Why don't we have wild hogs in West Tennessee?

scn

Well-Known Member
Supporter
Joined
Feb 5, 2003
Messages
17,830
Location
Brentwood, TN US
Hunting doesn't IMO, hurt the control issue, not allowing hunters to use known means, like at night with bait, to hunt them does. As to the trap and release, that is not hunting, and since it is illegal it will, and does, still happen. Most times, sounders stick together, so while a sounder may be moved to a less pressured area, they don't create more sounders, at least any more than they would have anyway.
If the landowner gets the hog control permit, all of those control methods are available.

The illegal translocation is the major problem, and by allowing hunting, it just increases the problem.
 

Omega

Well-Known Member
Joined
Dec 16, 2018
Messages
2,856
Location
Clarksville, TN
If the landowner gets the hog control permit, all of those control methods are available.

The illegal translocation is the major problem, and by allowing hunting, it just increases the problem.
That is all and good, though you now have where land owners can charge, making it a "business" where hog population is a plus.
 

PickettSFHunter

Well-Known Member
Supporter
Joined
Jan 11, 2004
Messages
20,615
Location
Jamestown, TN
That is all and good, though you now have where land owners can charge, making it a "business" where hog population is a plus.
That is an issue here. Some landowners are making great money off of it. I have been offered pretty good money for spots on my permits.

The big issue I have is that I would love to do some hog control on the WMA next to me but it’s only open during deer season and like 2 other days. There’s no enforcement of that by TWRA, so it still gets hog hunted all winter but those of us that follow the rules can’t legally go 🤔 And it’s super obvious that it’s being hunted when they are lining the roads with their trucks/hog dogs😂
 

PickettSFHunter

Well-Known Member
Supporter
Joined
Jan 11, 2004
Messages
20,615
Location
Jamestown, TN
They are legally limited to ten persons a year, so it probably isn't a big incentive.
Steve, hope your doing well. I know some people are paying $1000 a year. Unique opportunity to do night vision and all that. I could go up to 30 spots with my 3 permits. Landowners over 1000 acres can also get more spots than 10. Or like me, you can get 10 per tract. Better return than most deer leases.
 

backyardtndeer

Well-Known Member
Joined
Jul 29, 2015
Messages
5,872
Location
West Tennessee
Heard rumors of there being hogs in southern Madison county. Whether it's true it not, I don't know. Never seen nor gotten any pics of any on our farm. Don't want them here either.
 

Crosshairy

Well-Known Member
Joined
Aug 22, 2006
Messages
3,467
Location
Bartlett, TN
A lady posted a picture on Facebook a few days back with 3 or 4 wild hogs running past an apartment complex in south Memphis just a mile or so from where I work.

On the north side of Memphis, as someone already said, we've had quite a few hogs showing up over the past 7 or 8 years. I've seen very extensive sign in the river bottoms, unfortunately. They ruined one of the dove fields a few years ago. The USDA and TWRA were involved in an intensive trapping effort in NW Shelby County, in that general area, and reported some unbelievably high numbers of hogs killed (I think the number was around 1,000 in a year) through a combination of different trap technologies and an intensive aerial gunning program (with a chopper).

There are hogs in Mississippi already - my friend killed one in the Sardis area with his bow maybe 5 years ago. I suspect that the pigs seen in south Memphis are pigs that traveled north from there, as the ones on the north side of the county are on the opposite side of Memphis itself.
 

Boll Weevil

Well-Known Member
Joined
Jun 26, 2011
Messages
2,841
Location
Hardeman
It's been several years ago but Texas game officials were conducting use of poison for hog eradication. I don't recall the outcomes being published nor do I know if its use continues but I could see where if it were proven effective on only target species and safe for other species other states might also consider use.

It's a whole lot easier to eradicate a new/small population than letting them turn out litters/year and grow exponentially.
 

UpperTully

Well-Known Member
Supporter
Joined
Aug 25, 2003
Messages
3,539
Location
Bartlett,TN
I grew up hunting Hardeman and McNairy in the 90’s and early 00’s. I still hunt Fayette and have never seen a wild hog. Wonder if they have recently moved in? I have heard about gators around Bolivar and of course cougars in those areas. I have witnessed emus running wild 🤣
There's hogs near Lagrange on Wolf River WMA. I've had ample opportunity to kill some during bow season.
 

DeerCamp

Well-Known Member
Supporter
Joined
Jul 28, 2020
Messages
1,645
Heard rumors of there being hogs in southern Madison county. Whether it's true it not, I don't know. Never seen nor gotten any pics of any on our farm. Don't want them here either.
They were around, but then the mountain lions thinned them out.
 

Trophy of the moment

  • Trophy by Doug Mullins
    Shot this buck early morning, couldn't see him well but was thinking it...
    • Doug Mullins
    • Updated:

Latest posts

Top