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hardworkinghippy



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PostPosted: Tue Aug 30, 05 11:14 am    Post subject: First boar of the season  Reply with quote    

This young boar weighed in at 88 kilos.

27 cuts were distributed to folk in the commune.

We kept the head to make a civet, the skull bones will make a good soup for the dogs.



11 bracelets left! ("rights" to kill boar in our village)

HWH

Jonnyboy



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PostPosted: Tue Aug 30, 05 11:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Excellent pic , how did you learn your butchery skills?

hardworkinghippy



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PostPosted: Tue Aug 30, 05 11:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

That's not me in the pic - he's one of the two (ex) professional butchers in Fabrice's (my boyfriend) hunting team.

We butcher our own goats, lambs and smaller game and we just leaned by watching other.

HWH

Treacodactyl
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 04, 05 6:11 pm    Post subject: Re: First boar of the season Reply with quote    

hardworkinghippy wrote:
11 bracelets left! ("rights" to kill boar in our village)


Do you get much trouble with wild boar? There a few escapees in this country and often a fair number of complaints about how much damage they do and how dangerous they are. As there's much more in France you don't hear of many problems.

hardworkinghippy



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PostPosted: Mon Sep 05, 05 1:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Treacodactyl,

I wouldn't call it "trouble" exactly, but they do cause a lot of damage to crops - especially maize.

If they get into the maize and stay for a few days they push all the corn over and before you know it your hectare of maize has a huge big hole in it and not a lot of cobs left! (totally invisible from the outside of course )

Boar are dangerous, but you just have to be careful about approaching a female with little ones or a grumpy old male with toothache or of course an injured boar. There aren't many communal areas of forest around here, so we don't get many ramblers and you'd have to be really unlucky to be charged by a boar.

The biggest problem is car accidents. If you hit a big boar, the car is almost always a right-off, and of course accidents result in quite a few serious injuries and death. People just don't go fast here. A car speeding along at more than 50kms per hour in the early evening is unusual.

In the neighbouring village they killed a 174 kilo boar last Sunday.

The boar proliferate here and the hunt is well managed and provides the community with good, clean meat so the animals are respected and appreciated as part of nature's rich bounty.

HWH

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 05, 05 6:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

hardworkinghippy wrote:
In the neighbouring village they killed a 174 kilo boar last Sunday.


About twice the size of the one at the top. Is there much difference in the quality of meat between sows, boars and various ages? I've only had wild boar once, but there's plenty of time to try some more. It will be intersting to see if there's ever any local meat for sale if they decide what to do with the escapees in the South East here. It would be good if they could keep a reasonable stock well managed, but there's not much room for them I suppose.

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