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Year of the Pig  is a personal journal of one avid hunter's pursuit of wild pigs in eleven American states that have significant populations--Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, Louisiana, Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Missouri, California, and Hawaii. Tying his mission to the Chinese calendar's

"Year of the Pig" (2007), Mark J. Hainds journeyed from longleaf stand, cypress swamp, privet hedge, and oak/hickory forest to titi, saw palmetto, valley oaks, and blue palms, using a range of legal weapons--black-powder rifle, bow and arrow, hand knife, high-powered rifle--and various methods to stalk and kill his crafty quarry. Known for their intelligence and almost human "street smarts," feral hogs are challenging prey, often thwarting less-experienced hunters.

Non-native to the Western Hemisphere, European pigs originally arrived to the southeast with De Soto's Spanish entrada, to the California coast aboard Russian fishing trawlers, and to the Hawaiian Archipelago on the outriggers of South Pacific islanders. In all these virgin habitats they have wrecked havoc to some degree or another, and, in many places, are considered pests, primarily because of their omnivorous eating and rooting habits that destroy fragile native species and agricultural cropland. Despite their phenomenal reproductive rates--one sow may produce three litters of 10-12 piglets each year--the author discovers that some ecosystems have, over time, stabilized the invader and, with good population management and hunting limits, a proper balance may be maintained.

Attractive to hunters and adventure readers for its sheer entertainment, Year of the Pig will also be valuable to farmers, land managers, and environmentalists for its broad information and perspective on the topic. "Local foodies" will appreciate the directions on preparation and cooking of feral pork. So few books currently exist on hog hunting that it is believed this book will satisfy a burgeoning market as wild pig populations spread and become accepted hunt quarry in all 50 states.

Mark J. Hainds is Senior Research Associate with Auburn University and Research Coordinator for the Longleaf Alliance located at the Solon Dixon Forestry Center in Andalusia, AL. He travels widely giving presentations on various aspects of forestry and has published several technical papers, most notably, "Distribution of Native Legumes in Frequently Burned Longleaf Pine--Wiregrass Ecosystems" (American Journal of Botany: 86(11): 1606-1614, 1999). Hainds is a dedicated hunter and outdoorsman, from childhood.

 

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Year of the Pig is a personal journal of one avid hunter's pursuit of wild pigs in eleven American states during the Chinese calendar's "Year of the Pig" (2007).

Synopsis:

Year of the Pig is a personal account of one avid hunter's pursuit of wild pigs in eleven American states. Mark Hainds tied his mission to the Chinese calendar's Year of the Pig in 2007 and journeyed through longleaf forests, cypress swamps, and wiliwili forests in search of his prey. He used a range of weapons--black-powder rifle, bow and arrow, knife, and high-powered rifle--and various methods to stalk his quarry through titi, saw palmetto, privet hedge, and blue palms.

Introduced pig populations have wreaked havoc on ecosystems the world over.  Non-native to the Western Hemisphere, pigs originally arrived in the southeast with De Soto's entrada and in the Hawaiian Archipelago on the outriggers of South Pacific islanders. In America feral hogs are considered pests and invaders because of their omnivorous diet and rooting habits that destroy both fragile native species and agricultural cropland.

Appealing to hunters and adventure readers for its sheer entertainment, Year of the Pig will also be valuable to farmers, land managers, and environmentalists for its broad information and perspective on the topic.

 

About the Author

Mark J. Hainds is a research associate with Auburn University and research coordinator for the Longleaf Alliance located at the Solon Dixon Forestry Center in Andalusia, Alabama. He travels widely giving presentations on various aspects of forestry and has published several technical papers, most notably, "Distribution of Native Legumes in Frequently Burned Longleaf Pine--Wiregrass Ecosystems" in the American Journal of Botany.

Table of Contents

Contents
Foreword by Steven Ditchkoff
Foreword by Mark Bailey
Acknowledgments 
Prologue  
1. Longleaf
2. Titi    
3. Over Bait     
4. Privet  
5. Oak/Hickory  
6. Ironwood
7. Death in the Wiliwili    
8. Beaver Pond   
9. Hill Country 
10. Blue Palm   
11. Chufas 
12. Collateral Damage 
13. Old Growth 
14. Ozarks
15. A Long Walk  
16. Food Plot    
17. Slash Pine   
18. Saw Palmetto
19. Dog Fennel   
20. Valley Oaks  
21. Inside the Fence   
22. Bahia Grass  
23. Peanuts
24. Eating the Pig    
Conclusion 
Epilogue   
Further Reading  
Illustrations follow page 000
 

Product Details

ISBN:
9780817356705
Author:
Hainds, Mark J.
Publisher:
University Alabama Press
Author:
Ditchkoff, Steven
Author:
Bailey, Mark A.
Subject:
Hunting
Subject:
Outdoors-Fishing and Hunting
Edition Description:
1
Publication Date:
20110901
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
15 Illustrations
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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Year of the Pig is a personal journal of one avid hunter's pursuit of wild pigs in eleven American states during the Chinese calendar's "Year of the Pig" (2007).
"Synopsis" by ,
Year of the Pig is a personal account of one avid hunter's pursuit of wild pigs in eleven American states. Mark Hainds tied his mission to the Chinese calendar's Year of the Pig in 2007 and journeyed through longleaf forests, cypress swamps, and wiliwili forests in search of his prey. He used a range of weapons--black-powder rifle, bow and arrow, knife, and high-powered rifle--and various methods to stalk his quarry through titi, saw palmetto, privet hedge, and blue palms.

Introduced pig populations have wreaked havoc on ecosystems the world over.  Non-native to the Western Hemisphere, pigs originally arrived in the southeast with De Soto's entrada and in the Hawaiian Archipelago on the outriggers of South Pacific islanders. In America feral hogs are considered pests and invaders because of their omnivorous diet and rooting habits that destroy both fragile native species and agricultural cropland.

Appealing to hunters and adventure readers for its sheer entertainment, Year of the Pig will also be valuable to farmers, land managers, and environmentalists for its broad information and perspective on the topic.

 

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