Originally Posted by Oliveralan
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!
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
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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