• Brae Buckner

    Following up on my last post, I wanted to give a little more insight on what can be done to combat a feral hog takeover on your property. Because wild hogs are one of the most prolific reproducers we deal with in the southeast, it is extremely hard to completely eradicate this species once they have established themselves in an area, but we try our best stay on top of the problem before it gets out of hand.

    When feral hogs take over a property, the damage is incredible. The competition among native wildlife, the damage to vegetation, and the damage to agricultural areas is devastating. One of the most concerning problems caused by hogs to landowners in the southeast is the fact that deer populations can be driven out of an area by a feral hog takeover. The competition for food and the potential predation on fawns is enough to completely drive out a deer herd from your property. Because deer hunting in Alabama is such a large industry, feral hog management is serious business. Several steps can be taken to control hog populations on your property, and all have shown to be successful on a case-by-case basis.

    Great Southern Outdoors has been working with the state of Alabama as part of their wild hog eradication program. We have state-issued nuisance animal control permits that allow us to hunt wild hogs over bait during nighttime hours. Our stands are equipped with top of the line feeders complete with motion-detector lights. We run hunters 2 or 3 times a month outside of regular hunting seasons in order to keep our wild hog population in check. By checking for signs of hog activity (rooting, wallowing, tracks), we do our best to put our hunters in the areas that they are most likely to shoot a hog. Because we are a free-range hunting plantation, no guarantees can be made on harvesting an animal every single time, but that’s one of the most exciting parts about the hunt. Working hard to successfully harvest an animal is one of the biggest rewards for a true hunter.

    Managing wild hogs efficiently is a year-round process. This is why Great Southern Outdoors operates 12 months out of the year. We run our hog hunts from April-September in order for our deer and turkey populations to thrive during the hunting season. If you only manage for wildlife during the active hunting months, your wildlife will suffer in the long run. By consistently staying on top of our nuisance animal populations and property management, we have been able to keep a growing and thriving wildlife population for years.