Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Who Wouldn't Like Free Range Bacon?

Heh. Lighter side news of the day part two, courtesy of Stretch...

Wild Hogs Roam Streets, Scare People Near Atlanta
ATLANTA (AP) — Police have enlisted the help of a trapper to round up a group of feral hogs scaring residents of a subdivision in suburban Atlanta.

Some parents fear sending their children to a school bus stop in the Lithonia area, where up to four of the hogs are roaming the streets and eating trash in front yards.
Now, maybe I'm just falling victim to rampant stereotyping here, but that's the kind of pants-wetting hysteria I'd expect in Massachusetts, not Georgia. I'd have thought in Georgia the biggest danger would be the fistfights that resulted after a hog was shot from four different directions. "That's my kill!" "The hell it is!" I would think that fresh bacon that comes right up to the bus stop would be something you'd want to cultivate, not be afraid of...

Kidding aside, I know that a) feral pigs don't provide very good bacon; and b) a subdivision is a pretty lousy place to let loose with a .308 or .45-70... I also know that for folks that have never seen a wild animal outside of a zoo, coming face to face with nature in any form - let alone a multi-hundred pound porcine - can be daunting. Heck, I've watched people plain near panic when a wild turkey crosses the road - when they're in their cars! I've taken a turkey out on my Harley; I know for a fact your 4,000 pound Sequoia can handle it...

I do have to wonder how many rounds of .380 ACP you'd need to take down a feral hog - probably all of them, dumped from a passing plane...

That is all.

12 comments:

Dave H said...

Well, remember Jay, things are different in urban/suburban areas where people are more isolated from nature in all her vicious glory.

But even though I live on the edge of a very small town, if there were feral pigs in my neighborhood you can bet I'd be hanging out at the bus stop with one of my .40s until the kids were safely on the bus. Pigs aren't to be trifled with.

They're also hell on vehicles if you hit them at speed, because they're heavy with a low center of gravity. They roll under the car instead of falling onto the hood and sliding into the windshield. Say goodbye to your exhaust if you hit one.

Sailorcurt said...

Also keep in mind that Atlanta is rapidly becoming known as the "Detroit of the South".

Granted, this was a suburb, not the city proper, but some of the liberal thinking that causes great cities to devolve into "utopian" wastelands has to leak past the borders as some people escape.

Weer'd Beard said...

"a subdivision is a pretty lousy place to let loose with a .308 or .45-70..."

That's why God invented Frangible rounds! Duhhh!

Anonymous said...

Wild hogs tend to be in the 100 pound range and good eating. Bows, snares, or a couple of scrappy dogs and spear and it time for this:

http://www.livestrong.com/article/492482-how-to-do-a-filipino-pig-roast/

Road trip! Gerry

Angus McThag said...

This is what happens when you just let people leave the NE and head to The Suth.

If we'd built the wall then at least we'd know the strong and determined ones were what we had.

Short of that, there's feral hogs to weed out the non-hackers.

Chris said...

I will say that, given the chance, I'm not shooting at a feral hog with a handgun unless I've already climbed a tree. OTOH, maybe I can go down there and sell boar spear kits.

Glenn B said...

I am willing to bet that at least one of those pigs eyed the local kids as a tasty morsel. Besides remembering that pigs are not to be trifled with, you need to think about these having become rather unafraid of people and thus a potential nasty threat.

Glenn B said...

Oh yeah, I forgot to add, I do not know about free range bacon but some free bacon is always okay by me.

Old NFO said...

Atlanta no longer classifies as the South...

Stithjim said...

I use a 10mm Glock when I go hog hunting, but the ones I shoot are tipping the scales at nearly 800-1000 pounds. So I'm sure a 10 is a bit overkill for the little ones.

Ed said...

Biologist Charlie Killmaster - now that is a name out of hollywood central casting.

A good spice rub and slow cooking over low heat like a smoker provides will do good things with feral pig.

Jim said...

A good long soak in brine solves many of Mr. Hog's problems.



Jim
Sunk New Dawn
Galveston, TX