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Updated: 04/03/2014 08:00:01AM

Hog hunting basics

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This field has not been plowed. It's been rooted up by feral pigs.

By Capt. Josh Greer

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Well, spring is now a week old, and the hunting is pretty much over until the fall. But “pretty much” is not the same thing as “completely.” There’s one game animal you can hunt all summer long, and it happens to be one of my favorite to pursue: Feral pigs.

As I’ve said before, hogs don’t really belong in the wilds of Florida. They’re a European species, and their presence in our woods does the native animals few favors. They compete with other animals for browse such as acorns and wild berries. While it’s true they do provide a source of food for Florida panthers and the occasional bear, that’s about the only good they do for any other wild creatures.

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