Hog Hunting Success Tips
Spring for most outdoorsmen means turkey hunting or fishing, but there are other opportunities as well. Hog hunting is a fun and exciting, and it allows you to not only help curb the expanding population, but wild hogs also taste great too! The hog population is expanding at an alarming rate and needs to be controlled and hunting them is the best way to control the population.
Hogs reproduce rapidly, and most sows have litters of 5 to 6, and they reproduce 1 -2 times a year. This leads to the destruction of the deer habitat. With few natural predators, hunters are the only ones that can control the population. This article is going to cover some of the basics of hog hunting and give a few tips and pointers for beginners.
Choosing the Right firearm
Wild hogs are aggressive creatures. They are less likely to run away when shot at like a deer. Instead, they will come right at you and confront you, and their sharp tusks and aggressive nature can make them dangerous. It is important to pick a rifle that is accurate and capable of taking multiple shots in succession. Most hunters recommend an AR platform in either .223 or .308. Most prefer a higher caliber since hogs can be difficult to take down.
The AR-15 and AR - 10 allow you to make rapid shots that are fairly accurate. Also, if there are a number of hogs you can take down more than one hog at a time. You want to make sure that you choose an accurate semi-auto that can fire in rapid succession. Most AR platforms are also easy to convert to night time hog hunting which adds a different perspective to the sport and will help you better kill these nocturnal creatures.
Physiology of a Pig
Hogs are slightly different when it comes to their overall physiology compared to other animals you may have hunted. A shot that would be a lung or heart shot on a deer would be a gut shot on a hog. When aiming at a hog you are going to want to aim slightly lower and forward on the hog, so if you want to hit the heart, put the crosshair slightly behind the hogs elbow.
A hogs skin is tough. They have natural cartilage in their upper body that is meant to protect against other hog tusks during fights or confrontations with predators or other hogs. This can act as natural body armor, that can stop slower rounds. So when you choose a bullet, you are going to want a high-velocity round that is capable of going through the hogs tough armor.
Beating a Hogs Nose
Hogs have a great sense of smell. They use their noses to find food on the ground, and this also makes them very difficult to stalk. While you are hog hunting, you can kiss the scent masking camouflage or sprays goodbye, and they are not going to be able to beat a hog's nose.
If you are stalking a hog, it is important that you stay upwind from hogs. You have to make sure that you are paying attention to the wind the entire hunt. Make sure that wind is in your face during your hunt, and pay attention to shifting winds, as they can alert hogs to your presence. Also, it is in your best interest to keep a wind tracker in your gear so you can monitor any slight changes in the wind. If you keep upwind, you can get them every time.
Utilizing Game Cameras
Don’t put your game camera’s away just yet. You can use a game camera the same way you do for deer hunting. Place them in areas where you have had hog activity and in the surrounding area, and this will allow you to track where the hogs have been going and when and where they may be feeding. This can help you scout a good area where you can set up a climber stand or a ground blind or even where to do a spot and stalk.
When looking for a spot, you want to find a place that hogs will have an abundance of food. A lot of states allow you to bait on private land, so you can place corn out. This should help bring the hogs on your land to this one spot. Most states, however, do not allow you to bait for hogs on public land, so you will have to look for a natural food source. You can find where hogs have been eating by looking for areas where the land has been rooted up. It will look like little holes which have been dug up, and you will know that hogs have been active in that area.
One of the coolest things about hog hunting is being able to hunt them at night. It is legal in most states to hunt hogs at night, and you can add night vision or thermal imaging to most AR platforms and have a great time. Since hogs are mostly nocturnal creatures, they will be easier to take at night than during the day.
Night vision and thermal imaging can be expensive, but most outfitters will allow you to rent their equipment. This is a great way to experience a different style of hunting and should be a great time for every outdoorsman.
Spring hog hunting offers every hunter the perfect opportunity to get back out in the woods and put some delicious bacon in the fridge. If this is your first time, it may be smart to get with a local outfitter and try a hunt with them first. They are rather inexpensive when it comes to most guided hunts.
You can use many of the same tactics from deer hunting and institute them with hog hunting. If you remember to stay upwind you can outsmart a hog’s nose. Also, using your game cameras will allow you to track any hogs on your property and put you in a better position to ambush them. If you follow these tips, your should be filing your freezer with bacon in no time.