Spear hunting hogs is an exhilarating, sometimes dangerous, but effective way to hunt this invasive species.
Feral hogs are spreading throughout the U.S. and are creating perfect opportunities to collect a hog for your barbecue. Spear hunting hogs can be a good way to challenge and refine your hunting skills.
It is most productive to use dogs in conjunction with spear hunting but creative and adventurous hunters can conduct a drive. Using natural and man-made barriers, hogs can be driven to pinch-points and obstacles where hunters can make a quick approach and dispatch the animal with a spear.
Check out the slideshow for some hog huntin', spear huntin' tips.
Make a spear
Making your own spear adds another element to the overall adventure. This spear was made from a digging spade and a grinding wheel and files were used to create a sharp point and edge. A long shaft is necessary to get a good thrust when spearing.
Hog dogs have two purposes: track and surround the hog. Trap dogs actually grab the hog or confront it up close. Dogs can also save you from severe injury should the hog turn on you. This dog made a trip to the veterinarian but was happy to return to work a few days later
Get in there quick!
Whether your dogs bay a hog or you drive it to a barrier like a cattle fence, you need to get there quickly. The faster you get to the hog the less likely a dog or person will be injured. This is serious business. Thrust the spear like you mean it behind the hog's front leg to dispatch it quickly.
Use protective gear for yourself and fellow hunters as well as the dogs. Cornered or bayed hogs will try to gash you with their tusks. Serious injury and infection can occur. Having a firearm on stand-by is good insurance in case things get out of hand.