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Old 11-05-2007, 10:15 AM   #1
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Question Wild boar hunting in Southern Oregon

I heard some secondhand news reports this weekend about some domesticated pigs that have been on the loose and breeding in the wild for a few years now and have been migrating up from California into southern Oregon. They are becoming a nuisance in southern Oregon so much so, that the ODFW is debating opening a season for hunting wild pig.

Anyone else out there hear of such things? I don't know if it's just blowing smoke or what. It would be pretty cool if it's true...Mmmmm....wild bacon...good.

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Old 11-05-2007, 10:47 AM   #2
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I think the ODFW refers to them as Feral swine. this is from the 2007 regs

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Feral swine are a non-native introduced
species in Oregon that have negative
impacts on native wildlife and habitats.
Feral swine are included in the Oregon
Invasive Species Council’s list of “100
Most Dangerous Invaders’’ to keep out of
Oregon. It is very important to the Oregon
Department of Fish and Wildlife and the
Oregon Department of Agriculture to
eliminate this non-native species before
they become established.
Feral swine are now defined as a
“predatory animal”. It is legal to hunt
feral swine on public land with a hunting
license. Hunting feral swine on private land
does not require a hunting license, but you
must gain landowner permission to be their
agent, and determine if any swine found
meet the definition of “feral swine”
definition of Feral Swine

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“Feral Swine” are animals of the genus
Sus which meet the following conditions:
(1) The animals are free roaming on
public or private lands and not being
held under domestic management
confinement; (2) No notification to the
land owner, manager, or occupant has
been made by the swine owner or their
representative of specifically identified
and described swine having escaped
domestic management confinement
within a radius of five miles during the
past five days; (3) The swine under
consideration do not appear to be
domesticated and are not tame; and (4)
The swine under consideration do not
meet the identification and description of
escaped swine in section (2) above

So.....Go get'em!

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LiveLarge, thanks for the info. Do you have a link to where you pulled that info exactly? Thanks again.
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I have seen some, and there is another guy on here that shot 2 earlier this year. I would be really surprised if there were enough for ODFW to consider a season for them though.

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I have seen some, and there is another guy on here that shot 2 earlier this year. I would be really surprised if there were enough for ODFW to consider a season for them though.

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What areas are these guys in? So basically you can just hunt them year round is that what you guys are saying? Thanks.
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Old 11-05-2007, 11:03 AM   #6
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There's already a "season" on them, and it consists of everyone trying to kill them whenever you get a chance. Feral pigs are a very persistent invasive species, and it would be a disaster if they ever got established here.

Shoot every one you see, and keep shooting until you're sure they're dead.
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There's already a "season" on them, and it consists of everyone trying to kill them whenever you get a chance. Feral pigs are a very persistent invasive species, and it would be a disaster if they ever got established here.

Shoot every one you see, and keep shooting until you're sure they're dead.
I'm all for it! Yahoo! Anyone have tips on spots to find them, and do they taste good?
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they can be hunted year around. I am in Southern Oregon (GP) and the other guy, that shot the 2, is out of Medford area I believe.

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Old 11-05-2007, 11:13 AM   #9
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They taste just like regular pork. No bacon though... not enough fat. I have heard rumors of the southern Oregon pigs for many years. I have have only seen one that was killed near the Siskyou Pass. I have a friend that found the skull of one while he was shed hunting in that area as well. I have been down there numerous time and never saw any rooting.
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Old 11-05-2007, 01:27 PM   #10
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I copied and pasted that info straight from the Oregon big game regulations that can be downloaded here. It's a pdf file.
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There's already a "season" on them, and it consists of everyone trying to kill them whenever you get a chance. Feral pigs are a very persistent invasive species, and it would be a disaster if they ever got established here.

Shoot every one you see, and keep shooting until you're sure they're dead.

I hope they come here..
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Old 11-05-2007, 03:10 PM   #12
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Klamath river canyon has been known to hold a few,don't get the wrong idea though,it's not like you can just wander around and run into them everywhere,their are not huge numbers and alot of real estate they potentially call home
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Old 11-05-2007, 05:56 PM   #13
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They roam big ,I hunt piggies in California ,and when the find a good area ( a rather large one ),good luck ,and they are good eating
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I'd sure like to run into one - - well, you know, with a bullet. This subject has come up before. You can search if you want more info from those old posts - - here is one of the ones I found: http://www.ifish.net/board/showthrea...ight=wild+pigs

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Old 11-06-2007, 08:22 AM   #15
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Thanks for the info Don, and as well to the others that posted...this is great. Man I would love to run into some of these bad boys some day. You can never have too much ham ya know.
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Old 11-06-2007, 07:51 PM   #16
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I have hunted these in California with dogs, we used aussie sheperds, man it was fun. You put the dogs in the back of the truck until they smell the pigs, they jump out of the truck and off they go. You need to wear goggles for running through the brush and pistol hunting is the easiest as you do not want to be running with a rifle unless you're in a war. We got four big pigs in one day, we could of had 20. The meat was mostly good, sometimes for no reason it would taste wierd. Skinning them they smell sickly sweet. Good times.
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where did you do the dog hunting? was that with a guide?
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Old 04-23-2008, 12:26 PM   #18
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Check out the may/june issue of oregon hunter. Its the one with a feral swine on the cover
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Old 04-23-2008, 03:28 PM   #19
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Heres a report I found acouple years ago on the risk of swine in oregon includint locations and population levels, I know some have changed since this report but I think it would be a good place to start. Check out the picture in Appendix A.

http://www.oregon.gov/OISC/docs/pdf/swine_ra.pdf
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I have seen some, and there is another guy on here that shot 2 earlier this year. I would be really surprised if there were enough for ODFW to consider a season for them though.

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are they coming up threw the siskous? what part, applegate, keno, or ashland?
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Old 04-24-2008, 06:57 AM   #21
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Pigs are like trying to find a needle in a haystack here in Oregon. Even when you've found where they are using, still next to impossible to find them. I've got numerous pictures of them on my trail cams, never to be seen during daylight hours..Haven't come to bait either..
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Old 04-24-2008, 09:14 AM   #22
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Heres some info I recieved via email that may of interest.

Hi Paul,

Thanks for your interest in feral swine. I'm afraid I don't have any specific information on feral swine locations in Oregon. However, from the information I've gathered so far, it looks like the John Day, Antelope or SW Oregon (GoldBeach) areas would be your best bet for finding huntable populations of feral swine. Your best bets for hunting on public lands probably lies along the Oregon/California border.

Much of the difficulty we've found so far is that many of the feral swine we know of are locked up on private property by owners that are not particularly receptive to hunting on their property. The areas of John Day, Antelope, GoldBeach or the area between Ashland and Klamath Falls may prove to have some swine that are more easily accessed. However, I don't have any exact locations for these areas. My best suggestion would be to call around to some of the local sporting goods shops or any connections you may have in the areas to see what they know. Another option would be to do a house by house "door knocking" search in the area you are interested in to see if anyone would give you permission to hunt on their land. Our local ODFW biologists have limited knowledge of huntable populations due to the elusive nature of these animals; the fact that many of these animals exist primarily on private property and the fact that many of the locals have proven to be very tight lipped on exact locations.

If you do happen to find some, please let me know where you find them - I would like to know exact locations too. Thanks again for your interest and please let me know if you have any other questions.

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Good luck to everyone and Id love to know if anybody finds em!!
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Old 04-24-2008, 09:33 AM   #23
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Thanks for posting that information
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That is the sad part.. locked up on private land. Feral Swines are Really really bad for Oregon's land.

Find them... KILL THEM ALL!!!.. Shot placement.. one round Per hog, KILL them. Then do Follow up with ODFW on the the location & numbers removed, They can Fly Helo & Shoot the remaining numbers Plus keep tabs on that area.

They will destroy our Green state. They are BAD.
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I saw a show on tv about these critters they are like dandylions when they get estabished it hard to get rid of them. I also understand they do a ton of damage I am thinking a private land owner that has damage might be happy to have a hunter show up. I wonder if the BIo down there can point in the right direction as well?


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That is the sad part.. locked up on private land. Feral Swines are Really really bad for Oregon's land.

Find them... KILL THEM ALL!!!.. Shot placement.. one round Per hog, KILL them. Then do Follow up with ODFW on the the location & numbers removed, They can Fly Helo & Shoot the remaining numbers Plus keep tabs on that area.

They will destroy our Green state. They are BAD.
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Heres some info I recieved via email that may of interest.

Hi Paul,


Thanks for your interest in feral swine. I'm afraid I don't have any specific information on feral swine locations in Oregon. However, from the information I've gathered so far, it looks like the John Day, Antelope or SW Oregon (GoldBeach) areas would be your best bet for finding huntable populations of feral swine. Your best bets for hunting on public lands probably lies along the Oregon/California border.


Much of the difficulty we've found so far is that many of the feral swine we know of are locked up on private property by owners that are not particularly receptive to hunting on their property. The areas of John Day, Antelope, GoldBeach or the area between Ashland and Klamath Falls may prove to have some swine that are more easily accessed. However, I don't have any exact locations for these areas. My best suggestion would be to call around to some of the local sporting goods shops or any connections you may have in the areas to see what they know. Another option would be to do a house by house "door knocking" search in the area you are interested in to see if anyone would give you permission to hunt on their land. Our local ODFW biologists have limited knowledge of huntable populations due to the elusive nature of these animals; the fact that many of these animals exist primarily on private property and the fact that many of the locals have proven to be very tight lipped on exact locations.

If you do happen to find some, please let me know where you find them - I would like to know exact locations too. Thanks again for your interest and please let me know if you have any other questions.



Jim Gores


Invasive Species and Wildlife Integrity Coordinator


Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife


3406 Cherry Ave. NE


Salem, OR 97303


503-947-6308



Good luck to everyone and Id love to know if anybody finds em!!

I looked into this several years ago as well.

That above was a good read.

I wonder if the reason they are hush hus about pigs on their land is that it is a great food source? I mean common times are tough and although many of us eat from both worlds some folks might realy enjoy their pigs?

I have yet to see the anti's attack invasive critter problems yet....
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Old 04-24-2008, 11:44 AM   #27
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if they are between ashland and klamath falls that is going to be the keno unit. i have hunted it when i was a kid it would be real hard to find them in there.
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I believe the reason most people are hush-hush about pigs on their land is because they're a novelty and there aren't very many of them yet. When you look at the lengths that people in other parts of the country go to in order to get rid of pigs it's easy to see that it's a big mistake to protect them, but some people don't look that far ahead.

I saw a show on one of the hunting channels that followed a guy around who had a pig eradication business. He used several different guns each topped with a thermal scope and hunted at night. That's some big $$$ needed to pay for that kind of equipment.
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I know that part of the reason that land owners are hush hush is that they can charge quite alot for hunters like us who want to hunt these pigs. I was told that by the same individual who sent the email.
Yes its to bad because this continue to be a problem as long as private land owners provide a haven.
Dont get me wrong I definitely belive in property owners rights.
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Old 04-24-2008, 12:16 PM   #30
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pigs are of the best things about being down here, you always have something to hunt no matter what time of year it is. I tell you what, they are tuff to drop on the first shot unless you get em in the ear. Strong, strong animals!!
A friend of mine shot one 3 weeks ago, it took 6 rounds with a .45 before he was done.
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I've hunted between Ashland and Klamath Falls for years and I've never seen one or heard of people seeing them
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Great info Paul, thanks for posting it!
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i know these are an invasive species and am not advocating them for being good for the oregon ecosystem, but i hunt them in california and everywhere i have hunted has had good numbers of deer turkey elk and so on. i see the damage they can cause but when its back in the brush what harm is the rooting doing? if i was a land owner i would do my best to keep them in order but this is jsut my four cents.
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IN The hills up near sterling creek, and over on the other side by Town (medford) griffon creek,

Used to be a wild boar up in there.

Be careful, as there are active claims worked up there and some of those folks will be glad to show you the way off their property with a shotgun.

There are also other things going on up there.
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I hope they come here..
No, you really don't. They tear up meadows and springs. They destroy wildlife feeding and bedding areas. The damage they do to native plants helps invasive weeds establish in critical feeding areas for deer and elk.

Kill them all. Wildlife agencies in states that have them (other than Texas) want them gone because of the damage they do.

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if they are coming up from cali are they swimming the klamath river or crossing the very few bridges??
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From what i understand..The hogs that are in this area were brought in about 15 years ago by a fellow who got them in California. There are a couple small pods of them but definitely not huntable populations of them. I hunted one group for many many days and finally ended up killing two out of that bunch. Also been after a giant boar for years now and never even seen him except sign and on camera. He is a solo animal and does do a good bit of damage. There populations do seem to be expanding though..The reason they are mainly on private land is that is the type of habitat they prefer. They like the oaks and meadow with tons of poision oak..I finally jumped that big hog out of his bed a couple months ago without ever seeing him..There beds are unmistakeable, he didn't jump until i was within 30 feet..Makes me wonder how close i've been before without knowing it..I'm not done with him yet..
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Check out Pokegama road off of Highway 66 between the Klamath river and ashland. I know there are a bunch of mustangs running wild out there and probably a bunch of swine. Used to spend alot of time hunting there as a kid, but I haven't been back in a while. Plenty of BBears on the west side there too.
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From what i understand..The hogs that are in this area were brought in about 15 years ago by a fellow who got them in California. There are a couple small pods of them but definitely not huntable populations of them. I hunted one group for many many days and finally ended up killing two out of that bunch. Also been after a giant boar for years now and never even seen him except sign and on camera. He is a solo animal and does do a good bit of damage. There populations do seem to be expanding though..The reason they are mainly on private land is that is the type of habitat they prefer. They like the oaks and meadow with tons of poision oak..I finally jumped that big hog out of his bed a couple months ago without ever seeing him..There beds are unmistakeable, he didn't jump until i was within 30 feet..Makes me wonder how close i've been before without knowing it..I'm not done with him yet..
Give ODFW the GPS numbers for those hogs. They can use that Data.
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Check out Pokegama road off of Highway 66 between the Klamath river and ashland. I know there are a bunch of mustangs running wild out there and probably a bunch of swine. Used to spend alot of time hunting there as a kid, but I haven't been back in a while. Plenty of BBears on the west side there too.
mustangs should be shot as well, IMHO. No different than feral swine.

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mustangs should be shot as well, IMHO. No different than feral swine.

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Old 04-25-2008, 05:40 PM   #42
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Dat's pretty funny
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i see the damage they can cause but when its back in the brush what harm is the rooting doing? ...
They eat upland bird eggs for one thing.
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wanting feral pigs is like asking for wharf rats in your bed, you might want rats in your bed, but i don't
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Old 04-26-2008, 11:29 AM   #45
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wanting feral pigs is like asking for wharf rats in your bed, you might want rats in your bed, but i don't

Well said!
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Old 04-26-2008, 08:09 PM   #46
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IF you want them on private land FENCE THEM IN!!. Free ranging Feral Hogs.. are Danger to the Plants, wildlife. Ecosytem.

SHOOT ON SITE!! KILL the stinking things. Protect our Oregon ecosytem from this critter.

Report ALL hogs sightings Killings, to ODFW & http://oregoninvasiveshotline.org/

Its the right thing to do!!.
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Old 04-29-2008, 06:08 AM   #47
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IF you want them on private land FENCE THEM IN!!. Free ranging Feral Hogs.. are Danger to the Plants, wildlife. Ecosytem.

SHOOT ON SITE!! KILL the stinking things. Protect our Oregon ecosytem from this critter.

Report ALL hogs sightings Killings, to ODFW & http://oregoninvasiveshotline.org/

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Old 04-29-2008, 12:38 PM   #48
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I saw a show on one of the hunting channels that followed a guy around who had a pig eradication business. He used several different guns each topped with a thermal scope and hunted at night. That's some big $$$ needed to pay for that kind of equipment.

That was a great show.
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Old 04-29-2008, 10:13 PM   #49
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I use to hunt pig in California growing up around Hollister and Gilroy and I will tell you one thing donít go under gunned they are mean little buggers and my uncle had a bunch turn on him after shooting one with a bow they chase him up a tree his leg got a nice chunk ripped right out so be careful and I want to go so bad I love hunting pigs rp
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