Some exotic hunting ranches in Texas, believe it or not, charge up to $900 to aim and shoot a huge "wild boar." On the low end, sportsmen on hunting leases pay roughly $120 to shoot huge wild hogs. The average price is around $350.
Texas has one of the most lucrative wild hog populations in the country. They are allowed under state law to be hunted from a vehicle with a license. There is no bag limit for these animals! Hunters can take as many hogs as they want if they're willing to pay the fee. The meat is sold in local markets and restaurants but only if you're lucky enough to find one; it's not common practice for hunters to bring their hogs home.
Wild pigs were originally domesticated forms of pig that had escaped from farms. Today's domestic pigs have almost no relationship to the original species. Wild pigs still carry some resistance to disease because they don't live in close-knit communities like cows or sheep do. This means they can more easily catch wind of illnesses that might otherwise kill livestock and avoid them.
They also eat anything and everything including garbage, weeds, insects, and anything else they can find. This makes them problematic because they can destroy crops and cause flooding by rooting around in soil for food that should go to plants.
Some hunting ranches charge up to $900 to target and kill a huge hog. Exotic meat producers and their numerous consumers, primarily from Europe, prefer and frequently consider wild boar meat to be a delicacy. It is usually sold in high-end food stores and is extremely expensive.
The price of wild hog meat is largely dependent on three factors: the breed of pig, where it was raised, and how it was killed. Generally speaking, farmers tend to charge more for their pigs than hunters do because they have additional expenses, such as feeding and breeding livestock, that are not incurred when hunting wild boars. Farmers also require more time to find profitable markets for their product because they cannot just go to the local grocery store and sell their pork. They must first process the meat and then send it out into the market place.
Finally, hunters can often buy cheaper meats from different farms or even at slaughterhouses at little or no cost over what a single farm would charge. For example, a hunter might be able to find multiple farms willing to partner with him on a hunt and then split the take evenly. This is not always the case, though; some farms may even try to cheat their partners out of money by selling the carcasses separately instead of grouping them together for a discount.
In Texas, you may go hog hunting for free on public land. Ranches and other private properties infested with pigs, particularly in the state's south, are often allocated for fee hunting. If you're near croplands in large river basins like the Canadian, Sabine, or Red, contact a farmer for permission. Some landowners may even provide access to their property for free if you help them out by checking it for signs of wild pigs.
Hog hunting is allowed on private lands if you have a permit from the landowner. These permits are usually available on-site or through local game management departments. You must comply with all local laws while on the land you are permitted to hunt. Check with the owner before you go to make sure they aren't allergic to peanuts!
Hunting hogs for food is legal in all 50 states. In most states, you need a license to shoot one for sport. Hog hunting is popular among farmers who use the meat as feed for their livestock or community hunters who sell the meat at market.
Hog hunting isn't for everyone, so don't try it unless you know you will be able to handle the experience. Pigs are very resilient animals that can deal serious injury if they feel threatened. They also have strong legs and teeth which they use to defend themselves. If you get bitten or scratched by a pig, seek medical attention immediately to prevent infection.