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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 10-16-2005, 08:54 PM Thread Starter
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My wife & I are considering a hog hunt. We are both well accomplished big game rifle hunters, however, our days of trophy pursuits are behind us now but we really enjoy good table-fare. We have been informed that hogs in the 60 - 80 lb. range make the best table-fare. Kindly confirm?

How much actual meat should we expect per wild hog/boar of this size and kindly explain how close this wild boar/hog meat is to domesticated pork?

Would the hind-quarters have to be smoked and again, how close would this wild meat ham be to a domestic pork ham?

Do wild hogs have the same kind of pork fat as a domestic pig?

Kindly explain the differences in the wild vs domestic meat including the bacon?

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You will find the wild hog has a lot less fat, And how much fat he has depends on what his main stay feed is. If he is unlucky enough to have some real lean days and nights he will not have much fat. As far as the taste, In my opinion the wild hog is by far the best eating of all. Hope you do well in your Pig hunt............Joe..........

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Thank you Joe... Might you be able to shed any light on my other noted questions???

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Wild hog is my favorite game meat. 'The 60 to 80 lb hog is just about perfect for eating.
As a guess I would think about 20 lb of meat excluding hide, head, feet, bone and guts Someone here may be able to give a better answer to that.
I find the wild hog better tasting than its domestic counterpart. The reason I think would be due to its forage of wild roots, nuts and other plants.
The fat is the same just not as much of it.
Unless you are planning on keeping the small hams for a long time there is no need to smoke them I just put them in the freezer untill I am ready to roast or bake them. Usually we will cook the whole hog over charcoal or in the ground.
I never messed with the middlin or bacon just not much there but if you wanted to slice it out it may be worth it and would sure make a good pot of beans.
I think you and your wife will enjoy the chase and the meal. have fun briarpatch

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Thanx Briarpatch, really appreciate your info... Do you really think there is a 65 - 75% waste on hogs whereby 20 lbs of meat from a 60 to 80 lb hog?
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I prefer a larger sow (the bigger the better). Otherwise, you don't get as much meat for all your good shooting and hard work.
I also prefer a head shot for the same reasons. Not so tricky with a scoped rifle at close range. Much more handy than a shoulder shot when it comes to dressing out such fine table fare .
I don't care for boar meat and would not suggest a sow with piglets. Sows can't help but be lean when nursing several little ones. Most of us would not shoot a sow with tiny babies, but once I shot one at very close range and didn't see the pigs until it was too late. She did not retreat when surprised and I shot fast.
A wild hog is a narrower, leaner animal than a tame hog. If you are lucky, they will be fat, but most are just leaner due to the miles they cover. A deer will seldom leave its little core area. A wild hog will and does travel miles for food and water.
I love the pork loins cooked whole and have most of the rest cut into tenderized ham steaks. Any remainder is ground pork.
Have fun and enjoy the meat.

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Thank you for your reply... OK, definately big sows without little ones. Might you know approximately how much meat & waste there is on a good size sow? Also, will the sow meat taste like domestic pork? We are currently in contact with the Nail Ranch & another location in Texas, which supplements their hog diets with corn, perhaps to add more fat to the meat. We still have elk in the freezer, but when that's gone we are also in the process of looking into buffalo hunts. Have you ever tasted buffalo meat? If so, what info can you provide? Thanks again...

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I agree that a larger, non lactating (only 2 or 3 weeks after dropping a litter) sow of any size is fine eating, especially if you are going to butcher it to individual portion size. I have access to processing equipment and get about 30 to 35% return by weight, especially if the hog is fat. I usually process them to ham steaks and chops and grind the rest to sausage. Sometimes saw the ribs up, roast them some and cook them in with rice. Small ones are best bar-b-qued whole. Not much for bacon even on a fattened wild hog. The flavor of wild pork varies by diet. Using corn to bait or fatten them will generally make the meat milder and some I have trapped and raised for several months could not be differentiated from domestics in flavor. Others that have been strictly on a natural diet, may be fat from acorns & red root but stronger tasting. (still good eating) Others have been so lean that they ended dry and tough. I usually grind these up with 25% beef/pork fat for sausage & chile. ANY boar over 125lbs is going to be strong in flavor and true mad at the world, deep woods with a attitude tophies will likely be unfit to eat. Drop one and you will know why. These are strictly for the wall.(boil the meat for the dogs-OUTSIDE & away from the house) "Some" large, wild hogs in our area have been trapped when young, castrated and released. These are the ultimate in good eating.

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Wynn -

Thank you for the detailed information... My wife gives it the thumbs up for one of our late winter or early spring hunts account we like to hunt in the cooler weather. Naturally she wants to know if there are any casinos in Texas??? That's my gal - you gotta love her... She is thinking about taking her Browning BAR MKII in 300 WSM w/Boss, which was & remains an out-of-the-box shooter of .5 to .75 groups. I am considering taking 2 of my original 300 win mags, Browning BAR w/Boss & the custom built rifle my gal recently got me for our 30th wedding anniversay. We figure the quick follow-up shots with our BAR's would be beneficial. Do you think our 180 gr. Partition elk loads would do for the head shots (behind the ear) or should I consider one of our heavier trophy bonded bear claw loads??? Pursuant to the waste & actual obtainable amount of pork, we will be hunting for 4 to 5 hogs each... Sounds like fun & good eats except for the boars!!!

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Any of the firearms you listed are excellent hog stoppers. I use 180 gr partitions almost exclusively in my 06. Never lost one to a lack of bullet performance. Suggest you study the anatomy of a hog briefly before your hunt. The heart/lung area is lower and further forward than on elk or deer. Head shots in or slightly behind the ear are always a instant kill. The base of the neck about 2/3 down is good also. Good luck, safe hunting, good eating and most of all; have fun.

By the way; I have had Buffalo steak one time and it was delicious. Tender and as good as any beef. However it was from a ranch raised animal, commercially slaughtered and chef prepared. Cannot comment on a hunt harvested animal.

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