Hog hunting is awesome for first-time hunters and is becoming increasingly popular. The wild hog population is growing at an alarming rate in the Gulf States. Hogs are violent animals that breed quickly and threaten the safety of native wildlife and crops.
Hog hunting is a dangerous activity, even for skilled hunters. Beginner hunters should be extremely vigilant and careful when tracking as wild hogs can be aggressive, particularly if they feel challenged or if their piglets are in danger.
“Never wrestle with pigs. You both get dirty, and the pig likes it.”
The below-mentioned tips will surely help make your hunt safe and successful.
Step 1: KNOW YOUR HOGS
It is essential to familiarize yourself with hog anatomy before you hunt them.
Hogs are low riders, with shoulders higher than their hips. Their hide is tough, and boars have a dense covering of cartilage over their shoulders. That is meant to protect against challengers’ tusks, but it also provides armored protection from bullets.
A hog’s heart sits low in its chest and slightly forward of the lungs. What would be a lung shot on a deer is a gut shot on a hog, and hogs are capable of surviving such an injury. To hit the heart, aim behind and slightly above the hog’s elbow.
The main thing is just to hit them low. Down low, right behind the shoulder. You have to hit them in the heart
Some hunters purposely break the hogs’ shoulders, but that often does not result in the quickest kill. Shooting right behind the ear is another option.
A clean kill is the ethical responsibility of every hunter, so make sure your shot delivers.
Step 2: Know how to track Hogs
Hog sign is unmistakable. The ability to detect and track hogs is critical to hog hunting. Hogs are also relatively near-sighted, and they tend to get preoccupied when feeding. This can make stalking fairly easy, but don’t think for a minute that they are a pushover.
There are several signs to look for when tracking a hog:
Hogs use their sense of smell to root through vegetation and find food. Uprooted soil is one of the most recognizable signs of a hog’s presence.
Feral hogs dig up land near ponds and creeks to “wallow” in the mud and cool themselves down. So, this can be an indication for you that might help to locate a hog.
Look for trails that resemble deer tracks, but are wider and rounder. The trails often look like tunnels into thick vegetation.
Step 3: Hog Body Language
Knowing just a few signs of their body language will make you more successful at hunting them.
Hogs will show a variety of visual cues depending on their mood just like any other big-game animal. All you need to do is stand still and quiet. Spend some time observing their behavior and body language.
They’ll just freeze up, and they’ll stop eating and stop doing everything just before they bolt.
It is always better to study the animal behavior before you plan to hunt them. As it can save you from facing tough challenges out there.
Step 4: Use Calls
Wild hogs are notoriously aggressive animals, they usually respond quickly, removing themselves from cover. Using predator calls is an effective way to get them out into the open. From a downwind position, call to the hogs using predator sounds in short bursts.
Another way to get a hog’s attention is using the recorded sound of piglets in distress. Sows are extremely protective. They are quickly drawn into the open if they believe that their offspring are in danger.
Remember that hogs will be charging, so keep a safe distance when using this method.
Step 5: Hunt at Night
Hogs turn nocturnal as summer’s heat approaches or as hunting pressure intensifies. This nocturnal behavior means that the best time to hunt hogs is when they’re feeding at night.
Nocturnal hogs will head back to bedding areas sometime after sunup. Before dawn, position yourself on these trails, and you may get a chance at a line of hogs trotting back to bed. A night-vision or thermal optic can help you locate hogs after dark.
The most effective nighttime hunting technique is to use a feeder to focus them and hide nearby in a blind. When you hear feeding hogs, then it is the right time to take your shot.
Step 6: Be a strategist
Hunting methods differ by state, but in many places, options are seemingly endless, including spot-and-stalk or hunting from blinds, night hunting, and spotlighting.
Hogs dislike heat, so hunt them at first and last light during warmer months. When it’s hot, hunt over water and shady, muddy spots. Be prepared to fire. But don’t forget to wear your lightweight waterproof hunting boots as you might have to walk through muddy and watery areas.
When you flush a hog, he might come at you rather than run away. Remember, hogs may not have good vision, but they have a keen sense of smell. They’ll wind you in a heartbeat.
If you are looking to fill in the downtime of the year with some fun hunting. Just make sure that if you are planning for hog hunting, do your research and plan accordingly. With proper research and knowledge, you’ll have a blast and most likely, fill your freezer with some tasty meat.
Shawn Michaels is a blogger who loves to write about his outdoor experiences. He is also a passionate rock climber and loves traveling. Currently, he is studying and spends his free time reading reviews and gear shopping! He regularly blogs at Thesmartlad.com.