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Old 09-10-2019, 01:47 PM   #1
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I've been seeing a lot of pics of big hogs lately, and it got me thinking. I only have a few pig kills under belt. All of them ranged from 50-120lbs, and they ate really well. This big boy has been coming to the feeder every now and then. So my question is: Are big hogs (200+lbs) any good for eating?
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Old 09-10-2019, 01:49 PM   #2
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They can be. It's hit or miss on the big ones.
Can make the whole thing into sausage if you want.
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Old 09-10-2019, 01:51 PM   #3
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Never had a tasty one.
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Old 09-10-2019, 01:53 PM   #4
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If you catch them, and cut their nuts off a few months before killing them then the meat is really good.
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Old 09-10-2019, 01:53 PM   #5
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We killed this pig one night and decide to cook him then. We cut him up dashed a little seasoning and grilled him on a fire pit. One of the best hogs I've had to date.

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Old 09-10-2019, 01:54 PM   #6
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Yes, they can eat just fine. You will know by the smell of the meat. They all stink on the outside.
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Old 09-10-2019, 01:56 PM   #7
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We have killed a few well over 200 that didn't smell. The guys that killed them took the meat and had no problems eating it.
Then, there's been some that stunk to high heaven. Those were dragged off for the buzzards. Nobody wanted to try it!!
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Old 09-10-2019, 01:58 PM   #8
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I do the smell test. If they smell nasty, they feed the coyotes. If they don't smell musky from 2 -3 feet downwind, then butcher away.
Some of the tastiest pork I've ever eaten came from a big boar that didn't stink.
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Old 09-10-2019, 02:01 PM   #9
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I do the smell test. If they smell nasty, they feed the coyotes. If they don't smell musky from 2 -3 feet downwind, then butcher away.
Some of the tastiest pork I've ever eaten came from a big boar that didn't stink.
Agreed^^^. People that say big pigs don't eat well are missing out
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Old 09-10-2019, 02:02 PM   #10
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sows over 200 are okay.
boars seem to be hit or miss, but are best when fresh. seems like the freezer brings out the stank sometimes.
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Old 09-10-2019, 02:06 PM   #11
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The fat is what gets stinky. Cut off all the fat ASAP.
Get the clean meat on ice
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Old 09-10-2019, 02:07 PM   #12
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The fat is what gets stinky. Cut off all the fat ASAP.
Get the clean meat on ice
Acorn fat is the bomb diggity. Just depends on what they have been getting into.
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Old 09-10-2019, 02:08 PM   #13
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sows over 200 are okay.
boars seem to be hit or miss, but are best when fresh. seems like the freezer brings out the stank sometimes.
This. In my experience with eating wild pigs the fresher the pig the better. I like to keep mine in ice water for a few days before cooking. Seems to bring out allot of blood and wild taste.

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Old 09-10-2019, 02:13 PM   #14
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Acorn fat is the bomb diggity. Just depends on what they have been getting into.
had some big sows from down south this past spring after they were all fattened up on dewberries.. best pork ive ever had.
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Old 09-10-2019, 02:18 PM   #15
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My favorite hog to eat is a 200# boar, the bigger ones can get tough and stinky. Sows typically have little fat because of feeding piglets and i really don't like baby pig meat, too tender and soft.
A lone boar that isn't too big lives a good life of sleeping, mating and getting the best grub because he rules the food source.
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Old 09-10-2019, 02:41 PM   #16
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I killed a big boar that weighed over 300 lbs and the meat was fantastic and yet a small 60 lb sow that i had processed tasted terrible......so there you go.

Sorry but that's all I got.
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Old 09-10-2019, 02:43 PM   #17
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Tough but taste fine.
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Old 09-10-2019, 02:45 PM   #18
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I caught a 275 lb (I weighted it) sow in a trap once, even the backstraps were nasty, they stunk. not surre if they are all like that, but that one was nasty
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Old 09-10-2019, 02:54 PM   #19
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I caught a 275 lb (I weighted it) sow in a trap once, even the backstraps were nasty, they stunk. not surre if they are all like that, but that one was nasty

Trap caught hogs tend to be a bit on the strong tasting side...


I've killed 300+# boars that were fat on white oak acorns and they ate like pork chops you'd buy at HEB... Probably the biggest hog I ever shot, I snuck up on him asleep in his bed... He was close to 400#. I shot him in the earhole while he was sound asleep... was some of the best pork we ever ate...



You shoot a boar, really of any size after the dogs have been after him or he's all stirred up from fighting or doing the mating dance and such, the meat ain't fit to eat. same for one caught in a trap usually...
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Old 09-10-2019, 03:00 PM   #20
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As long as the boar is not in full on rut mode it will be good eating. Same with a sow. A sow in heat will taste skunky just like a rutting boar. When I walk up on one that smells like a skunk I leave it for the yotes. All boar hogs stink but one in rut is unmistakable. If one comes in to your feeder upwind from you then more than likely you will smell him before you see him.
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Old 09-10-2019, 04:10 PM   #21
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I never ate a bad hog. I have thrown some away that were too skinny or look bad. I am also very careful not to get any hair or touch the meat with my hand that handled the hide.
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Old 09-10-2019, 04:14 PM   #22
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AS with any animal the key is cleaning as quickly as possible and getting is cooled off as soon as possible. I have a ham in the freezer now from one that tipped the scales around 220. I already ate the other one, and it made some danged good carnitas.
I wet age, followed by a couple days with sugar mixed with water.
EDIT: And get those glands off the legs as soon as you possibly can as well.
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Old 09-10-2019, 04:19 PM   #23
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I killed a 300lb boar few years ago that tasted great. He was black and blonde with 3" cutters, made a great mount. All in how the processor handles it, if the blade touches the hide then the meat, the meat will be awful.
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Old 09-10-2019, 04:23 PM   #24
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45lbs-90lbs Are the best tasting hogs when smoked whole and apple seasoned.
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Old 09-10-2019, 04:42 PM   #25
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Yes, they can eat just fine. You will know by the smell of the meat. They all stink on the outside.
I agree with this. A few years ago I killed a decent size boar and when I cut him open to get the backstrap it smelled really, really bad. I couldn't keep any meat off that one.
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Old 09-10-2019, 07:12 PM   #26
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Thank you everyone for your input.
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Old 09-10-2019, 07:15 PM   #27
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Worst pig I ever tried was an 80lb little boar, best was a boar over 300lbs that has more fat than any domestic pig I’ve eaten.
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