Friday, April 8, 2011

Things I've Done, and Should of Known Better

Breeding Wild Hogs in Florida!
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This is from about eleven/twelve years ago when I actually thought I could selectively breed and raise a herd of red colored razorbacks. I have had some good ideas in my days, then I've had some less than auspicious. I'll let you decide which category this falls into!

My dear hog hunting enthusiasts,

In my never ending quest to further the fun and frolic quotient at the Three Bar Spear, I decided to start a captive breeding project. I thought I might share with you some of the things I have learned in the last few months.
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More Eurasian than not...

1. Pigs bite...hard.

2. Pigs will bite the hand that feeds them...repeatedly if given the opportunity.

3. Don't put your hand in their mouths in order to determine if they have teeth. You can rest assured that they do, even when they are little bitty things.

4. Pigs will eat anything, including your gasoline soaked, foot powder reeking, cow patty smeared footwear. They do not like whole oats though.

5. Do not send your children into a pen with hogs that are over 40lbs. They will eat them too. (Dads, a ten year old WILL clear a 4 foot field fence with room to spare if properly motivated.)

6. When sows are in heat, everything goes to Hell in a hand basket.

7. Boar hogs don't like anyone when the girls are, well you know, responding.

8. Field fence, with posts set 12 foot on center, is barely adequate to restrain a 120lbs hog. 8 foot on center with the addition of 2X6s for reinforcement on the outside, and two strands of barbed wire at 4" and 16" on the inside, might be better.

9. A 300lbs hog pretty much does what he wants.

10. You will love your pigs.

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Seriously, I have two litters on the way, due sometime in September. From those I'll start culling immediately for confirmation and aggressiveness. I've got one sow that has attitude, but lacks size. This might have been due to poor nutrition as a piglet though. What I need to capture is a good boar and a couple of more sows to fill out the breeding pool. In a couple of years I should have an adequate line going.

I'll try to keep you all posted on my endeavors!

Those where the days! Those first two litters, quickly turned into more than thirty head of hog! I couldn't sell them fast enough, and I even gave some away. But the real story was my father in law who despite my entreaties and appeals, could not keep himself from feeding them all the restaurant refuse he could lug home! My carefully planned diet, exercise plan, and breeding program was impossible with so much interference. The final straw was his penchant for letting them out of their pens so they could "stretch their legs" a bit more. My neighbor, seizing the opportunity, shot my big breeder boar. He shows up at my doorstep with a picture and innocently asked if maybe one of my hogs got out.

I called the local Sheriff Department and donated all the other hogs to them for their prison kitchen...

Now that is yet, another story!

Best Regards,
Albert “Afghanus” Rasch
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Albert Rasch,HunterThough he spends most of his time writing and keeping the world safe for democracy, Albert was actually a student of biology. Really. But after a stint as a lab tech performing repetitious and mind-numbing processes that a trained capuchin monkey could do better, he never returned to the field. Rather he became a bartender. As he once said, "Hell, I was feeding mice all sorts of concoctions. At the club I did the same thing; except I got paid a lot better, and the rats where bigger." He has followed the science of QDM for many years, and fancies himself an aficionado. If you have any questions, or just want to get more information, reach him via TheRaschOutdoorChronicles(at)MSN(dot)com.


GoofyGirl said...

... but did you pistol whip the neighbor, take what remained of the big breeder boar and make bacon?!

NorCal Cazadora said...

All great reasons to love pigs - you cannot take anything for granted about them.

The Suburban Bushwacker said...

only you

Murphyfish said...

Ah Albert, the best laid plans of mice and men.....

Ian Nance said...

I may need to think about a money-maker, not too bad. Sell them to local ranches. But dealing with those nasty things? Ehhh....

FishCreekSpinners said...

Enjoyed the story.

Title sounds like a book title or a country song.

Pigs, got to lov'em.

Phillip said...

Excellent tale, Albert!

My little brother thought he'd raise a mess of feral hogs on his little place in NC a while back. His misadventures and their total lack of respect for fences (or the neighbor lady) made short work of that enterprise.

He called me one day to tell me that NC had a special, one-day hog hunting season... localized in his front pasture. The butcher bill was not insignificant, but the meat was prime!

Albert A Rasch said...

Thanks for all the comments everyone!

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