Ever heard the expression, “Try it, you might like it?” Well, that is often the case with hunting feral hogs, especially when the action is fast and furious. And when it comes to hog hunting, nothing is faster or more furious than chasing them down with dogs. It is the most extreme way to bag a boar.
Holding down a hog and doing the “dirty work” is not for everyone, but it’s definitely for some. Farmers and ranchers, which non-native hogs cost them millions of dollars in lost revenue annually, are often more than happy to let hog-dog hunters onto their lands. This is especially true of Sara Flanagan.
Source: “Sara Flanagan is not your traditional Texas hog hunter. She weighs 110 pounds, measures 5 feet 4 inches tall, and describes herself as a true “girly-girl.” But don’t let that fool you. This 23-year-old Oklahoma native hunts feral hogs with the best of them, tracking pigs across the countryside with a pack of hounds and a sharpened bowie knife.
For the past four and a half years Flanagan has hunted the invasive animals in Texas and Oklahoma with her husband, friends, and a band of eager dogs. The unusual factor in this scenario is her tool of choice. Flanagan spends most weekends trailing hogs for miles, trying to eradicate the pests with a few well-placed jabs.
Seem weird? You’re not the only one who thinks this form of hog hunting sounds strange. Flanagan says many locals rely on dogs to track pigs, but it’s rare to finish the hunt with a blade. Most of the pigs she tackles dwarf her in size; Sometimes the hogs are so huge her feet don’t even touch the ground. So the question is, what would possess someone to wade through a pack of excited hounds and jump on the back of a feral hog? For Flanagan, it’s the adrenaline rush. Continue reading at Outdoor Life…