Are you still sitting on the fence, undecided on whether hunting feral hogs is a good idea or not? Well, let’s help you decide. Below we’ll look at why hunting feral hogs are important and what you’ll need to do it successfully.
Among the biggest motivations for hog hunting in the United States is the disturbing breeding patterns of feral hogs. In states such as Texas and Florida, the hog population is reaching unprecedented numbers of 2.7 million & increasing rapidly. These numbers are scary when you consider the damage feral hogs do to the environment and their aggressive nature towards people.
More and more people are hunting feral hogs to help curb their population increase while enjoying the thrill of hunting. Hog hunting at night has especially become a favorite for many hunters as feral hogs are nocturnal animals and easier to hunt at night.
Here are the dos and don’ts before you go hunting.
Part of the excitement of hunting hogs is stalking them and waiting for the perfect moment to get your shot, right? Be careful not to get cocky and get too close for the kill. Rather approach the animal cautiously as hogs can:
Thermal scopes have become increasingly popular with many hunters. It's an effective tool that allows you to spot animals at night avoiding spotlights that easily scare them off. It’s a state of the art technology that has been made affordable and accessible to everyone. Features include:
Be careful not to base anything on assumptions when you’re hunting. If it’s your first time hunting feral hogs you might take a shot at one and expect a trail of blood after it runs off, right?
Wrong. Feral hogs have thick skin and fat which can delay blood to trickle through it. If you're looking for a blood trail that'll lead you to the hog you might not find it. That doesn't mean the animal hasn't been hit and isn't hurt. On the contrary, you might find the injured hog about 50 yards away from the initial area where it’s been shot. Scan the area carefully as you approach your target.
It's important to know the state laws before you go hunting feral hogs. Some states are laxer than others so read up and check with your local officials to verify what’s allowed & what’s not.
There’s a myth that you need a high caliber firearm to successfully kill an overgrown hog. People have wrongly believed:
In reality, using an excessively powerful weapon might destroy the meat. Rather use a gun that'll be able to kill the hog and leave the meat intact.
The myths have also been dispelled by the invention of thermal rifle scopes and smaller weapons that can hit a target more accurately with less firepower.
Hunting feral hogs is exciting and allows you to do your bit for your country. Remember feral hogs aren't native to the United States. They’re encroaching on the natural habitat of other animals and people. Millions of US dollars are spent yearly to control and repair the damage done by these predators.
Now that you’re armed with some knowledge of hunting feral hogs, are you ready to go on your first hunting expedition? Their meat is very tasty but needs to be cooked well as is the case with all wild game meat.
Get your hunting license today and observe all the laws & restrictions on night hunting in the different states. Invest in the right equipment such as a thermal scope for night hunting to enhance your hunting experience. Use an appropriate weapon for hunting and enjoy the thrill of the hunt.