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Date:10/25/2014 6:18:12 PM
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All around us we have an infestation of wild pigs. Randy and a lot of our neighbors build traps to catch them, because if we didn't they would destroy our pastures and our crops. One pack wiped out a complete watermelon patch of Danny's (one of our neighbors). So, with the traps, they just shoot them in confinement. Sounds horrible, but when you weigh it against the expense of losing a 15 acre crop, it sort of balances. When hunting, they will shoot them if they see them, giving up deer hunting to save future crops and pastures. Actually, wild pig is very tender, and wonderful eating. Of course, you occasionally get a boar that is just too big, and then they use that for other things. We truly try not to waste anything around here, and it's considered an abomination to 'sport' hunt for anything. Those that do (i.e. hunt deer for racks only, and leave the rest in the woods) are usually run out on a rail as soon as they are caught. I personally am not a hunter, but I do understand why it is done - it feeds our families and prevents an overpopulation of animals. Once you've seen a deer that is starving to death, then you gain a deeper understanding of what hunting is all about. I am fortunate. My husband hunts, but brings home less than 1% of what he actually sees. He takes enough to feed us for one year, and then lets the rest walk. Around here, the horns have to be of exceptional size before any of them will take a buck. They prefer to let them walk for another year. The only exception to the rule is if they see one that is very obviously sick or crippled to the point where death is imminent, and the animal is in pain. Then they'll dispatch him/her to ease the suffering. I like my hunters around here. They are all responsible, considerate and respectful of nature, and make sure others are as well. We have our share of poachers, but as most of us are good friends with the Wildlife and Fisheries agents that patrol, there aren't many, and those who do find themselves in a heap of trouble. Love the visualization of the Autumn colors post! I'm really a bit envious, because although we have color here, it's not as much or as defined. Take care!
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