Are hogs becoming a problem on your property? Are they causing damage to your crops, your deer lease or your lawn? Then you’re not alone—damage caused by feral hogs is increasing. Statewide feral hogs cause millions of dollars worth of damage to farmland, hunting leases, parks, neighborhoods, golf courses, etc. Hogs also not only compete with wildlife and livestock for food, but can also transmit parasites and diseases.
A recent study by Texas A & M University estimated that there are about 2.5 million feral hogs in the state of Texas. A number of factors have contributed to this explosion of growth such as land owners establishing populations of hogs for hunting, deer feeders that feed 300 million pounds of corn annually and a hog’s high reproductive capability.
Scientists with the Texas Parks and Wildlife report that with adequate nutrition, a feral hog population can double in four months. Currently the estimated harvest rate of feral hogs per year is 29% of the total population. Scientists estimate that a harvest of 66% is needed per year to just hold the population stable.