Feral HogsShort of cash?  Bored?  Y’all come and participate in the spring feral hog and coyote killing contests. 

No, I’m not making this up.  Fayette County, Texas routinely runs these competitions sponsored by the Texas A&M University AgriLife Extension Service, Fayette Farm Bureau, and the county commissioners’ court. 

Both these varmints are a threat to agriculture.  Coyotes prey on livestock while the G—D—hogs destroy crops and pastures.  The environmental damage is eye-popping.  A recent ride through my grassland had me seeing red.  The wild pigs had turned up the ground so badly it’s hard to walk on.

Don’t think you can waltz in and declare you’ve killed a bunch of the creatures.  There are strict rules:

COYOTES

FERAL HOGS

Must be harvested in the county.

Must be harvested in the county.

Can be harvested by any means, but it is illegal to buy a coyote from another person in order to enter the contest.

Can be harvested by any means, but it is illegal to buy a coyote from another person in order to enter the contest.

The entire body has to be weighed at an official scale site.

The ears must be brought in to an authorized site.

The entries must be marked by spray paint on the rear foot.

The ears are to be marked with spray paint and the contestant is responsible for disposal of the evidence.

 

No ears from domestic hogs will be accepted.

 

Coyote categories:

  • The most
  • The heaviest
  • The heaviest female

Feral hogs only have one category:  The most

And if you win first place, you will be awarded $250.  On top of that, you have the opportunity to take the carcass to the butcher and save on your food bill.  What a deal!

Happy hunting!

 

 

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