Real life (namely, my daytime job) has conspired of late to keep me in the office and out of the field for a few days running now.  I’m getting cabin fever, my pig gun is screaming from the safe, and I’m sure the pigs are out frolicking in the open, but there’s nothing I can do about it right now.  Gotta pay to play. 

Run Piggies, Run!

So, in lieu of a journey afield, and in the interest of digging up fresh topics and new information, my little diggers have turned up some great stuff on the Internet regarding wild pigs and associated topics.  It’s part of the fun of this whole WWW experience.

A lot of the material I find ends up getting mired down in research and technical terms, which I certainly can appreciate since it helps me learn more, but it’s not much fun to read.  So I’ll spare you.  But some other goodies do turn up from time to time, like this gem from CattleNetwork.com

 And how in the world could I ignore a short news article that begins with this lead-in:

A German hunter hit a washing machine, electric drier and the wall before finally killing a wild pig that was on the rampage in a house.  

Read the rest here.

For those who think that it’s just the U.S. that has issue with wild pigs, how about these folks in India who not only have to deal with wild boar running havoc through their towns, but apparently the monkeys are a bit of trouble as well.  It’s bad enough that the eradication of these pests has become a key topic in local elections!  You can read about it in this article from the India Express

Even the staid and stoic BBC is reporting an upsurge of concern over these animals (check out the links on the right side of the screen too). 

It seems funny, as all this comes around, that we have just entered the Chinese Year of the Boar (you thought I’d get through this whole thing without mentioning that at least once, didn’t you?).  I’m seeing articles on hunting boar from Nepal to Fiji, and from the Caucasus Mountains to Italy.   On one of the outdoor networks this weekend I saw three or four hog hunts in a row on different programs.  The sport is booming, and I couldn’t be more excited! 

Oh, and also thought I’d mention a relatively new wild hog hunting blog that was pointed out to me yesterday.  Wild Boar Hunting  is another blog from a California-based hog hunter, Peter Jaeckel.   A pretty good read (the blog, I haven’t read his book yet), and worth a visit if you get a chance.

Hopefully all this reading will tide you over until I can get back into the swing and share a little wit and maybe some wisdom about the world of wild hogs!