Wild Boar Hunting

Wild Boar Hunting in many states is year-round!  Several lodges only charge $100.00 with no trophy fees!  Florida, South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, Mississippi and Texas have exciting wild boar hunting that is affordable and is a great fill-in for off-season hunting. 


Information on the Wild Boar and Habitat

Wild Boar - Wild Hog huntingThe Wild Boar was introduced into North America from Europe in 1893. The wild boar is about 3 feet high at the shoulder and 4 ˝ to 6 feet long, male wild boars – hogs weigh from 160 to 450 pounds and females weigh about 75 to 325 pounds. Pureblooded wild boar – hog have a coat of long; bristly hairs that thicken to form an erect mane on the neck, shoulders and upper parts of the back. The tail is fairly long, and hangs straight rather than coiled. Most are black, but some are gray or brown, and have grizzled or somewhat shaggy look.

The upper canine teeth curl out and up along the sides of the mouth to form tusks that are usually from 3 to 5 inches long, but can grow to be as long as 9 inches or more. The lower canines grow out from the mouth, slanting away from the side of the face and back toward the eyes.

Wild boar – hog move about throughout the day, but are most active at dawn and dusk. They eat a wide variety of foods, including nuts, acorns, grasses, fruits, roots, and tubers, which they root out with their tusks. They will also eat whatever animal food they can catch, including snakes, crayfish, frogs, salamanders, fledgling birds in ground nest, young rabbits and carrion.

Usually foraging in family groups of sow and young, families sometimes come together in groups of 50 or so animals. Males forage alone or in small groups, joining the females and young during the mating season. Mating usually takes place in December. After a gestation period of 16 weeks, a litter is born in a nest that is a depression in the ground dug by the sow and lined with grass and branches. The usual number of young in a litter is four or five. The piglets, which are about 6 to 8 inches long at birth, stay with the mother until the following spring.

Hunting wild boar – hog, both pureblooded and hybrid, is a popular sport in many parts of the United States. Some states maintain hunting seasons and limits on the number that may be harvested. In some areas, hybrids and feral pigs are considered to be agricultural pests, and have no hunting restrictions on them.

Tips on Wild Boar / Hog Hunting

  • Always plan out your wild boar / hog hunting trip well. This will more likely ensure that you have a great time and not have to worry about buying items that you forgot. Always make a list of things you need to take.

  • Dress for the area your in. You want to remember if the area you in is normally hot or had excessive rain or cold for that time of year. This can make or break your moral if the weather is effecting your trip.

  • Use bait to entice the wild boar / hog hunting {feral pigs} to keep coming to the same area. This can only be done if you have access to the area for a while. Ask the hunting guide or outfitter if they have been doing this.

  • As the guide or outfitter that your planning your trip with for references. They shouldn’t have a problem with that, but if they do then you should question them more in what they are offering you.

  • This game has an excellent sense of smell and can detect things such as smoke from a cigarette, body order from say cologne, or even human urine. If they smell you then they will not come around that area.

  • Be quite, and don’t bring a radio to listen to unless you have an ear piece to go with it. It will frighten off the wild boar / hog {feral pigs}

  • Never hunt alone. This severs two purposes. The safety and the fact it is helpful to have help carrying your kill back to your vehicle.

These tips for wild boar / hog hunting {feral pigs} are just suggestions that may help. Your guide or outfitter will have more if you ask them. Just have fun, because that is what this is all about.



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