Today’s Tip: Hunting Wild Hogs
Feral pigs, or wild hogs as some know them, have become a game animal of many hunters in the past several years. The feral pig population has grown out of control in some places, particularly in Texas, California, Florida, and many other southern states, and even as far north as Washington. The explosion of these animals has a detrimental effect on deer habitat, and often times are very destructive to crops.
This presents a new hunting opportunity for those of you who live in these areas. Check regulations where you hunt, but many states offer wild hog hunting year round, with no limits on how many you can take. While these are wild pigs, they are challenging to hunt, and are very tasty at the dinner table.
Pigs may be the bow hunter’s ideal game to pursue; their wariness and sense of smell make reading the wind a critical success factor, and their poor eye sight makes still hunting and sneaking in for a shot a true test of your hunting abilities. Some extreme hunters even hunt pigs with only a large knife, talk about an exciting hunt!
If you have the opportunity to hunt pigs, you should take advantage every chance you get. You will improve on your hunting skills for other game, you will spend more time in the woods, and as I mentioned, they taste great, especially in areas where they are feeding on crops grown for human consumption.