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File:Wild Boar Habbitat.jpg
By Richard Bartz, Munich Makro Freak (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-2.5 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5)], via Wikimedia Commons

LAWRENCE COUNTY, Ohio (WSAZ) --- Sheila Scott didn't see the pig attack coming.
"I couldn't get away from him," Scott says. "I fought back. I hit it, I don't know how many times, just trying to get free."

and...

Wild boar are invading the farms of central New York state, attacking livestock, killing family pets, chasing people and posing "devastating consequences" for the area...

Above are just two of numerous stories that can be found concerning the problem of the growing wild pig population in this country.

A 300 pound wild pig is very common with 400 pounds not uncommon. Remember Hogzilla? 800 pounds.

For all you deer hunters, think back to the 150 pound deer you took. Double the weight and make the animal meaner and more aggressive. Remember the movie "Old Yeller"? Remember when Travis fell into a group of them? They tore him and the dog up.

Here's a photo of a boar spear tip, from the wiki commons:

File:HJRK A 32 - Boar spear head of Frederick IV of the Tyrol, c. 1430.jpg
By English: Unknown, Southern Germany, c. 1430. (Own work) [CC-BY-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Calling it a spear is misleading since it is not thrown, rather it is used as a pike and held.

Please note the cross piece at the base, where the shaft would go. That is to keep the pig from charging down the shaft to attack the man on the other end.

OK, so they are mean and aggressive, what else?

Kelly Stang, chairwoman of New York's Eurasian Boar Task Force and a state Department of Environmental Conservation wildlife biologist. "We've had complaints from farmers in problem areas where corn is up 2 inches above the ground, and overnight half of the crop is gone."

They destroy crops.

Lastly, they breed like rabbits. "If a feral hog sow produces a dozen piglets, 13 survive," goes an old joke.

So, here you are, the S has already HTF. You are doing the best you can to get by. You've been very carefully rationing your ammo use, but still don't have very much. You are growing your own food. Then these guys show up and over night your garden is gone.

So, now what?

Better learn how to make boar spears:)

6 comments:

  1. I'm glad you're now posting photos on your posts. In all these years these are the ones I ever seen.

    Specially the top one, portrait. Is that an image of you?

    I must tell you.
    "YOU HAVE GAIN WEIGHT"

    bye

    Dr. Shitfinger

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  2. “Remember the movie "Old Yeller"? Remember when Travis fell into a group of them? They tore him and the dog up.”

    Travis survived that incident, only to be tore up, and reduced to having to “squeal like a pig” later that evening at the hands of his boyfriend :D Sorry, couldn't pass up a good Tommy Kirk gay joke :D

    But in all seriousness, snares in combination with spears would be a good choice. I saw the one guy in Dual Survivor (Not that freaky hippy dude, that never wears any gott damn shoes, even in the snow) snare and spear a wild boar on Hawaii with great effectiveness.

    Add in trees stands, and primitive archery gear, and you got yourself a winning (As well as much safer) combination.

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  3. I remember reading about wild turkeys invading a town up in New England. People were mystified about what to do...

    Gil

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  4. look at the hair on that one

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  5. Cold Steel makes (or made) a bad ass boar spear, just looking at that blade gives me the shivers . . .

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  6. Oh and by the way - hogs are omniverous and eat MEAT, so potentially, a herd of them could very well start hunting HUMANS (turnabout is fair play). Plenty of instances of barnyard hogs eating their owners, the underworld gets rid of bodies this way. So like feral dog packs, these are potential killers as well.

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