For hunters, September is the start of the best season of the year. From now until the middle of January is hunting season. For the non-hunters reading this please notice I said “hunting” season not “killing” season. Hunters enter the woods, leaving the urban life behind and try to blend into the woods like a shadow. When animals walk past us and are oblivious to our presence, it has been a productive hunt.
The exception to this almost mystical experience are feral hogs. Feral hog hunting is killing. From rooting up crops to eroding creek banks, feral hogs are responsible for an enormous amount of agricultural and environmental damage. In the reproduction department they give the rabbits a run for the money. The hogs don’t have very many predators, except for man. There are a few rules and regulation regarding hunting feral hogs but the term used the most is “any means or methods”. The standing rule in most deer camps is “shoot on sight”. That may sound harsh but take a look at what the USDA has to say about feral hogs.