Feral hogs are a nuisance, but a heck of a lot of fun to hunt.
For many years, hunters have been misunderstood and even maligned by the general public who don’t hunt and have even been subjected to such derogatory terms as “Bambi Killer.”
However, the tables are turning fast in many states where the feral hog population is growing quicker than animal control experts and eradication programs can keep up with. The transformation of the public’s opinion of the hunter from villain to savior is rapidly coming about.
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In fact, in many states, feral hogs are classified as a nuisance animal instead of a game animal, meaning there is no closed season and no bag limit. This presents a year round hunting opportunity for both firearms and bowhunters alike.
Once a population of feral hogs becomes established in an area, they can expand their population very quickly because females can start breeding as early as six months of age and they can bear multiple litters per year.
Furthermore, even a relatively small group of feral hogs can cause a significant amount of damage to both public and private property when feeding, and they can be especially hard on farmer’s crops.
Consequently, both Farmer’s Associations and the Wildlife Resources Commissions in most states are flooded with complaints each year from farmers and landowners alike wanting to know how they can rid themselves of these pesky and persistent animals.
By tapping into these valuable sources of information, you can often find farmers or landowners who will welcome you with open arms when you approach them, and mention that you would like the opportunity to hunt their nuisance pig population.
Feral hog populations also present the hunter with a supremely wary and remarkably intelligent game animal that is built like a bulldozer and tastes like gourmet BBQ.
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In fact, although their eyesight leaves a bit to be desired, they have excellent hearing and an astounding sense of smell. They are extremely wary animals who are constantly on the move in search of food. Even when they do find it, they a not inclined to stand still for very long.
Although they can be hunted from a treestand placed near a favorite water source, wallow, or an automatic game feeder, they are perhaps best hunted using the spot-and-stalk method, or “still hunting.”
Using this method, the hunter covers himself with appropriate camouflage and then moves slowly through the woods with frequent pauses to visually scan the woods as well as to listen and, once a group of hogs is located, the hunter then uses the available terrain and foliage to hide his approach so that he can get within shooting range of the pig or pigs he wants to harvest.
So, if you like the idea of hunting a truly challenging game animal and, you would like to be able to hunt year round, you should give feral hog hunting a try.
Let us know if you have harvested any hogs in the past year.