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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: University Alabama Press; 1st Edition edition (September 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0817356703
  • ISBN-13: 978-0817356705
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #770,282 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"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."  The Sierra Club - Book Review Wednesday - To the Extreme

"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


"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


"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

About the Author

Normal0falsefalsefalseEN-USX-NONEX-NONEMicrosoftInternetExplorer4Mark 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.

Customer Reviews

Funny, exciting and informative all at the same time.
Chip
This is one of those rare books that educates as it entertains and I recommend it highly to anyone with an interest in the subject areas.
William J. Hart
Probably one of the best books written about hunting wild pigs.
Vic

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By William J. Hart on August 22, 2011
Format: Paperback
This was for me a fun and easy book, because in many ways it reads like an adventure novel. It is the story of one man's war against a very destructive nonnative species that is difficult to control--the feral pig. Hainds is an expert in the ways of this beast, quite dangerous at full growth, and in the various techniques for hunting it. What makes the book fascinating is Hainds' focus on the details of the many chases he undertook during the course of a year. This is the account of an expert hunter operating with great skill and intelligence, but willing to risk his personal safety in pursuit of a kill. Those who wish to hunt boar will find out from an expert exactly how to do it--or how to do it better--while others, like myself, will be able to enter the world of the hunter and experience its excitement without getting muddy, torn by briars, or pierced by tusks.

I should add that the book's scope is not limited to hunting. Hainds is a forester and ecologist, and writes as one even when he is narrating the hunt. He and his family eat everything he shoots and the larger purpose to his hunting is to protect the long-term viability of our native forests.

This is one of those rare books that educates as it entertains and I recommend it highly to anyone with an interest in the subject areas.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Curtis Hainds on September 27, 2011
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This book couldn't have been written at a better time with all the publicity and TV shows currently discussing the scourge of the feral pig. Mark Hainds does an excellent job of putting the reader right in the middle of his messy, cold, scary, and downright dirty hunts. As a non-hunter I could still picture myself next to the author in the tree stand or crawling through the brush on one of his adventures. You will enjoy this informative and funny work of social and scientific significance.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Chip on April 4, 2012
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It's true... The best book on killing pigs I'll read all year!!! Wonderful read. Funny, exciting and informative all at the same time. The author is a man amongst men when it comes to the realm of killing wild hogs. Anyone who will crawl into a thicket after an animal that both outweighs him and has razor sharp tusks either has balls of steel or screw loose. I choose to think Mark falls into the first category. If you have any interest in hunting pigs or even if you already do this is a great book to sit in front of the fire and get lost in Mark's adventures.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Linda Smith on April 23, 2012
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Hainds book, "Year Of The Pig" was one of the best hunting books that I have ever read. He did not embellish or color the truth about the hunts. The book brings facts to light about how destructive pigs are to our forest and farm land. This is a great read for any hunter or conservationist. Most enjoyable. Good work! [This review was done by my husband]
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nick Fowler on November 30, 2011
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Hainds' book is an extremely well written account of his experience harvesting wild pigs (a devastating invasive species) across the US. The dramatic narratives of the hunts are interlaced with facts about the ecology of the species and ecosystems, natural resource philosophy, the importance of conserving/promoting natural habitat, and much more. In this way, the book paints an encompassing picture of the dilemma with feral hogs and instills readers with a call to action.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Vic on May 2, 2012
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The book is written very well! It's entertaining, and is written by somebody who loves nature, hunting, and respects the game.

Probably one of the best books written about hunting wild pigs.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bob Collinsworth on January 28, 2012
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I received this book today and just now finished reading it. I simply could not put the book down. If you enjoy hunting, want to learn a bit about hunting wild hogs, or simply enjoy good writing, get this book. I have read several books about wild hogs and this was by far the most enjoyable read of the bunch.
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By Voltman on April 3, 2015
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This is the story about a man hunted pigs over ten states in a year. As the author is a forester by profession, there was some information pertaining to forestry and the ecological impact that pigs have on the land and that information was very good and interesting. The writing was a bit dry and not polished at a professional writer level, but easy enough to read. Some of the pig hunts were very interesting to read about and others were not very climatic. I was hoping for more information on the ecological impact caused by feral swine and a crusader voice by the author rather than the author confessing spending a lot of money and finding guides on ebay to go pig hunting for his book idea. There are not many books available on pig hunting and this book makes a good case for the need of hunters to aid in pig control.
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More About the Author

Mark J. Hainds has held dual positions for 18 years as Research Coordinator for The Longleaf Alliance and as a Research Associate with Auburn University. He grew up hunting, fishing, and trapping as the sixth generation on the Hainds family farm in north-central Missouri. Mark received a B.S. in Forestry Resource Management from the University of Missouri in 1992 and a M.S. in Forest Biology from Auburn University in 1995. His family owns a small business named HHHH Nursery & Wood Products and they are enjoying their fourth year as vendors at the Palafox Farmers Market in Pensacola, Florida. The University of Alabama Press published his first book - Year of the Pig, on September 1st, 2011. The adventures that should lead to his second book will begin in October 2014.

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