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‘Pork’ spending may
curb invasive wild hogs

Washington Times, by Jim McElhatton

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Posted By:ElSid, 6/15/2014 9:57:48 PM

The feds are offering big money to anyone who can hunt and kill wild pigs on federal lands in South Carolina — the latest move in the government’s battle against an invasive species causing an estimated $1.5 billion in damage to farmland and property each year. In a contract solicitation last week, an arm of the U.S. Department of Agriculture offered up to $150,000 for bidders of a one-year feral hog control contract in federal forests (Snip) Armed contractors, for instance, can only use a .22 caliber rifle or handgun: “The sidearm shall remain secure in the holster except when being used to dispatch a wild pig,” the solicitation states.

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This may be a tongue in cheek headline, but look at the restrictions the USDA is putting on the hunters who get the "winning bid." When killing a feral animal, you want it quick, not "sporty." Jackasses.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: GringoinQuito, 6/15/2014 10:12:37 PM     (No. 9887351)

Good luck in trying to dispatch a 300 lb wild hog charging at you with a .22. You would have to be an excellent shot.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: fishbone, 6/15/2014 10:15:36 PM     (No. 9887355)

Especially, as that warm fuzzy runs down your leg, #1. ;-)

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Reply 3 - Posted by: JHBoatwright, 6/15/2014 10:19:56 PM     (No. 9887359)

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Reply 4 - Posted by: doublesharp, 6/15/2014 10:34:42 PM     (No. 9887368)

I´ve hunted wild hogs and using a .22 is a joke. 22s work fine in a slaughter house but they don´t call em wild hogs for nothing and a wounded hog is tree climbing dangerous. I´m using my .308.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: coldoc, 6/15/2014 10:39:05 PM     (No. 9887373)

Will the goobermint supply the 22´s? I cant find any. What a stupid choice of weapon.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: SxS, 6/15/2014 10:41:25 PM     (No. 9887374)



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Reply 7 - Posted by: SxS, 6/15/2014 10:46:25 PM     (No. 9887377)

Sorry for the misfire...

How about opening up a year round season on hogs. Plenty of hunters will pay to shoot´em instead of paying someone to do it! $10 bucks for a hog tag, shoot as many as you like! Out in Oregon it´s required that hunters shoot them on site. I´d like to know where the politicians got the info that you could do it with a .22 though... must be watchin´ too many of them alligator shows.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: mackrand, 6/15/2014 10:50:22 PM     (No. 9887380)

Jaekers, it´s not sporting unless you´re using a sling-shot. I mean, if David can do it to a mean hulking neo-anderthal with an army behind him then anybody can. T-I-Cheek/s/off.

It´s sort of funny actually to have a politician/bureaucrat sitting in an office in Maryland someplace dictate how to kill a rampaging boar or even a little pig who doesn´t like being shot in the head and gets a little upset. But then there are hunters in Texas who shoot feral pigs with an air gun and post to YouTube. Ah, but what an air gun though....

So if these bureaucrats want these pigs put down then they should just come on down and do it themselves. I wonder how many takers there are for this nutty scheme?

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Reply 9 - Posted by: texaspast, 6/15/2014 11:48:27 PM     (No. 9887412)

Good lord! What IDIOT would go out hunting wild hogs with a .22? All that will accomplish is to make the very large, very mean and very dangerous animal VERY MAD! And yes, I do know what I´m talking about.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623, 6/15/2014 11:56:17 PM     (No. 9887415)

# 7 has the best answer.

The only thing missing is a TV crew.




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Reply 11 - Posted by: Charactercounts, 6/16/2014 12:12:26 AM     (No. 9887423)

Wild pigs on federal lands -- that sounds like Congress.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: Timber Queen, 6/16/2014 1:12:25 AM     (No. 9887442)

We also have wild hogs here in northern Cal. They are huge and very frightful, and can cause a tremendous amount of damage. We have a hog hunting season, with tags required, however if a hog is damaging property the owner is allowed to shoot at any time.

Using a .22 against a rabbit (paging Jimmy Carter) is about the best you could do, but with these beasts it is just ridiculous. I wouldn´t go out my front door against one of these hogs if I only had the .22 rifle.

Someone call Vanna White and buy these obtuse bureaucrats a clue.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: Distorted, 6/16/2014 1:44:42 AM     (No. 9887450)

When these pests invaded my farm, I was advised to shoot them with a .22 so they would run off and die on someone else´s property lest I had to get rid of an enormous stinking carcass. Not sporting and decidedly not neighborly either.

I chose to shoot them with a proper .300, but as soon as the pig network reported my intentions, they moved on relieving me of the issue.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: Videodrone, 6/16/2014 2:13:29 AM     (No. 9887457)

done it with .223 but prefer .308 or .44mag - and yes, I carry a .44 Ruger pistol when I hunt - just in case (treed by a badger once armed with only a .22 - took the entire tube)

but the concept of taking a pi$$ed off 300lb+ tusker with only a 22lr - well, better have a large knife on a long sick as backup...

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Reply 15 - Posted by: Keekng, 6/16/2014 6:00:21 AM     (No. 9887480)

Why allow .22´s? Arm democrats with pellet guns and send them into the woods. s/

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Reply 16 - Posted by: wetenschapper, 6/16/2014 6:05:14 AM     (No. 9887483)

Going after three- or four-hundred-pound feral hogs with only a .22? This could well be a metaphor for this administration´s entire foreign policy.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: mws50, 6/16/2014 6:14:34 AM     (No. 9887487)

I use a 12 gauge with 00-buck. It works very well and after 70 yards it does no harm, unlike a .22 that can do damage at 1/2 mile.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: Keekng, 6/16/2014 6:58:59 AM     (No. 9887514)

Most (perhaps all) states do not allow .22´s to be used for big game hunting because they are likely to only wound and not kill the animal. Mandating 22 caliber handguns for shooting wild hogs is pure insanity, not unexpected from government bureaucrats.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: 4poster, 6/16/2014 3:32:06 PM     (No. 9888213)

Use a mouse gun on a feral hog? Insane.

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