Chickens?


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Old 11-03-2018, 12:04 AM   #5
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Most animals are pretty nasty.
I’ve eaten lots of pigs over last 20+ years. Ain’t dead yet.
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Old 11-03-2018, 12:08 AM   #6
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I have killed many hogs, have not ate too many of them, I just do not want to fool with them, pork is plenty cheap.
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Old 11-03-2018, 12:12 AM   #7
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Plenty of folks starving around the world that would love a nasty ole hog.

Most of us are lucky enough we don't have to eat them but if you gave one a try you probably wouldn't hate it.
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Old 11-03-2018, 12:13 AM   #8
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I'll chop the straps out or grab a leg every now and then, but mostly we use our hog carcasses to support the local coyote and buzzard populations.

Some people just don't eat hogs, maybe you are one of them.
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Old 11-03-2018, 12:15 AM   #9
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if you don't like them, don't eat them. Not a big deal to me if you don't eat them. some people are close minded and miss out on a lot of things.
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Old 11-03-2018, 12:18 AM   #10
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I had the same state of mind. The ranch I grew up on had pigs out the wazoo and we just shot em and left em. Couple of guys I hunt with were dead set on eating them and wanted to make dinner so I gave em a recipe I use on normal pork for "carnitas" had them let em sit for 2 day then put em in the crock pot with green sauce etc and to my surprise it was actually good. just a touch of game flavor but not near what I expected
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Old 11-03-2018, 12:25 AM   #11
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They're better than store bought pork in my opinion. They might eat some nasty stuff but it's not like it seeps into the meat. A lot of a stuff eats gross things but taste delicious. Snake,snapping turtle,fish,lobster,crab,bullfrog....They all eat nasty stuff but I have no problem eating them. Shoot a small hog that hasn't had enough time to eat a lot of gross stuff and throw that sucker on the grill.
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Old 11-03-2018, 12:27 AM   #12
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I had the same state of mind. The ranch I grew up on had pigs out the wazoo and we just shot em and left em. Couple of guys I hunt with were dead set on eating them and wanted to make dinner so I gave em a recipe I use on normal pork for "carnitas" had them let em sit for 2 day then put em in the crock pot with green sauce etc and to my surprise it was actually good. just a touch of game flavor but not near what I expected
Itís amazing what a crock pot can do.

Iíve done pulled pork outta the loins and it turns out pretty good. That being said, I put a liberal amount of hot sauce on just about everything.
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Old 11-03-2018, 12:27 AM   #13
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I would rather eat wild hog meat , than whitetail deer, you are missing out.
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Old 11-03-2018, 12:33 AM   #14
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Boars are sometimes really stinky if they been breeding. Sows or gilts are very edible. Hard to beat wild pork tamales. Or pull the back straps and hams and throw them on the smoker.
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Old 11-03-2018, 12:38 AM   #15
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I donít eat them anymore after knowing a few people who got diseases from eating some. If you cook the meat to 170 degrees, it should kill any bacteria in the meat, but I donít take the chance anymore.


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Old 11-03-2018, 12:43 AM   #16
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Its like butter...but wilder.

For gameyness...blanche meat in water several days...pour off blood water. Mellows it out for the discerning tasters with a split tail.
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Old 11-03-2018, 01:46 AM   #17
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Do you eat store bought chicken? Do you know what a free range chicken will eat? Do you know how nasty cage raised chickens are compared to free range? Do you eat store bought pork? Do you eat fast food? Do you eat in restaurants? Fast food usually has troglodyte turds working in it that may very well be taking dumps in your food, or spitting, not washing hands after bathroom breaks or cleaning, etc. You completely leave it to chance on your own accord. The same scenario applies for “fancy” restaurants. Modern beef processing is disgusting, but the vast majority of the population has no choice but to consume it. Unless you only eat what you harvest wild, and/or eat what you raise on your own, your eating something nasty at a minimum regular basis, for sure. Not eating wild pigs won’t save you from eating nasty. If you think that it will, you may have not looked into where your food comes from very closely. Enjoy what a burger? But hey, keep that frame of mind if it makes you feel better. If not... take the back straps and fry up some schnitzels!
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Old 11-03-2018, 01:50 AM   #18
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I would rather eat wild hog meat , than whitetail deer, you are missing out.
Same here.
But especially my feral pigs in Leon Co.
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Old 11-03-2018, 05:01 AM   #19
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I will kill em all day long but wonít touch or eat another feral hog.

I have had my fight with a spinal infection caused more than likely an infected hog (Brucellosis). A back surgery and 6 weeks of Vancomycin will make you bow shy!

I am not saying donít do (because itís very rare to contract it) but I canít chance it again!
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Old 11-03-2018, 05:18 AM   #20
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Wild Boar Fever! European restaurants crave it
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Old 11-03-2018, 05:37 AM   #21
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This is new to me. I had no idea people wouldnít eat them. Like said above, I think itís better than deer. A lot harder to skin, but great meat. That said I will usually only process 1 maybe 2 a year just because I donít want to mess with them.
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Old 11-03-2018, 05:49 AM   #22
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Chickens are the nastiest animal on the planet!
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Old 11-03-2018, 05:54 AM   #23
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I would rather eat wild hog meat , than whitetail deer, you are missing out.
I love eating wild hog, but I wouldn't take it that far.
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Old 11-03-2018, 06:25 AM   #24
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I am guessing the OP hasn't spent much time around a hog or poultry farm.
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Old 11-03-2018, 06:58 AM   #25
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If you don't eat domestic pork, then I can understand exactly where you are coming from (You obviously lost your taste buds as a child or something). If you do, then wild hog is basically the cleaner, less fatty version. So, not sure the problem. Hope you don't eat fish, they eat feces too. Hope you done eat veggies, they are grown in manure. Clean, lean, protein. Now if you just don't want to mess with them, I can understand that...they are a pain to gut, skin, and process.
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Old 11-03-2018, 07:06 AM   #26
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I use to eat them often until I realized what they ate. Anything. And they are canniballistic. And they tear up the land. If anyone wants them near Gonzales shoot me a P.M. I should have plenty to give away next couple of months.
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Old 11-03-2018, 07:15 AM   #27
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I usually bring chicken fried deer and hog backstrap to work for my crew. In all the times I have brought it, there’s never been any hog backstrap left. It’s really good IMO.
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Old 11-03-2018, 07:20 AM   #28
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Is your hesitation due to a perceived health concer or is it due to the taste of the meat??

Health concer: It's already been mentioned, chickens raised in a cage will scavenge their own given the opportunity... These chickens, predators and feral hogs are all safe to eat if cooked properly.
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Old 11-03-2018, 07:24 AM   #29
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I will hog is no where as nasty as a feed lot hog.
Ever been to a chicken farm?


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Old 11-03-2018, 07:31 AM   #30
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We eat it all the time. I don't fine then hard to clean at all. I Hang them up, skin them down to the front shoulders, cut the back straps out. Then de-bone the hindquarters right on the carcass and throw the rest away. The backstraps, I leave all the fat on them and cut into one inch steaks. Also the only thing the size of hog maters to me is the smell of the hide. Once you skin it its all the same to me.
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Old 11-03-2018, 07:51 AM   #31
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You need to stop eating chicken then. I think a chicken is the nastiest creature on the planet.
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Old 11-03-2018, 07:51 AM   #32
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You ever watched chickens? They eat their own crap..... nastiest little animal there is. D u eat ham and pork chops? Pork is pork. Try Iowa Parks deer processor- “Whitaker’s”- Bruce there makes hog sausage that will change your mind.
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Old 11-03-2018, 08:07 AM   #33
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x 1,000,000 on the chicken .... OP must not know how they're raised
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Old 11-03-2018, 08:09 AM   #34
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No pigs here, there yote and buzzard food
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Old 11-03-2018, 08:19 AM   #35
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A skunky old rutting boar is not good. You can't cook the smell and taste out of it no matter how much garlic and other stuff you put on it. Sows in estrus are about as bad. If they smell skunky leave them lay. If not they are right tasty. Even cheap store bought boar hog bacon will stink up your house.
Trapped feral hogs that are penned and fed out like domestic hogs are a lot better eating. I know a hog dogger in east Texas that catches, castrates and releases pigs only to harvest later on once they get big. Them barr hogs are real good eating.
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If you feel guilty about it, I’ll help you by taking all the skinned and chilled 30 pounders you want to give me.
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Old 11-03-2018, 08:21 AM   #37
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It's you. My wife used to be that way too. Maybe you need some hormone therapy!
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Old 11-03-2018, 08:36 AM   #38
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This all reminds me of Pulp Fiction

“No, I ain’t Jewish. I just don’t dig on swine, that’s all”.
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Old 11-03-2018, 08:37 AM   #39
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Old 11-03-2018, 08:41 AM   #40
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ever seen how they haul live chickens? must suck to be on the bottom tier
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Old 11-03-2018, 08:43 AM   #41
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Might get your nails dirty skinning one. Better not.
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Old 11-03-2018, 08:45 AM   #42
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Wild hog is pretty much all I eat.
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Old 11-03-2018, 08:48 AM   #43
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Same here. The only part I hate is cleaning them. Now javelina, it's horrible. I've always said if you can drink a Corona beer wit out dressing it up you can eat a javelina. Same skunky taste.
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Old 11-03-2018, 08:48 AM   #44
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Nothing wrong with some wild hog. As stated by many you just have to keep the right ones and feed the buzzards the rest. We prefer wild hog pan sausage over store bought brands.


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Old 11-03-2018, 08:51 AM   #45
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Boars are sometimes really stinky if they been breeding. Sows or gilts are very edible. Hard to beat wild pork tamales. Or pull the back straps and hams and throw them on the smoker.
Yea! Stay away from any boar thatís over probably 6 months old IMO but the sows and shoalts are as good if not better than commercial pork. As a matter of fact I had ground pork meatloaf last night that was awesome
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Old 11-03-2018, 08:56 AM   #46
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No pigs here, there yote and buzzard food
Same here. Iíve been around farms and ranches all my life. But I wonít eat a wild hog. I trap and hunt feral hogs. They are left for the worms and the rest of the cleanup crews to eat.
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Old 11-03-2018, 08:57 AM   #47
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Same here.
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Old 11-03-2018, 09:15 AM   #48
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I’ve eaten feral hog several times. Pretty good eating and saves me a couple trips to the grocery store. Personally, I try to fill my deer tags and then hit the ducks so my freezer is full before I start chasing hogs.
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Old 11-03-2018, 09:26 AM   #49
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I do not think they are better than store-bought pork. But, I do eat the smaller ones less than 100 pounds. They are good for certain things. But, they are useless for bacon and ribs.
Good for pan sausage, good for pork chops, and good for roasts.
I treat them just like deer by letting them lay in the ice chest and drain the blood every day for about 5 to 7 days. The real small ones are great for roasting whole.
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Old 11-03-2018, 09:28 AM   #50
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While I wouldn't go that far, wild hog is some great eatin'.
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