Pretty sure we’ve all seen this photo floating around, which leads the question to be asked, “Can a Feral Pig really kill a deer?”.
In all my years of hunting I can honestly say that I have never seen this first hand or even heard of it. As a hunter, we’ve all known that when you go hunting for anything, when predators or hogs show up you’re instantly hunting those instead. The negative impact that Feral Hogs have a tendency to upset many hunters when they come back to the deer lease to fill feeders, only to find their feeder has been knocked over and torn apart.
What do Feral/Wild Hogs Eat?
Almost every hunter knows that hogs will feed on just about anything. They’re very opportunistic. Some informative information you can find on http://tpwd.texas.gov/ is:
Feral hogs are omnivorous, meaning they eat both plant and animal matter. They are very opportunistic feeders and much of their diet is based on seasonal availability. Foods include grasses, forbs, roots and tubers, browse, mast (acorns), fruits, bulbs and mushrooms. Animal matter includes invertebrates (insects, snails, earthworms, etc.), reptiles, amphibians, and carrion (dead animals), as well as live mammals and birds if given the opportunity. Feral hogs are especially fond of acorns and domestic agricultural crops such as corn, milo, rice, wheat, soybeans, peanuts, potatoes, watermelons and cantaloupe. Feral hogs feed primarily at night and during twilight hours, but will also feed during daylight in cold or wet weather.
So in a shocking discovery to mine and others’ eyes is this hog taking off with a baby, looks to be, whitetail deer. This directly affects hunters in another way, that fuels the fire and sparks an army to take full attack on these Wild Hogs.
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