POSTED: Monday, February 24, 2014 - 12:00pm
UPDATED: Monday, February 24, 2014 - 12:14pm
GILMER, TX — For Jeff Dodd, the annual “Hog Wild” feral hog hunting tournament in Upshur County is necessary to preserve a way of life.
As “Hog Boss” and chairman of the tournament since its inception five years ago, Dodd and hunters from around the county have tried to reduce the damage done to farmland by the “nuisance with no natural predator of its own.”
“You can’t kill enough hogs to make a difference,” Dodd said Sunday. “Our state’s Legislature hasn’t really done anything about the problem. So it is up to the locals to take care of it. Farmers, ranchers, everyday people. Hogs are a nuisance and cause damage to crops and equipment.”
Sunday marked the last day of this year’s tournament, in which 12 two-member teams harvested about 150 hogs, Dodd said.
Gilmer resident Cody Anderson walked away with $2,900 and two game cameras as the prize for killing the largest hog of the tournament, which Dodd said weighed in at 230 pounds.
He said two more “dog” teams, made up of four members each, were tasked with bringing hogs back alive.
The hogs caught Sunday will be sold to a packing plant in Fort Worth, Dodd said.
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