If you go…
What: Feral hog workshop
When: 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30
Where: Hays County AgriLife Extension Office, 1253 Civic Center Loop in San Marcos
Who: Sponsored by the Texas State Soil and Conservation board and the Plum Creek Watershed Partnership.
More: Cabela’s in Buda is hosting hour-long feral hog workshops this month. They are scheduled for 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25 and 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28.
Until the end of the year, hunters can collect $2 for every feral hog they kill in an effort to put a dent in the burgeoning population of the invasive wild pigs. Hog hunters can claim the bounty at three local businesses: McCoys Building Supply in San Marcos (on Saturdays only); Triple “S” Feed in Dripping Springs; and King Feed, Garden & Hardware in Wimberley.
Feral hogs — which are thought to number more than 2 million across all of Texas’ 254 counties — cause an estimated $200 million in damage every year, according to the Texas AgriLife Extension Service. The nocturnal, tusked pigs root deep in the ground for vegetation and insects, transforming fertile land into a naked wasteland literally overnight.
“They can do more damage than a bulldozer,” Texas Farm Bureau spokesman Gene Hall told the Associated Press.
Hays County commissioners last month approved $1,500 in bounty money to encourage locals to take part in the statewide Hog Out competition organized by the Texas Department of Agriculture. The county that kills the most feral hogs will win a $20,000 state grant to establish a formal eradication program.
The last such contest bagged 12,632 hogs in participating jurisdictions with 2,047 killed in Hardeman County alone.
Starting Oct. 20, hunters can trade their hog tails — preferably frozen ones — for money during business hours at Triple S and King Feed and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays at McCoy’s. Each tail will also constitute an entry into a drawing for a Hawglite, a bow-mounted light system that can be adapted to a rifle scope, gun barrel or an AR style of picantinny rail.