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How to Wrestle a Wild Hog on to Your Dinner Table and Other Sustainable Living Practices

| 12/29/2014 9:53:00 AM

Pork: The Other White Meat

The industrial, corporate, factory-farm pork producers catch phrase for years, predicating every piece of pork advertising from print to television. And for once the advertising bared the truth. The industry’s pork taste exactly like the original white meat — chicken. Well, at least the factory-farmed chicken. How did that happen? The factory farms have produced widget-like pigs of the same size and weight, bred for a short, fat life inside a metal barn, with little or no chance at being a regular old pig, rolling in the mud, grazing on grass and flowers and digging up grubs and roots. The factory pigs taste more and more like the processed feed they are forced to eat. I challenge anyone to grill store-bought chicken breasts and pork chops — choose the big name brands, serve it up side-by-side to the kiddos and the spouse, then see who guesses what’s what. You’ll be lucky if they can tell it from the mashed ‘taters! Fortunately, you don’t have to eat that garbage, not when there are millions of pigs running wild all over America. Wild hogs, fat, healthy and grass-fed, should be on everyone’s menu. Don’t be scared! They are only ugly on the outside, unlike their factory bred cousins.

Big Pigs

It’s a travesty what corporate, factory farming has done to our beloved bacon, pork chops and baby back ribs. Water injections, antibiotic regimens, sodium-added, raised in cages, no fresh air, no fresh grass... oh, Hell I can’t even talk about it without spitting. Baby. Back. Ribs! Eating animals raised in those conditions cannot be good for you and your family, and it is definitely not good for the animal. How does eating something so sick make any sense? How does feeding those widgets to your family make more sense than feeding them something raised wild, grazing on grass, acorns, roots and grubs, and an occasional corn feeder’s burst? It’s time for a closer look at eating wild game versus factory-farmed meats. The big grocers carry the giant brands of corporate, factory-farmed pork, period. No choices. Well, don’t eat it. Ask for something else or shop around for a local hog farm. Or do what a lot of people in rural areas do. Hunt and trap wild hogs for food.

Hog Herd

If you live in the United States, chances are there’s a wild, grass-fed porker lurking about in the woods on the edge of town. Actually, there are more and more sightings of wild hogs within city limits, near jogging trails, on golf courses, and digging up uncounted-for back yards. There’s even a TV show about hunting wild hogs, so if Hollywood knows about it, it’s high time everyone was in on the trick. You may own property, or have been granted access somewhere outside town, and if so, your odds of catching a few wild hogs is actually better than you think. I’ll bet you a dollar to a donut there’s a pack of wild hogs within five miles of where you’re sitting. Now, you just need to lure them into your trap.

Trap Door

1/4/2015 9:37:19 AM

You forgot to address the potential disease threat from wild meat. Here is an article that addresses that, and gives a list of good practices to minimize the possibility of contamination.
1/2/2015 2:47:45 PM

You have failed to mention the fact that factory farmed animals are also severely physically &emotionally abused everyday. Pigs, in particular are raped by their handlers, beaten nearly everyday of their lives and their babies are slammed and thrown against walls and still people will buy ham knowing full well these animals are abused in the most horrific ways. I have also watched that show you mention about people who hunt these animals and they don't treat the animals any better. It is shameful for any creature to suffer. Shame on humanity. Its these kinds of things that make me glad I can't kill anything. I love and respect animals alot more than I do human life.

12/29/2014 3:28:16 PM

Hi RD -- As overrun as some parts of the country are with wild hogs, you'd think a lot more people would view them as the great meat source they are. I don't know that *I* would attempt such a capture, but I'd sure pay a trusted local "hog hunter" for such a delicacy. Anything to avoid the horror story of factory pork! Happy hunting! --KC

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