Go Hog-Wild for Wild-Hog Hunting

Mack Prioleau: Go Hog-Wild for Wild-Hog Hunting

When deer hunting season is over but you are yearning to be out in nature again, hearing a large game animal trample leaves in the distance, nothing can fill that empty space in your hunting-loving heart than a wild-hog hunt. In fact, in the Golden State, more Californian hunters are actually pursuing wild hogs than they are deer. And in states such as Georgia, Mississippi, and Florida, you can shoot wild hogs in the fall, spring, summer, and winter; there are no seasonal restrictions. These hogs can be found in more than 30 states, as far west as Hawaii and as far east as New Hampshire. Here are a few reasons to go wild-hog hunting, and a few tips for making your hunt a successful one, according hunting aficionado Mack Prioleau.

Wild-Hog Hunting Benefits

As mentioned earlier, wild hogs can be hunted year-round, so no urge to hunt has to go unfulfilled. The Northeast, outside of New Hampshire’s Blue Mountains, does not seem to have any wild hogs. However, no matter your location in the United States, you are just a day’s drive away from your dream wild hog — the kind that will fit perfectly on your grill.

Wild-hog hunting does more than just fill your belly with some scrumptious meat, however. It also gives you the chance to be a little patriotic. This is because wild hogs are considered a nuisance: They dirty clean streams, tear up habits, eat innocent turkey chicks, and compete with native animals for food. When you hunt these hogs down, you essentially do land owners as well as wildlife managers a huge favor.

Season

The best time of the year to go wild-hog hunting is during the spring, when the heat of the summer season has not crept in yet. However, sweltering summer days can lead to your biggest trophy hogs, as you can easily anticipate a wild hog’s patterns on a hot summer day when they will be pursuing critical water sources.

Senses

While a wild hog’s sense of smell and smell of hearing are excellent, it has poor eyesight. For this reason, it is common for hunters to stalk a hog after spotting it from a ridgetop or a road in the distance. If you are hunting on an open ranchland, you will have to work on spotting hogs from behind a windshield or via binoculars. Early in the day, check the sources of water that pigs frequent before they move to thicker country as the sun moves higher in the sky.

Stands

If you are extremely comfortable with stand hunting during deer season and wish to use a stand for wild-hog hunting as well, you are in good company. Many people have done this effectively. One method that will help to increase your chances of success during stand hunting is to use timed corn feeders to pull a wild hog into an open area, where it can easily be targeted. Also, consider searching for a wet area, as hogs must cool off in wet mud and water since they lack sweat glands. By following these tips, your next big-game catch may occur sooner than you think.