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So who does not love pork, right?  For us hunters there is a huge opportunity to score large amounts of pork, and I am not talking about getting it from a grocery store or butcher shop. Wild hog hunting is fun, exciting, and actually helps maintain a better population.  It also can put hundreds of pounds of chops, bacon, and ham in your freezer.

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Hunting hogs is not something with which I grew up. Like most hunters, I was taught to hunt fowl, deer, squirrels, and rabbits. However, the recent spike in hog populations brought this type of hunting to my attention.  Wild hogs are multiplying at an incredible rate, and the animals are destroying farmland all over the country.  This gives hunters an incredible opportunity.

Wild Hog Hunting | Help Your Local Farmers While Bringing Home The Bacon

Population and Effects

One of the greatest issues with wild hogs is that they reproduce at a very high rate.  The more hogs are born each year, the more food they need to survive.  In parts of the country like Texas, hogs are so overpopulated and starved for food that you can often see their ribs from a distance.  High populations also cause the spread of disease at a higher rate.

As most of us know, hogs will eat just about anything.  They will devastate crops and also root their noses in the ground causing further damage. Most farmers want nothing more than to have the pests eradicated from the face of the earth.  This gives hunters much more leeway than they get with other big game animals.

Regulations

One of the best parts about hog hunting is the lack of regulations.  Many states only require a hunting license to go after hogs.  In most states you can hunt 24 hours a day and take as many hogs as you like.  Any weapons or traps are allowed in most cases.  You can even use dogs or baiting to track or attract the animals.  On one hog hunting trip, I can potentially fill my deep freezer with pork.  Do take the time to check the regulations in your area.  Some states discourage hunting because they feel it spooks hogs that they would otherwise be able to trap.

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Risk

It should be noted that hogs are dangerous and aggressive animals.  They typically move in groups and can swarm if a person is injured or falls to the ground.  Many have razor sharp teeth with strong jaws.  Hogs are also territorial and will charge if they feel threatened.  You will need to bring a weapon that can take down a hog with one shot.  If a hog is injured, it may try to attack you. You may be safer hunting out of a tree.  At a minimum, you should have a tree nearby so you can climb as a last resort.

Strategy

The hog hunting community is somewhat split on when to hunt.  Some hunters like springtime because there is less chance of disease in the animal.  Others prefer summer because hogs are more predictable.  Wild hogs cannot sweat, so they have to wallow in mud to cool down during hot months.  That means that they will visit water once or twice a day to cool down.  You can look for hog wallows in the summer and bet on hogs being close by.

For baiting you can use corn to attract hogs.  You are best to dig a pit and alternate layers of dirt and corn.  Then spread some around the area to bring the hogs in. They will start rooting around the pit area and stay there long enough for you to take a shot.  Night time is often when they will make this move, so that may be the best time to hunt.  Dogs will often corner and pin down a hog for you to make the kill, but many dogs are injured this way.

Understand that hogs are very intelligent animals. If they get spooked and feel they are in danger, the entire group will move to a different area and never come back.  Be sure not to let that happen.

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If you are careful and find the right spot, wild hog hunting can benefit local farmers and yourself.  I suggest you do a little research and give it a try.

Wild Hog Hunting | Help Your Local Farmers While Bringing Home The Bacon

Will you try wild hog hunting? Let us know in the comment section below.

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  4. Str8nlvl

    August 9, 2017 at 10:15 PM

    We own 12 acres in the country and are building a home on the property. We have a group of hogs that are tearing up our land. We have AKs and I configured one of them with green light flashlight and green laser sights. I did the same thing with my AR. Currently we have not looked for the hogs as they have not been on our property recently. But my wife and I are ready to get after them if and when they return.

    • James Jones

      May 6, 2019 at 12:41 PM

      Wanting to find someone that has a hog problem wouldn’t mind killing some I’m jJame 615-630-2199

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  7. Rozinaldo Silva Gera

    April 13, 2019 at 8:49 PM

    Hi I live in south Florida, looking to good land to get some hog. Trying to teach my son how to hunt. anyone would like to help us please call 754 246 9030 or leave a message.thanks

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  9. SOLOMON

    May 15, 2019 at 8:23 PM

    I’VE BEEN CONTEMPLATING GOING HOG HUNTING FOR A WHILE, JUST DO SOME RESEARCH NOW ON HOG HABITS, WEAPONS & WHERE TO GO.

  10. Joyce Edlund

    May 19, 2019 at 9:23 AM

    You forgot to add in your comment about ranch owners wanting to get rid of wild pigs. They want to get rid of them so bad they only charge each hunter $700 to come down and shoot them.

  11. Steve

    March 20, 2021 at 7:35 PM

    Looking for farmers in central Florida that have a wild hog problem and will let me come and shoot them.

  12. Dwayne

    July 26, 2021 at 12:44 PM

    Farmer and land owner if you need help with pigs or help with deer eating your crops we can help free of charge. 2 hunters with night vision and many years of exp, helping manage destructive animals with out hurting our fall deer hunting and having someone that is not responsible enough to not be safe and do there homework on the safe shooting areas and safe lanes to not cause any equipment or property damage.

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