There seem to be some misconceptions out there about wild hog meat and the safety of its consumption, and we’d like to help dispel some of that if you’re interested in hunting hogs for meat -- you’d be doing yourself and your local agriculture community a huge favor!
We are quick to jump to the defense of hog hunting for what probably seems like obvious reasons, but the truth of the matter is this: 1) hog hunting is a wonderfully beneficial thing for both personal growth and local agriculture, and 2) hog meat is delicious.
We honestly don’t know why there is so much out there about safety issues connected with the consumption of hog meat. Though the experience of eating wild hog is different from eating farm raised pork, they are truly the same animal and the preparation of their meat should be treated the same -- cook them well.
Another important thing to consider when it comes to the safe consumption of hog meat is the handling. Remember, you’ve hunted this hog right from the earth -- you’re not buying it from a package in a chilled section of your local green grocer. Be sure to field dress your target appropriately and handle the meat with care if you plan to eat the hog.
Remember that there are signs that you’ve bagged some bad meat as well -- strong, rotten odors should indicate that you ought not to consume the animal. Look for strange colors or odd consistencies in the meat as well -- blues, greens, yellows...these don’t belong anywhere on hog meat that you plan to consume.
So you’re probably also wondering about the ethical hog trophy hunting -- is it sound for you to put a shoulder mount on your wall? Would it be frowned upon for you to have any amount of a hog taxidermied?
If you ask a group of vegans… yeah, it’s probably somewhat problematic, but if they knew exactly how feral hogs impact the local-level agriculture that provides them with vegetables to eat, they might begin to disagree with themselves! It is estimated that hogs cause $1.5 billion in damage and control costs -- they’re opportunistic eaters that trample and eat everything in their path. They have overlapping diets with so many other animals whose food sources are wiped out as a consequence. Without hunters who are invested in culling hog populations, it will triple in size year over year. So, if you’re thinking about picking up a large-tusked boar for your wall? Consider it a little harder and think about giving us a call -- remember: they eat like pigs, but they, well…*erm*...reproduce like rabbits.
Are you ready to do something that helps the environment, is good for the mind and body, AND is safe to do with social distancing practices intact? Give us a call at 405-464-9453, and we can discuss everything you need to know about supporting your local agriculture community, and having a great time while you’re at it!