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tahir



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PostPosted: Mon Dec 20, 04 3:31 pm    Post subject: Anybody ever shot wild boar?  Reply with quote    

I'd imagine it'd be a bit like big game hunting, wonder if they could commercialise it now we've got wild boar roaming the country.

scarecrow



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PostPosted: Mon Dec 20, 04 7:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

never done it, but if anyone fancies organising a shooting party, I'd put my name down!

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scarecrow



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PostPosted: Mon Dec 20, 04 7:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

just found this link on bbc news

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/kent/3168706.stm

jema
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 20, 04 7:29 pm    Post subject: Re: Anybody ever shot wild boar? Reply with quote    

tahir wrote:
I'd imagine it'd be a bit like big game hunting, wonder if they could commercialise it now we've got wild boar roaming the country.


The google ads have got quite interesting on this issue!

jema

tahir



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PostPosted: Mon Dec 20, 04 7:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Sometimes they work exceptionally well.

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 20, 04 9:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

You need a high powered round for boar (Someone may suggest a .270 ). In this country I think the law's still got to catch up with our re-introductions. If we would like to keep them we would need shooting seasons etc...

I think the question should be more along the lines of is it better to look after them and shoot a few for the pot?

scarecrow



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PostPosted: Mon Dec 20, 04 11:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

according to the bbc news item they are causing havoc in the countryside so I guess there'll be some sort of cull eventually.

Might as well be shot for meat to keep the numbers down.

tahir



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PostPosted: Tue Dec 21, 04 10:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Treacodactyl wrote:
is it better to look after them and shoot a few for the pot?


Makes sense to me

deerstalker



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PostPosted: Thu Dec 23, 04 9:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I've had a go!

Had a go as a one off in this country, also in Luxembourg, Poland and the Czech Republic.

Was supposed to go to Australia boar hunting in 2005 (but I'm not sure about that now).

What would you like to know?

tahir



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PostPosted: Thu Dec 23, 04 10:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Just whether it'll ever be a commercial proposition to go boar hunting (touristically) in the UK, or even whether it should be.

deerstalker



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PostPosted: Thu Dec 23, 04 1:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

All the boar in this country are feral farm escapees, so although back on the game list, there are comparativley very few of them around.

There has been a lot of talk recently, of re-introducing them to the wild on a much larger (although local) scale.

A number of feasibility studies carried out recently invited comments from concerned groups, which was largely negative.

The people who objected most were surburban residents day trippers and ramblers who just saw them as dirty dangerous creatures that carry disease and would eat their pets!

Farmers were also concerned about crop damage and damage to fences etc, but could see economic benefits.

If large scale introductions did take place, culling would be neccessary and hunting could help pay for the re-introduction programme.

scarecrow



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PostPosted: Thu Dec 23, 04 1:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

according to the bcc news item (link above):

It is estimated there are up to 1,000 of the large, tusked animals in Kent and East Sussex alone.

scarecrow



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PostPosted: Thu Dec 23, 04 1:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Some interesting info on the British wil boar Association website:

http://bwba.co.uk/

mrsnesbitt



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PostPosted: Thu Dec 23, 04 1:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I was going to suggest you ask Deerstalker...knows most things on this subject

deerstalker



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PostPosted: Thu Dec 23, 04 2:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

scarecrow wrote:

It is estimated there are up to 1,000 of the large, tusked animals in Kent and East Sussex alone.


I do think that figure is a tad on the large side, but even a 1000 in one and a half counties is pretty thin on the ground.

The population dynamics and distribution is similar to deer. You tend to get local concentrations which remain reasonably static, and then nothing for miles and miles.

I for one would be keen to see their numbers increase and range extended.

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