Pig Hunting on Maui - it's what's for dinner - (not for the PETA crowd)

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wild pig hunting on Maui

I got these pictures one day while up in Kula Maui - two trucks stopped at Morihara Store and I grabbed my camera and took a bunch of pictures.  It was a weekend - that's when a lot of the local pig hunters take their dogs out in the country to "bring home the bacon".  These dogs look tired - it's not easy to run down a large boar like this, and hold it until the boys come with their guns.  Check out the tusks!

boar head - maui wild pig

 

Conservation efforts are underway to remove a large part of the pig population in Maui County.  Read what the Nature Conservancy has to say about this.

On Maui you can find wild and feral pigs in most of the countryside - and especially up in the forests.  They are BAD NEWS on the ecosystem, with their rooting and foraging which disturbs the ground and native plants.  Don't cry for this little piggie.  Locals are doing a good thing by reducing the pig population, and "living off the land".

The truly wild pigs are all black like this.  The males have the big tusks, which make nice trophies.  Feral pigs are those which have resulted from cross breeding wild pigs with domestic pigs, and they come in all colors including white and red, and spotted.  I think the meat is a little tastier than the purely wild ones.

The dogs are crucial for pig hunting here.  A good pig dog is very important.  The dogs get the scent of a pig and chase it, sometimes for miles.  When they get it cornered, one or 2 dogs will grab onto the ears and hold on.  Another dog will bark and bark so the hunters can find them.  It's a risky business for the mutts, but they love the action.  Some dogs get seriously hurt and some get killed by the mean old boars.  Those tusks can be sharp! 

These hunters were showing off their catches, by strapping them onto the trucks.  Some guys like to strap them to the hood and drive home... I don't get it.  It's a lot easier to just dress the kill on the spot and pack the quarters out... leave all the "junk" behind in the forest.  But that doesn't impress the chicks I guess!

Aloha from Maui - Georgina M. Hunter R(S) - your MAUI Realtor

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Virginia Hepp
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Georgina - BTW - what is the PETA crowd ?
May 02, 2008 02:19 PM #7
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Georgie Hunter
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hahaha - People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals = PETA 

I'm all for animals rights, but I don't get too extreme.

May 02, 2008 06:55 PM #8
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Vicki Burton
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I'm always afraid of talkin' about huntin' and stuff on here for those who might be appalled. I've heard of coon dogs, deer dogs, rabbit dogs, bear dogs, but never pig dogs. Good eatin' I'm sure.
May 04, 2008 08:18 PM #9
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Vicki - don't let the fear hold you back. 
May 05, 2008 02:54 AM #10
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Carl Winters
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We have an abundance of wild hogs over here in South Texas.  It is legal to shoot to keep them thinned out or they can really destroy the pasture. Our son's ranch if you would like to take a peek. Carl

www.wintersranches.com

 

Never thought much about wild hogs on Maui. You do need to be careful that they don't get you with their fangs.

May 05, 2008 10:36 PM #11
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Car and Ceil - You're right about that - they can mess up a dog!  thanks for the link, I'll check it out.
May 06, 2008 03:30 AM #12
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Georgina - wow, great shots! The last time I had wild pig was in Germany and it was fantastic!!!!!

May 13, 2008 12:28 PM #13
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Well, all the questions I had in my mind, you answered in the post. I was concerned about the dogs vs those tusks! I can understand the need to reduce the popuation though.

Thanks again for posting to the Things to Do/Places to Visit group =)

May 13, 2008 09:45 PM #14
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j.n. maui boar hunter

thanks for putting pics up,and glad to here such positive coments from none pig hunters.

i was on these hunt the red truck is mine.we still  catching pigs,living of da land.

OH yeah this pigs were stab(with knive) we don`t use guns.ALOHA FROM MAUI!!!

Jun 17, 2008 01:45 AM #15
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Pete Jalbert
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That is pretty cool that the hunter's themselves found this post. More cajones than me taking one of those buggas down with a knife.

Jun 17, 2008 02:28 AM #16
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Georgie Hunter
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BJ - You snuck by me again.... and Lisa too.... thanks for commenting.

JN - You da man!  Thanks for coming by and leaving your positive feedback.  Go get 'em!

Pete - Maybe you should go sometime?

Jun 17, 2008 06:03 PM #17
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A Hunter from texas

Thats the smallest pig iv'e ever seen i got bigger ticks on my dogs than that u want to see a real boar u come to falfurrias texas.

Oct 22, 2008 08:41 AM #18
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Georgie Hunter
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Hi Hunter from TX - I guess it's true what they say then... everything IS bigger in Texas.  Thanks for dropping and commenting.

Oct 22, 2008 12:32 PM #19
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Georgie Hunter
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Dear Desi Ette,  

Thanks for writing to let me know how you feel about the pigs pictured on my blog.  I just want to let you know that those pigs were already dead when I took the pictures.  I was not the person who did the hunting or killing of the pigs.  I do not take pleasure in making animals suffer.  

I do understand the need for some people to hunt and feed their families though.  Long before you or I were born, and even before white people came to these islands, people were hunting pigs to put food on the table, in much the same way they do today.  That's what they did to survive, and it's still important for people here in Hawaii to follow the practices of their ancestors, to be connected with the land and nature.  Who am I to say if it's right or wrong?  

Have a nice day,  

Georgina M. Hunter "Georgie" R(S) e-Pro
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----- Original Message ----- From: "desi ette"

Sent: Sunday, May 17, 2009 3:05 PM Subject: Pig hunting
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> I was sickened by the picture on your website showing a suffering pig in the final moments of its life
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> http://localism.com/blog/hi/kula/posts/492942/Pig-Hunting-on-Maui#comments
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> Looking at your website and your blogs, you seem to be blessed with what you need in life. Is it really necessary to take so much pleasure in the pain of an innocent suffering animal? You claim sympathy for the hunting dogs because they are tired, but where is the sympathy for a pig dying a horrible painful death right in front of your eyes? Or perhaps you think that pigs are a lower form of life than the dog and hence do not deserve your sympathy?
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> And you have the temeroty to label your blog "Not for the PETA crowd"! Peta crowd? By that if you mean, people that care about their fellow living creatures, and seek to reduce needless suffering, then you are right. This is certainly no picture to be seen by those with a conscience. Women are supposed to be life givers. Care givers. How sickening to find some like you who has so sense of sympathy or empathy! Who believes that every living creature has been put on this earth solely for your pleasure! How sickening and how arrogant!

May 18, 2009 03:33 AM #20
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Charlie griffin

Whoa, that is one huge pig!  My dad used to go boar hunting in Australia, and he loved it, but the meat is apparently toxic....

Jun 06, 2009 03:30 AM #21
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Georgie Hunter
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Charlie - that's a new one on me.  I know if you run the boars hard, the meat is not very appealing to eat, but hardly toxic.  Maybe in Australia they eat stuff that gets into the meat and makes it so.

Jun 24, 2009 08:32 PM #22
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Brother Izzy

All living creatures deserve respect. Using dogs to hunt is pathetic. Endagering dogs to hunt and attack wild pigs is immoral. You are deliberatly puttign your dog in peril. So wrong on so many levels. Is this how traditional hunting was done in Hawai'i before the white guys showed up? I don't think so.

 

I'm also not part of Peta but believe this is excessive and cruel and truly unsporting.

Jul 15, 2010 12:50 PM #23
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Georgie Hunter
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Brother Izzy - I appreciate your comment and concern for the animals.  Keeping dogs in cages all day long is also cruel.  For some of these dogs, going pig hunting is their only escape from a life in a cage!  

Jul 15, 2010 09:19 PM #24
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bm

Hunting wild boars as well as other animals has been a way to feed humankind ever since we were created. Funny how you "peta people" throw your arrogant sense in while stuffing your mouths with meat at the dinner table. How do you think it got to the plate? And being a boar hunter on maui myself, these dogs live for hunting pigs, they have more fun and lookm forward to it more than anything else. So keep your comments to yourself and most of all respect the culture that you know nothing about. mahalo

Aug 04, 2010 07:18 PM #25
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Georgie Hunter
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BM - I appreciate your comments.  I have eaten plenty mountain pigs in my time, that my husband brought home after a hard morning of hunting.  My favorite is the homemade smoked sausage!

Aug 08, 2010 11:22 PM #26
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