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Old 06-08-2011, 05:29 PM
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This may be a dumb question

Ok, this may be a dumb question but I have never hunted hogs before and I was told something today that I just don't believe. While I was at work a couple of us started talking about hunting hog and one of the guys said that there was no sense in hunting something you can't eat. When I questioned him about why you couldn't eat a wild hog and he said the because they eat anything and everything and that poisons the meat, in order to be able to eat a wild hog you need to trap them and feed them grain for about two weeks to cleanse them out. Now this to me just doesn't make sense to me, I have seen some hog pens before and I would think that if any of them had to be cleansed it would have been one of them. Is this old coot full of it or not.

I haven't hunted any hog as yet but I plan to and hopefully soon and would sure like to bar-b-q him.

Thank you in advance

Matt
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Old 06-08-2011, 06:16 PM
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The meat definitely isn't poisonous. The bigger hogs tend to have a real nasty, musky smell to em, and i wouldn't recommending eating them, they tend to taste similar to how they smell... however this doesn't make them poisonous, generally, unless they eat some real nasty stuff in your area such has really high doses of heavy metals or such... but i haven't personally heard of something like this. They can carry diseases so make sure to cook them good.
Generally speaking, the smaller hogs, that don't stink (or not as bad if you have a sensitive nose), are good eating, just like stated above, make sure to cook them good!
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Old 06-08-2011, 06:45 PM
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My family has eaten wild bore pigs for years and we are all still here.

Importand items is to make sure you care for the meat and get the hide off SAP and cool it down.

When cooking make sure you get temp internal to 165 and you will be OK.

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Old 06-08-2011, 07:18 PM
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The meat definitely isn't poisonous. The bigger hogs tend to have a real nasty, musky smell to em, and i wouldn't recommending eating them, they tend to taste similar to how they smell... however this doesn't make them poisonous, generally, unless they eat some real nasty stuff in your area such has really high doses of heavy metals or such... but i haven't personally heard of something like this. They can carry diseases so make sure to cook them good.
Generally speaking, the smaller hogs, that don't stink (or not as bad if you have a sensitive nose), are good eating, just like stated above, make sure to cook them good!

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The reason most hunters in the south don't eat the larger hogs is because of the heat. During the summer months the larger hogs have lots of parasites under the skin and some in the intestines.

The smaller hogs dont seem to have this problem as much and the ones that do can be seen
during skinning.

Back when they were not as plentiful they were trapped and the large ones were castrated and
fed corn and Lye water up to 8 weeks to mellow the meat and kill the parasites.

Now there are so many we need to kill everyone that we see and sort out the ones that we want
to eat and let the other ones lay.

Large Hogs will eat anything even carrion hence the smell and the bad taste.

I was brought up eating everything I killed and still follow this logic. (But not on Hogs).

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Old 06-08-2011, 07:24 PM
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dieseldoc, Oliveralan;

Thank you both for the reply, like I said that I have never been hog hunting but am planing to go, I may wait until winter when it gets a lot cooler but I am going to go. I thought the old geezer wasn't in his right mind. When I do get to hunt them and start to cook I will definitely take your advice.

Thanks again

Matt
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Old 06-08-2011, 10:23 PM
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+1

The reason most hunters in the south don't eat the larger hogs is because of the heat. During the summer months the larger hogs have lots of parasites under the skin and some in the intestines.

The smaller hogs dont seem to have this problem as much and the ones that do can be seen
during skinning.

Back when they were not as plentiful they were trapped and the large ones were castrated and
fed corn and Lye water up to 8 weeks to mellow the meat and kill the parasites.



Now there are so many we need to kill everyone that we see and sort out the ones that we want
to eat and let the other ones lay.

Large Hogs will eat anything even carrion hence the smell and the bad taste.

I was brought up eating everything I killed and still follow this logic. (But not on Hogs).

J E CUSTOM
My son and I always hunted hogs in winter and spring and one trip when stalking a bunch of pigs, got within 50 yards and set up. When smoke cleared we had two on the ground. Mine was a 120 pound dry female and his was the 350 pound big bore. When we went over to his pig the smell was something else. After processing meat at home we found the big boy was so bad even the dogs won't eat the meat.
So I agree with JECustom, don't shoot the big boys for food.

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Old 06-09-2011, 04:00 AM
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J E Custom, dieseldoc;

I will take your advice, I will shoot the big boys just to get rid of them but this most likely won't happen until it gets a lot cooler.

Thanks again

Matt
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