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Contents Foreword by Steven Ditchkoff Foreword by Mark Bailey Acknowledgments Prologue 1. Longleaf 2. Titi 3. Over Bait 4. Privet 5. Oak/Hickory 6. Ironwood 7. Death in the Wiliwili 8. Beaver Pond 9. Hill Country 10. Blue Palm 11. Chufas 12. Collateral Damage 13. Old Growth 14. Ozarks 15. A Long Walk 16. Food Plot 17. Slash Pine 18. Saw Palmetto 19. Dog Fennel 20. Valley Oaks 21. Inside the Fence 22. Bahia Grass 23. Peanuts 24. Eating the Pig Conclusion Epilogue Further Reading Illustrations follow page 000
Mark J. Hainds is a research associate with Auburn University and research coordinator for the Longleaf Alliance located at the Solon Dixon Forestry Center in Andalusia, Alabama. He travels widely giving presentations on various aspects of forestry and has published several technical papers, most notably, 'Distribution of Native Legumes in Frequently Burned Longleaf Pine--Wiregrass Ecosystems' in the American Journal of Botany.
"Feral pigs threaten vast portions of U.S. ecosystems, so Hainds, a forester, did good by spending 2007 hog-hunting in 11 states. Hainds' anecdotes, titled by a tree of each different ecosystem, wield dry humor and the admirable values of a farmer's son to critique the current state of hunting. His sympathetic intelligence suffuses this seriously funny nonfiction."--Sierra Club "Year of the Pig provides an enjoyable and educational read to hunters and invasivores alike, filled with riveting accounts and useful tips on pursuing and preparing feral pigs."--Invasivore.org "Hainds is an avid (obsessed?) outdoorsman who has written this fun book of hunting tales featuring wild hogs as the quarry. While I have read many of the classic hunting stories, from Archibald Rutledge to Tom Kelly, I'm unaware of any that feature the hog. Thus, this book is a welcome addition to the genre. However, what is really special about the book is how the author weaves some serious current environmental concerns and ecological ideas, as well as discussions of hunters' ethics, into his descriptions of the chase. . . . With any luck, the enjoyable nature of these hunting stories will carry the more important messages of correct hunting behaviors and environmental awareness farther into the thicket than it has already penetrated."--Mobile Press-Register