I know there aren't a lot of us here on this MB that deal with wild hogs, but I've come up with a few thoughts and ideas that I'd like to share with you nonetheless. Here in the south-east, there are generally 3 kinds of wild hogs. We've got the Piney Woods Rooter, which is the most abundant, the Razorback, and the Russian. You'd think that it should be easy to classify a wild hog into one of these groups, but it's not. It seems that every person that I talk to around here has their own opinion about what makes a Piney Woods Rooter, a Razorback, or a Russian. Some of the Old Timers considder any wild boar to be a Razorback. This can't be correct since not all wild boars have bristles on their back. Others considder all wild hogs found in the south-east to be Piney Woods Rooters. Well, I guess you could lump them all together, since they all hang out in the Piney Woods of the south-east US, but for the sake of this discussion, I wanted to be more precise. The one that I've had the biggest problem with is the Russian Hog! Talk to a group of hunters down here and chances are, a few of them will tell you that they've shot a Russian at least once in their life. Hunt Clubs and Outfitters will offer Special Hunts for Russian Boars, while a few Game Preserves will actually offer Purebred Russian Hogs and semen for AI. I don't think we have many Russians here in the US. Here's why... Pigs are incredible survivors and reproducers. Dump a dozen hogs into the woods and 10 years later, you'll have an infestation. In some areas it may not even take that long! Pigs are great at crossbreeding. Russians can mix with Piney Woods, which in turn can mix with domestic, which again can mix with Razorbacks and so on and so forth. When looking at a pig, there's really no way of naming it's ancestry with any degree of certainty. Sure, the pig may have a look like a Piney Woods Rooter, but it may well have some other influences that don't appear on the surface. This has to do with Dominant and Recessive Genes. From what I've read and learned, the Russian traits are generally dominant. This means that the offspring will usually display some form of Russian character....even several generations down the road. I'll add more to this thread when I get home from work this evening, including a list of the various Wild Hog breeds that I'm familiar with. Added at 6:15pm Ok, let me talk about the various breeds of wild hogs that I'm familiar with. This may be inaccurate information, so don't quote me on any of this. These are just my own thoughts, opinions, and info that I've gathered as a result of experience and research. 1.) Piney Woods Rooter: These hogs can trace their ancestry back to the domestic hog. Back in the days of Free Ranging, some hogs would run off, never to be found again. These hogs began to adapt to their environment and became feral. Also, early spanish settlers brought pigs with them. I'm not sure what breed these pigs were, but I'm certain that they bred with the free ranging domestics. Piney Woods Rooters are usually black, brown, or a combination of the two. Their body shape is very similar to a domestic hog, but smaller. Their skin pigmentation is also very dark. I believe that their metabolism and immune systems differ from a domestic hog. They seem to be more hardy and don't gain weight as fast as their domestic ancesters. I have six of these...2 barrows, 2 gilts, a sow, and a boar. 2.) Russian: I believe that there are several breeds of hogs that are lump together in this group. The Pure Russians were imported decades ago to a private game preserve. They are beautiful animals, with a bison-like build. Their ears are very short and their tails are straight. Their fur is dark brown to gray, and very thick. The bristles on their back can exceed 5 inches in length. After doing some research, I found there to be a few more breeds that may be mistaken for Russian. I was born and raised in germany, and in the Black Forrest region, there are wild hogs that are identical to Russians. However, their tails have a slight curl to them and they don't seem to get quite as big as Russians. Further west in the forrests of Poland and Czech Republic is another wild hog that is also similar to both the german and russian strains. As a group, most refere to these as Eurasian Hogs...a mix of Europian and Russian influences blended together to make a nice variety of hog. I believe I have two hogs with lots of german influence in them...a boar and a gilt. 3.) Razorback: These are a magnifiscant mix of Piney Woods Rooter and Eurasian influences. Most are dark in color and display a varying degree of similarity with both. Some look more like a Piney Woods Rooter with only the addition of long bristles, hence the name "Razorback". Old Timers say that you can take one of these hogs, turn them on their back, and saw logs with them lol. Some Razorbacks look more Eurasian...these are the hogs sought by Trophy Hunters. Razorbacks also tend to be more aggressive than the other two. I'll add more to this as I learn. This doesn't have to be a discussion(although everyone is more than welcome to chime in)...but I bet some folks out there looking for info on wild hogs will appritiate it.