HOG WILD: Louisiana Hunters Bag More Wild Hogs Than Deer

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Boar hunting. Live, delicious and dangerous target practice. Especially with double rifles. Pictured above is a boar ClashDaily.com’s CEO Doug Giles whacked after a proper stalk with his 9.3x74R double rifle. Now … check out the havoc wild hogs are wreaking in Louisiana…

Over the course of the 2013-2014 season, Louisiana hunters harvested significantly more feral pigs than deer, something that came as no surprise to state biologists. This is because the invasive hog population, referred to by some experts as one of the most worrying environmental issues for the state, directly impacts the deer population.

“Hogs continue to be a primary concern,” stated the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) in its annual deer report. “Research shows that deer and hogs do not mix and that deer can be displaced by hogs. Research has shown that deer detection rates can be up to 49% less where hogs occur. Hog populations affect deer numbers through direct competition for food resources and fawn predation. Hogs carry infectious diseases such as Leptospirosis, brucellosis, and pseudo-rabies.”

Last year hunters harvested 166,200 deer, a healthy sum after a decade of declining deer numbers. However, hogs still beat out deer as the state’s most harvested big game animal with more than 183,600 bagged. Officials say the number of hogs shot last year rose 14 percent over 2012′s total.

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