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Hunting Wild Pigs in Hawaii
15 March 2010


Wild pigs are a major problem on the Big Island of Hawaii.  The rangers at Volcanoes National Park are fencing large areas of the Park to prevent wild pigs from destroying the native plants.  The State and various environmental groups promote year round, unlimited pig hunting.  Although the pigs don't eat the coffee trees they will tear young trees up while digging for grubs and mushrooms.  They can even knock over a big tree just by pushing on it.  Kona Earth Farm has several acres of macadamia nut trees interspersed with several large avocado trees– prime feeding grounds for wild pigs.

So on the first night of our recent visit, we took advantage of a full moon and hiked up to the field, listening carefully for wild pigs...

My father has visited the farm several times.  When he visits we usually go pig hunting but rarely manage to catch one.  This time we did.  The rest of this post includes a first hand account and some graphic pictures of the butchering process.

Humans have been hunting since before recorded history but many still find the process unsettling.  The butchering process involves blood and internal organs so do not continue unless you are prepared for that.  For the less squimish, simply click on this link to read the rest of the story and see pictures of the pig butchering process.

If this story offends some of you, I apologize.  But I don't apologize for hunting the pig.  I am a very active conservationist and work many volunteer hours preserving wetland habitats.  I am convinced that these pigs have multiplied into a huge threat to the Hawaiian environment as well as the domestic farms.  Hunting them for food is the best and most productive way to help control the population.  I highly recommend the experience.

Papa Gary


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