Wild Hogs in Texas

Texas Wild Hog Hunting Ranch

Why hunt wild hogs in Texas?

The goal of State of Texas with respect to wild hog hunting is to help control the hog population. There are millions of wild hogs in Texas. They have no natural predators. The wild hog damage is estimated to be around $300 million each year. The presence of wild hogs in Texas also reduces resources for other wildlife.  Without extreme measures, it is unlikely the wild hog can be eradicated.

Wild Hogs are not native to America

It is believed that Christopher Columbus introduced hogs into this part of the world during his trip to the Caribbean. In the 1530s, Hernando De Soto introduced the hog to Florida. In the 1540s De Soto explorers took domestic hogs to the Texas territory.  Some of the settlers in Texas let the domestic hogs roam free.  As a result, the domestic hogs adapted to the wild. Within two generations they transformed into a mean hairy wild hog. The released domestic hogs physically transformed into the hog known as a feral hog.

Texas wild hogs are mixed breed.

In first half of 1900s, Eurasian wild boars were brought to Texas. They were released for hunting. The Eurasian wild boars eventually bred with the feral hogs. There are only a few purebred Eurasian wild hogs left today. All of these animals are interchangeably called a wild hog, wild pig, wild boar, or feral hog. Boar may be a reference to a male or female wild hog.

Wild hogs all over Texas

Wild hogs can be found in all regions of Texas. There are millions of wild hogs in Texas. Approximately half of all wild hogs in the United States are in Texas. Even if a local wild hog population is reduced by 70 percent, the original population will return within two or three years.

A female hog (sow) begins breeding around 8 months of age. Gestation period is just under 14 weeks. The average number of piglets in a liter is around seven.

Wild hogs eat meat or plants.

Wild hogs are omnivores, eating meat or plants. Meat provides about twenty percent of their diet. They devour or destroy whole fields of rice, sorghum, beans,  potatoes, and fruits. Wild hog also eat nuts, grass and hay. Corn farmers find that wild hogs forage methodically down the rows during the night.

Hunt wild hogs in Texas year round.

Texas allows hunters to hunt wild hogs all year. There is no season or limit. Hogs can be captured and taken to slaughterhouses.

4J Ranch
Leona, Texas 75850

Email: tvenable@4jranch.net
Phone: 832-452-8738