Wild hogs in Indiana: they’re real!

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We finally found written proof of the best-worst-kept-secret in the Hoosier outdoors: there are wild hogs running around Indiana.

Before you sharpen the pig-sticker and plan on where to store 300 pounds of boar sausage, realize that it is estimated there are less than 50 of the porkers running around the wilds of Warrick county.

According to this story printed in the Evansville Courier & Press, Indiana Department of Natural Resources Conservation Officer Gordon Wood admitted that the piggies have been living in his district for several years.

This corner personally heard this story a few years ago from several top administrators within the DNR who had experience with the animals.  It seems, according to rumor, that a property owner in the area decided it was a good idea to release wild boars purchased from a dealer in the southeastern U.S.  The idea was to have a pig hunt without traveling out of state.

According to my DNR sources, the pigs found the Hoosier wildlands to their liking and established a breeding population.  The landowner(s) got to hunt their pigs and everybody is happy.

I was joking about that last part.

The DNR is unhappy because feral pigs have the potential to quickly become a problem for native plants and wildlife, especially small game and birds such as quail.   Area pig farmers and state veterinarians aren’t happy because the free-roaming animals could easily spread swine diseases, especially those that might have been brought with the boars themselves.

I’ve also been told that anyone traveling to the area to hunt the boars will find outright hostility from anyone who actually knows where the porkers are partying.  Good luck trying to get permission on private land to hunt the animals.

We have also heard rumors that this isn’t the only or smallest herd in southern Indiana, though that story comes from “friend-of-a-friend” sources so take this notion with a couple of large salt tablets before ingestion.

Once again the short-sighted whims of man have the potential for throwing a monkey wrench in our already-stressed ecosystems.

Lynnville Indiana wild hogs

photo: Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency

7 thoughts on “Wild hogs in Indiana: they’re real!

  1. will the pigs migrate to west central indiana soon beacause i really want to hunt those things

  2. Not one to want them here having seen what t hey ruined in many places. The hogs destroy game and eat anything they fine. Deer want acorns but will be run out by hogs. Squirrels also suffer as do turkey. Hogs will end up the only thing to hunt if not controlled and anyone encouraging them to breed is playing a bad game.

  3. My friends 84 year old father shot and killed one in Southeast Indiana last week. Two of them were trying to isolate one of his calfs from the herd of cows. His dad walked up fairly close to one of them, and when the pig turned and began walking toward the old guy, he popped it between the eyes with a 22 pistol. The other one ran off. My friends dog disappeared a few days before all this, and it was a part pit bull mutt that I wouldn’t want mad at me.

  4. Hogs wouldnt be a problem if it wasnt for the southern states (farmers) turning it into big business. They own the land next to public land then feed the hogs too keep them on thier property for paid hunting trips then claim crop damage then file claims we pay for as tax payers to line there pockets stop that and you will stop wild hogs. Ive tried to hunt in florida and ran into that problem they walk the property line of their land making sure you dont shoot accross thier fence line to kill a hog if you on a wma. So hoggs will get to indiana because of the farmers if they dont allow hunting om thier land why should we pay for damages

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