If you are at all interested in hunting in Texas, you’ve probably thought about hog hunting. Hogs are somewhat dangerous prey so you’ll want to make sure you know what you are doing before you just go out shooting at things. The feral pigs reproduce at a very high rate and so hunting them can actually be very helpful for the surrounding communities. They can easily become quite a nuisance if they are allowed to run rampant around large areas without being controlled. Some people find this to be a good reason to hunt them. Others just enjoy it for the adrenaline rush and the pride of catching and killing their prey. Still others are in it for the food- a nice tasty pig roast is sure hard to beat!
If you have land in the south, you might just have hogs on your land. But if not, there are lots of places you can go to hunt. There are some ranches specifically designed for hog hunting. Other times, you may find someone who has a problem with the hogs and would gladly let you hunt on their property.
If you’ve never gone hunting before or have no experience with wild boars, you’ll want to be prepared. It’s a good idea to start with someone who knows what they are doing or at a location like a ranch where there are experienced hunters who can give you a few pointers like our friends at Dos Plumas Hunting Ranch in Trent Texas www.dosplumashuntingranch.com. Most likely you’ll need a license and to get that you’ll need to have taken a hunters education course. You’ll want to make sure you have a weapon, probably a gun or a bow, and that it is in good working order. Many hog hunters use silencers on their guns, so that is something to look into and research if you want your hunt to be more successful. Don’t forget about all the gear you’ll want to bring when you’re out on the hunt… water, a first aid kit, snacks, a camera, camouflage gear and and maybe even something to block your scent. Different people have differing opinions on what is necessary, and what you need will vary depending on a lot of factors like if you are camping or staying a lodge, ranch, or hotel.
Do your research ahead of time so you can have a great hunt!