Pig Shooting

Mr. Free Market went a-piggy hunting last week, in a country somewhere in the Balkans, along with a few similarly-bloodthirsty companions from Britishland.  This was his personal first attempt, Day 1:

That’s his trusty Blaser double rifle chambered in .30R (Euroland’s version of the .30-06), topped with an Aimpoint H2.  Note the shot placement on the second from bottom.

Apparently the Balkan countries have an even bigger problem with feral hog infestation than we do here in Texas, so the standing orders were “Kill ’em all.”  Which the party did — the final tally was 131 hogs over four days.

That anguished howling in the background is coming from Doc Russia and Combat Controller, who were Not Invited.  Or maybe it’s just vegans screaming… LOL.

Me, I think I’ll go and make myself a bacon sarnie.


  1. What do they taste like? I ate wild boar in Germany a few times, roasted, and deep fried-breaded as a schnitzel, and always found it almost unbearably grainy, never mind that gamey over-taste. That was 40 years ago so maybe methods of cooking have changed for the better.

    1. The Russian Boar I took about 17 years ago tasted a lot like beef and was delicious!!! We got a couple of roasts, 42 chops and 26 packages of sausage. I went in upstate NY. The hunt cost about $450 I think. now it’s $650


  2. “Apparently the Balkan countries have an even bigger problem with feral hog infestation than we do here in Texas, so the standing orders were ‘Kill ’em all.’ ”

    Meanwhile in Denmark…

    28 January 2019
    Denmark hopes 43-mile fence along German frontier will save its bacon
    Justin Huggler

    Denmark began constructing a 43-mile fence along its border with Germany on Monday — but the new barrier is not the latest bulwark in Fortress Europe’s defences against migrants.

    The metal fence, which will be only five feet high, is intended to keep out wild boar.

    Denmark and Germany are both members of the Schengen Area, and there are no border formalities between the two countries. But the right to border-free travel does not extend to wild boar.

    The Danish government says it is building the fence to prevent African swine fever ever crossing the border and decimating the country’s bacon industry.

    Danish agricultural groups say the fence could protect 33,000 jobs Credit: Frank Cilius/Ritzau Scanpix

    If African swine fever is detected in the country, all exports will be stopped. “It would mean ruin and unemployment for up to 33,000 people who are employed in the sector,” Mr Dall said.

    The Danish government fears an outbreak could have devastating consequences for the country’s pork industry. Denmark is the only EU country where there are more pigs than humans, and currently exports around €4bn (£3.5bn) of pork a year.

    France is planning its own fence against wild boar on its border with Belgium, and boar that stray across are being culled.

    But the Danish fence has proved controversial across the border in Germany, where it has come under attack from regional politicians and animal rights activists.

    Environmentalists warn the fence will also disturb wolves, otters and golden jackals — and argue it will be ineffective against wild boar, who they say will find crossings planned for other species.


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