Thanks to the alarming increase in the population of hogs, especially in states like Texas, where the population has reached millions. Hogs are a category of pigs or wild boars that are incredibly aggressive animals that breed quickly and threaten the safety of crops and other animals in the wildlife. The increase in the number of hogs every year, is a cause of concern, especially in the United States where their population has reached millions. There is an urgent need to eradicate at least 70% of the hog population from the wild, to prevent other animals from danger. Hence, hog hunting has become a very active hobby for many in the Gulf states. Here are tips on how to hog hunt, for beginners
Like any other animal, hogs can also be tracked, but there is very little chance of them leaving being their footprints, that is highly prominent. One sure shot indication is the uprooted soil as they did spoil in reach of the water. If you find, uprooted soil which smells like urine or faeces, then you’re probably on the right track.
Feral hogs are aggressive animals. Hence the best way to call them out is to use predator calls in short bursts. They respond to the calls almost immediately, but one thing to ensure is to maintain a safe distance from them as they’re incredibly charging. Another way is to play the recorded sounds of piglets in sorrow, as they are overprotective about their offsprings.
Due to the increase in the hunting activities, the hogs have become nocturnal and hence night time is the best to hunt for them. There are many hunting farms and private lands that allow for hog hunting, with or without artificial lights.
If you’re a beginner at hog hunting, then it is important to know their anatomy. Hogs possess thick skin, that can easily prevent them from bullets and arrows. Hence, by shooting in non-vital spots, leads to an attack or escape. For the best fatal shot, you have to aim for the lungs, or the heart, which is located four to five inches above its elbow and the lungs are behind the shoulder. However, if you want to target the brain, then aim for it above the ear.
Since they have thick skins, weak bullets, and arrows can protect them in all ways possible. If you want to take them down instantly, then the right ammunition which can penetrate through the skin and bones is essential.
Choose locations where the population of these hogs is at the extreme. States like Texas, Florida and Louisiana are the most populated ones, and their population is increasing alarmingly every year. If you are determined to take home some bacon, then there are the places to look for.
Hogs are very sensitive to sounds like counting, sneezing or even flickering the safety of the riffle. Hence, be extremely quiet while you’re on the hunt to prevent them from attacking or escaping.