The best way I have found to clean a hog is the same way you would do a deer. This is because it is how you are already used to cleaning an animal. My preferred method is to have them hanging from their legs on a gambrel. It allows me to clean the animal without getting organs or intestines everywhere. The down side is that you will need to cut between the sternum and rib cage, but at least you do not have to wreck your knife while breaking the pelvis. It also allows me to debone everything while it is still hanging. Everyone just please remember to wear rubber gloves if you are going to be cleaning them, these animals carry way too many diseases that can be transferred to humans.
as far as size I would say anything under 100lbs is great to eat, anything over 100lbs should be a sow. However, taste can vary quite a bit with how you treat the meat, (prior to, during, and after processing) and to some extent, their diet.
HTR nailed it for dropping hogs in their tracks. When they are on the run and population reduction is the goal, instead of eating them or for trophies, any of the shots listed here that lead to the death of the unwanted, damaging animals is good.
With you all the way HTR, I pick one of the 2 spots and shoot all but 1 DRT.
Since we eat our kills there is not a too large 350 down to about 50/60lbs, we jaw hook them and hoist it up. Typically if not taking the whole hog, I am lazy and don't like to skin and gut...we skin the back and take the straps, skin the rear hams and take them, our gator pond gets the leftovers they share w the hogs, yotes and buzzards. I salt water brine all wild game meat and never have a taste or smell that is different than store bought!
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"We have a criminal and a system problem, we don't have a gun problem in this state," he said. "As long as legislators concentrate on gun control, we will continue to have mass shootings and the legislators will have blood on their hands."