Bad news, Arkansas trying to get rid of Hogs

Arkansas Department of Agriculture

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 5/20/2022

Contact: Amy Lyman, (501) 410-4616

amy.lyman@agriculture.arkansas.gov

Additional Funds Aid Efforts to Remove Feral Hogs from Arkansas

LITTLE ROCK, AR – The Arkansas Department of Agriculture is pleased to announce that additional funding has been made available to assist with feral hog eradication efforts in Arkansas. Senator John Boozman was instrumental in securing $650,000 in federal funding through the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2022 for the Arkansas Department of Agriculture to implement additional eradication efforts across the state. Additionally, the Buffalo River Conservation Committee (BRCC) allocated $74,960 to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service Wildlife Services (USDA Wildlife Services) to expand eradication efforts within the Buffalo River watershed.

“We appreciate the efforts of Senator Boozman and the BRCC to provide additional resources that will enable the Department and our partners on the Arkansas Feral Hog Eradication Task Force to expand efforts to remove more feral hogs from Arkansas’s croplands, pastures, forests, and wetlands,” said Wes Ward, Arkansas Secretary of Agriculture. “

The Arkansas Department of Agriculture will use the federal funds to work with USDA Wildlife Services to implement a statewide feral hog management plan. These efforts will supplement ongoing removal activities, including eradication efforts in 12 Arkansas counties funded through the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service’s Feral Swine Eradication and Control Pilot Program.

USDA Wildlife Services will use the funding from the BRCC to purchase additional traps and other equipment to expand trapping efforts within the Buffalo River watershed.

Approximately 30,000 feral hogs have been removed from the state by members of the Feral Hog Eradication Task Force (Task Force) since January 2020. The Task Force was created by the Arkansas legislature in 2017 to create a plan for the eradication of feral hogs in Arkansas and is made up of 21 federal and state agencies and non-government organizations. More information on the Task Force can be found at bit.ly/FeralHogETF.

Feral hogs are an invasive species that are especially destructive to agricultural crops, native wildlife, and young domestic livestock. In Arkansas, the latest survey by U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) estimated that feral swine cause at least $41 million in agricultural damages every year, including $34 million in damages to soybeans, corn, cotton, wheat, hay, pecans, and rice, and $7.3 million in damages to livestock. Landowners experiencing feral hog damage are encouraged to call USDA Wildlife Services at (501) 835-2318 for assistance.

The Arkansas Department of Agriculture is dedicated to the development and implementation of policies and programs for Arkansas agriculture and forestry to keep its farmers and ranchers competitive in national and international markets while ensuring safe food, fiber, and forest products for the citizens of the state and nation. Visit agriculture.arkansas.gov to learn more.

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My buddy took me on my first hunting trip in the fall of 1969 somewhere in bottom lan near our college campus in Monticello. We were after wild hogs. He armed me with a 22 automatic and he had a 30/30 (or something like that). I was charged by a big hog and I unloaded my 22 on him. Didn’t slow him down one bit. I threw my gun down and climbed a tree. My buddy shot the rascal and he went down fast. I retired from hog hunting after that event.

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I do not think .22 fazes them.

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.22 is only for killing domestic hogs in a pen. Your friend was out for a good chuckle.

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He got one. I got hot running around then it got cold and I was sick in the dorm for a week.

You have to be a really good shot with a 22 to kill a hog! I wouldn’t recommend anyone trying to kill hogs with a 22 unless they are a really good! I used to kill them years ago with what ever I had shells for. I enjoy putting what ever I’m hunting down on 1 shot. Deer, ducks hogs or small game.
Most of the time what I was shooting eas larger than a 22.

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What in the world were we thinking? Obviously 18 year old college freshmen don’t think. Unfortunately that was not the craziest thing we did that year. :flushed:

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.223 works real well.

Main thing is you survived all the crazy things to tell about them now. As most of us have.
(Some crazy things best left unsaid).

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Most left unsaid!

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