Hog Hunting With Silencers

hog huntingHog hunting, whether for sport or necessity, is a popular pastime in the southern parts of the United States. Feral hogs reproduce at alarming rates which results in nothing but an absolute nuisance. A gnuisance requires being taken care of, but of course it’s never as easy as that. Hogs are mainly nocturnal and dig around in the brush, making a good shot potentially difficult. On top of that, after one shot from a rifle, it spooks the animals and they all take off. It can become an arduous task to get the problem taken care of. The logical conclusion is that you need to gain the upper hand.

Silencers, or sound suppressors, are changing the face of hunting. Hunters can now take what was once an ear shattering rifle and reduce the noise to something like a pellet gun. The advantages to this are vast. The decreased noise level won’t scare the feral pigs off like an unsuppressed blast will. Not only that, but the use of a silencer disorients the animals from the direction of any sound they did hear. So instead of running directly away from your position, they may run to one which better allows you to obtain more kills. Most states don’t have a bag limit on feral hogs, so the more kills you can get, the better.

Another advantage to the use of a silencer while hog hunting is that it acts as an almost perfect flash hider. Night hunting is a prime time to pick off feral hogs, and the muzzle flash of a rifle can be incredibly distracting. If you’re using night vision, muzzle flash is the last thing you’ll want to happen. Silencers act as a muzzle brake as well, so you’ll find you have reduced recoil and potentially more accurate shots.

As for the legality, many states allow the use of suppressors while hunting. Some allow all game to be hunted with silencers while others only make allowances for varmints. Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Texas, three major hog hunting states, allow the use of suppressors while hunting. Mississippi and North Carolina also allow suppressors for hunting. Louisiana’s law states that a silencer can be used for “nongame nuisance quadrupeds” only. Unfortunately, you cannot hunt with silencers in the states of Alabama, Georgia, or Florida.

If your hunting state of choice is one which allows suppressors, you’ll need to find one that works for you. The type of suppressor you use will depend on the caliber of firearm you’re using. For standard rimfire calibers; such as .22 lr, .22 MAG, and .17 HMR; you can use a one inch diameter silencer. The typical length of these silencers are between 5 and 6.5 inches. A few good examples of rimfire silencers include the Mack Brothers Lima- an all stainless steel model which features an extremely quiet stacked baffle design;  the AAC Element2- another stacked baffle design made of a combination of stainless steel and titanium; and the Silencerco/SWR Spectre II- an all stainless steel design which can handle a wide variety of rimfire calibers.

The next step up in calibers is .22 center fire, most often referred to as a .223 silencer. This caliber of silencer will handle a .223 cartridge down, but you wouldn’t want to use it on a .22 lr. The silencer is too big to effectively suppress a .22 lr and the unjacketed .22 lr bullets will leave a lead build up in your silencer. Most .22 lr silencers can be taken apart to be cleaned, but rifle cans are generally sealed as you don’t need to clean them (they clean themselves similar to how car mufflers work). Silencers are quieter on a bolt action rifle but still work effectively on an AR platform. Once again, there are a plethora of makes and models of silencers to choose from, but a few stand pretty proudly out from the rest. The quietest silencer currently on the market is the Mack Brothers Varminter 2.0. This particular model comes in a .223 and .308 configuration. It features a modified epsilon baffle design made of stainless steel. The tube and end caps are all titanium. Another popular silencer is the Gemtech Trek. It’s a pretty rugged silencer made of stainless steel and Inconel (a blend of stainless steel and nickel). Finally, the AAC M4-2000, a model which attaches over a flash hider or muzzle brake, is another popular model, especially with an AR platform. It is also a stainless steel and Inconel blend.

The highest caliber you’ll likely use is something in the .30 family. You can use this rating of silencer on a .308 (some are rated for a .300 RUM as well) down to a .204. Anything smaller than that, and it’s usually too much silencer for the caliber. Popular models for this caliber include the aforementioned Mack Brothers Varminter 2.0 in .308. Another common silencer for this caliber is the Thunderbeast Arms 30P-1. It is a fully titanium silencer and has a welded baffle core. For a model which attaches via a muzzle device, the AAC 762-SDN-6 is a very popular silencer. Like its 5.56 counterpart, it too features an Inconel design.

Regardless of the silencer you choose to outfit your rifle with, you’ll quickly find that the use of a silencer seriously changes your hog hunt. To check into getting your own silencer, contact a Class 3 dealer in your area.

 

Author:

Natalie Bailey – natalie@dakotasilencer.com

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5 Best Hog Hunting Knives

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A good hog hunting knife can be the difference between a safe clean kill and a field injury ruining a trip. The important aspects of the best hog hunting knives are that they are made of a thick, strong steel, have a non-slip grip, and that they have a blade length over 6.5 inches. The blade should be a fixed blade with a full tang.

Because hogs may be unpredictably dangerous, the knife thrust needs to be quick and accurate, in an angled push under the front leg pit to the heart… That is in an ideal hog hunt, which is not always possible. Adrenaline and position can make bay hunters react in wild awkward stabs, risking injury to themselves and their hog dogs.

Below are the best hog hunting knives for a safe hunt. They are made of excellent steel, have non-slip grips, and have long sharp blades for a swift strike to dispatch a wild boar.

Entrek Sub-hilt Silhouette Black Blade Double Edged Bowie Style Knife

The Entrek Sub-Hilt is one of the best choices for hog hunting. It is made of a 440c stainless steel that is super tough, holds a great edge, and corrosion resistant. This blade is ideal for dispatching a wild boar since it has 1/4″ thick blade that is 7 5/8″ long. If you’ll notice, the sub-hilt with the finger guard makes it very difficult to lose your grip on the pig. The backside of the blade is sharpened for better penetration as well. This is an ideal high end choice for a boar hunt.

ESEE Knives JUNGLASVG Venom Green Powder Coated Blade Junglas Fixed Blade Knife with Orange G-10 Handles with Black Sheath

The Junglas VG is an excellent blade choice for night hog hunts. Remember that knowing where your blade is and where it’s going will be safer in the field at night. The blade also comes in a blacked out version. The blade was used in counter-narcotic operations in Columbia. It is 10 3/8″ long, made of  1/4″ thick 1095 carbon steel, and has a non-slip handle. This blade doubles as a great survival knife, with excellent chopping abilities.

Cold Steel Peace Keeper I in San Mai III Knives

Cold Steel is known for their budget conscience boar hunters. With the Peacekeeper, they made a change and gave it an upgraded San Mai III Steel from Japan.  The super steel blade is 7″ long and 3/8″ thick. It is double-sided for excellent penetration into a hog. The handle has a non-slip grip called Kray-Ex. The Kray-Ex works well in wet slippery jobs such as taking out a wild boar.


Cold Steel Boar Hunter Kraton Handle (Cordura Sheath)

Cold Steel’s trusty favorite of boar hunters worldwide is the Boar Hunter. It is the ideal budget conscience hog hunting knife. It has a finger guard and Kray-Ex hilt for precision placement on a hog. The 8 3/4″ blade is made of Japanese Aus 8A Stainless Steel, with a sloping drop point for superior piecing penetration into a wild boar specifically. This knife is not dual purpose, and is specifically designed for one thing only… Killing wild boar. The price is excellent, which almost any hog hunter can afford. Engraved on the blade is “Boar Hunter”, possibly to remind you that is its sole purpose.

Ontario 6277 M7-B Bayonet (Black)

Pictured above is the Ontario Bayonet. Back in the Marine Corps, I used this blade daily to open MRE’s in Iraq. The 6.75″ 1095  carbon steel blade was field tested for years on end. The barrel retaining ring acts as a great guard for a non-slip grip. The blade is double-sided for an easy penetration. The locking lug fits all M16, AR-15, and M4 model rifles. This blade is a great choice for those AR Hog Hunters out there to place on the end of your barrel to finish the kill. This allows a safe reach, keeping extremities out of harms way. You just can’t beat the price for this all around great blade.

Remember, when shopping for hog hunting blades, the rules to keep in mind is that it has a:

  1. Thick Blade
  2. Over 6.5″ long
  3. Non-Slip Grip
  4. Sharp Piercing Ability

Good luck, and happy hunting!

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A New World of Pigs: Javelina

 

The following guest post is written by Michael Redkey about his javelina hunt. Javelina, the slang term for a collared peccary, is extremely prevalent in southern US states, especially Texas. 

Thank you Michael for your contribution,

-Greg-

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Javelina Taken By Michael Redkey

Did you know that there are Old World and New World families of pigs? Wild boar, for instance, is native to Northern and Central Europe, while the Javelina is native to the Americas. The Javelina, however, pulled the short straw for scrawniness and has a twangy Texas accent.

Southern Hogspitality

The South Texas brush country is home to a large majority of this particular species of the peccary family. That being said, they are not always welcome around these parts. Despite their small size and poor vision, they are pests to homeowners and ranch owners, alike.

“Nothing my dog can’t handle!”

Javelinas have sharp tusks and are completely capable of fatally injuring any dog- so, keep your pets away from them.

“Well, my fence will keep them out and these sprinklers will scare them off!”

Alas, javelinas root for their food and will destroy any obstacles in their way; so, your fence and sprinkler system have met their match and, boy, is the gap underneath your house a great new home! Being pigs, they love all food, which is why you should pack up any edibles and avoid the temptation to feed them.

All Season Pass to Hog Heaven

Rejoice!  As long as you have a Texas hunting license, these guys are in season year-round so, there’s no waiting game. They are relatively easy to hunt and are a great entry point for amateur/young sportsmen. Plan your hunt for the colder seasons early in the morning or late at night, as these pigs adapt to the heat by becoming entirely nocturnal.

Here’s where I come in.  My First Javelina Hunt:

As a little boy in Texas, nothing was cooler than my camouflage sheets. Hunting was in my blood, but the opportunity never came until a few years ago when I was invited to a friend’s ranch in Cotulla, Texas. A quick drive south from San Antonio and I find myself in the semi-arid ranch country immersed in, you guessed it, brush. We hop off the highway, trail a few dirt roads, and finally pull up to a dusty cabin. As the sun was beginning to dip behind the horizon it was high time to suit up.

What does it take to effectively kill this New World creature? Don’t pack your 12 gauge stuffed with slugs because these pigs only weigh from 44 to 88 pounds. A .270 with a walnut stock and a matte black .30-06 were our flavors of choice- more than enough for the job.

Automatic deer feeders were scattered throughout the ranch property. These were like McDonald’s for javelina: on every block and practically free food. The deer feed being consumed by javelina is a prime example of why they are nuisance. Since it was nearing suppertime, we honed in on our first feeder location.

The truck’s tires crunched the gravel as we slowly neared our waypoint. Our eyes became slits that cautiously surveyed the approaching feeder only meters away.

Wild, but Casual

As a fellow wild animal, the javelina effortlessly blends into the woody environment it resides in and will flee when startled. As a fellow wild pig, the javelina lacks the grace, stealth, and senses that many game animals possess. This results in an enjoyable hunting experience where challenge is only a garnishing.

There’s No Going Back Now

And there they were- fulfilling their reputation as predictable foodies, six javelinas, two adults and four piglets, mindlessly flicking their snouts about the ground and munching away at deer feed. With 150 meters between me and the pack, the chances of missing were very evident. I planted my feet and rested the butt snugly against my shoulder with the barrel towards the earth below me. Wind brushed my ear and I slowly raised the .30-06 until the scope met my eye. I laid the crosshairs over the front thigh of the largest of the pack, inhaled, exhaled, and squeezed the cold, metallic trigger.

After the kick, shock, and anticipation, I saw the body lying lifelessly and alone on the ground. A long breath left my chest as the realization of success came in.

“Easy as that!” My friend slapped my back and smiled. After a few pictures with my trophy, we called it a day.

Earning My Camo

What a fantastic introduction to hunting! Whether it’s you or your child’s first time, hunting javelina in the South Texas brush country is an essential first step to becoming a practiced sportsman.

 Michael Redkey works with CamoTrading.com an online retailer of sweet camo gear for the home.  Michael grew up in Texas and hogs were his gateway to the hunting world.

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Best Hog Dog Supplies

Hunting hogs with dogs is a very effective way for a successful hog hunt. While the success rate is higher hunting with dogs, you need to have the right equipment for hunting hogs.

 

The Cut Collar

The Cut Collar

Cut Collar – The “cut collar” is a collar to protect your dogs vital neck area. Most times, the cut collar will also accommodate GPS and lights if needed. They are typically made of a lightweight Kevlar, which is durable, yet light enough not to exhaust your dog. It is best to get a brightly colored collar to make sure your dog is visible in the field. I’ve seen camouflage collars, but that is not beneficial on a hog hunt. You want to make sure you get the right size collar. The way to get the correct dog collar is to take a tailors measuring tape, and find the circumference of your dogs neck in the thickest part. From that measurement, add 4 inches to be able to buckle the collar.

Typically, Your “Strike” or “Bay” dogs will use just the collar. Your “Catch” dog will more likely need the collar as well as a “Cut Vest”.

Protective Cut Vest

Protective Cut Vest

Cut Vest – The “Cut Vest” is used to protect your dogs body and upper torso from the sharp tusks of a wild boar. Mostly used for the “Catch” dog responsible for holding the boar until you arrive to either dispatch the hog, or hobble for transport. Cut vests have varied bright  colors, and also come in camouflage, (which I still find non-beneficial). Only the good vests are made of Kevlar material. Some vests protect the neck, while others protect just the torso to have a dual capability of mobility for the neck.

GPS Tracking Collars – Though an investment, GPS tracking collars ensure you don’t lose your dog, and can get you to the scene faster to prevent injury to your dogs after the hog is cornered. Typically, you would mount the GPS unit to your best tracking “Strike” dog to ensure success.

Water For Your Dogs - Self explanatory to carry water for yourself, don’t forget to carry water for your dogs as well. They are doing the running, tracking, and cornering of the boar. If your not near a water source, it could really jeopardize your dogs life without water. Carry a bowl, and enough water for your whole team.

Boar Hunting Knife – Every hog hunter needs a good boar hunting knife by their side even if your using hobbles to take the hog alive for transport. The blade needs to be quality steel that is rigid. The length of the blade needs to be 8-10 inches for good penetration. Another feature it should have is a no slip grip. It’s tough enough to get a hog cornered, and to stay still without the added danger of cutting yourself or your dogs with your own pig sticker.

Medical Equipment – Your dogs will most likely need some medical attention in the field at one point, and to go out without a basic first aid kit could be detrimental to your dogs life. Lets face it, hog hunting is a dangerous sport, and your dogs face the brunt of that danger.

Hog Hobbles

Hog Hobbles

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hog Hobbles – This is helpful restraint tool if you plan on taking your hog alive from the field.

Hog Dog DVD’s –  Some instructional DVD’s on hog dog hunting can be a beneficial way to get the information needed to start hunting hogs with dogs.

Hog Dog Books – Some great books on hog hunting with dogs are available, but may not be at your local bookstore. Try buying hog dog books at Amazon for cheap good instruction.

Of course this is just the basic gear needed for hog hunting with dogs. Below are some additional resources that are useful in a successful hog hunt.

Resources

The 13 Best Hog Dogs To Hunt Wild Boar

How To Train A Dog To Hunt Hogs

Hog Dog Equipment From HardcoreHogDogs

Hog Hunting Gear

 

 

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Scent Control Tips For Your Next Hog Hunt

The following article is a guest post from Craig Pearson, a contributing author for HuntWildPig.com and writer for Night Vision 4 Less As always, Craig points out great hog hunting scent control techniques, products, and preparation. Enjoy! – Greg-

De-Scenting for Your Next Hunt

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The process of de-scenting before or during a hunt is probably easiest to outline if split into two groups- active and passive de-scenting. It’s also generally fair to suggest that these subdivisions are useful for differentiating the hobbyist hunting enthusiast from the truly committed. It takes a special kind of loyalty to a sport for someone wearing dirt-smeared clothing to sit perfectly still in a blind for hours at a time (except when bugling for an angry, territorial animal that outweighs you by several hundred pounds, not counting 40 pounds of antler, looking for love), face smeared with odor and bacteria- retardant paint and spritzed with elk urine.

Passive De-Scenting

Actually, “passive” de-scenting isn’t always entirely passive. For our purposes, “passive” here is more inclusively defined as steps that can be undertaken without a sizable expenditure of time or money. First off, nothing will keep a cagey wild animal from your position like synthetic, exclusively human smells. These include dyes, perfumes, detergents, colognes, deodorants etc. So the first step is to remove these obvious tell-scents when preparing for a hunt.

Washing Hunting Clothes

Washing clothes in a washing machine, particularly a public one is going to leave clothing with trace chemical odors. To minimize this smell-transfer, before you wash your hunting clothes run the washing machine with nothing but hot water followed by an extra spin cycle. Instead of detergent, for the following wash cycle use a scoop of baking soda. Avoid the dryer- air dry your gear if possible. If you’re willing to do so (or more importantly, if the people in your life are willing to deal) avoid chemical deodorants and antiperspirants for several days before the hunt. A salt crystal deodorant (found in most large chain grocery outlets and health food stores) is a tell-scent neutral alternative.

Purge The Artificial Scents From Your Skin

During this scent-avoidance process, a sweat-purge (passive or active) is a good step. Passively- refrain from consuming spicy or strong–smelling foods. No garlic, curry, hot sauce, onions, processed/cured meats or similarly pungent foods. Native Americans traditionally sat in a sweat lodge before a hunt- perhaps not an option for the average hunter, but an active sauna session and/or the consumption of more water than you’d generally drink can achieve roughly the same purpose.

Active De-Scenting

For the aforementioned truly committed the active de-scenting process, like the passive, begins days before the hunt begins. If a baking soda cycle in the hot rinse-cleansed washing machine isn’t enough, most big sporting goods franchises (such as Cabela’s) stock scent-killing-carbon-enriched detergents, dryer sheets and fabric softeners. Just as many offer de-scenting soaps, shampoos, deodorants and even mouthwash. For the strong-of-stomach- there’s rotting-meat incense to infuse your camo and hunter- orange with one of nature’s most pungent perfumes. (You’re definitely going to want to clear this one with the spouse and/or housemates before you fire a stick up.) Other options- storing or tossing your clothes in woods (rather than nursery-purchased) dirt, cedar chips or washing your clothes in a stream once at camp before rubbing them with local dirt once they’re dry.

Campsite Scent Control

Now that you’re at camp, having successfully neutralized your human/artificial scents (even buying scentless urination pouches that immediately set your pee into a scentless gel when… used), it’s time to get proactive and undo all your careful neutralization by adding scent. For ambient smell-attractors, hunters can choose from rutting game-scented wafers that hang from or near blinds or tree-stands. Those can be used standalone or in combination with soil, decaying/live vegetation or acorn scent- impregnated fans to waft your olfactory lure toward that hidden trophy buck or bull.

An Arsenal of Scent Tools

Other scent tools to draw rutting males range from the personal- game-specific urine or rutting-musk sprays and rubs and the aforementioned water-resistant and odor/bacteria retardant face-paint; to the expansive- scented trail-drags that draw bucks and bulls like a trail of crumbs draws birds and candy- house witches. And scent bombs. That’s right- bombs. Once your odor-bomb is popped, the game- enchanting aroma of doe urine or estrus to draw the buck in for love, or rutting buck scent to draw him in for war, is disseminated up to an eighth of a mile in all directions.

Obviously, there are a wealth of both scenting and de-scenting products out there for the discerning hunter, too many to mention here. These are some good starter steps, though. The key to success is experimenting with the available products and procedures until it becomes clear what works best for you and for your area and stick with them. Good luck in the trees.

Author Bio: Craig Pearson is an avid hunter, outdoorsman, and adventurist. His main passions are hog hunting in Texas and writing about his many adventures. He currently blogs for night vision 4 less , a supplier of high quality night vision equipment.

Scent Control Resources

Scent Control Hunting Clothing

Wild Hog Scents, Baits, And Calls

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Blue Mountain Forest Association Wild Boar

There are pure Russian Wild Boar populations in New Hampshire that originated from one of the oldest, selective, and secretive hunting preserves in America, called by the locals as “Corbin’s Park”. The land is owned and operated by the Blue Mountain Forest Association.

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Gate to NH’s most secretive and prestigious wild boar hunting clubs in history. (Photo courtesy of Brian Meyette)

 

If you can’t score a membership… Don’t worry… Wild boar sightings have been on the rise lately in New Hampshire around the neighboring counties due to escapes from the prestigious hunting preserve. 

New Hampshre Wild Boar, Corbin's Park, www.huntwildpig.com

New Hampshire Hunter John Meyette and his buddies in the 1950′s, hunting wild boar in New Hampshire. Photo Courtesy of Brian Meyette, his nephew.

Blue Mountain Forest Association - Otherwise known as “Corbin’s Park”, the Blue Mountain Forest Association is a fascinating hunting preserve that is over 123 years old. Shrouded in mysterious intrigue, the park was founded in 1890 by Austin Corbin, a bank baron that wanted a place where all animals could live harmoniously.

Land And Game - The park is over 26,000 acres and has a 12 foot high fences that runs the length of 36 miles! Stocked in the park over the years were many varieties of deer, elk, pure Russian boar, German boar from the Black Forest, moose, pheasant, and a variety of other non-native animals that didn’t survive very long. Today, only the deer, elk, and wild boar are among the non-native species that have survived the years. The park has two mountains, Croydon peak, and Grantham Mountain. There is also 2 ponds,  Governor’s Pond, and Sumners’ Pond. The forest consists of Blue Spruce Trees and granite mountains.

Austin Corbin – A self-made millionaire, and known as the “Father of the Banking Industry”, Austin Corbin bought up land to create one of the largest hunting preserves in America back in the 1800′s. Previously, he developed Coney Island, and Manhattan Beach. He also created a railroad that transported guests from New York City to his well-known hotel “The Oriental” in Coney Island.

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Austin Corbin II
July 11, 1827 – June 4, 1896

Escaped Pure Wild Boar - During the Hurricane of 1938, a section of fencing from Corbin’s Park was damaged, providing an opportunity for the wild boar and other animals to escape the confines of the preserve out in the wild. Because of the prolific breeding habits of the wild pig, the population survived, with a few sightings every year by hunters in Sullivan county. Looking at a picture from the shot pigs from the 1950′s, courtesy of Brian Meyette(Above,Left), you can see that the wild boars have an elongated snout and long legs, characteristics of pure blood wild boar! There are very specific regulations to hunting wild boar in New Hampshire by visiting How To Hunt Wild Boar In New Hampshire.

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Some Wild Pigs in Corbin’s Park

Blue Mountain Forest Association  History - In 1944, Mortimer Proctor and a group of wealthy hunters took over Corbin’s Park, creating one of the most prestigious hunting grounds for the wealthy and rich. They are a very private group, limiting membership to only 30 members. Some of the famous guests to the park were Presidents Theodore Roosevelt, Herbert Hoover, Glover Cleveland,  and Woodrow Wilson. Some other famous guests were Edward The VII, Prince of Wales, and baseball legend Joe DiMaggio. You can see a picture of Theodore Roosevelt visiting Corbin Park Down below, where he hunted a boar, had the head mounted, and sent back to his home.

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President Theodore Roosevelt Visits Corbin’s Park, aka Blue Mountain Forest Association

Blue Mountain Forest Membership – Membership into The Blue Mountain Forest Association is restricted to 30 members, who are very secretive and private about any club doing’s, fees, or visitation to the public. One source says that membership is only passed down to family members, at $1 million, with annual dues of $250,000. This seems like a lot, but if your rich, it is a small price to pay for such a gorgeous hunting preserve. Of course, that hasn’t prevented the list from growing, with a several year long waiting list. The club has no website, and has a policy not to talk about the park. They don’t want to be in the public eye what-so-ever… For very valid reasons. Visit Brian’s Corbin Park Page for more information on that.

Tour Of Corbin Park - There have been several visitation requests in which the park charges $50 per visit. The $50 is to deter visits, but can be obtained apparently by calling the Blue Mountain Forest Association at 603-863-3250. Keep in mind that there is no chance of hunting during your visit, but it would be a cool opportunity to see a bit of the park history, and view some wildlife.

 Resources:

New Hampshire Wild Boar Hunting Regulations

Brian Meyette’s Corbin Park Page

Wild Boar Hunting Essentials

NH Fish and Game Wild Boar Page

History Of Corbin Park

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Joice Island Pig Hunt In Solano County, CA

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Today the California Department of Fish and Game announced that they will be accepting applications for a pig hunt drawing to control the population on Joice Island in Solano County, CA.

The cutoff for the the drawing will be February 7, 2013 to apply, with the actual drawing being held on February 8, 2013.

Joice Island is a marshy island located just North of Grizzly Bay. The island is 6 miles long with not much as far as features other than tall grass, and wet marsh conditions.

The Two-day Hog hunt permits will be issued for the following weekends:

Junior License Holders (12 & over)
Mar. 2-3

General (adults or youth may apply)
March 9 -10
March 16-17
March 23-24
March 30-31
April 6-7
Apr. 13-14
Apr. 20-21

To apply, send a standard postcard (available from your local post office) to:

Joice Island Pig Hunt
2548 Grizzly Island Road
Suisun City, CA 94585

If you are successful in the drawing,  you will be sent more information including permits and maps of the area. A total of 24 people will be drawn for the hunt.

It is important to note that this island hunt is restricted to Archery and Shotguns with Slugs.

You can get more information on this hunt at the CDFG Blog

Good Luck!

 

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Your Next Hog Hunt: Are You Prepared?

The following is a guest post from Craig Pearson, an avid hunter, adventurist, and follower/writer for www.HuntWildPig.com . He has proven to be a great writer with tons of experience to share with our readers. On a personal note, I would like to wish everyone a safe and very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! I will see you all in 2013…. unless the world ends :) ~ Greg~

A Wild Boar Close up by Frank Vincentz

A Wild Boar Close up by Frank Vincentz

If the hog meat supply is getting low in your freezer, then you know
it’s time to hit the road and hunt up some more hog. Barbecue season
will soon be in full swing and it’s always nice to have some fresh
pork to toss on the barbecue to impress your friends and family, so
don’t let your stock run out before your next party. From the
greenhorn to the seasoned hunter, anyone can benefit from being
properly prepared for their next trip. Here are some simple hog
hunting prep tips to make your next hunt a successful one.
Transportation
Prep your truck and off-road vehicles. Yes, we all know that keeping
our rigs in working order is pretty standard, but I cannot tell you
how many hunting or camping trips I’ve been on where it was all but
ruined by someone’s rig breaking down for some very preventable
reason. Get your oil changed and your fluids topped off. Bring at
least one spare tire and extra fluids just in case. I also keep one of
those all-in-one tire inflators in my truck instead of a big air
compressor in case of a minor puncture.
Guns
Clean and maintain your guns. Make sure to run a few dozen rounds
through your hunting rifles at least a few weeks before you plan on
going hog hunting again. I recommend sighting in your scope using army
surplus or cheap ammo at the start, then finish the target practice at
the range with nicer ammo that you plan to use to take down your next
big hog (preferably subsonic rounds). Make sure that the subsonic
rounds are still hitting where you want them to and that your scope is
still sighted in for the range you expect for your hunt. The nice
thing about hog hunting is that you are pretty much stationary, so you
can prepare your scope ahead of time. After you’re done test firing
and sighting in, make sure to clean and oil all your guns before your
hunt. This is not only to ensure you will be able to get a clean kill,
but will keep you safe from misfires or any other gun malfunctions
that can really put a damper on your hunt.
Night vision and Lights
Get your night vision equipment in operating condition. Whether you
use hog lights or night vision scopes and goggles, make sure the
equipment you’re using is cleaned, charged, and ready to go. This
can be more important than just about everything else since if you
can’t see your hog, chances are you’re not going to be able to bag
your hog. I recommend taking your night vision gear out for a test run
a week before your hunt to make sure that everything is set to how you
want it on your hunt.
Scent Control
Lose the scent. Scent-proof not only your feeding area and yourself as
much as possible, but I also go the extra mile and eliminate the scent
on hog lights if I’m using them for a particular hunt. I keep a
squirt bottle of either diesel fuel or raccoon scent handy for when I
go out and for keeping the feeder free of human scent.
Feeder
Your feeder should be running smoothly in order to prevent the hogs
from spooking. If you have an auto feeder with a remote, test it out a
few times in the backyard to make sure it’s not going to make any
unnecessary sounds or sudden movements due to dirt buildup or age. It
also helps to know that it still works before you take it in to the
wild. For the feed itself, I like to mix my corn hog feed with about a
pound of all-purpose flour from the supermarket. The brand doesn’t
really matter, as long as it’s made from processed corn. Hogs are
surprisingly fond of supermarket flour and sometimes will eat that
more than the corn itself.

Follow these easy directions and your next hog hunting trip will be a
great one. Good hunting!

Craig Pearson is an avid hunter, outdoorsman, and adventurist. His
main passions are hog hunting in Texas and writing about his many
adventures. He currently blogs for nightvision4less.com, a supplier of
high quality night vision equipment.

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The 13 Best Hog Dogs To Hunt Wild Boar

 

The Boar Hunt (painting by Jan Weenix)

Hunting hogs with dogs has a 96% higher success rate than any other hunting method. Some boar hunt with a rifle, others with a bow… But have you ever considered hunting with dogs? Today we will be exploring “Hog Doggin”, how to train a hog dog, how it works, and what the best breeds are to hunt wild boar. (If you like this article, please hit the Facebook “like” button… I’d really appreciate the support : ) 

History - Hunting with dogs is a tradition in our history since the birth of our great country. Dogs were considered a working animal first, that helped provide food to the settlers, protect their livestock, as well as protecting their families. While hunting, dogs were used and trained to track wildlife, as well as protection from bears and cougars in the wilderness. They are truly mans best friend, and to most wild hog hunters, are essential to a successful hunt.

Training –  Most breeders train hog dogs from an early age, getting them acquainted with a live feral hog to learn its scent, and to learn to control the pig. The trainer will take the training pig on a walk in the wilderness to test the dogs scent, hold the pig there, and release the dogs to gauge their tracking abilities, rewarding them for positive behavior. This is where you see if the dog will have the heart to hunt wild boar or not.

How It Works - Generally, you have 2 sets of dogs that work as a team. They are the Bay Dog, and the Catch Dog. A bay dog can almost be any breed, so long as their tracking ability, and scent detection are superb enough to track a wild boar. These dogs are released to pick up the scent, follow, and locate the pig. As soon as they have located the wild boar, they will let out a distinctive howl or “bay” that alerts the hunter that they have a boar cornered and to release the “Catch” dog. The Catch dog is the biggest, burliest dog you can find that has massive jaws capable of holding down a full size boar. Their job is to meet up with the bay dogs, and take hold of the pig by the face or ear, and to hold it until the hunter can come and dispatch the pig, or tie it up. All dogs need to be trained on how to handle a wild boar, and need to all wear a cut vest to protect their vitals and neck. It is very dangerous work for the dogs, and the hunter needs to be trained in advanced first aide for dogs, including the use of needle and thread to sew up a dog that got to close.

Below is a list of the 13 best hog dogs, and what role they play in the hunt:

 

Lacy Dog

1. Lacy Dog – The Lacy, or Blue Lacy was a breed that originated in Texas, specifically for hunting wild hogs. They are a working dog that is easily trainable, and very strong. Although they are very loyal dogs, they do not make as good of a family pet because of their high energy. Most breeders will not even consider selling a dog unless they know it will be used for hunting, ranching, or other work. Lacy’s are good at blood trailing wild hogs, ranching, and herding livestock. The Lacy is considered a Bay dog.

Pit Bull Terrier

2. Pit Bull – The Pit Bull’s build is perfect for taking down a hog. It has a very strong bite, that some say is a locking bite.  They bite, hold, and shake their prey as natural instinct.  They make good hunting dogs, but some would say that they are a definite risk around children. The pitbull with its immense jaws, and superb strength is considered a catch dog. The pitbull with its immense jaws, and superb strength is considered a Catch dog.

 

Catahoula Cur

3. Catahoula Cur – The Catahoula is one of the best hog hunting bay dogs. It has very distinctive glassy eyes and patchy markings. They are very good family dogs, but need constant attention. The Catahoula is considered a Bay dog.

 

 

 

Blackmouth Cur (by Greg Hume)

4. Black Mouth Cur – The Blackmouth Cur is a great multi-use dog as it can be a great hog hunting dog, and a loving family dog that is protective of its land and “People”. They typically have a black snout that blends into a golden coat. They are very smart, and strong, and can be used for many purposes besides hog hunting. The Black Mouth Cur is a Bay dog.

 

Mountain Cur

5. Mountain Cur – The Mountain Cur has been a hunting dog trusted by the early settlers of Virginia. The have a good temperament around people, and are excellent hog hunting dogs capable of tracking wild boar with ease. The have a brindle coat which means a multi-color coat that has varied patches of different color. It acts as the Mountain Cur’s natural camouflage. The Mountain Cur is a Bay dog.

 

Florida Cracker Cur

6. Florida Cracker Cur – The Florida Cur is a dog bred in Florida, that has many different colors and characteristics. They are bred specifically for traits, not looks and are considered one of the best Catch dogs for hog hunting in the South.

 

 

American Bulldog

7. American Bulldog – The American Bulldog is considered a classic Catch dog, and is used primarily as a working dog. They are highly protective of their people, and are good around children within limits. The American Bulldog has a long dependable history of dealing with and hunting wild pigs in the south.

 

 

Jagd Terrier (By Wefstaed)

8. Jagdterrier – The all around hunting dog, the Jagdterrier is used to drive wild boar out of thickets and bedding areas. They are good loyal pets, but are primarily a working dog that needs to be out hunting to be happy. The Jagdterrier is considered a bay dog.

 

 

Redbone Hound (by Amy Lawson)

9. Redbone – The Redbone hound is a classic hunting dog used for years to track and tree wild game. Famous in the book “Where The Red Fern Grows”, the Redbone was used to hunt raccoons. Redbones are very athletic dogs that are intelligent, with great noses to track down scents. Redbones are considered Bay Dogs

 

 

Walker Hound Dog

10. Walker Hound – The “Treeing Walker Hound” has been used for centuries to hunt foxes and other small game. They are often used in the US to hunt wild hogs as they are focused and dedicated to finding the hogs scent. Walkers tend to be great family pets, and love the plush comforts of home. When they are working, they perform tirelessly to accomplish the hunt. Walkers are considered Bay Dogs.

 

Plott Hound

11. Plott Hound – Although the North Carolina state dog since 1989, the Plott hound is a little known breed by only the deep south, and big game hunters. Plott’s have been raised for generations to hunt wild boar, bear, and raccoons. They are extremely loyal to their master, and one of the best hunting companions. Plott hounds are considered one of the very best Bay Dogs.

 

Dogo Argentino (by Christian Pinatel)

12. Dogo Argentino – One of the most feared Catch dogs to wild pigs is this not so famous “bully breed”…. The Dogo Argentino. With its massive jaws and muscular body, this breed is highly capable of taking down a full size wild boar. The Dogo Argentino makes an excellent guard dog, and will protect his master to the death. This dog was bred to hunt big game in Argentina, specifically cougars and wild boar.

 

 

Rhodesian Ridgeback

13. Rhodesian Ridgeback – Bred and originated out if South Africa, the Rhodesian Ridgeback was used to hunt lions, and distract them while the hunter took their shot. The Ridgeback has a long strip of fur that runs the other way on its back creating its ridge. They are very good at tracking wild pigs, as they are highly intelligent. While training ridgebacks, keep in mind that they can not be roughly treated for correction. The Rhodesian Ridgeback is considered a Bay dog.

 

You may also like to read:

Best Hog Dog Supplies

Follow The Water To Find Wild Boar

How To Start Hunting Wild Boar

Additional Resources

Wild Boar Hunting Resources

Wild Boar Hunting Equipment

 

 

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Iowa Hog Hunting Unrestricted

Today I created the Iowa Hog Hunting page as a resource to all hunters. This page can be referenced here. Iowa Hog Hunting Information

What I find interesting, is that there are no weapons restrictions for hog hunting in Iowa, so for all those primitive hunters, it is open season.

Also, if you want to use night vision optics in Iowa, it is ok for use on feral hogs.

Iowa requires that you be licensed to hunt/take feral hogs. This license requirement includes small game license and habitat fee only..no tags or other special permits are required. You can hunt hogs at night..however you cannot use artificial light to hunt them (night vision scopes are allowed). You can use trailing hounds to hunt hogs day or night. Any legal firearm would be legal for hunting/taking hogs, and in addition any archery methods; knives, spears or sharp sticks can be used to take hogs. You can bait hogs on private land..not on public land. You can trap hogs on private land but they cannot leave the pen alive..all hogs trapped must be killed and not transported live from the enclosure.

Iowa has a very small population of feral hogs at this point and most Wild Boar are in SW, SE and NE Iowa locations. Most hogs are found/killed by hunters incidental to hunting other game species ie-deer or turkey etc.

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