Before Pig Hunting | Ultimate Beginner’s Guide

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Before Pig hunting, we are sharing one thing with you. Although hog tracks and deer tracks can be the same size, it is not difficult to tell them apart once you know what to look for. Hog tracks are blockier than deer tracks and have rounded rather than pointed tips. Deer tracks are teardrop shaped; hog tracks are square in both front and back and have a more uniform width.

Now let’s move to the point and here is a little guide for you. Just read it and get a bit knowledge to hunting pig.

Hunt Small Herds to Find Unpressured Pigs

If you know there are pigs in the area you’re hunting but find only minimal amounts of the sign, do not get discouraged. Smaller herds of pigs can be more predictable (and thus easier to hunt) because they are generally less pressured than larger groups, whose obvious trails and numerous wallows attract many more hunters.

Wild vs. Feral

Very few of the hogs in North America are truly wild—most are descended from domestic pigs and should be referred to as feral. A true Russian wild boar has a much longer nose and legs than a hog descended from domestic stock, it will have a pronounced ridge of hair running down the center of its back, and its tail will be straight.

Pig Hunting | Wild vs. Feral

Shoot to Kill Quickly When Hunting Hogs

A hog’s vital organs are located lower in its body cavity that is vital organs in the body cavities of ungulates.  To ensure a killing shot, always aim directly behind the shoulder as well as slightly lower than you would aim at a white-tailed deer. Be very sure of your shot before pulling the trigger or releasing your arrow. You do not want to have to follow one far after hitting it; hogs have a thick layer of fat beneath their skin that can quickly plug a wound, making blood trailing difficult, especially if you shoot the animal in a wet,   swampy environment.

Spot-and-Stalk Hogs in Open Country

In the fairly open country, spotting wild pigs from a distance and then stalking them can be an effective method. Start out by trying to situate yourself you where you have a commanding view and the wind is coming toward you. If pigs are seen at a distance, walk slowly and quietly toward them, keeping the wind in your face and using available cover. Since natural pigs have poor eyesight, you may be able to obtain fairly close without being identified.

Look for Thickets to Find Bedded Pigs

Wherever you hunt pigs, you can be confident that they’ll spend their days holed up in the thickest vegetation to be found. Look for palmetto thickets in swampy bottomland, laurel tangles in the mountains, and grown-over clear cuts in a forested country that is near a good source of food, such as an old orchard or grove of acorn-producing oaks. Set up your stand on trails that lead from their bedding cover to where they eat and make sure you’re sitting in it long enough for the scent you left on the way in to disperse by the time they head out to feed in the evening.

Look for Thickets to Find Bedded Pigs

Here He Comes!

When a wild boar means mischief, he makes his run with his head down. It is by a sudden thrust upward of his tusks that he does his deadly work.  When he charges with his head high, he probably means that he just wants gangway.

Look for Wallows When Scouting for Hogs

Wallows are muddy or dusty patches of ground where pigs roll to cool themselves off, remove parasites attached to their skin, and cover themselves in the dirt to keep off biting insects. These are great places to look for when scouting because you can use them to identify the sizes and numbers of animals in a herd. Tracks are easy to find in such places, and you can get an accurate read on a hog’s size by measuring the imprints left by its body in the mud.

Wild Boars: What You’re Hunting

Wild boars in America are a mixture of feral (born wild) pigs from domesticated stock running loose in the woods for decades,  even centuries,  and of original European wild boars brought into this country and planted at different locations. One of the main plantings was by a man named George Moore who in 1912 put fourteen European wild boars on his 1600 acres of timbered land surrounding Harper’s Bald, a mountain peak in the Snowbird Mountain Range of North Carolina. Moore thought of his land as a preserve, but, of course, the hogs roamed into the countryside and have been there for decades, plus spreading elsewhere in the Great Smokies. The pure European wild boars have also been imported in places ranging from New Hampshire to California to Georgia.

Hunt Hogs Near Old Homesteads

One of the best places to look for wild hogs is around an abandoned homestead. Pigs like these sites because they often contain abandoned orchards, overgrown gardens with wild-growing vegetables, and are located close to open meadows or overgrown pasture that offer a range of other food sources.

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