By Merrick Eagleton
STILLWATER, Okla. —
Feral hogs have been a growing problem in rural Oklahoma for the past several years. Dan Ripley, owner of Ripley Farms, has experienced this problem first-hand.
Ripley noticed hog trouble near the end and around the edges of his fields about five years ago. Since then the problem has escalated to hundreds of wild hogs.
“They come in at night and just massacre the fields,” Ripley said.
There are several methods to get rid of these feral hogs but Ripley has not found any that are 100 percent effective. He has tried hunting them, having people come in with dogs and even setting traps up and down the creeks.
“Wildlife department flew three times this winter on my property shooting the hogs out of helicopters,” Ripley said.
House Bill 1920 is a recent development to try and get the feral hog problem under control. It allows individuals to get a permit to aerial hunt on private land in order to kill feral hogs, coyotes or coyote-dog crossbreed. There are certain requirements to be a permit holder. The bill will go into effect Nov. 1.
Ripley said he believes the problem will only get worse unless something is done about it on a larger scale.
“Until we address them on that level and realistically until it is more wide spread it won’t get the attention that it deserves.” Ripley said.