Follow The Water To Find Wild Boar

Follow The Water photo by: Lhgergo

Often I sign my posts “Follow the water”. It’s a phrase I use not just in pig hunting, but in a series of situations in the outdoors. It’s been so important, that it has actually saved my life, and that of my fellow Marines in my company.

Most commonly I follow the water to hunt wild boar, and finding where the boar are in the first place. When you start a scouting campaign before your hunt, realize that pigs need water something fierce, and looking elsewhere can be a waste of time. Pigs need water to cool down as they have no sweat glands to cool themselves. That is why they are most active at night when it is cooler, and the reason they wallow in the mud around water sources. This is a major weakness that a hunter can take advantage of. The skin on a pig is actually pretty thin, and without proper cover in bushes and other thick vegetation, they use the mud to cake their skin as sun protection, insect repellant, and to slow down the evaporation process to cool themselves.

“Follow The Water” is so important to pig hunting success that I would declare it as the secret to pig hunting.

How I find wild Pigs

1. Scour the internet for areas for wild pigs, asking around to other hunters, local forest rangers, land owners, and other locals.

2. Use the Google Earth app to get a bird’s-eye view of the area, notating water sources, access points, and surrounding landscape. Nothing fancy, it’s free.

3. I follow the water notations I made, and hike to that water source.

4. I follow that water source till I find tracks, wallows, rooting, and other sign.

5. Those tracks lead me to their trails, highway system, and bedding. 

 

Earlier I mentioned that following the water saved my life along with a company of Marines. Here is that story:

Back in 1996, we were training in Bridgeport, CA for the Marine Corps Mountain Warfare training. It was a week of hiking through pretty steep mountains, averaging 12-20 miles per day. Well, we had hiked off the path of a mountain to the top. Someone did not think about the logistics for this, and we ran out of water without much support. The area we were in was not accessible by vehicle, so we were essentially waiting for helicopter support to get re-supplied. The hiking was tough, and everyone was exhausted. 4 other Marines and I scouted the mountain and found an unusual green spot with tall vegetation. We followed this to a natural spring in the side of the mountain that was trickling out. We dug into this, and one of the Marines had an empty AT-4 missile tube that we jammed into the spring, creating a pipe where it was functional to fill everyone’s canteens. Now, I’m not sure if our commanding officers had a plan to fix our water situation, but I’d like to believe that mother nature, and us 4 Marines, helped save a company from dehydration, possibly saving lives that day.

So my friends, and fellow pig hunters, I wish you great success.

Follow the Water,

Greg


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The Hunger Games And The Future Of Hunting Part 2


So I totally messed up, and didn’t post as fast as I should have for the part 2 for the Hunger Games. I got lost in the book and read the whole thing from beginning to end in one sitting on a Sunday morning. Part one of this post, The Hunger Games And The Future Of Hunting Part 1, goes over the beginning chapters before “Reaping day”. Well I found out that this day was the day they picked 2 children from every district to fight each other to the death in an outdoor arena, as a form of punishment for an uprising nearly 70 years ago.

The story goes into the selection process, training, and actual games in the arena. The weird part about this book is that it incorporates a fashion sense into the “games” which throws a kinda flashy part to the contestants as if they were just parading them around as a another showboat in front of the crowds. You’ll see what I mean when you read the book.

It does have some “teeny bopper” romantic drama, that will most likely grab the attention of younger readers, and ultimately secure some interest in hunting, and archery altogether…which is good. My ultimate hope is that it gets kids back outdoors, experiencing archery for the first time with their parents backing them, creating a new positive hobby,  that could perpetuate a legacy of hunting heritage.

The book does have some very graphic content about death and violence in it, and may not be suitable to all readers, but heck…. look whats on TV these days, at least they are reading. I would rate the book as PG-13 for maturity if your concerned.

To sum it up, I think this is a great book to read, and if you happen to run across it…. pick it up, and turn a few pages and tell me what you think.

My next review will be on “Catching Fire”, book 2 of the “Hunger Games” as my off topic post.

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Feral Hogs Spotted in Connecticut

Wild Hog Spotted in Connecticut photo taken by groundskeeper at Thompson High School

There are 6 hog free states so far….uh wait…make that 5 now.

 An article in the Norwich Bulletin by Alison Shea in April 2011, points to a possible feral pig population starting near Thompson HighSchool in North Grossvenordale, CT

Judging by the above photograph, it is apparent that this was once a domesticated hog, turned feral. The hog is fattened up, with a curved snout, short hair, and has “listing” around its hooves. A true wild boar would be lean, with bristled hair, and a straight snout(Eurasian/Russian Boar). Regardless of the way the hog came to be feral, it is just as explosive if it were to have a sow to reproduce.

The article has an interesting solution to the problem, by killing off the grubs that the wild pigs are after. So… Lets just say there may be a huntable population of feral swine in Connecticut real soon, as this is by far an ignorant solution. According to the article, officials hope to catch the feral hogs, and then release worms called Nematodes to eventually kill off the grubs a year later. Wild pigs are omnivores. They will eat anything they get the opportunity to devour. So by cutting off that food source, that leaves them to wander out of the area to look for additional food sources, and really cause havoc.

Those officials could save some time and money by taking a trip down to Texas to see possible solutions that may work. This article is from a year ago, so who knows what happened with this. I have contacted their Fish and Game Department for more info, and will update as soon as possible.

How would you handle this new problem? Would you eliminate the feral hogs, or be for managing them? Is it too late for Connecticut to remain hog free?

Post your thoughts below.

“Follow the Water”

Greg “The Boar Hunter”

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Summer Wild Pig Seminar at Bass Pro Shops


Archery Gear at Basspro.com

Last week I attended a “Summer Wild Hog” seminar at Bass Pro shops. I had been waiting for this hunting seminar, and was excited to see it on the agenda for their clinics. I called up a buddy that I hadn’t seen in a while, and invited him to meet me there at the clinic for some “Man Land” time.

As I walked into Bass Pro shops that late Saturday afternoon for the Hog hunting seminar, it was like walking into Disneyland for the outdoorsman. There was a bass fishing clinic going in front of the bass fish tank in the middle of the store. Customers were all over the place trying new equipment, and gawking at all the gear (glad I wasn’t alone!). I had arrived early, as I didn’t want to miss out on seating, and I also wanted to get a grasp of the setup and location. I had some time, so I decided to go to the restaurant inside Bass Pro called “The Fish Co.” to have some of their famous venison stuffed mushrooms, which were absolutely delicious.

It was getting close to the clinic time, so I moved upstairs to grab a seat. The seating area was small with some other hunters already there. As soon as the instructor introduced himself, he immediately broke into a Q and A session that was the whole clinic. My buddy and I were pretty disappointed in the lack of structure for this hog hunting clinic, yet stuck around to  the end to see if we could grab some useful information.

The real summer hog hunting clinic happened after the clinic was over, just as any other seminar or meeting I’ve been to! The collaboration of information was only limited to how many hunters I could network with! I  made some great contacts, and we all shared information freely about pig locations, tips, and tricks.

While I hope the clinics improve at Bass Pro, I was content with the power of networking in the hunter community, and will definitely  be back!

As a take away for my readers, I just want to emphasize the importance of personal relationships you will make in the field, range, or at a local seminar. You can research the internet all day long, but the true value comes in these personal relationships.

To find out what seminars are coming up in the Bass Pro near you click on Bass Pro Home Page and then find your local store. On that local Bass Pro site, they will have their upcoming clinics, which are great fun! Be sure to call for registration, but most of the clinics are open to all.

 

Follow The Water,

Greg

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Santiago Park Archery Range Orange County,CA

Santiago Park Archery Range

Front entrance to the Santiago Park Archery Range

There is a hidden archery range in the heart of Orange County, CA. To find it, you need to either be a local, or do some massive research on the internet to find it. To get to the archery range you will  need to drive to Santiago Park in the city of Santa Ana. The park hugs the Santa Ana river bed, and features a running trail, playground, softball field, lawn bowling, nature center, and of course an Archery range. You can park right next to the range, but you need to find the entrance that is unmarked near the nature center off of Memory Lane. You can park in the main parking lot, but you will have to follow a beautifully wooded trail that gives a self-explanatory tour of the parks features for about 300 yards.

The outdoor  Orange County archery range is a fenced grassy area with 6 target bales, made of compressed foam rubber layers, carpet and epoxy. The bales are set at challenging distances for any level archer, and give rudimentary yardage up to about 80 yards. In the background are train tracks, and a large hillside leading to the freeway, keeping stray arrows relatively safe from the public. On the fence is an archer communication board, that has bow equipment for sale, as well as competitive events listed. The range is open from dawn to dusk to accommodate many schedules. The targets are maintained and kept up by the archers themselves, often donating materials like old fire hose to protect the bottom.

While the range is free, and not technically supervised, there are rules that are common sense enforced by the Santa Ana Archery Club, and the many archers that frequent the range. Rules are simple:

1. Shoot from the same lane

2. Retrieve arrows at the same time

Santiago Park Archery Range Rules

Rules for the Santiago Range are simple and common sense

 

3. Stand behind the shooting line

4. No broad heads into target bales

5. No Crossbows

6. Keep the area clean

The small archer community seems friendly and relaxed… often encouraging each other, while throwing in some friendly teasing to keep spirits high. A young group of archers hang out by the picnic table engaged in conversation waiting their turn. There are archers of all ages, with different bows, different styles, and different levels.

I talked to a friendly Marine veteran who had just picked up archery, and just started at the Santiago Park range. He stated that he had always drove across the county to get some range time, paying $15 a visit until he found this range by word of mouth. He likes the outdoor atmosphere better, and really appreciates the minimal cost for his hobby.

Local Archers at Santiago Park Archery Range

Local Archers at Santiago Park Archery Range in Orange County, CA

 

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An experienced bowhunter hits a bullseye every time at 65 yards with lighting speed at Santiago Park Archery Range in Orange County, CA

 

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Wild Boar Carnitas

 

Wild boar carnitas in warm corn tortillas. photo by Jess Lander

 

 

 

I hesitate when typing this recipe out, as I’m not too sure I want to let this recipe for Wild Boar Carnitas go to the public. It’s a recipe that was given to me as a gift on my 18th birthday by an old Mexican short order cook, that used to rent a room from my father. He didn’t have much money, but he was part of the family, and he knew this was my favorite food.  I only hope that it will bring as much joy to you as it did for me all these years. It has been one of my best gifts that I now give to you.

So now I have taken this recipe and twisted it to conform to the wild side of pork…. I’m not a recipe writer, so if I mess something up just let me know, and I’ll clarify and fix it. FYI, this is an all day event.

WILD BOAR CARNITAS

Ingredients:

1 Wild Boar Butt Roast or Back Strap (about 10 pounds) Cubed in 2-4″ pieces (important on the size of cubes)

2 cups of water

3 table spoons of brown sugar

6 pack of your favorite beer

1 cup of fresh squeezed orange juice with pulp. (I use Naked Juice)

3 shakes of all spice

2 shakes of garlic powder

4 glops of bullseye bbq sauce

4 cap fulls of soy sauce(soy sauce lid)

4 pinches of salt

8 oz can of diced green chiles

Step 1 - Prepare your boar meat the way you want, but I suggest keeping your meat in a cooler, keeping it iced, and drain water every day until water is clear(3 days usually). This takes any funky taste out of the meat and makes it palatable (in my opinion). 4 hours before I cook the meat, I cut into 2-4″ cubes, and soak in 2 bottles of beer for about 2-3 hours. By the way, I start this after breakfast. (Be sure to take the first sips out of the beer, as they are the best!)

Step 2 -  4 hours before your ready to eat, place the cubes of boar meat into a big deep iron skillet. Add all spice, bbq sauce, soy sauce, sugar, salt, garlic powder, chiles, and water into the skillet till near the top. 

Step 3 - Set on a low heat, and take a wooden spoon, and stir from the bottom up gently all around skillet, so as not to spill liquid. Do not boil, keep on low heat until half of liquid is boiled down in skillet. 

Step 4 - Open up a bottle of beer, take a sip, and add the rest to the top again. The liquid will evaporate quicker this time, but boil this down until you get to a brown gravy on bottom.

Step 5 -  Add 1 cup of orange juice, stir into meat, and boil down until meat is a rich golden brown color. The liquid will start bubbling nicely at this point. Turn off heat, and let meat set. (At this point, you probably want to start some mexican rice, beans, and any other sides you want)

Step 6 - Grab some friends and family, and enjoy! Crack a cold beer for yourself, (you deserve it!) and tell the story of how you took that wild boar!

If you liked this recipe, please share this with your friends on your favorite social network below…that would be the best gift to me! Thanks! : )

 

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Methods Of Take For Hunting Wild Pig

I’m not exactly sure what force drives each man to hunt wild pig the way they do, but for most hunters, it is a primal urge that beckons them to their first kill, seeking a lifetime thrill, and providing table fare for their family. As for the method of take… that all differs greatly by each individual man and their risk tolerance for danger. Each method is exciting in its own way, and have very different challenge factors. You will have to decide which are best for your current situation and environment. 

A trophy boar gets ready for a nice wallow

Below are the methods for taking wild boar:

 

Large bore rifles are the preferred method for dropping wild pig effectively

Rifle Hunting Boar- By far the most popular choice for hunting wild boar is with the rifle. The long-range of the rifle make it a highly succesful method of take. The hog hunting rifle should be a .270 caliber or higher to ensure the wild hog goes down quickly, yet a popular caliber is the .223 round used in tactical rifles. Shot placement on a hog needs to be low in the shoulder region, with a preferable shot being a quartering away shot low just behind “The Hog Shield”( thick scar tissue built up to protect the hog vitals). Rifle range can be 300 yards or more to take down a pig.

Bow Hunting Boar – A more challenging method with low success rate is taking the wild pig with bow and arrow. While bow hunting is my prefered method of take, there are factors which need to be taken into consideration before attempting this hunt. You will need to have an unwavering supply of patience, as an easy shot with a rifle could be nearly impossible with a bow. The range is reduced to about 45 yards tops, with the best archery skills. Scent detection is another factor that needs to be considered, as you need to be right up on the wild boar to take them. Shot placement almost always needs to be a quartering away shot low into the chest cavity behind the shoulder. Your bow needs to have at least a 50# draw, using a 7/8” broad head or larger.

 

There are many breeds that make great "catch" and "bay" dogs

Dogs and Knife – One of the most common methods used in the southern states and Hawaii are using dogs to track and bay the wild boar, and then holding the boar while the hunter dispatches the pig with their knife. The knife needs to be at least 6” long, very sharp, with the ability to punch in deep into the pig. Proper knife placement needs to be behind the leg in the arm pit region at an angle into the vitals. Some hunters “hog tie” the boar to take alive to dispatch or release into another area. There are many breeds that make great “Catch” and “Bay” dogs. Both dogs work together with their strengths of speed and tracking(Bay dog) and size and control (Catch dog). Common hog dogs are Lacy’s, Pitbulls, Black Mouth Cur, German Terrier, American Bulldog, and Argentinian Mastiff. Training needs to be started early for pups to be good hog dogs. There are cut vests and collars used to protect the dogs from the boars razor-sharp tusks, but often still take wounds that hunters need to fix right away or get veterinarian attention quickly. 

Pistol Hunting Wild Pig – Personally I can’t ever see myself hunting hogs with a pistol, yet I know people do. My only use for a handgun would be a backup “just in case”. Fellow blogger Phillip Loughlin has a great article “Handguns For Hog Hunting?” that can go into full detail. The amount of handgun needed to take down a hog would cost more than an excellent bow or rifle, and I just have no intention of ever hunting that way as my primary method in the field.

 

A manufactured hog trap ready to be sprung.

Trapping Feral Hogs – Trapping wild pigs are a passive way for hunting and controlling wild pig populations. Traps have varied success, as wild pigs have no real home territory. A wild pig’s range can be 40 miles or more and depend on the food, cover and water sources. There are many different trap designs, and most plans can be found for free on the internet. A really cool hog trap that was just brought to my attention was one of my followers site www.wirelesstraps.com which uses your cellphone, game camera, and a mechanical trap to catch your wild pig. There are different licenses you need to trap wild pig, so check with your state guidelines first. After you have your license, and trap set, you need to find an area that has heavy pig traffic, as well as bait that trap well.

Spear Hunting Boar- Man has been hunting wild boar with a spear since the dawn of time. While the term “Pig Sticker” is known as a knife when hunting today, in the middle ages a “Pig Sticker” was a spear often used by royalty to hunt boar by horseback. The spear was a long blade with a cross member at the hilt so when they drove the spear into the beast, it would stop when the boar charged angrily. Today, more hunters are ditching the technological weapons, in exchange for more primitive hunting tools, with the spear as a logical choice for the challenge. The spear actually has a very good advantage when hunting wild pig in corn fields where visibility is limited, and the chance encounter of a wild boar when armed with a spear could save you from attack. Check State regulations first before spearing a wild boar.

A helicopter patrols the sky, looking for feral hogs that are destroying property

Helicopter Hunting - A new and growing way to hunt feral hogs is by firing from a helicopter. The only state that I know you can do this is in Texas, and there are YouTube videos out there to see how it’s done. The helicopter hunt starts at about $750.00 for just the air time, not including processing and trophy fees. Most hunters use an assault rifle with an extended magazine to take down the boar. The problem I have is that the shots are never clean, and there is no real intention of consuming that wild pig, just the thrill of hunting from a Heli. Helicopters are often used to control hog populations destroying property, and by state governments to eradicate populations out of control.
Bait/Stand Hunting – Just like hog trapping, bait/stand hunting can have varied success. The skill really comes down to knowing where the hogs will come to, having a tree high enough with good shooting avenues, proper bait, scent control, and a ton of patience. Choose a tree that is downwind of where you expect the hogs will come from, and don’t set up right at their destination. You will want to keep that destination(feeder, wallow, etc.) free of hunting pressure to be able to use for another time. Set your stand near a pig “highway” to the destination. Do not rely on scent control clothing and blockers while stand hunting. Wild Boar have excellent noses, and may never come if you are upwind.
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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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Hunger Games And The Future Of Hunting Part 1

Katniss "The Bow Hunter" in the Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, illustration by Rneufeld

Today I started reading “The Hunger Games” by Suzanne Collins. Not that I’m into the next teen throb since “Twilight”, but so I could educate myself on the book before casting judgment on the book, movie, and it’s future on how the world views us hunters. 

Starting out, the first chapter paints a grim post apocalyptic future of survival, famine, and outsmarting dictatorship. (My type of book already!…) The main character is a young girl named Katniss, that is the provider for her family since her father died violently. Her father taught her how to hunt with a bow(which is outlawed in the new society), and was also a bow crafter that passed down a variety of bows for her. The first chapter starts with her going out on a hunt on the “Reaping Day”, which I haven’t actually figured out yet. That’s as far as I’ve got. I’ll post new updates as I read on.

“The Hunger Games” hits all my interests so far, and what I’m really hoping for, and excited about,  is a huge surge or boost in the hunting industry so that we may preserve the heritage for others. Now if that comes in the form of a trendy book that isn’t as gruff and tough as we had hoped would appeal to hunting….So be it. This industry needs a renewed interest in hunting, and the current appeal is to men of heritage, which we as hunters can’t afford any longer. We need this reach to grab a new foothold in society to keep our lands open and free with support for hunting.

What’s even better, is that the archery industry and bow hunting industry will highly benefit from this book. This Article,” Will ‘The Hunger Games’ Create More ‘Kats’ in the Woods?” is another good read. While I choose to focus on hunting wild pig with a bow, I believe the whole hunting industry could benefit from a book that may be a powerful supplemental marketing tool for our future.

What are your thoughts about this popular book? Have you read it? What’s your review of this book? Leave a comment below, and join our ongoing review in “The Hunger Games” Forum

 

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7 Reasons Why You Should Hunt Wild Pig

 

Man Kills Mosaic Boar By Helen Rickard

1. Danger of the Hunt -  Hunting wild pig has got to be one of the scariest hunts you will ever do in the US. The fact that a pissed off boar may charge is by far the greatest thrill ever, as it gives that sense of balance, fairness, and fear. If you miss a wild pig, you had better have a second shot ready to go and be able to think, aim, and release that shot before you get gored or chased up a tree (if one is available). For a further challenge, leave your rifle at home, and lets see how comfortable you are at close range!

2. To Feel Alive – There are not many more hunts that grasp the primal heritage of “Man vs. Beast”. The adrenaline surges through your body as you anticipate the after effects of your shot. Your senses all start singing in one symphony that you have never heard before. Your heart feels like it’s pounding through your ears, and you swear that your breath can be heard by that wild pig.

3. Environmental Hero –  Wild pigs are a huge threat to our environment, and not taking action on these pigs will cause millions of dollars in damage to farms, water supplies,  and ruin soil. Wild pigs will also eat everything in sight including other animals, plants, eggs, acorns, crops… You name it, these omnivores do not discriminate when feeding. Wild pigs also spread many diseases that are deadly to other animals and plants creating epidemics and outbreaks.

4. Save Your Piggy Bank – Hunting wild pig will save you money, so you can hunt more often. Most states have no regulations what so ever, giving anyone a chance at bringing home large game. Even if there are no pigs in your state to hunt, for the price of hunting large local game, you can fly to the southern states, have decent accommodations, a guided service, and have your meat processed for you to take home gift wrapped! You cannot beat the price.

5. No Off Season – There are no seasons for wild pig in any state. You can hunt feral swine year round, sometimes even day or night. Hunting wild pig is almost the same as hunting deer, and will keep you sharp, honing your outdoor skills. You can hunt wild pig with almost any method you prefer, even with just a knife.

6. Spit Roasted Pig – Boar meat is absolutely delicious! Prepared right, and cooked several different ways, it can be a source of meat for the whole family. There is no feeling of satisfaction quite like the village feast kill that you delivered, drinking a cold beer, sitting around the fire, quietly reflecting on the days hunt, before telling your…..

7. Kick Ass Story – Let’s be honest, not many people are going to be impressed that you orphaned Bambi with your rifle at 150 yards from a tree stand. Some may even secretly loath you for it. I’m not saying there is anything wrong with that style of hunting, but how the tables turn to admiration and respect when you tell the story of how you spot and stalked a wild boar with your bow within 35 yards in the nastiest brush you’ve ever seen….. Now that’s the story you will tell your grandchildren….and the legend they will tell about you.

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