Farmers taking aim at wild hogs in their fields

Farmers taking aim at wild hogs in their fields

SUMTER CO., GA (WALB) - Farmers across South Georgia are dealing with more problems than just dry weather. Wild hogs are taking aim at many fields.

The hogs rooted up most of a two acre plot in one Sumter County field.

One south Georgia farmer is fed up.

"It's just a lost cause right here," said farmer Aaron Cosby.

He looked over damage Wednesday caused by wilds hogs in his field.

"We've literally invested thousands of dollars trying to curtail damage of hundreds of thousands of dollars over the years and it's just an ongoing battle," said Cosby.

Cosby says these wild boars made their way to south Georgia in 2007 and have been wreaking havoc on the area ever since.

"We've attempted to replant this twice and it's just a losing battle."

One particular two-acre plot has been ransacked by hogs twice this year, as they make the short walk from the wooded Kinchafoonee Creek to the freshly planted fields.

"Nobody really realizes that you can drive out into a field at night and there will be 35 to 40 hogs meandering across the field potentially causing damage if your crops are trying to grow," said Cosby.

Because of this, Cosby and other farmers have started hog hunting to control the destruction, but he says it's not for sport.

"We're not out here to have fun and kill wild hogs; we're trying to protect our investment."

And the return on that investment continues to shrink as this wild animal population continues to grow. The issue is really a statewide problem. Just last year, the DNR and the Georgia Department of Agriculture launched a program to pair up farmers with hunters, but so far, it's been tough to get a handle on the problem.