Annual Big Nasty Hog Competition takes aim at feral hog problem
Tyler, TX (KETK) — In an effort to eliminate feral hogs, the sixth annual Big Nasty Hog Competition begins this weekend. In this competition, more than 80 teams compete to hunt the largest hog, and capture the shot on video. Prizes are awarded to those who capture the largest hog.
KETK spoke with the event Sponsor Coordinator, Terry Hayley, who said it all started when, "Three guys got together that loved to bow hunt , and they said 'Hey why don't we put on a hog contest that the guys have to videotape?' They started at that, and it's grown to one of the largest hunting contests in the United States". There are three groups. The adults, women, and children. This competition lasts an entire month. The Head Coordinator, Jeremy Sickles, said, "You have a month long to plan out all your strategies".
These event coordinators believe this will help educe the feral hog problem. Hayley stated, "Surveys have shown that in 2016 the hog population in the state of Texas will outnumber the human population in the state of Texas. There's over 26,000 pigs born a day in the state. So we've got a hog problem in the state of Texas".
On Saturday, the opening ceremony for the event will be held at the Winnsboro Civic Center at 10 a.m.. You may register at the door, or check out: http://texasbignastyhogcontest.com/ . The event's mascot will also be there, 400 pound wild hog, Big Willy. Hayley said, "They've had him since he was 2, 3, 4 days old. They found him in the wild and caught him, fed him on a baby bottle and he ran around with the dogs, and taught him how to walk on a lead rope".