Taxidermy is an underrated art form. There aren’t many hunters or stalkers out there who haven’t shelled out for a shoulder mount only to be stitched up in one way or another by someone who either lacks talent or scruples, leaving you wondering if that really is your roebuck. Max Hunt gets his mounts done by Jacob Strunge, a Danish taxidermist with a client list that is most definitely out of bounds. For more from Jacob, visit http://www.TrophyArt.dk. And if you want a trophy that is a talking point for all the right reasons, talk to your taxidermist and ask him not to save money on the eyes
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Why shoot wild boar?
Wild boar were once native to Great Britain but became extinct more than 300 years ago. Following escapes or deliberate releases from wild boar farms from the 1980s, they have now established breeding populations in the wild including Kent and East Sussex in the South-East of England, Dorset, Devon and the Forest of Dean in the South-West, and parts of Scotland. DEFRA estimates the current population at around 500 in the established colonies. Local wildlife managers estimate it at nearer 5,000.
Wild boar are omnivorous and approximately 400 species of plants and animals have been reported to be part of their diet. Their habit of rooting through the floor of woodland and pasture leaves a clear indicator of their presence. They will take both eggs and nestlings of ground-nesting birds and can damage crops, gamebird release pens and game feeders. Damage to agriculture can also be extensive and concerns have been raised regarding collisions with traffic. Boar have no natural predators in the UK meaning culls are necessary to control population growth.
Wild boar are susceptible to the same diseases as domestic pigs and therefore have the potential to spread infectious disease such as swine fever, foot & mouth and Aujesky’s disease (Gow, 2002; Natural England, 2007).
To read the DEFRA wild boar action plan, visit http://www.britishpigs.org.uk/feralwildboar.pdf