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Wild Boar Hunting

They wreak havoc among the animals of the area, both domestic and wild…

They do considerable damage to the environment…

They are a scourge wherever they proliferate… 

They pass diseases to livestock…

In short, they provide…

 

… Good Trophies for Hunters... 

 

Before going after those tusks, let us go back two hundred years in history, to the times of our Founding Fathers.

 

They introduced domestic pigs for food. And the pigs were good and provided tasty meat as expected or just roamed the adjacent fields, happily waiting for the day of their point of no return from the kitchen.  

 

Then, something went wrong.

 

Pigs concluded that another point of no return would be more pleasant, so they escaped from the farms and ran wild. Nevertheless, they returned to the farms, occasionally. Not only did they become feral, but also turned against their former owners: 

• damaging crops

• carrying diseases

• contaminating fresh water sources

• and killing domestic animals

And since they breed twice a year, their populations grew exponentially, despite the high mortality rate (do the calculations yourself: nine piglets per litter, two litters per year; a sow just one year of age can have offspring, so do the math).

Now, let us come back to 21st century.

 

Of course, pigs did not lose their good manners. They are just as annoying today as in the times of our founding fathers.  Sometimes, they are more than annoying. Sows become aggressive while weaning. When preparing a day of hunting, a good hunter should keep in mind that charging boars could be mortally dangerous.   

 

Shooting time!

 

Some generally good choices for wild boar hunting:

 

• .30 Winchester 

• .44 Magnum 

• .30-06

 

Some hunters prefer shotguns, others like to hunt with bow and arrows or revolver. If you use a shotgun, then a 12 gauge will be your only choice.

 

The relatively small vital areas make it difficult to hit a good shot to the heart and lungs of the wild pig. Besides, wild boars have tough skin a couple of inches thick.  

 

Aim at: 

• The neck (easiest shot, especially broadside, because of its large area)

• Lungs and Heart (see the red spot in the image)

• Spine 

 

Avoid:

• Rear-end shots 

Happy hunting! And remember to share with us the pictures of those trophies!

 

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Very good article.  We have a

Very good article.  We have a population out here that is just beginning to explode (hopefully) so this info will come in handy.  Hopefully it won't be too long till we can have a successful hunt!

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Thank you for the

Thank you for the information. Like I have said... you are definitely the fan of the informational post and I am sure that there are some people out there that are happy to have this information available to them. Hogs are just starting to make it into the eastern parts of Colorado and I think that our nightmares are about to come true. They will do what they have done to everywhere else they have invaded. I wish there was a better way of controlling this species.

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Hog hunting is fun, but I do

Hog hunting is fun, but I do understand the damage they inflict on the environment and the economic losses to farmers from the crop damage.  We are not controlling the hog population very well in some areas.  Makes me wonder if they can be controlled?  They tried to use helicopters here to sthoot hogs in an effort to reduce the population.  Stupid idea because they only got a few and didn't keep up the control efforts so it was a waste of money as the hogs just reproduced and it was like they never killed any of them.

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bothersome hogs

Hogs are simply too prolific. Imagine a doe that could have fawns at 9 months old and then continue to have fawns 2-3 times a year and the number of fawns dropped in these "litters" was 8-12 each! That's what we are facing with the proliferation of the wild hog across the U.S.. Texas alone sees billions in crop damages every year, billions. I really enjoy hunting them, but am starting to wonder about all the illegal stocking that has occurred in several states and now has the population exploding. I am quite sure I'll begin seeing them in areas I hunt in both Kentucky and Tennessee within the next 5 yrs. If you think deer hunting is challenging, hogs have a much larger brain and also better noses than deer. Sure, whacking a good eating size hog of 50-100 lbs may not be really challenging, but those hogs are only 1 yr old! Let them mature, grow and learn and they become very tough to hunt in typical ways. The challenge of hunting big ole boars one on one is something I'd think any hunter (especially a deer hunter) would enjoy tremendously.

Oh, almost forgot.... Good article!!  Thumbs up

 

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I keep hoping!

Tndeerhunter wrote:

Hogs are simply too prolific. Imagine a doe that could have fawns at 9 months old and then continue to have fawns 2-3 times a year and the number of fawns dropped in these "litters" was 8-12 each! That's what we are facing with the proliferation of the wild hog across the U.S.. Texas alone sees billions in crop damages every year, billions. I really enjoy hunting them, but am starting to wonder about all the illegal stocking that has occurred in several states and now has the population exploding. I am quite sure I'll begin seeing them in areas I hunt in both Kentucky and Tennessee within the next 5 yrs. If you think deer hunting is challenging, hogs have a much larger brain and also better noses than deer. Sure, whacking a good eating size hog of 50-100 lbs may not be really challenging, but those hogs are only 1 yr old! Let them mature, grow and learn and they become very tough to hunt in typical ways. The challenge of hunting big ole boars one on one is something I'd think any hunter (especially a deer hunter) would enjoy tremendously.

Oh, almost forgot.... Good article!!  Thumbs up

 

I would LOVE to have hogs in my local area.    

The whole time I was growing up we raised and butchered hogs for our main protien source on the table.  At least one hog and sometimes as many as three would go into the freezer each fall.  Just thinking about the breakfast sausage makes me hungry! 

But unfortunately feral hogs just don't survive our winters.  I keep hoping for global warming so that I can get some hog hunting in my home state, but it just hasn't happened yet, despite all my hoping!

 

I'll just have to keep being jealous of you guys in the gentle southern climates until then!

Mike

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There is a special place in my heart for shooting hogs.  The bigger, nastier and meaner the better.  As of right now there dont seem to be a problem with hogs in our area of mid-tenn. But its only a matter of time.  I am ready for the hog war. As are a couple more friends I have talked to on here.

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Nothing more than a cur and some muletape.

Forget shooting them! try catching them alive and tying them up with some rope/muletape. Don't take my word for it look at all the videos on Youtube.Big smile

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