Feral Hogs Spotted in Connecticut

Wild Hog Spotted in Connecticut photo taken by groundskeeper at Thompson High School

There are 6 hog free states so far….uh wait…make that 5 now.

 An article in the Norwich Bulletin by Alison Shea in April 2011, points to a possible feral pig population starting near Thompson HighSchool in North Grossvenordale, CT

Judging by the above photograph, it is apparent that this was once a domesticated hog, turned feral. The hog is fattened up, with a curved snout, short hair, and has “listing” around its hooves. A true wild boar would be lean, with bristled hair, and a straight snout(Eurasian/Russian Boar). Regardless of the way the hog came to be feral, it is just as explosive if it were to have a sow to reproduce.

The article has an interesting solution to the problem, by killing off the grubs that the wild pigs are after. So… Lets just say there may be a huntable population of feral swine in Connecticut real soon, as this is by far an ignorant solution. According to the article, officials hope to catch the feral hogs, and then release worms called Nematodes to eventually kill off the grubs a year later. Wild pigs are omnivores. They will eat anything they get the opportunity to devour. So by cutting off that food source, that leaves them to wander out of the area to look for additional food sources, and really cause havoc.

Those officials could save some time and money by taking a trip down to Texas to see possible solutions that may work. This article is from a year ago, so who knows what happened with this. I have contacted their Fish and Game Department for more info, and will update as soon as possible.

How would you handle this new problem? Would you eliminate the feral hogs, or be for managing them? Is it too late for Connecticut to remain hog free?

Post your thoughts below.

“Follow the Water”

Greg “The Boar Hunter”

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3 Responses to Feral Hogs Spotted in Connecticut

  1. toomuchgun says:

    Thanks for the links Greg, I’ll follow up on them.

    It’ll be a pity if I am unable to enter BLM land with my ATV – I’ll therefore be restricted to private land.

    I have had a quick peek at Fort Hunter Liggit. It’s not clear if they allow ATVs. I’ll call them to confirm.

  2. Greg The Boar Hunter says:

    MIke, check out http://www.DIYBowHunter.com for some public land information. While they focus mostly on archery equipment, they are very generous about answering information for public hunting spots. Northern California really has an abundance of pig. Try Fort Hunter Liggett. When I was in the Marine Corps, I trained there. A lot of hills, and not sure if you can use your ATV on them, but worth a try. It is a beautiful area! http://www.liggett.army.mil/sites/fishhunt/hunting.asp

    Hope that helps Sir, and welcome to the site!

  3. toomuchgun says:

    I have come to like hog hunting. These beasts have spread to just about every state in the union, and opportunities to

    hunt them are good.

    I live in Northern California and to date have hunted in the Paso Robles and Lockwood area with some excellent

    professional guides, but after doing some research would like to explore hunting on my own on public land. The

    information I have received so far from experienced hunters has been really discouraging. There is a dearth of pigs in any

    of the public land that I have looked into, with some exceptions. It seems that if you position yourself between

    marauding hogs tearing up crops in nearby farmland and having done some previous scouting for trails and rubs, you may

    encounter at first light these hogs making their way back to the perceived safety to bed on the public land.

    But of course you guys know that.

    I am a fellow in his 50’s with the hunting stealth of Elmer Fudd (without the voice and hat). I

    am not a very experienced hunter. Going up hill and down dale in the hills and canyons of California has nearly made my

    wife cash in on my life insurance policy. Wheezing and blowing hard with a very red face doesn’t help to steady a rifle.

    So I bought a very nice ATV, in keeping with my size – I don’t like to say I’m fat; that’s such an ugly word.

    The plan is to ride the ATV to a point where I can leave it and from then on spot-and-stalk or lie in wait over a water

    source. The ATV will also be very useful to get the meat back before spoilage. My days of hauling 9 lb rifles for several

    miles are over. They don’t call them sweat sticks for nothing.

    No hunting for me from now until mid-fall. This gives me the opportunity to scout likely hunting spots and read great

    blogs like Greg’s.

    Something about my moniker, TOOMUCHGUN. I am very fond of firearms, both handguns and rifles. I have a modest

    collection of them, some of which are probably way too large to hunt hogs with. Anyway, on the last hunt, I shot a

    couple of fair sized hogs with a 416Rigby (Ruger #1). I was surprised to see that they tolerated the impact rather well –

    shot placement was good and I expected them to drop as though smacked between the eyes with a sledgehammer.

    Didn’t happen. The same went for my 375 H&H – trotted off for about 10 yards or so. Who knew?

    The smallest caliber I have used so far is a 300 Win Mag. Worked well. I do have a 458 Lott that I bought for a brown

    bear hunt in 2008 which didn’t pan out. I wonder if I should try this on a piggy? I’ll let you know how it turns out. Maybe

    I should fall back on the 7mm Mauser.

    My thanks to Greg for running a very promising blog!

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