Close to Labor Day, there are a couple of days in Oklahoma of open hunting. Feral Pig hunting has no season.
Oklahoma along with many other states struggles with a feral pig population. Recently in Mississippi, another feral animal, corpses of Nutria, a version of a rat raised for pelts were washing ashore second to hurricane weather. 16,000 were being laid in piles there causing a significant health issue. More were washing ashore. Feral Pigs and Nutria were once domesticated animals, now wild. They explode in colonies… causing a health problem.
Feral Pigs or Swine and Nutria breed readily. They are quick animals who often have no fear of water, travel great distances foraging for food and destroying fragile vegetation and wildlife. These feral animals can spread diseases to domesticated animals, including farm animals, dogs and cats.
Mississippi has a variety of educational information about feral pig, including videos that address concerns and control methods. http://wildpiginfo.msstate.edu/ On the coast of the Southern United States, feral pigs have been known to destroy fragile sea turtle nests, devouring baby sea turtles as they emerge from eggs and head to the open ocean. Sea turtles are heavily protected in some states, such as Mississippi and Georgia due to predators like feral pigs.
Feral Pigs were first introduced to the United States by Spaniards. Pigs used to be turned loose in the woods to forage all summer, and then were collected and butchered, fat in the fall. They required no feeding and were considered a prized source of meats. More modern sources of Feral Pigs are awol from fenced farms and overturned delivery trucks. http://www.ag.ok.gov/ais/feralswine.html. Once loose, Feral Pigs use their snout and hooves to uncover anything that is of interest to them. It is kind of like a giant mole, upturning earth and killing vegetation in search of prefered food items.
The best way to control Feral Pigs, is to make options available to hunters and trappers to find and remove the beasts. In order to prevent environmental degradation and ecosystem damage, Oklahoma landowners currently favor hunting and trapping.
Oklahoma Hunting 2012? Oklahoma Wildlife has a form which allows prospective Feral Pig hunters to register with the state http://www.oda.state.ok.us/ais/feralswinehunter.pdf. Feral pigs are not a protected species anywhere in the US.
The Oklahoma Wildlife also has a county by county extensive Feral Pig directory of available areas where the Feral Pigs may be hunted. http://www.oda.state.ok.us/ais/feralswinehuntersdir.pdf. Using the Feral Pig directory and map, property owners must be contacted and grant specific permission for hunting on private lands. There is no season for Feral Pigs, it is a health issue and property safety issue.
Butchering the Feral Pigs requires additional health precautions, as the Feral Pigs often house disease. This trait is apparently worse in Summer months, and handling the blood and sex organs increases risks. Hunters are encouraged to wear gloves and protective eyewear when butchering. Butchered Feral Pig meat that is frozen prior to use for multiple days apparently has a significantly reduced risk of spreading infections or other illnesses. http://www.dfw.state.or.us/wildlife/health_program/feral_swine/
Meat may be used in any recipe calling for pork. Many people will bar-b-que Feral Pig/wild boar.
Here is a rather unique stew recipe which uses Feral Pigs or Nutria interchangeably. http://www.statesmanjournal.com/article/20071028/INVASIVE02/71028012/Coo…