One of my long time friends from Tuscaloosa Alabama won't bring home any hogs over 100lbs and as for the big ones he said just shoot them, no big deal if you wound them, just let them run off and die,
He has a relitive who farms 900 acres and every night they turn up patches of dirt distroying his fields and has cost him so much he asks the kids from town and bring your friends kill every one.
I would love to go but I cant take the heat, I need 30s and 40s. If its below zero I am in the field
or some swamp.
I have talked to a number of feral pig hunters here and the stench/over gamey taste seems to hit both boars and sows randomly. Yes the little ones are more tender and rarely have the stench. I think that it is mainly tied to diet (rotten carrion) but could also have some minor link to sex or age. One of my main feral pig mentors down her basically says if they have an over strong stench don't process it. He eats them all, lots of sausage too, male, female, young, and old. I am a meat hunter and only pull the trigger if I am going to eat it. However I will make an exception for ones on the vile side of stink because you do not know before you pull the trigger. Besides we have between 3-5 million feral pigs in Texas......
A farming friend told me each one does ~$1400 a year in crop/land damage. So I am glad to help.
Michael M. Moore
NRA # 166336949
Thanks for all of the replies and recommendations, everyone around here that I have check with wants to trap them instead of hunting them so at the present I guess it is just wishful thinking besides at the present time it is just to hot to even think about hunting I sure can't wait for winter.