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The Art of Still Hunting Feral Pigs

Still hunting feral pigs is a heart-pounding experience.

Feral pigs are one of the fastest growing invasive species in North America, and they are a curse to both native game species and landowner’s alike.

Due to their adaptability, prolific breeding, and voracious appetites, feral pigs can out compete many native game species for food in their natural habitats.

Therefore, many landowners are calling on hunters to join the campaign to help control feral pig populations, and many states are cooperating by declaring them a nuisance animal. Hunters in most states can now hunt this wily game animal any time they choose.

It’s true: pigs are some of the smartest animals on the planet. When you add a healthy dose of paranoia to that innate intelligence, hunting them can be quite a challenge!

Consequently, most hunters prefer to pursue them by placing a treestand near a well worn trail, a favorite food source, or a wallow. In my opinion, the ultimate challenge for an avid pig hunter is to use the age old method of still hunting (also known as spot and stalk).

This method of hunting wild pigs involves moving quietly into an area, then stalking slowly and erratically through the terrain. Experienced still hunters take note of any game signs (such as hoof prints, rooting, and/or wallowing) while making frequent and extended pauses to look and listen for pigs.

In order to be successful using this method, it is extremely important that you approach a potential pig area from the downwind direction. Also, wear camouflage that closely matches the surrounding foliage, and stay close to cover (such as trees or clumps of foliage) to help break up your human outline.

Once you have located a sounder of pigs, the real excitement begins! Assuming that you locate them before they locate you, your next step is to assess the intervening terrain and foliage, and plan your approach accordingly.

Once you have your stalk planned, it’s time to pit your skills as an apex predator against the pig’s skills as a prey animal survivor.

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Many still hunters trying it for the first time find that as they draw closer, their breathing will become erratic, their heart will race, and the adrenaline rushing through their veins make them feel like they are more alive than they have ever been before!

In fact, as an avid bow hunter, I have literally been able to stalk to within five yards of a sounder of pigs without them knowing I was there until I tripped the trigger on my release aid. My heart was beating so fast that I thought I was going to faint!

The next time you feel the need for a hunting fix, give still hunting feral pigs a try. Not only will you enjoy it, you will be doing someone a favor if you are successful.

Ever still hunted feral pigs or other game? How did it differ from other methods of hunting?

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The Art of Still Hunting Feral Pigs