I am amazed by how things have changed. It seems as though everything is somehow these days against the law. We have more laws on the books in America than the rest of the world combined.
Actions that used to be considered harmless pranks and thought nothing else about now land people in jail facing long prison terms in a country that has more people behind bars than, you guessed it, all the rest of the world combined. We are a country that has gone crazy, and we’re getting worse each day.
Wait a minute, you say, Struttin’ Time is supposed to be about hunting. Stick with me, and I will tie this column to a hunting story, I promise. While doing research last week for a column, I was reading the Kentucky Spring Hunting Guide and came across a section with the heading “Wild Pigs.” It went on to say, and I quote, “Wild pigs are here because of criminal releases.” Our Department of Fish and Wildlife considers you a criminal if you have let some of your hogs escape and, heaven forbid, you couldn’t find them.
You hear all the time that some states are over run with wild boars, such as Florida, and Texas. Go to those states and farmers will tell you, “Man they are destroying our crops.” But ask them if you may hunt on their land and you will get a resounding, “Yes you may, for a price.” Although they cry about the damage that hogs are doing, nobody will let you go on their property to hunt them unless you pay.
To say that someone is a criminal for releasing hogs in Kentucky tells me that wild hogs don’t fall under the Department of Fish and Wildlife’s authority, so they have gone to our elected leaders and made it against the law to have them or release them. The article says wild pigs out-compete native wildlife for food, damage crops, and carry diseases. All again, not true.
Texas has one of the largest deer herds in the United States, and probably one of the largest hog populations, both living side by side. Every animal does crop damage, from raccoons to elk. And the last lie they want us to buy into is that wild hogs carry diseases. Ever hear of CWD? Last I checked that was a deer sickness. The state wildlife agency doesn’t want you to hunt wild boar in Kentucky because they can’t make money off of it, plain and simple.
Anything that has to do with hogs comes under the Department of Agriculture. Allowing us to hunt wild boar would be a windfall for the farmer and nothing for Fish and Wildlife. Whatever happened to the old saying, when life hands you lemons, make lemon-aid?