By Erik Alexander on 5/19/2015 10:53 PM

Silencer Hog HuntDoes the .223 caliber have enough mass and punching power to effectively kill a wild boar? This question has been debated for years. Countless hunting articles have been published imploring hunters to switch to a bigger hunting caliber. It’s been said that the hog’s thick skin and internal armor require a 30 caliber bullet or better. Do you agree? For those who do, please open your mind for what you are about to read. Bullet technology has come a long way over the years and I’m going to prove to all the haters that the right .223 hunting cartridge can do the job efficiently, effectively and with only one shot. My proof comes from Allegiance Ammunition’s newest creation, its 70g PowerStrike. And one wild hog!

By Jonathan Owen on 5/13/2015 2:37 PM

Remington R4 hog huntThere are numerous ways to hunt wild hogs, and here at the Spike Box you’re welcome to sit in a blind and wait to see what happens. What’s about to happen now is the polar opposite. It’s dawn in West Texas and my hunt partner and I are on hog patrol. Spike Box is a 94,000 acre working cattle ranch where wild hogs compete with the cows for wheat. In my numerous trips here, I don’t recall ever seeing so many cows. They don’t seem bothered by the hogs or us, but the quiet of the morning is about to be briefly shattered. In one of the few places where the wheat remains tall and lush, we’ve spotted hogs from the truck and we’re rolling on them, guns shouldered, pointing out the windows. Our guide calls this “Rodeo” and it’s about to wind up! 

By Jonathan Owen on 5/6/2015 10:09 PM
Stalk hunting hogsHunting from a blind simply isn't for me. Some years ago, my son's first "hunt" was a turkey hunt from a box blind. There we sat for hours, him beating the Brick Braker game on my Blackberry, me wondering about my sanity. Spot and stalk hog hunting in wheat fields can be a blast, especially when using night vision or thermal after the sun has set. But hogs are smart, and just because you don't see them in the open doesn't mean they aren't there. Whether you hunt in thick green foliage or find yourself in Mesquite forests between wheat fields, you'll find the following tips and tricks on target for stalk hunting through the brush.
By Jonathan Owen on 4/29/2015 9:29 PM
Etymotic Gun Sport Pro reviewHearing Protection isn’t sexy. Of course neither is your ears ringing or having to ask “what?” “WHAT?” Soldiers, hunters, competitive shooters - all have hearing damage among their ranks. When shooting and hunting, most of us try to mitigate that as much as possible, but using hearing protection can come at the cost of situational awareness. For a hunter, this could compromise communication with others, and even cause you to flat miss an opportunity. Technology has brought us a long way, and one product I’ve seen improve over the past four years is the Etymotic Research ER125-GSP15BN GunsSport Pro series High-Definition Electronic Earplugs. They have their limitations, but they are better than when I first saw them and they solve some real world problems. I’ll address real world concerns and an urban legend about adequate hearing protection or “ear pro."