Sports

Spearing in southern hog heaven

What do you buy for the person who has everything is a question that gets asked quite often.

Try this one on for size.

How about a vacation that is second to none I can think of and something that will be remembered for a lifetime?

I have written before that I occasionally receive unusual snippets of information in my position as sports editor for the Whidbey News-Times and last week, one came in that I had no doubt needed be shared with my faithful readers.

Perhaps the timing had something to do with graduation and parents having a difficult time trying to figure out what gift to buy for their cap and gown-wearing offspring.

How about sending them on a wild boar hunt?

Fish and wildlife officials in the Lone Star State report Texas has more wild hogs than any other region in the country, with an estimated three million of the critters running around in the wild.

Mind you, these are not the smaller javelinas or peccaries that weigh 40 to 85-pounds that inhabit the southwestern United States. These are the big rascals, the feral hogs or razorbacks. The ones with tusks that can rip your leg off, have attitudes similar to NFL linebackers on a bad day and can weigh in excess of 300 pounds.

Sound like fun going after one of those bad boys and plugging the critter with your 30/30 Winchester or maybe a .44 magnum handgun if you’ve got the courage to get a little closer?

Here is one that’s even better, but only for the brave at heart or for the extremely foolish.

In some places in the southern United States, you are allowed to hunt wild hogs with spears.

That’s right, spears!

Talk about an adrenaline rush for the hunter, or maybe a way for parents to keep from paying college tuition should their child become prey instead of predator.

There is even a magazine called Boar Hunter that caters to folks who want to get back to the earliest form of hunting and an outfit named Cold Steel that actually makes spears designed just for hunting wild boar.

According to the experts, the sport is becoming quite popular due to the increasing number of wild hogs and hunters are getting a good pack of dogs together and having at it.

I guess it takes all kinds but I’ll tell you what, Mother Adams didn’t raise no fools.

I’ll take my pork thin sliced on a bun with Swiss cheese and spicy mustard from Arby’s, thank you very much.

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