Hogs and Exotics Gun or bow, you can stretch your season and fill the freezer with wild hogs and an assortment of exotics.

Why so many?

Old 10-15-2020, 05:40 PM
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Originally Posted by Oldtimr View Post
Actually it is the weather in the area the wild hogs are that determines how many times a year they breed and have young, not whether they are truly wild or just feral. In the states the hogs in the southern part of the county can have 2 or 3 litters while the hogs in the northern part of the county will have just one.
Real Wild Boar mate in the Fall and have a litter in late winter early spring. Their gestation period is somewhere between 110 and 120 days. I have no real first-hand Observation, feral domestic Hogs are rare here but they are around. I've always assumed and read that domesticated Hogs are breed to have multiple litters a year, Which makes sense more litters more money, and a more efficient production model.
I imagine it can be weather-related, but the trigger for Wild Boar seems to be colder weather and/or shorter days.
It seems reasonable some lines of feral domestic Hog revert back to the standard over the generations. It has been hypothesized that multiple litters a year may be dominant in some lines. Most feral populations breed randomly and eventually over generations revert back to the base model or a hybrid very close to the original.

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Old 10-16-2020, 07:11 AM
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Where I hunt for hog in SC there are real wild hogs, they have multiple breedings a year. I cannot speak for Europe. All wild hogs in the southern states came initially cam from domestic animals that the explorers and settlers released.

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Old 10-20-2020, 07:25 PM
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While feral hogs can have multiple litters per year, at least here in Texas, it is generally about 3 litters every 2 years. The reason there are so many hogs isn't just because of the additional litters, but because of the high survival rate of the young, usually >70%.
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