Is there a place locally where I can buy wild boar meat? With all the talk these days about the feral hog problem, I would imagine it would be cheap and plentiful.
I don't believe it can be sold commercially, despite their numbers. You would need to make a deal with a deer hunter, who loathe them because they compete for deer habitat. What would you use it for? I have dressed a few, and they are nasty, but make for decent but not special sausage.
Matt's was once famous for their wild boar sausage. Did they buy it from an out of state source
Feral hogs are considered varmints, or nuisance, animal and are not considered game animals in Texas. I've hunted and cooked a few on my smoker (after brining a day or two) and my wife really likes the meat. However, it's been a couple of years since seeing hogs where i hunt in SW Arkansas.
According to Texas Dept of Parks & Wildlife
". They may however, be legally transported to slaughter or livestock sale for slaughter."
However, to give you a definitive answer, i don't know of any local places that sell wild pig meat.
Frontier Meats in Ft. Worth sells it:
You might also want to check out Broken Arrow Ranch:
And, I've seen boar at Central Market in the past.
Federal regulations make it hard to process and sell those feral pigs:
http://www.texasmonthly.com/2011-08-0... (registration is free)
From the article:
"Though deer can be shot by a hunter, dropped off at a licensed processor, and donated to the hungry, the law treats feral pigs the same way it treats domestic pigs, meaning they are subject to antemortem and postmortem inspection. A licensed inspector has to see them both before and after they are killed. If the meat from feral pigs was deemed to be safe, according to Lee Pipkin, the food resources director of the Texas Food Bank Network, it would make a huge difference. “='We have met with TPWD, the Department of Agriculture, and the Department of Health on this subject,' said Pipkin. 'Protein as a whole is the biggest empty spot on our shelves. It’s so vital, yet so underresourced.'”
I hope that helps.