Texas Pig Hunt With A Barrett .50 Cal Rifle…”Au revoir Monsieur Piggy”
This is a wild pig hunt in Texas and the shooter is using a Barrett .50 cal semi-auto rifle to do the job, or as they say in French, “Au revoir Monsieur Piggy”, translated that means: “Goodbye Mister Piggy”. For when you want your wild pig to be REALLY…REALLY dead, using a Barrett .50 cal rifle is the best way to make sure of that. One hit with this baby and that pig is going down and staying down.
To me, using a .50 caliber rifle to hunt them, might be just a tad-bit “over-kill”, but, what the heck. Feral pigs are a nuisance, they destroy crops, farm land and generally leave a swath of destruction where ever they go.
So, I really don’t have a lot of sympathy for them. They are also known to carry pseudorabies and swine brucellosis. Pseudorabies poses no threat to humans, but may be fatal to domestic livestock and pets. Aside from that, wild pig can be quite tasty if properly prepared .
*”Feral hogs may appear basically the same as domestic hogs and will vary in color and coat pattern. A mature feral hog may reach a shoulder height of 36 inches and weigh from 100 to over 400 pounds. The extreme larger hogs are generally not far removed from domestication. Males are generally larger than females. European wild hogs are about the same size; however, their legs and snouts are usually longer and they have a larger head in proportion to the body.
Their body is covered with long, stiff, grizzled colored hairs, long side whiskers, a longer straighter tail, and a nape on the neck giving the European hog a razorback, sloped appearance. The crossing of European and feral hogs often produces an offspring with some European characteristics. Feral hogs are more muscular than domestic hogs, and have very little fat.
Additionally, the hairs of European appearing hogs and their hybrids frequently have multiple split ends. The young are born a reddish color with black longitudinal stripes. As they mature, the coat color becomes predominantly dark brown or black.
Hogs have four continuously growing tusks (two on top, two on bottom) and their contact causes a continuous sharpening of the lower tusks. They have relatively poor eyesight but have keen senses of hearing and smell.”
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