I went to a very interesting meeting a week ago. The meeting was a Jägareförbundet (Sweden’s largest hunting org) and LRF (Swedish NFU) talk on the spread of wild boar in our area.
Sweden is 10 years ahead of the UK in the spread of boar. One thing of interest was the number of boar shot . From the early 8o’s up to the year 2000 the numbers of boar shot stayed at a very slowly rising numbers. From the early 2000s the number has dramatically increase.
It was predicted about 4 years ago that we would be shooting more boar than moose by the year 2011 (90,000 ) This number would have been surpassed but for 2 very cold winters that set back the boar. 2 more normal winters since have got the boar population making up for lost time. 80,000 boar shot 2011
Boar numbers double every 2,7 years. 90-95% of boar are killed by hunting. Only 20% of boar make it over 2 years old. RTA’s involving boar rose from about 400, year 2003 to 4500, 2011.
Sweden has yet to reach the boar explosion yet. We are lucky in that we can use dogs to hunt boar but that is only one hunting method used here.
So for all you people who can’t wait for the boar to arrive on your patch in the UK. Be very careful what you wish for.