Feral Hogs & Diseases

Douglas Mason recently gave us an update about some of the hogs he has removed from Oakridge Ranch.   Douglas says that some of these hogs exhibited symptoms of pseudorabies.

This is not rabies in the common sense, but a viral infection carried by swine in many parts of the world.   Psuedorabies is a viral infection caused by Suid herpesvirus 1 (SuHV1).   The term “pseudorabies” is not an accurate term for the virus as it has nothing at all to do with the rabies virus.

Attached is a short primer from Texas A & M University on a few diseases carried & transmitted by feral hogs.

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Thank you, Mr. Mason, for all the work you do to remove feral hogs from Oakridge Ranch!   You perform a difficult and time-consuming task to keep the population of these predators under control.

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How big is this hog?

Matthew Crosby shows one of many hogs he has taken. According to his dad, Rick, the weight was 260 pounds, “this boar never had a chance!”

Who has the largest grin now?  See below.                                                                                                      20131221_214423

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Wounded Warrior Hunt Upcoming

We hope you make plans to participate in ORWMA’s Annual Wounded Warrior Hunt coming up on December 14 & 15.   We host several wounded warriors from Brooke Army Medical Center for the 2-day period and give them a chance to hunt at Oakridge Ranch.  For more details on how you can participate, please click on the “Groups” tab, then “Deer”; next click on “Wounded Warrior Hunt“. 

Oakridge Ranch’s Douglas Mason gives away several wounded warrior hunts throughout the year.  Below is a nice picture of a recent successful hunt Douglas (& his dogs) had with Jeremy Spoerle and his family.  Jeremy was wounded in 2007.  Pictured are Jeremy with family members Barb, Callie & John.  Thank you, Douglas, for what you do for our wounded warriors all year long!

Spoerle Family Hunt with Douglas Mason, November 2013.
Spoerle Family Hunt with Douglas Mason, November 2013.

 

Have you seen these hogs?

My beautiful picture of pigs; Photo Courtesy of Larry Petter,11-08-2013.
My beautiful picture of pigs; Photo Courtesy of Larry Petter,11-08-2013.

We have all seen the black pigs. Let us know if you have seen this white and black pig. It almost looks like a Holstein calf!
Pictures taken at the Petter property, Miller Creek Loop.

Predator Control Ongoing at Oakridge

Dogs baying a hog as trained; Photo by D.Mason, 10-29-2013.
Dogs baying a hog as trained; Photo by D.Mason, 10-29-2013.

Douglas Mason is continually trying to keep us ahead of the game with predator control here at Oakridge Ranch.  Above is a great picture of his dogs doing what they are trained to do.   Douglas caught the hogs below off Deer Field Court this week.  He has now removed more than 500 hogs removed from Oakridge Ranch during 2013 and we still have two months left in this year!

Eleven hogs in one trap on Deer Field Court; Photo by D.Mason, 10-29-2013.
Eleven hogs in one trap on Deer Field Court; Photo by D.Mason, 10-29-2013.

Below is a picture of “The Hog Whisperer” himself, Douglas Mason, having a serious conversation with some caught feral hogs.

Feral hogs conversation time with "The Hog Whisperer"; Photo courtesy of Douglas Mason, 10-29-2013.
Conversation time with “The Hog Whisperer”; Photo courtesy of Douglas Mason, 10-29-2013.

Feral Hogs at Oakridge Ranch

 

Trapped feral sow with piglets at Oakridge; Photo by D.Mason, Sept 1, 2013
Trapped feral sow with piglets at Oakridge; Photo by D.Mason, Sept 1, 2013

Feral hogs are definitely a problem for most of the state of Texas, including the area of the Oak Prairie Region of Texas.   We have an active group here in Oakridge Ranch headed up by Douglas Mason that works to keep the feral hogs in our area at a minimum.   Below is link to an informative article by Mr. Rick Taylor, Wildlife Biologist with Texas Parks & Wildlife.

http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/huntwild/wild/nuisance/feral_hogs

Please be sure to contact Douglas Mason should you have need of hog removal on your property.    And send your hog pictures to oakridgeranchwma@gmail.com.   Live life outdoors!

Why Control Feral Hogs?

Attached is one of the latest hogs removed from Oakridge Ranch by Douglas Mason and his group of hog hunters.   This one weighed in at 200 pounds.   Douglas and company have removed over 300 hogs from Oakridge Ranch so far in 2013.  

Feral hogs not only do damage to agricultural crops and our yards, but can carry diseases that can be harmful to other wildlife as well as humans.   We’ve added a link to some information regarding feral hogs from Texas A&M University that is relevant to controlling hogs in Oakridge Ranch.   Although some of these hogs are descendants from domestic hogs, the current feral hogs in Oakridge are not domestic and should be treated with the respect and distance as you would any wild animal.   These are not farm pets.   If you have a need to have hogs removed from your property, please contact Douglas Mason, ORWMA Predator Control Board Chairperson.

http://feralhogs.tamu.edu/2011/05/agrilife-today-busting-feral-hog-myths/

A 200 pound feral hog; Photo by D.Mason, 02-02-2013.
A 200 pound feral hog; Photo by D.Mason, 02-02-2013.

Ongoing Hog Removal in the Ranch

Here’s the first hog trapped on Oakridge this month.  Douglas Mason & crew have worked to remove 212 hogs from the Ranch so far this year, both by using traps and dogs to track & hunt these predators who can be dangerous to both humans and livestock.

First trapped hog of the month; Photo by D.Mason, June 2013.
First trapped hog of the month; Photo by D.Mason, June 2013.

Douglas & his crew of ladies & men with dogs, shown here with Cody Moore, work diligently to keep the growing number of wild & feral hogs to a minimum within Oakridge Ranch.  As noted on the main Predator page, Douglas donates much of the meat to the hungry.

290 Pound Feral Hog; Photo Courtesy of Douglas Mason, June 2013.
290 Pound Feral Hog; Photo Courtesy of Douglas Mason, June 2013.