We have all heard the talk about wild hogs moving into Ill and even a bunch getting released in Central Illinois a few years back. I am curious to hear about where all the confirmed sightings are. I just got word this weekend of hogs crossing I74 and seen in north knox county.
Help me fill out this map of all the confirmed counties that have wild hogs.
Interesting they have several of the counties I hunt. Never heard about feral hogs in them. Must be a few escapees in Clay and Marion Co. Several years ago I got an email with feral hog pics from Effingham Co., my orginal stompin grounds. I had as much faith in those pics as the cougar/bigfoot chain mails.
Lived here in Western Sangamon my whole life and know hunters around the county as well and never have heard of anyone seeing a wild hog. I would tend to agree that maybe some hogs here and there got loose and that is what was spotted. I know and talk to a lot of farmers and I think I would hear about them, or they would call and have me or my buddy come shoot them, no way are they going to let them tear up their fields if it can be helped.
I am going to have to agree with everyone on most sightings being loose farm pigs and not your typical wild hog. Seems like it just takes one hog running thru a field to categorize a county to have wild hogs. I think this list of counties is going to have to change and not include any stats from the news or dnr. Just real facts from trusted sources.
I can see maybe Pike with them bordering Missouri, but none in Brown, Adams, Morgan, Cass and even Macoupin and Hancock how could they be here in Sangamon before showing up in these counties. Kind of like several years ago where I live, a farmer retired and sold off all his cattle, the bull got away and ran wild for about 3 or 4 years before being caught. Does that make it we had wild cattle, no, but I tell you, you was on your toes when you hunted in that area!
I have a buddy whose has trail cam photos of hogs in Fayette County. Also, hunted Late-winter doe hunt in Mcdonough and Fulton Counties last weekend. A guy i hunted with up there has killed over 20 hogs this year. He has seen several groups with 12-15 piglets. When i was leaving to go home on Sunday, his son killed a sow full of piglets. they are definately established in this area.
FULLDRAW-I don’t think anyone is saying that there are not wild hogs in certain area’s but are they from here or have they migrated in, I think that is the main question. I was just in Fayette County this week, went to my cousins funeral and with the draws, hills and hollows ever there, it wouldn’t suprise me to see the guys from the bigfoot hunters show there. And you are right on the number of little ones they can have, when I was younger and working on a hog farm I have seen litters of 20 plus that was born. Now a lot of them died but they would still have 13-14 that survived. The only thing I believe that would kind of help keep the numbers down here in IL. is the winters. The cold would be hard, real hard on the litters born in the late fall through early winter. Southern IL. could be a different story, but it really doesn’t matter, with the crops we have here and the size of litters they can have it would not take long to have a great big mess on our hnads.