A Beginner’s Guide to Hog Hunting

If you are an avid hunter, but you've not been hog hunting yet, our only question to you is, why not?

Hog hunting is so much fun, and you'll get a workout from chasing your prey. So sit back, relax, and sharpen those knives while you learn everything you need to know about hog hunting.


Safety Tips When Hunting

First things first, let's go over key safety points before you begin your hog hunting journey.

  1. When you are not using your weapons, ensure you store them in a secure weapon locker.
  2. Make sure you let someone know where you will be hunting and when you expect to return.
  3. Ensure you have a first-aid kit, satellite phone, and compass if you get injured or lost.
  4. Know the terrain before you hunt it, or hire a guide.
  5. Check the forecast to avoid an unpleasant trip.

What Do I Need to Get Started?

To get started with hog hunting, you need the following tools in your arsenal:

  • A gun: There are a lot of great guns geared toward hog hunting, but we would recommend one specifically designed for the task of hunting hogs.
  • A knife: You need to clean and gut the pig as soon as it is dead; otherwise, the meat will likely spoil.
  • A hunting light: Ideally, you want a light that triggers only when game is nearby to give you a tactical advantage over your prey.
  • A recording of piglets in distress: Having a recording of piglets in distress or predator calls will lure the prey to you.

Where Are the Best Places to Hunt Hogs?

Rugged terrain: Hogs love the bush, so thickly wooded areas are the best place to start the hunt!

States with lax laws and large populations are the best places to hunt: Florida, Texas, and Louisiana have loose restrictions on hog hunting because they have a large population of hogs. If you can't get to one of these three states, check out your state's regulations before you go hunting.

Ask for advice: Another great way to figure out the best spots would be to ask local hunters or game wardens for advice on where to hunt so you can avoid restricted areas.

What Kinds of Weapons Do You Need for Hog Hunting?

As previously mentioned, you need a gun and a knife, but you could also use a bow and arrow if that is your preference.

However, a bow and arrow are not recommended for use when hunting any hogs over 125 pounds. Any hog over 125 pounds will need something tougher if you want to kill the animal humanely.

What Is the Best Time of Year for Hog Hunting?

Hog hunting is a year-round affair, butDecember through February are the best months to hunt hogs due to the hogs coming out of hiding to find extra food.

It is important to note that some states restrict the time of year when you can hunt hogs.

What Is the Best Time of Day to Hunt Hogs?

Nighttime is the best time to hunt because many wild hogs are nocturnal, which means they will be in abundance and easier to spot.

Are You Ready to Hunt?

Hog hunting is a great pastime and a cheap way to fill the freezer. With the right equipment and the right location, you will be sure to catch some juicy hogs!

So now you know that nighttime is the right time to hunt hogs, and you know what equipment and weapons to use; the only thing left to do is get in the car, stay safe, and get ready for your adventure.

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