8 Tips for Hog Hunting
The wild hog, or wild boar, is one of the more interesting kinds of game you can hunt. A wild hog is like a massive pig, and in fact, the modern pig descended from the wild hog. But it is a distinct animal that can be exciting to hunt down if you are fully prepared
#1 Know Your Target
No matter what you are hunting, you need to know your target species’ key attributes. Know their strengths, weaknesses, tendencies, and behavior so you can exploit them to hunt smarter instead of harder. Hogs can smell even better than deer and are usually able to pick up on human scent left behind on a nearby trap. Comparatively speaking, their eyesight is not their strong suit. You can stalk hogs with wind in your face (eliminating the scent aspect) and worked your way to be within 10 yards of them without triggering an alarm. Not to say they can’t see past 10 yards, but it is not an aspect they primarily rely on. Another sense that hogs lack is hearing. Wild hogs have a very poor ability to hear. A lot of the times they are constantly snorting, so I’ve always wondered if their snorting is the reason they can’t hear over themselves. If they stayed quiet all the time, maybe they could hear better!
#2 ASF Boar Light
One of the most successful methods of hunting hogs is to mount an ALL SEASONS FEEDERS - ASF BOAR LIGHT to your feeder, put a couple pounds of corn underneath the feeder, mix in some apples or apple-scented attractant or similar if available, and sit and wait. This trusty old-fashioned method has been proven to work time and time again. With the lights, you are able to make the most of the hog’s poor eyesight by utilizing colors they are unable to see red or green. Visit our Hog Control Page for different lighting options.
#3 Walking the Trail
Another method for hunting hogs, particularly in the daytime, is to walk dirt roads, trails, and edges of fields into the wind. Hogs will establish definite trails and often leave signs of rooting and tunnels in thick vegetation, leading to their home turf. When you see these signs, keep your trigger finger ready as you may be close to your next sounder of swine.
#4 Feeding Timer
It is recommended to set your feeder timer to throw corn at the time of night you plan on hunting, this will get the hogs in the habit of showing up during your set hunting time. Then you will need to set the feeder at a second time, this time should be between 30 minutes to 1 hour to keep them eating at the feeder nightly.
#5 Feeder Remote Control
Having a good remote control for your feeder is important, this will allow you to get the hogs that may have been scared away, back in for a shot. A few must have remotes are THE Remote and the FeedSync remote, this is a app operated feeder remote that allows you to set your feeder off from up to 150 yards away! NO WIFI OR CELL SERVICE REQUIRED! Check out a list of quality remotes here.
#6 Practice in the Dark
No matter how experienced a hunter you may be, hunting in complete darkness is very different. Being able to quickly and quietly operate your light and equipment while preparing for a shot is very crucial. Before going out on your first night, it is very important to take several practice shots with your bow or gun outfitted with your light. After all, practice makes perfect!
#7 Stand Placement
When hunting any animal, proper stand placement is a major key to a successful hunt, especially when it comes to hogs! Special consideration and attention to wind should be taken. Hogs are especially keen to human scent. Here is a tip, always try and keep the wind in your face whenever possible to increase your odds. Hogs are one of the hardest animals to hunt if you are not careful about your scent and wind direction.
#8 After the Shot
After you have successfully taken your shot, being able to visually track your animal in the dark can be all the difference between recovery or going home empty handed. Simply clip a laser pointer to a tree or blind and aim it at the location you have selected. When you exit your blind or get back on the ground, follow the red laser beam directly to the spot you marked and begin looking for signs of a hit.