Hunting wild hogs has gained popularity over the last few years. One of the biggest reasons is the rapid population increase of hogs, and landowners wanting them gone. It is not hard to find places to hunt, and it is a great way to hone your traditional skills during the off-season or after your other big game tags are filled.
Many ranchers and farmers will allow hog hunting on their property for little of nothing. I have hunted some prime hog ground in Texas for as little as a couple hundred dollars for an entire weekend. That price often includes lodging. Many of these ranches can be found on the internet. My last few trips to Texas have been with Jeremy Eaton owner of Twin Boars Outdoors near Knox City, Texas.
On my most recent trip to Twin Boars Outdoors I speared a hog with my Cold Steel spear. Now, this might not be the best option for most hunters, but as you will see in the video below, the conditions were perfect for it.
And, before you get in an uproar about it not being ethical, this hog ran less than 10-yards before falling over dead. And, these are the same methods that our ancestors used centuries ago to survive.
This is about as real as it gets when it is man against beast. The hog in the video weighed over 250 pounds and was a warrior. His teeth were broke down to almost nothing from all of the fighting he had been doing.
So, maybe spearing a hog isn’t for you. Or, maybe it is.
There is also good public land hunting in most states with no limit to the number of pigs a hunter can kill. Use the internet to search a state’s wildlife agency for more information.
Another option is one of the many outfitters that run a special for wild hogs once the more popular big game hunting seasons are closed. While the ground is still covered with snow in the northern regions of the country you can head to the sunny south to extend your hunting season.
Hogs can be hunted using several different methods. The most popular are spot and stalk hunting, and hunting out of a stand or ground blind with or without the use of bait.
Knowing what and where the hogs are eating, whether it is at a timed feeder or at a natural food source such as clover, alfalfa, acorns or grain fields is an effective way to hunt hogs.
Because hogs do not have sweat glands, hanging a tree stand or putting a ground blind near a water source is often productive. When the weather turns off hot, hunters can easily find hogs that are trying to cool off in water and mud.
Another choice location for a stand is where hogs are rooting for insects. A sounder of hogs can upturn acres of ground in one night. They eat grubs and termites out of rotten logs, and eat insects and earthworms from the ground. When a hunter comes across an area that hogs have been rooting there will be no mistaking that hogs are close.
Early morning and late evening are the best times to be on stand. Catch the hogs off guard as they approach their favorite acorn crop or food plot. Sit off a trail that leads to a wallow to intercept a hog that needs to cool off during the heat of the day.
Hunting near timed feeders (where legal) is one of the easiest ways to hunt for feeding hogs. Feeders that are programmed to start dispensing food at certain times of the day are popular amongst both hunters and wild pigs. Hogs quickly learn the schedule of the feeders and will be there when they start scattering food or shortly thereafter.