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

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Real Estate Agent with Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers HRE# 58089 - RS

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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Rainmaker
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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.

June 24, 2009 08:32 PM
Anonymous #23
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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.

July 15, 2010 12:50 PM
Rainmaker
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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!  

July 15, 2010 09:19 PM
Anonymous #25
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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

August 04, 2010 07:18 PM
Rainmaker
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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!

August 08, 2010 11:22 PM
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