Pig doggers are actively fighting the efforts of anti-hunting groups to smear them.

Pig doggers bite back


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Aussie pig doggers have produced an excellent response to ongoing attacks by animals rights groups, posting a YouTube presentation (below) dispelling myths and explaining the truths of ethical hunting using dogs.

“Unfortunately,over recent years, the ethics of this form of hunting have often come intoquestion,” the Australian Pig Dog Hunting Association states.

“Contrary to popular misconception and, in some cases, propaganda, the use of well trained dogs to locate and either bail or hold pigs is far more humane than some other methods of control in use,” it says. “In addition, well trained pig dogs are species specific, being rigorously trained to ignore animals other than pigs.” 

“Responsible, law abiding hunters using disciplined well trained dogs is one of a number of useful tools in the ongoing effort to control feral pig populations across Australia. Correctly done, it is extremely effective, particularly in thick country by not only capturing pigs for humane despatch, but also by tending to disperse those not caught into more open country where shooting, for example, enjoys increased effectiveness.”

The presentation has been applauded by many in the industry as a great example of what can be done to counter campaigns by anti-hunting organisations and the Greens, who have been scathing of pig dogging in particular.

“The APDHA are to be commended for an excellent presentation,” Shooters and Fishers Party MLC Robert Borsak said.


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Mick Matheson

Mick grew up with guns and journalism, and has included both in his career. A life-long hunter, he has long-distant military experience and holds licence categories A, B and H. In the glory days of print media, he edited six national magazines in total, and has written about, photographed and filmed firearms and hunting for more than 15 years.

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