The task force boasts cutting-edge hog-hunting gear: traps controlled by wireless technology, 1,600-square-foot drop nets that can be deployed remotely, aerial patrols and even the services of a feral hog hunting expert.
Members of the Caldwell County Feral Hog Task Force hope the high-tech aid and $5-per-hog bounty will help hunters make a dent in the feral hog population of Hays and Caldwell counties, where the tusked creatures destroy fields, tear up waterways and drive off native wildlife.
And if that’s not a good enough cause, consider this: The captured hogs can become USDA-inspected pork that will help feed the hungry.
Through an agreement with Ortiz Game Management, trapped hogs can be processed at a South Texas plant, and the meat will be provided to the San Antonio Food Bank, a nonprofit that provides food to more than 500 partner agencies in 16 counties in Southwest Texas.
“You can bring live feral hogs to our facility south of New Braunfels, be paid by the pound, collect an additional five dollars per head through the bounty program, and help provide lean, nutritious, free range pork to the economically disadvantaged,” said R.A. “Bubba” Ortiz, owner of Ortiz Game Management and professional trapper.
As part of his arrangement with the task force, Ortiz will also remove live, trapped feral hogs and issue bounty payments to landowners and trappers in Hays and Caldwell counties. And the task force has hired Ortiz Game Management to provide professional hog-trapping services on properties where landowners have hog damage but don’t have the means to trap the creatures themselves.
The task force is providing the bounties and other aid thanks to funding from two Texas Department of Agriculture grants, along with contributions from local landowners, businesses, agricultural groups, environmental organizations, and Hays and Caldwell counties. Hunters may rent traps or drop nets from the task force for a suggested donation of $50 a month. Aerial patrols may be arranged for a suggested $25 fee plus 10-cents per acre.
For information on how to participate in feral hog task force programs in Hays and Caldwell counties, visit plumcreek.tamu.edu/feral-hogs or email email@example.com.
Collect the bounty
The $5 feral hog bounty is available in Hays and Caldwell counties through Aug. 31, 2014, while funds last.
Hogs that are trapped live can be sold to a facility south of New Braunfels for processing into pork. For information, contact R.A. “Bubba” Ortiz at (210) 771-8541.
Hunters may also collect the bounty by bringing the feral swine tail in a sealed plastic bag to one of the following facilities:
- Caldwell County Farm & Ranch, 519 N. Colorado St., Lockhart; (512) 398-2727.
- Salt Flat Feed & Mercantile, 898 N. Magnolia Ave., Luling; (830) 875-8800.
- King Feed, Garden and Hardware, 14210 Ranch Road 12, Wimberley; (512) 847-2618.
- Triple S Feed, 2111 U.S. 290, Dripping Springs; (512) 894-0344.