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Deer hunters urged to report feral pig sightings to the DNR

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Deer hunters urged to report feral pig sightings to the DNR

Postby Fitter » Tue Nov 12, 2013 8:54 pm

State wildlife officials are encouraging hunters heading out for Wisconsin’s traditional nine-day gun deer hunting season to keep an eye out for feral pigs. Feral pig sightings and harvests should be reported on the Department of Natural Resources website dnr.wi.gov by searching for keyword “feral pigs.”

Since 1997 feral pig have been reported in at least 51 Wisconsin counties, although not all of these reports have been verified.

“Each year we receive reports of feral pig sightings and harvests from around the state,” says Dan Hirchert, DNR wildlife damage specialist. “Fortunately most of these reports turn out to be domestic pigs that were running loose; however, any report of feral pigs is of interest and concern given the negative impacts they can have on the environment, Wisconsin’s agriculture, and our domestic swine industry.”

Feral pigs have been defined as “existing in an untamed or wild, unconfined state, having returned to such a state from domestication.” Feral pigs can be found across a wide variety of habitats and are highly destructive because of the rooting they do in search of food. They’re also efficient predators preying on many species including white-tailed deer fawns and ground nesting birds like grouse, woodcock, turkeys, and songbirds.

Feral pigs are known to carry a number of diseases of danger to humans and the domestic swine industry, including swine brucellosis, pseudorabies and leptospirosis.

For removal purposes, feral pigs are currently considered unprotected wild animals and may be hunted year-round. The only day they cannot be hunted with a gun is the Friday before the day of the nine-day gun deer hunting season. Also, feral pig hunting hours are the same as for deer during the nine-day season. During the rest of the year, there are no hunting hour restrictions for feral pigs.

There is no bag limit on feral pigs. Landowners may shoot feral pigs on their own property without a hunting license. Anyone else can shoot a feral pig as long as they possess a valid small game license, sport license, or patron license and have landowner permission if they are on private land.

While the department encourages the removal of feral pigs whenever possible, Hirchert cautions that before shooting “hunters need to be sure the pigs are feral and they are not their neighbor’s domestic pigs that may have just escaped. Hunters could be liable for the replacement cost of the pig if they are domestic.” A call to the local sheriff’s office can help to determine if escaped pigs have been reported by the owner.

Additional information on feral pigs and feral pig hunting is available on the Department of Natural Resources Website: dnr.wi.gov keyword search “feral pigs.”

State officials request that anyone shooting a feral pig call a DNR service center or contact a DNR wildlife biologist so that blood and tissue samples can be collected for disease testing in collaboration with U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection veterinarians office.
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Re: Deer hunters urged to report feral pig sightings to the

Postby m1garand » Mon Jan 06, 2014 6:11 pm

The December issue of Wisconsin Outdoor News page 6 has story of farmer in dane county that says he's kill'n 'em on his farm. yum, bacon!
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Postby Fitter » Mon Jan 06, 2014 7:05 pm

We have talked about this before and maybe things have changed since then.

We are told what a nuisance these feral hogs are in the U.P. and it's more or less just shoot the damn things at will. I hear the same from neighboring states like Wisconsin but personally I've never seen a wild pig. I don't know anyone who has seen one. I don't know anyone who has even seen signs of feral hogs and we're talking about thousands of hours in the woods in many areas.

I don't want to see wild pigs around here because I realize the problems they create but I sure would like a fresh ham. Nuisance ham or not it all sounds delicious.
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Postby Berserker » Tue Jan 07, 2014 11:17 pm

I don't know anyone who has seen one in the UP, or in WI. I have heard they are in the western part of WI, but not from anyone who has seen one.

They are on my list of things I want to kill, once. I'd like to go to TX or some place with wild pigs. Probably a somewhat cheaper exotic animal hunt. I want to have it mounted above the guest bed. Imagine waking up to that at night. Ha.
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Postby Alaska Dave » Wed Jan 08, 2014 3:21 am

Tenn use to be reasonable. I use to visit brother there and went to a game farm. Wildernes Lodge. It wasn't like shooting a pig in a small enclosure. Had to hunt for it. Want to do it again but the time is never right. Hunted western Wi for years and never met anyone who had shot a pig. Met a few in the saloons who knew someone who had met someone that heard that someone had killed one :lol:
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Postby Fitter » Wed Jan 08, 2014 12:44 pm

Met a few in the saloons who knew someone who had met someone that heard that someone had killed one.


:lol:

That's still got me beat by a country mile.
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Postby Berserker » Wed Jan 08, 2014 8:09 pm

I used to hunt by Arnold 10 years ago, and there were stories about how one had gotten loose from the game farm there. But again I don't know anyone who has actually seen one or sign. There are more sightings of bigfoot.
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Postby Archie » Wed Jan 29, 2014 10:51 pm

A few years back when I was trying to schedule knee surgery and it was looking like it would end up during deer hunting, I did an impromptu hunt with my dad and son as it was something that we could hunt prior to the surgery. We went to the southwestern part of the state where the huge deer are and we walked our butts off on some public land. We did not come across any hogs, but saw a LOT of serious damage. We did think we heard some squealing off in the woods on private borderland toward dark, but they did not come out where we could get to or even see them.

Not only was that the only time I ever tried it, but it was also the only time I ever ran into a warden while actually in the act of hunting. He was incredibly friendly once he figured out what we were doing in the woods that time of hear with rifles. He had a lot of suggestions and stories, but said the previous summer they had shot most of them out of the area. There were enough left to have some pretty big dug up areas in spots, though.
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