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Falyn’s Smothered Wild Hog Steak {Left} Falyn poses with the costly to the farmer and rancher with the crop and grassland damages. Wild hogs can cause damage in ways other than destroying crops and grass. They cause damage when they lift up wire fences off the ground as they search for food. Native species have to compete with wild hogs for their food. In 2004, about 52 million dollars in property damage was caused by wild hogs in Texas, according to a survey by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. Wild hogs can also transmit some diseases to cattle and humans. In Texas, legal ways to control the number of wild hogs are shooting, trapping, snaring, and the use of special Season the steaks with Tony Chachere’s Original Creole seasoning and brown them in a few tablespoons of olive oil. Add a can of cream of mushroom soup and enough water (about 1 cup) to get the thickness you want. Simmer until the meat is fully cooked (for these steaks it took about 15 minutes). The smothered steaks go great with whole grain pasta and a salad! EDITOR’S NOTE: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends using a meat thermometer to make sure that the internal temperature of cooked wild hog is 160° F. dogs. If you are a landowner you can remove wild hogs from your property without a hunting license if they are causing damage. If you are hunting, trapping, snaring, or dogging wild hogs for meat or for a sport, you need a valid Texas hunting license. I shot my fi rst wild hog on December 31, 2015. It was a sow and she weighed about 240 pounds! I shot her out of a deer blind while hunting with my Daddy and my brother. I used my brother’s .223 rifl e. With my family’s help, I harvested the meat. We ground hamburger, cut steaks, and cubed some for crock pot recipes. This is one less hog that will destroy our pasture and eat our winter oats. FALYN HEMPEL wild hog that she hunted. Food Safety Tip Falyn, cooking up one of her favorite recipes, Smothered Wild Hog Steaks. It’s a constant battle to keep the wild hogs from destroying crops and pastures but this family enjoys a good meal or two as they fi ght. The steaks were tender and tasty! MORGYN HEMPEL, AGE 11 SUMMER 2016 I WORKING RANCH JUNIOR I 23


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