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Boar are one of the most exciting game animals you can hunt. If you get the chance to go on a boar hunt, this opportunity will be a trip you’ll never forget. If you’re planning a wild hog hunt in the near future, listen in because we’re going to give you a few tips to make your hunt as fun and memorable as possible.
Choose the Right Weapon
As with any other big game hunt, choosing the right weapon is very important. A shotgun or high caliber rifle is a great choice, because of the sheer size of many wild hogs. An AR-15 is a great choice, for its versatility and power.
No matter what weapon you choose, you should definitely consider using a scope. This increases the chance that you’ll make a fatal shot, and make a kill. You’ll want to choose the right scope for your eye comfort, as an uncomfortable scope can be more of a problem than it’s worth.
Location is Key
When preparing for your boar hunting trip, know that there are some locations that are better than others. There are three states where you’ll have the most luck with hog hunting: Texas, Florida, and Louisiana. Each state has different restrictions, so you’ll need to choose between the three to make the most of your hunt.
Texas requires only a general hunting license, and has a hog season that lasts all year. You can hunt at night, but if you’re going to use a spotlight you must notify the game warden beforehand. Florida has the second highest population of wild hogs, and also requires only a general hunting license. Hog hunting is legal during most of the year, except for the spring turkey season.
Louisiana has a growing hog population and allows hunting year-round. Daylight hours are fair game in Louisiana, but night hunting can also be done under some restrictions.
Because wild hogs are naturally aggressive, they respond to calls pretty intensely. If you use a predator call, nearby hogs will charge out of cover and into the nearest clearing. They’ll be charging at high speeds, though, so make sure you’re a safe distance away to avoid getting hurt.
You can also use calls that mimic the sound of piglets in distress. This causes a similar reaction as the other call, as sows are extremely protective of their young.
Whichever call you choose to use, make sure you practice with it before you get out in the woods. A poor call isn’t going to attract any hogs, if anything it’ll just spook off whichever ones are closest.
One skill that is helpful in big boar hunting is knowing how to track them. There are a few ways that you can track wild hogs, including looking for signs of rooting, wallowing, and hoof prints.
Much like domesticated hogs, wild hogs root with their snouts to find food in the soil. You can easily identify signs of rooting by looking for disturbed soil and eaten vegetation.
Another way that wild hogs are similar to domesticated hogs is that both animals wallow. Signs of wallowing can be seen around ponds and creeks, where wild hogs roll in the mud to cool themselves from the heat.
The final way to track boar is to follow their hoof prints. Boar tracks look similar to deer tracks, but are wider and rounder. Because boar frequently spend a lot of their time in the mud, you’ll be able to see tracks around wallowing areas pretty easily. Following tracks will also give you an idea as to where the boar are heading, giving you the ability to plan how you will make your attack.
Know How To Handle An Attack
We’ve mentioned before that wild boar are notoriously aggressive. You don’t want to be caught in an attack without the knowledge of how to handle it, so following these tips is very important.
You don’t want to try running away, since the hog will be able to catch up to you pretty easily. Instead of running, find a tree or other high surface that you can scale. Hogs aren’t able to climb well, so this will put some space between you and the hog.
When a hog is charging, think about what people do during bullfights. Rather than run away, these people step out of the bull’s direction and evade being hit. Eventually the animal will be too tired to keep charging and will give up.
You’ll also want to avoid shooting at a boar as its charging towards you. This would, understandably, be your gut instinct, but it’s still a bad move. Your adrenaline is going to be pumping in this moment, so the chances of you making a kill shot are unlikely. It’s way more likely that you’ll just wound the animal and make it even angrier. Instead of trying to shoot, save time and try to put as much distance between you and the hog as you can.
Shot placement on a wild hog is different than on a deer. Many whitetail hunters opt for a long shot, as it gives the widest area to hit with the most chance of dropping the deer quickly. If you go for a lung shot in a hog, you’re likely going to end up with a wounded animal that can run far enough that you’d be hard pressed to ever find it.
You’ll want to aim low and go for a heart shot. If you place it right, you’ll make a shot that’ll stop the hog in its tracks. This will make things a lot less stressful for you when it comes to finding the animal where its dropped.
If you’re looking for an experience you’ll never forget, a boar hunt is certainly worth the cost. Boar are great fun to hunt, and the meat doesn’t taste bad either! Now that you have some tips on big boar hunting, you’re ready to start planning the trip of a lifetime.