CENTER, TX — Feral hogs continue to destroy property across East Texas, and they're only growing in number. Recent estimates of the pig population range from 1.8 million to 3.4 million in Texas.
One business is doing its part to help keep the problem at bay. Wulf Outdoor Sports is offering prizes of up to $10,000 to whomever kills the most hogs during the Wild Hog Roundup.
The contest will last from April 11 to April 21.
Release from Wulf Outdoor Sports:
2st Place: $2,750 (2nd Most Hogs killed during event)
3rd Place: $1,000 (3rd Most Hogs killed during event)
4th Place: $750 (4th Most Hogs killed during event)
5th Place: $500 (5th Most Hogs killed during event)
Daily Prizes: $500 a day for most hogs killed and brought in before noon
Big Pig Pay Out (sponsored by Farmer's State Bank): Heaviest Hog killed in Shelby County wins $2,500 cash!
Shelby County Bonus Division: (All hogs must be killed in Shelby County)
1st Place: $5,000 (1st Most Hogs killed in Shelby County - Sponsored by City of Center)
2nd Place: $500 (2nd Most Hogs killed in Shelby County - Sponsored by Shelby Savings Bank)
Registration and Rules:
All hogs eligible to be entered in the contest must be taken from within the following counties: Shelby, Panola, San Augustine, Angelina, Nacogdoches, Rusk, Sabine, Trinity, Henderson, Anderson, Cherokee, Smith, Gregg, Van Zandt, Kaufman, Ellis, Navarro, Leon, Houston and Freestone Counties.
Entry fees will be $150 for individuals or teams before March 25th not to exceed four people. After the 25th it will be $200 for individuals or teams. All contestants must complete a REGISTRATION FORM and WAIVER OF LIABILITY AGREEMENT.
All hogs must be of feral origin. Any hog that does not meet the characteristics of a wild feral hog will not be accepted and result in team disqualification. The hunt is only open to free-range, wild, feral hogs. No pen fed hogs will be accepted and any such hog entered in the contest will result in team disqualification. No hog may be entered in the contest that was taken within or upon a property with high fences either designed for, or capable of confining hogs. No hog may be entered in the contest that was taken on a property that offers wild hog hunts and has a completely enclosed fence capable of confining wild hogs.
Hogs must be dead upon arrival to Wulf Outdoor Sports.
Hunting will commence at Thursday, April 11, at 12:00 a.m. No hunting will be allowed prior to this time. All traps must be void of hogs at the start of the contest. However, baiting of hogs prior to the start of the contest is allowed.
All teams must meet compliance with all local, state and federal hunting regulations. Contestants are also required to possess a valid Texas hunting license. Any hog taken illegally in any matter, including but not limited to being taken during any trespass to property will not be accepted and result in team disqualification.
While on Wulf Outdoor Sports property, any hunters exhibiting influence of drugs or alcohol are subject to being disqualified.
Teams may not accept any help or assistance from non-team members with baiting, capturing, trapping, killing, or transporting of hogs.
Teams may harvest hogs by any legal means, including trapping.
Each team must determine which hog(s) to have weighed for entry in the “Heavy Hog” contest. Every hog will not be weighed; just the hog(s) you believe or the judge(s) believe will qualify for entry into “Heavy Hog”.
Following check-in, teams are responsible for disposing of all animals in an appropriate manner. No hogs will be disposed of on Wulf Outdoor Sports property.
No Dogs or Guns will be allowed outside of vehicles, dog boxes, trailers while on Wulf Outdoor Sports property.
Teams that violate any rule will be disqualified. If team members should show deception of any kind the team will be immediately disqualified and the team’s entry fee will not be refunded.
All animals must be harvested within competition hours and within the specified region.
All contestants are subject to polygraph exams based solely on the judgment of Wulf Outdoor Sports judges.
All Winners will be polygraphed!
All award ceremonies and polygraphs will start to take place at 1:00 p.m. on April 21st, 2012 in Center, TX.
All hogs being entered into the Shelby County bonus payouts must be clearly marked with an “X” in brightly colored spray paint ( or something like similar), prior to being brought into Wulf Outdoor Sports.
All decisions by panel of judges are final.
The contest ends at noon on Saturday, April 21. Any individual or team not in by 12:00 p.m. will be disqualified. Be sure to give ample time to get to the check-in location by 12:00 p.m. Wulf Outdoor Sports judges’ time is official time.
Hogs must be brought in by 12:00 pm each day to be counted for that day’s daily prize. Any Hogs brought in after 12:00 pm will be counted towards the totals for the following day.
Prizes will be awarded immediately following the close of the hunt and verification of winners on Saturday, April 21st. By paying their entry fee, contestants consent to photos being used by Wulf Outdoor Sports/Pineywoods Beverage for promoting future initiatives without compensation to contestants.