I hunt areas that seem to flourish with game even though there is a high hog population. I have heard that hogs will consume to much nutrition and native low lying plants and cause an ecological nightmare! I was wondering why I have never seen these effects and if it's true that you should never introduce hogs to virgin land.
Post by TXbowhunter on Mar 10, 2005 9:18:19 GMT -5
Here in Texas, it's hard to find a good deer lease that doesn't have a lot of hogs on it. They seem to do just fine together.
Having said that, introducing any non native species to a given habitat is usually not the best thing to do. I don't think hogs will run out a lot of game or compete with them too much for food. Most of their food is what they root up. Deer don't do much rooting. The thing about hogs is that they tear things up. It's not the prettiest thing for the landscape, but it doesn't seem to me to do much ecological damage. Another thing is that they can run deer out of a feeding area. The deer still get to eat, but they have to go somewhere else to get their food. That seems to be more of a problem for hunters with feeders, though. That's just my observations around here, anyway. The farmers and ranchers hate them, but I don't see much impact on the environment. Some craters from rooting and crowding around feeding areas, but nothing too significant.
I wouldn't introduce hogs to any land that I hunt if they weren't already there. I would rather hunt them elsewhere, where they already have a foothold. But we have plenty of places to hunt them here. If hogs were scarce, I might think about it a little differently, but that's just my take on things.
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That's what I've seen too. I've seen them using the same runs and feeding in the same areas and other than the rootin' Ive never seen any significant impact. The feeder situation is different though, I agree. I have plenty of places to hunt them now, but I'm in the market for a nice piece of land and I would like to have it well stocked with hogs. After reading different management reports, I didn't know if stocking the land would be a problem or not. Thanks for the info.
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