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Before the cartoon mouse and the space program ushered in highways, stucco, and neon, central Florida hosted the first North American porcine invasion that accompanied the Spanish explorers in the 1500s. Second only to Texas in total population, Florida’s feral hogs are treated as game animals on public land but livestock on private land.

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Feral hogs are thick-skinned and heavily muscled with straight wire-like hair. They are often found singly or in small groups, but can sometimes congregate in numbers of around 50, referred to as a sounder. A typical mature hog can weigh anywhere from 80 to 400 pounds.

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Equally as adaptable, human residents of central Florida’s Brevard County not only hunt hogs as game, but for many, the hogs are a regular part of their table fare. One such resident, Jim Zuhlke, hunts and traps the hogs that cross his property. Traps are typically the live, baited, spring-door variety, so the hogs can be moved into a pen to be wormed and fed corn for a number of weeks before finding their way to a slow cooker. I met up with Zuhlke just before he hosted a Mason barbecue so we set about culling his small herd and throwing my collection of knives against this porcine phalanx. We slaughtered and bled four medium-sized hogs and then took them to his brother’s barn for processing. While overlap in design and function exist, I divided the knives into three categories: 1. The Gutters, 2. The Skinners and 3. The Butchers. Here’s what happened…

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CRKT Kommer 2-Shot Before the cartoon mouse and the space program ushered in highways,…