If Boar were hunted to extiction in the 13th century with Bows and Spears... surely anyone shooting them with highpowered rifles on a regular basis is going to wipe them out in the UK again?
Clearly I've way to much time on my hands (STILL waiting for my redundancy date!), so I've been pondering this!!! :P
I realise they're technically still Vermin, so the point is eradication (?!!?)... but as they're clearly such a popular recreational sport animal in areas where they're present, surely stalkers in those areas want to promote the wellfare of the species and minimise shooting (i.e. create a close season and best practice guide)?
I've no real practical Boar hunting experience apart from a little bit in NZ a long time ago where I was mostly lamping the Boar for a guy I was working for, so you could probably write what I know (in practical terms) about Boar on a fag packet!!! So genuinely starting this topic from a position of ignorance in an effort to benefit from collective knowledge (before any of the usual suspects lay into me )
Found a good bit of research from Natural England here: http://www.naturalengland.org.uk/Ima..._tcm6-4512.pdf
Natural England seem to be of the opinion that Boar are here to stay and should be monitored/studied rather than wiped out.... so why no close season?
p.s. 7mm should be the mimimum cal reccomendation I reckon