Feral hogs: Hunters and farmers connect to get rid of a problem

Feral hogs: Hunters and farmers connect to get rid of a problem

Wild hogs can be a big problem for farmers. “Hunters Helping Farmers” is a Georgia program that connects hunters and farmers together.

Wild hogs can be a big problem for farmers and landowners. “Hunters Helping Farmers” is a Georgia program that connects hunters and farmers together with one goal: to get rid of the problem.

Rooting, trampling and consumption of crops are the most common type of damage seen by farmers. Crops most often destroyed include rice, sorghum, wheat, corn, soybeans, peanuts, potatoes, watermelon and cantaloupe. Hogs also can potentially contribute to bacterial contamination and sedimentation issues in waterways and they can carry numerous diseases, such as brucellosis and pseudorabies.

“Feral Hogs are known for causing extensive damage,” Mark Williams, Georgia Department of Natural Resources Commissioner. “By matching a hunter who is looking for additional hunting opportunities, with a landowner who needs help dispatching feral hogs, we hope to provide some relief to those who are suffering from this growing problem.”

The Hunters Helping Farmers program provides a mechanism to help farmers and hunters engage with a similar goal in mind. The goal of the new program is to help facilitate a relationship between farmers looking for ways to control hog issues on their land and hunters looking to hunt them. Information from interested farmers and hunters will be matched based on geographical area and given to the farmer to choose if and when to contact a hunter. The farmer will be responsible for making all arrangements with the hunter.

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