June 14th Is Pig Callers DayMay 29th, 2012 by Craig Mullins
Occurring on June 14th each year, Pig Caller’s Day is often celebrated through community pig calling contests and state championships.
Pig Callers Day is devoted to honoring the pig callers of the world, like Roxanne, who is affectionately known as the “pig lady.” She collects pigs and is also a world-champion hog caller. Roxanne has never lost a hog-calling contest.
“No man should be allowed to be President who does not understand hogs.” – President Harry Truman
Did You Know?…..
- The scream of a frightened pig can measure 115 decibels – two more than the scream of a jet engine during take-off.
- Pigs are found on every continent except Antarctica.
- The largest pig on record was named “Big Bill” and weighed a whopping 2,552 pounds. His shoulder height measured 5 feet and he was 9 feet long.
- The first book on raising pigs was written by Emperer Fo Hi of China in 3468 BC.
A great way for you to celebrate Pig Callers Day on an individual level is learning how to pig call. Below are some easy to follow instructions courtesy of the eHow website.
- Choose a call which you can shout easily. Realistically, any call can be used as long as it can be heard in any condition. The popular call of “sooeee” is effective as it is high pitched and has rising intonation, so it can be heard over a long distance.
- Provide regular feed times. Pigs can get easily stressed if their feeding routines are erratic. When feeding the pigs, shake the pig feed in the buckets and shout your chosen call multiple times.
- Repeat the feeding and calling routine regularly. Within weeks the pigs will associate your call with feeding time and come when beckoned.
- Position yourself within hearing distance of the wild pigs. Depending on the weather conditions, this could range between 10 to 80 meters.
- Find cover from the wild pigs. Certain species can be ferocious, therefore higher shelter such as a deer lodge is ideal. There is also more chance of viewing wild pigs when hidden.
- Blow into your pig calling device in a series of sharp bursts. If you are wanting to call both boars and sows, use a call which emulates a piglet in distress, a high-pitched squeal, as sows are attracted to aid the piglet and boars are attracted to quieten it. If you are wanting to call only boars, use a call which emulates either the sound of a large boar in distress, a low, lengthy squeal, as this squealing attracts other boars, or use a call which emulates the sound of a sow trying to attract other boars, a series of short grunts.
“I like pigs. Dogs look up to us. Cats look down on us. Pigs treat us as equals” – Sir Winston Churchill
Happy Pig Callers Day! Soooeeeee!!!