3 Reasons You Didn’t Bag That Wild Pig

We all have the best intentions when we go hog hunting. Sometimes it’s simply getting outdoors that is the big attraction to hog hunting. More or less though, we want to bring home some tablefare that is worthy of celebration or another monster trophy to hang in the “Man Cave”. Below, I’m going to discuss the 3 reasons you didn’t bag that boar, and how to avoid them.

Feral Hog Hunting In Texas by fellow Boar Hunter Mike Cumpston



1. Scent Control – Hogs have better olfactory senses than dogs do. Pigs don’t just use them to root up food, but to also stay away from hunters. I’m going to say that most hog hunters realize this, but some may not. Some critical steps you need to accomplish are making sure you don’t contaminate your hunting clothes. That means don’t keep your clothes in your house where they will pickup the many house odors that scream, “Human here!” Keep them in a scent free ziplock clothing bag with maybe some brush from the area you hunt in. Same goes for your boots and any other equipment you use. Don’t wear your boots or clothing  while you drive either, wait till your on location and then suit up. DO NOT USE SCENTED SHAMPOO, SOAP, DEODORANT, or AFTERSHAVE!!!Get scent-less products specifically for cleaning your scent…Yes, you stink.

 2. Wife Is Your Hunting Partner – J/K… Some wives are great hunting partners, but bringing the wrong hunting partner that has bad habits such as excessive noise, inexperience, bad scent control, and poor attitude will not land that porker. You may have to interview your hunting buddy as you would anything else in life(kickball teammate, wife, employee) to see if they are going to be a good fit, or quite possibly go at it alone…although that could be dangerous. Set up ground rules beforehand and stick to them. If they are broken, find someone else…(This site is a good place to look!)

3. Wrong Weapon – Most often, (and I say most) it is not the size of the weapon but the proficiency of the shooter. Having said that, you don’t want to hunt wild pig with anything under a .270. I have seen hunters use .223 (AR’s), and I’m not too impressed. Usually that round cannot get a clean kill and relies heavily on follow up shots which I find In-humane. Wild boar are tough, have a thick “Hog Shield”, which is tough scar tissue in the shoulder area covering their vitals. An excellent picture is on the front of this site and shows you the vitals on a hog for all of you deer hunters out there. Proper shot placement on a deer’s vitals is a gut shot on a pig. The best shot is a quartering away shot between the shoulders. Also…if it is tablefare, you want a one shot kill as the meat will be nasty if the hog has to run too far after being shot, releasing lactic acid into the muscles.

There are many more reasons people fail at hunting in general, but these are some of the common ones I see everyday. What are the “Hunting Fails” you see that fellow hunters can learn from? What are the techniques/secrets you use to prevent human scent detection? What makes a good hunting partner to you? We would all like to know… 

Good luck hog hunting, and if you have any comments or tips, please leave me a comment. 

-Greg “The Boar Hunter”-

(This was an original post of mine on a blog I wrote for at TexasHogHunters.com)

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2 Responses to 3 Reasons You Didn’t Bag That Wild Pig

  1. Phillip says:

    Three reasons for not getting that boar:

    1.) You didn’t go hunting
    2.) You went hunting, but you went on public land
    3.) You went somewhere good, but couldn’t hit what you shot at

    Just fooling around…

    Good tips, generally. Most important of them all, in my experience, is that last one. Use enough gun. A pig is not T-Rex, but it isn’t a cottontail bunny either. Shoot something you can handle, but it needs to have the “oomph” to offset a less-than-perfect shot. In ideal conditions, a .22 short will kill a hog. But when things get to be more real and less fantastical, you’ll find that something like a .270 or better will definitely up your odds. I’m partial to the .30 caliber or better school, but I know there are a lot of smaller rounds with lots of thump.

    Keep up the good work on the blog.

    • Greg The Boar Hunter says:

      Thanks Phillip!

      Not sure I agree with a .22 short for killing anything except maybe paper zombies with your kid, but I get the picture. Great comment!


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