Wild Boar Hunting Tips
It is very obvious that a hunter, regardless of his experience with hunting wild boars, will have better chances of bagging a couple of these animals in a crowded area where there are many fine examples of hogs. For those areas where hogs aren't many, you will have to look closely in the open ground where they start to root - a very common sign that these large-sized animals make. An important advantage is that you will easily be able to observe and keep track of them.
Probably the first mistake a hunter does after spotting rooting is to go straight ahead into the deep woods, searching for the hide-out of the boar. On the contrary, this should be the last thing he should do. The first step is to study the signs and figure out how fresh they are, for how long, or for how many days have the boars been rooting in that area. This is very relevant info taking into consideration that hogs are without any doubt animals of habit.
If you plan on using your rifle while hunting in the night, we suggest that you pick out a good rifle scope (not too expensive, but also not the cheapest), possibly one that has an illuminated reticle in order to make out the black crosshairs against a dark colored background such as a black hog for example. For more information about hunting wild boars during the night hours, visit our hog night hunting section.
If you plan on hunting with a traditional and classic bow and you do not have a bow slight, it is highly recommended to purchase one in order to see your pins on your sight once you get drawn. There are many bow hunters out there that use a string splitter type peep sight so that they can be certain that they are fully capable of seeing through the peep when the time is right.
Hog dogs are not a new addition to any respectable wild boar hunter as they have been used for decades with excellent results. You need to know that there are two different types: bay dogs and catch dogs. The first ones will keep the boar cornered in one place by being extremely vocal. The most common bay dog breeds are: Blackmouth Cur, Leopard Cur and Catahoula. Catch dogs do exactly what the name says - catch the boar. Usually, they seize the base of the boar's ear and, once they have it on the ground, they are capable of holding them down by the head for a long period of time, until the hunter arrives.
In our boar hunting with dogs section you will be able to find out more about this topic. In addition, if you have recently purchased a puppy that you plan on using while hunting wild boars, have a look at our hog dog training area where we offer a couple of instructions regarding how to properly train a young dog into becoming a good hog dog.
One of the best ways to get down these large-sized animals is by the classic spot and stalk method. In order to spot, you can drive around on roads searching for boars if roads are common in your hunting area or you might as well stand on a hill with some good binoculars. An alternative to this method is the stand hunting, but you will be somewhat handicapped due to the inclination of hogs wandering around a lot. Experienced hunters suggest putting your stand by water holes or mud areas. All in all, there is a lot to talk about as far as wild boar hunting is concerned. Nevertheless, it isn't that hard if you have the right equipment and know what to do out in the hunting field.