March 17, 2011 - During the feral hog hunt in the county recently, a total of 137 hogs were harvested. Of those, 55 were given away to people requesting them, the rest were either utilized by the owner for personal use or sold in Windom to the State Buying Facility. A total of 12 teams signed up and three separate individuals. Winners were as follows: first place ($1000) - Brad Phillips of Telephone, second place ($750) - Alan Andrew of Honey Grove, and thirdplace ($500) - Andy Moss of Chicota. Daily prize winners were Brad Phillipsof Telephone, Holly McCutchin, of Dallas, Austin McKinney of Lewisville, Michael Sylkatis ofMcKinney, Ray Lopez, of Farmers Branch, Frank Payne of Chicota, Alan Andrew of Honey Grove, and Steve Bennett of Trenton.
Organizers report there was a good mix of people from various cities that utilized the Caddo Grasslands' first tournament. Sponsors were Texas AgriLife Extension, Fannin county, National Wild Turkey Federation, USDA Forest Service, Caddo/LBJ Grasslands, and Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.
Hogs over 50 pounds were allowed to be taken to Windom and sold. The receipts were then brought in to the registration station where a running tally of hogs for each individual was recorded. Winning criteria was the person registering the most hogs. The objective of the tournament was to increase the harvest of feral hogs in the area and to reduce the damage they cause, as well as make information available regarding methods of control.
Pictured at right, organizers present a $1,000 check to Brad Phillips of Telephone for taking first place in the wild hog tournament.
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