Fact vs. Fiction: Debunking Hog Hunting Myths

Are you planning on going hog hunting at some point in the near future? If so, it’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with some of the biggest myths surrounding boars. It will ensure that you have a great time and increase your chances of bringing a boar home with you. Check out the most common myths below.

Myth: Boars are completely blind.

There are some hunters who are under the impression that boars are completely blind. This isn’t true at all. It is true that boars don’t have excellent eyesight. Their peripheral vision, in particular, is poor because their heads are very low to the ground. But boars can sense movement well, which can make it tough for you to sneak up on them. They can sense you moving even when they’re hundreds of feet away from you.

Myth: You don’t need heavy caliber ammunition to takedown boars. 

If you look at a picture of a boar, you’ll probably guess that you’ll need heavy caliber ammo to take one down. They’re big animals, and they have a thick skin that appears as though it would be difficult to penetrate. In reality though, you don’t have to pull out Magnum caliber ammo to take one down. .30-30 ammo should do the trick as long as you hit the right part of the boar.

Myth: You’ll quickly find the way to a hog via blood trail.

Often, a hunter will hit a boar, go to check on it, and struggle to find it because there’s no blood trail. It causes them to question whether they actually killed the boar. However, you should keep in mind that a boar can run for up to 50 yards before a blood trail appears. That’s because it takes longer for blood to come out of a boar than it would for it to come out of a deer. Additionally, a boar’s hair can soak up some of the initial blood and prevent it from leaving a trail. You should look for blood located on brush near where you shot a boar to get an indication of where it went.

Are you looking for more tips for hog hunting? Tioga Boar Hunting will put you in position for success the next time you come and hunt with us. We are nationally and even globally renowned for our guided boar hunts. Call us at 570-835-5341 today to schedule a boar hunt or to check out the other hunts we offer.