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Our favorite articles about Northeast Texas native plants, trees and wildlife posted on TexasHomesteader.com

Destructive Pests: Trapping Wild Hogs

by Texas Homesteader ~ 

We have a wild hog problem here in NE Texas. Bad. So bad in fact that there’s no official ‘season’ for hunting them because they’re such an invasive, destructive nuisance.

Their sheer numbers are astonishing. They come through like a cloud, leaving nothing but tilled ground & deep holes behind them.


So terrible that the game warden says you can hunt them at any time day or night, in any season. 

Wild hogs are destructive & plentiful. But they're just escaped domestic pigs - they're pork! See how we successfully trap them #TexasHomesteader

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Wordless Wednesday: Wild Plum Blossoms

by Texas Homesteader ~

The beautiful blooms on this wild plum tree in our pasture give the promise that spring is on the way! #TexasHomesteader

Spring is coming!



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The Lazy Cook’s Wild Plum Jelly Recipe – No Pectin Needed!

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There are several wild plum trees in our pastures. This Wild Plum Jelly recipe is easy and requires no added pectin. Optional water-bath canning instructions are included too.


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Feed Wild Birds Cheaper Using Plain Chicken Scratch

by Texas Homesteader ~  

We love feeding the beautiful wild birds. So we used to buy the large expensive bags of bird seed at the big-box store. But those wild birds can really go through a lot of feed!

We discovered there’s an oh-so-much-cheaper way to fill the feeder, y’all. Check out today’s Homestead Hack. 

HOMESTEAD HACK: CHEAPER BIRD SEED! I'm here to tell you there IS an easier (and oh-so-much CHEAPER) way! Check out today's Homestead Hack. #TexasHomesteader Continue reading

Wild Hogs – Making The Best Of A Bad Situation

by RancherMan~

As anyone in the agriculture business knows whether it be farming or ranching, wild hogs are becoming a bigger problem by the day. They are prolific breeders,they are very hardy and have almost no natural enemy besides man. As an animal behaviorist will tell you they are one of the most intelligent creatures on earth.

Over the last decade they have learned to become nocturnal and learned what food is safe and which is not. They have also learned to avoid traps, making them very difficult to control in any way.

WILD HOGS: Making the Best of a Bad Situation! Wild hogs cause lots of damage to pastures, but they can also provide food #TexasHomesteader

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Wild Hog Damage

Here in NE Texas wild hogs are a very expensive problem, rooting large holes that damage both grazing pastures as well as farm equipment. Yesterday as I was walking through one of our pastures I was dismayed to see lots of pasture damage. The damage is shocking & widespread.

These destructive wild-hog rototillers have rooted huge holes in various large swaths in our pasture. Some holes are over two-feet deep! I wrote about ways we attempt to Reduce Wild-Hog Populations on our Texas Homestead.

Do you struggle with hog damage on your place, and what is your most effective method of control?


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