While everyone objects to the useless and obscene slaughter of animals, hunting on the 10xXx is the method that is used to control both population and genetics. Unless an animal is a danger to humans or other animals, or the offending animal is destroying ranch land, trees, or other ranch property (such as Feral Hogs), wild mammals are never taken as a killing sport. Hunting mammals on the 10xXx Ranch is a harvest sport that not only provides food, but also it truly provides a means of bettering the lives or genetics of the existing wildlife population.
One of the invasive species of animals which have been introduced by European settlers is the Feral Hog. The hogs have been in Texas since the 1680s and were important livestock to the early settlers who usually allowed their animals to roam free. Texas is now home to an estimated 2 million feral hogs, and they can be found in almost every county of Texas. The population and range of the beasts have expanded rapidly because they are extremely adaptable animals with a high reproductive rate. The hogs cause so much damage to farm and ranch land, that they are fair hunting game anytime of the year.
The Western Diamondback Rattlesnake is plentiful on the 10xXx Ranch. Every year the ranch hosts a group of adventurous but somewhat misguided hunters seeking the life or death thrill of snake hunting. While the ranch has many snake dens each step toward the den is potentially lethal, so far all hunters have been cautious enough to avoid the deadly bite of the rattlesnake. The ranch is also home to the deadly Copperhead and Cottonmouth Water Moccasin.