Story by Tori Dutton, Hill Country RC&D Coordinator
The San Saba Soil & Water Conservation District (SWCD) and Texas AgriLife Extension Service recently held a Feral Hog Appreciation Day on July 23 at the Civic Center in San Saba. Neal Alexander, San Saba County Extension agent opened the meeting and welcomed everyone to the event.
Program presenters were Dr. Dale Rollins, Extension Wildlife Specialist, San Angelo, Texas; Dr. David Finch, Texas Animal Health Commission; and Glyn Riley, Texas Wildlife Society.
The term 'appreciation' titled for the event was tagged by Dr. Dale Rollins. He explained that he wanted the participants to understand more facts about feral hogs and to gain an appreciation for what they would learn. Program topics included: What's Your Feral Hog IQ?; Appreciating Feral Hogs; Status and Distribution of Feral Hogs; Feral Hog Biology; Interactions with Native Wildlife; Coping with Feral Hogs; Disease Concerns; Controlling and Hunting Feral Hogs: Laws and Regulations for Hunting and Trapping.
Approximately 85 participants attended the event and earned 5 CEU credits from the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA). Tori Dutton, coordinator for the Hill Country RC&D attended the meeting and provided handouts and other information to landowners.
Local rancher Roy Fischer of Cherokee was the winner of a raffle for a hog trap built by Chris Pool, son of Pat Pool, chairman of the San Saba Soil and Water Conservation District. Proceeds of the raffle went to the local SWCD to further education and outreach efforts.
Attendees enjoyed a fried catfish lunch with all the trimmings.
Dr. Rollins explains to a curious audience why he calls it "Appreciating the Feral Hog."
Roy Fischer, local rancher from Cherokee, Texas, was the raffle winner of the custom built hog trap.
Various styles of hog traps were demonstrated to the group by local trappers.
Photos submitted by: Tori Dutton, Hill Country RC&D Area.