Hunting hogs is a thrilling, unique experience that is unlike pursing any other prey. Although they don’t look like they would be particularly fast or intelligent, it’s actually quite challenging to hunt hogs, even if you have a great deal of experience doing it. It can even be dangerous if you don’t know what you’re doing. Here are some tips for successfully stalking hogs.
Use the wind to your advantage.
Hogs have poor eyesight. In some cases, you might be able to get really close to them without them spotting you. However, they have an excellent sense of smell that more than makes up for it. As a result, they can smell you from miles away if the wind is blowing in the right direction. Therefore, if you’re going to be stalking hogs, use the wind to your advantage and make sure it’s not blowing your scent towards the hogs you’re hunting. If it is, you’ll have almost no chance of making your way anywhere close to them.
Look for signs of hogs.
Hogs have long snouts they use to root and search for all kinds of foods located on and under the ground. If you look hard enough, you should be able to find fresh rooting that has taken place in the areas where hogs convene. Fresh rooting will be a sign that hogs are somewhere in the vicinity. You can also keep an eye out for the tracks that hogs leave behind when they’re moving from place to place. These tracks can lead you directly towards hogs in many cases.
Stay prepared to take a shot at all times.
One of the things that makes hogs so hard to hunt is that they’re almost always moving around. They’ll stop to eat from time to time. Nevertheless, for the most part, they’re on the move. Therefore, if you’re going to bag one, you need to learn to be quick. Steer clear of taking shots from any distances longer than 40 yards or so. Moreover, if you’re within that range and have a clear shot, don’t be afraid to take it before a hog disappears out of sight.
Do you want to perfect your approach to stalking hogs? Tioga Boar Hunting can give you the opportunity to hunt hogs and bring one home. Call us at 570-835-5341 today to arrange a hunt.