Sabinal Wild Boar
As you can guess, chasing a wild Hog is what this festival is all about. A major crowd attraction.
Here are some facts about the wild boar you may find interesting.
Texas has more wild hogs then any other state. Huge boars with big tusks, from 2 to 4 inches, makes a big “trophy” for hunters. Wild boar is the main reason Sabinal,Texas is proclaimed as “Wild Boar Capitol”. It is believed that this area has not only the largest number of wild boar but also the largest number of ‘trophy boar’ then anywhere else in Texas.
Known as the ”poor man’s grizzely bear” wild boar is one of the toughest, smartest, most tenacious and certainly the most aggressive critters of all the great outdoors. These nocturnal animals have their own preferences to live by. Sows (female boar) roams in herds with younger ones while the big boar prefer to be alone or move in small groups. A hog’s sense of smell and hearing are more actute then those of a white tail deer. It should be no surprise that the boar is now ranked as second most sought after animal in Texas.
Hunting from trees is very common in the Sabinal area. Chances are better during half and full moon nights then during the day. The loud crunching of corn will let you know that hogs are wondering close by. Average kill runs from 125-175 pounds. Though 200 to 300 plus pound hogs are also aimed by archers year around in this area.