Pigs! What can you say about pigs? Fun to hunt, fun to eat, a pain in the @$$ to have to try and control…especially on your own ranch. We’ve managed to do a pretty good job over the last few years, but this last year it has really gotten tough.
Hopefully by the time you read this, we will have successfully eradicated the entire pig population on our ranch. At least for the foreseeable future. That’s right! We’re trying to get rid of them all! They’re just doing too much damage to the overall health of our ranch. When they’re not tearing up the pastures, they’re wreaking havoc on my food plots or worse, eating and killing the young whitetail fawns.
I’ll admit, I was willing to put up with the first two, work around it, and keep them for hunting and food. Call me dumb, but I didn’t know they were a danger to the fawns. I do my best to manage the predators on our ranch, and honestly, only concern myself with coyotes. I’ve never seen a bobcat out here and am unaware of any other predators out here that would hurt our fawn crop. That was until this year.
While I was away at an appearance, my father-in-law went to an outdoor seminar on food plots. We’re constantly trying to find out what’s best gonna grow out here, and help us grow big, healthy whitetail deer. That’s what we do. Try to grow big, healthy deer…it’s a Texas thing. Actually it’s an “a lot of people” thing.
Anyway, while he was there, the biologist said that hogs are extremely detrimental to growing your deer herd. I didn’t know that! I didn’t know they feasted on young fawns. Needless to say, that’s all I needed to hear, they had to go. I’m proud to say, the pigs are gone (at least for now), the deer herd has a chance to flourish, and a certain local church got more pounds of pork in a weekend than, I’m willing to bet, they’ve received in a year!