I’d been waiting for this opportunity.
I’d already reviewed the Daniel Defense M4V7 chambered in 6.8 SPCII with an Aimpoint Micro T-1 mounted on top a couple of months ago. What I hadn’t done was go chase wild hogs with this combo, and I was more than a little eager to make that happen.
Opportunity presented itself at one of my favorite places to hunt, the Spike Box Ranch just outside Benjamin, Texas. It borders the land I first hog hunted on, the place where seeds of Special Hog Weapons and Tactics™ were discovered. I had less than twenty-four hours on the ranch, and less than that to hunt. I'd never come up empty handed here, and was hoping to log another successful hunt. This time, I brought a bigger gun...
There are four basic methods of hunting hogs: hunting over a feeder, spot and stalk, chasing them with dogs and using night vision. I’m not into dog hunting and know very little about it. Going tactical with night vision will be the topic of another article, so this article will focus on the other two methods.
There are basic tactics that apply to hog hunting, whether you see yourself as a tactical hog hunter, or traditional. When shooting over a feeder, where should you place the feeder? Where should you place the stand? More importantly, why should you choose those placements? Spot and stalk is a different game. I'll share the three assessments I make when I spot hogs. If you want some solid practical tips and techniques to improve your hog hunting game, read on.
Rod Pinkston and his crew are professional hog killers. There is no other way to describe this group of retired military soldiers with over 110 years of combined military training and active service experience. They know what they are doing. And they know what they are not doing. "Jager Pro is performing a hog control service and not hunting for sport," says Jager Pro's Rod Pinkston. In terms of success at what they do best, consider this: during the 2011 season they harvested 1058 hogs. The meat is taken by their hunting guests as well as donated to local churches and families.
I’m often asked, how do I know if there are hogs in my hunting area? Well hogs leave tell tale sign, and often lots of it. Depending upon the terrain, you may have to go looking for it. In this article, I'm going to give you a brief overview of what to look for to determine if you do if fact have a huntable population of hogs in your area. I've included plenty of pictures from my own scouting.
But, before we go on, I must mention a few things on suitable hog habitat. Basically, in order for there to be resident hogs in an area you MUST have water, cover and food. Leave out any one of these and you won’t have resident hogs.
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