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~
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.