Tips for Hog Hunting

Since ancient history wild hogs, also referred to as wild boars, have been hunted both out of necessity and for pleasure. Today the hunting process is very different than it was when hogs were first hunted in ancient Greece and Rome, but the customs and traditions associated with sport have remained remarkably unchanged.  Today the modern hog hunter is just as enthusiastic about their sport as were their ancient counterparts. Hunting hogs is an exceptionally exciting form of hunting, but anyone choosing to participate in hog hunts needs to understand that the risks of injury and other dangerous incidents are considerably higher in this variety hunting.  The fundamental rule for the hog hunter is to remember is that wild hogs are dangerous animals. The mixture of razor sharp tusks, extraordinary strength, two razor sharp tusks, and a mean nature create a hazards that can turn a wild hog hunt in to a trip to the hospital in a minute. A hog hunter must have a understanding of the specific situations that have the potential to pose serious threats to the hunter's personal safety. So a wild hog must never be approached in a manner that puts the hunter's safety at risk. This means avoiding sows with piglets or trapping any hog in a dead end.  
  The hunter must stay a safe distance away from all hogs they are hunting, to avoid making the animal feel trapped or threatened. This brings us to the most important element of wild hog hunting, that is the process of preparing for the hunt.  Scouting locations where hogs come to feed, play or mate key to success in hunting wild hogs. Planning your hunt with assistance of an experienced hog hunter is a must for the beginning hunter. As a novice hunter every bit of the forest looks the same so having an experienced hunter to show you the ropes and to interpret the signs left by hogs during their daily routines is a must for success in your hog hunting trip. Now you ready for what is without doubt the worst part of wild hog hunting, that is the process of preparing and setting the bait.  Typically hog baits are made from corn and placed in a deep hole. Wild hogs have an exceptional sense of small and will be attracted to the baits from even a long distance away. The objective of setting bait is to get a single hog in to range for a easy shot. Care has to be taken in the placement of the bait to avoid drawing large numbers of hogs to the same bait site. Care must also be taken to avoid leaving human scent on the bait or around the bait site. The challenge is doing this while staying in range of comfortable shot.  Wild hog hunting is an ancient sport that is appealing to modern hunters. The fact that the sport requires courage and patience is attractive to hunters of all skill sets and experience levels. If desire to engage in the sport of hunting wild hogs be sure to get assistance of an experienced hunter and a firearm of the proper caliber and configuration. Put all the elements in place you can become a part of the brotherhood of wild hog hunters.

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