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I was wondering if anyone knows for sure if wild boar are running anywhere.Iv heard so and so,saw one must have been a fence operation esacpee...etc......,heard someone say there are some running at tar valley.I was curious if anyone actually knows for sure if we got wild boars around.:D :D
 

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It's just a myth. Might be an occasional hog in some farmers woods, but not breeding population according to my friend,who is a state game warden. He and I have heard these rumors for years and talked to a lot of other wardens from all over the state. If anyone would know they would, because someone would be hollering about all the damage.
 

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Sure would be nice to have some hogs in the state to hunt,Maybe we could get Odnr to reintruduce them in the state,Man look what they have done for the turkey pop. wonderful job.
 

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there used to be a few hogs in athens county near the plains but i havent heard of anyone taking any in the last two years.also vinton and hocking but i havent heard any taken in this area either.they may all have been shot by deer gunhunters.
 

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You cannot reintroduce a species that never existed here! Wild pigs are not native here. They are a feral species that causes problems throughout the United States. They number largest in the Southeast California, and Hawaii. They pose risk to native, and rare plant populations due to their foraging and digging. They have no niche in the ecosystem here, and introducing any non-native species is dangerous. When feral species are purposely introduced, the risks must be weighed. It happens often. The brown trout that I enjoy fishing for are imports. They happen to fit in an unfilled niche, but they do pressure native fish species such as creek chubs. Pigs do not have a niche. They would compete with deer and turkey severly. I have hunted pigs in florida, and I enjoy it. It's not challenging. There are lots of non-native wild species in our country. Some populous and problematic ones are: Feral cats, feral dogs, wild horses, european starling, nutria, burro, goat, red fox, rock dove, (and many more). Not to mention dozens of species of fish that destroy native populations. Look at what zebra mussels and gobies have done to lake Erie. And what carp have done to the Mississippi.

Anyway. My point is that introducing pigs purely for hunting would be bad. Nowhere in the US are pigs introduced by any DNR.
 

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True or Flase I dont know, but I had a buddy tell me of being chased by wild hogs while deer hunting in Vinton county.
 

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It's possible that he ran into pigs in Vinton county. They have been reported in the very southern part of Ohio by a US biological survey. And as for being chased...oh yeah...they'll do that too.
 

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As I was driving to my in-laws in Washington County the weekend after Christmas (2002) my wife asked me what those 4 black things running across the field towards the road were. I slowed down to take a look and 4 wild boar ran up within 30 yards of our van and crossed the road behind us. I had heard there were some around the area but that was my first sighting.

Pretty cool to see them up close (as opposed to on tv).
 

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Why is it that in the hunting regs. it says "No closed season, trapping prohibited" "No limit"
I would say because they dont wild boar running around,they figure if it's open season,they hope anyone that see's one takes one,if your deer hunting and see one they want you to shoot them,that is my guess.
 

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the ones in hocking and vinton according to game officials escaped from a canned hunting operation that used to operate there until they were ran out of town.the ones in the plains got loose from someone i went to school with and are feral.they escaped around 1966 and still some near the old homestead were being shot a couple years ago.i have personally seen them and been treed by some wild beast ugly looking critters.seen piglets too.
 

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Mashhunter is exactly right. The DNR does not want wild boars here. I suggest if you see one while hunting, shoot it. It's free meat. And if you see two, shoot two.
 

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read my above post. Pigs are feral, not indigenous. They destroy habitat of certain plants, and compete heavily with turykey and deer. They also can cause crop damage.
 

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Thanks for the info

Mattgmann:Thanks for the info did not relize they did some much damage just looking for something else to possible hunt but i totally understand.I've hunted vinton ,athen, meigs,and hocking for about 11 years now and i have never seen a hog but you bet your butt if i do i will stick that pig and it will be on the grill that night.Any body have a suggestion to were maybe they are hiding at in vinton county?
 

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they plow up the land,they are rooters.oh there used to be a cougar running loose south of lankaster.and there was goats in strouds run in the 60s -70s.
 

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There's still a few cougars and bear in Ohio........from what I understand the bear are starting to come back. I guess from Pennsylvania and WV?
 

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hehheh, those bears arn't "coming" back, They were transplanted. Had several taken from Ky and released in Southern Ohio. Seen them in my parents yard. I've yet to see one while hunting, but did stumble across a track one day in a creek bottom.

Boars? A Russian Boar was taken in Lawrence county 2 years back. Only explanation was from a "high fence" operation a few miles down the rd. I'd like to take one though....best damn sausage I ever had was from a wild boar.

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