True Pure Wild Boar?
I have had many guests that have hunted Wild Boar for trophy or Meat on other Ranches around this nation and been very disappointed with either the taste or quality of the trophy animal they harvested. Many of them their search for the ultimate Wild Boar has ended with a hunt at our ranch. A question I am often asked by many of these guests that hunt our boars is:
Why are your boars so impressive compared to other Wild Boars we have hunted elsewhere?
Well, I guess its because they are PURE BLOOD, and there is NO feral blood in them. My breeders have been breeding Pure Wild Boar for over 38 years, Bloodlines Imported from France, Germany, Ukraine, and The Republic of Belarus. They have be sought after for exporting their Wild Boars into the USA for hunt ranches because the purity of their bloodlines, as majority of Wild Boar Breeders in the USA are not pure. The wild boars most commonly hunted in the south or southern USA are Feral, and crossed with domestic boars at one time in the past from what I understand. Many of the States have stopped all importation of Wild Boars due to the fact that once they escape, they are very destructive to the habitat and are not an indigenous species. Thus, if you are looking for a Pure Wild Boar, Canada is quickly becoming the only place where you will find exactly what you want, other than going to Europe, Russian, or Asia. But who has time to do that this day and age?
Posing the question above to my breeders and doing some research on the internet has educated me to be a better judge of what a pure breed wild boars look is like, and a better understanding of how fortunate I am to be able to hunt and offer to my guests Pure European and Russian Wild Boars.
The main conformational traits a wild boar will have over a feral boar are: Withers, Height of Withers, Body/Head Ratio Length, Thoracic Perimeter, Head Length, and Forehead width, Flat sided chest cavity, and the "Bump" on the nose.
Withers: Wild boars dispaly a high withers much like a Grizzly bear. Often the Western European Bloodlines display a hairry ridge on thier back called a "Razorback" and this will hide the actual withers but Wild Boars have a prominent withers to them.
Height of Withers: The highest point on a Wild Boar will be the top of the withers when viewed squarly from the side, and there will be a noticable sloping down into the hind quarters.
Body/Head Ratio & Head Length: The head will appear to be about 20-30% of the entire length of the animal. True wild boars have a Long sloping head and nose, and not much of a neck, thus giving the look that the head is a large portion of the animals overall length. The skull itself on a Wild Boar will not have any "dish" in the forehead like a domestic hog has.
Flat sided chest cavity: Wild boars will have a flat sided chest when viewed from the front or rear, they will not be round in appearance.
Bump on nose: What's this? Yes its been observed for years by serious breeders of Wild Boar that they have noticed that their best breeder boars and sows, at maturity, will have a tell tale "Bump" between the nose and eyes when viewed squarely from the side.
Breeding: Pure bred female wild boars have 6 nipples and have maximum 6 piglets per litter in the spring. Also they typically have only one litter per year and only 20% of the females might have a second litter in the fall time. If your wild boars are having more than 6 piglets and have more than 6 nipples they are not pure bred!
Last but not least: Lets remember the Wild Boar is a "Wild Animal", and thus his behaviour is going to be much different. The meat quality is far healthier and the meat leaner and more Red than domestic pork and have a more "Robust" flavour.