Don’t think there are huge wild hogs in the state?
Early last week Winston Brown took his crossbow and climbed up into a tree stand near Rush Springs in hope of harvesting his first deer of the season.
Instead he came home with 760 pounds of wild hog. It took three arrows from Brown’s crossbow to kill the beast, which is perhaps the largest feral swine ever killed in Oklahoma.
That morning Brown had his eye on three does in the area when they seemed to be frightened off when the hog appeared.
‘I’ve seen a lot of hogs in this area, but nothing like the size of this one,” Brown told the Lawton Constitution. “He was doing a lot of damage.”
Wild hogs like this one and the damage they cause are whyy the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry has started a Feral Swine Directory to try to connect hog hunters with landowners who are willing to allow hog hunting on their land.
Application forms for hunters, trappers and interested landowners can be downloaded from the agency’s website.
The agency hopes the online directory will be another tool to help farmers and ranchers deal with wild hogs which cause millions of dollars in damage each year in Oklahoma.
Feral hogs can be found in all 77 counties in Oklahoma.
The animals are omnivorous and will eat anything from grain to meat. Cultivated crops make up a large part of their diet, but they also prey on ground-nesting birds, like quail and turkey.
Feral swine even will kill and consume lambs and kid goats. Crops commonly damaged by wild hogs include wheat, sorghum, soybeans, corn, peanuts, hay, watermelons, pecans and vegetable gardens.
State agriculture officials hope more hunting and trapping will reduce wild hog numbers or at least help control their spread.