Hunting Feral Hogs

Although feral hogs are not legally classified as game animals, a hunting license is required to hunt them. Feral hogs are very intelligent and considered to be challenging quarry, so most hunters enjoy the thrill of the hunt. Many hunters consider the long tusks and mean appearance a genuine trophy, in addition to the quality of good-eating meat. They also provide a great off-season challenge and opportunities to hone hunting skills and spend time in the field.

There are many hunting techniques used, including stand hunting over a baited area, quite often incidental to whitetail hunting. Stalking or still hunting over baited areas and areas indicating recent hog activity, such as wallows, are commonly used techniques. Corn or milo, often soaked in water and allowed to sour and then buried underground is good bait. You can also use rice or any other grain that you have readily available. One thing you will quickly learn about feral hogs is the fact that these animals will eat just about anything!

Night hunting with a spotlight is often used. However, the local game warden and sheriff’s department should be notified beforehand to prevent any issues. There are certain laws which prohibit using artificial light where deer are known to range. Although you can hunt at night, make sure you are prepared, and the authorities informed. Hunting with well-trained dogs is another hunting method utilized and can be very exciting. Because the feral hog has such a tough hide the best rifle calibers to use should be a .243 or greater to prevent wounding and loss of the animal. Bowhunting, muzzleloading, and handguns are also popular among sportsmen to hunt feral hogs.