Hog hunting questions

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Re: Hog hunting questions

Postby markthenewf » Sun Jan 27, 2013 11:46 pm

Subscribing to this Interesting topic.

Though I've never been hunting, I'm leaning towards giving it a go. I grew up in eastern Canada and we always had fresh fish and meat (moose and caribou) during the year. I certainly miss it. I have appropriate firearms to do this sorta thing and I'm definitely interested in hog hunting in the winter. Trampsing around in the woods in 80+ degrees is not my cup of tea! I suppose I'll also have to see about investing in a freezer.

Either way, I need to get some time in with my new marlin 45-70 lever gun. I'm guessing a 405 grain lead round backed-up with 45ACP will do the trick on hogs quite well, correct? I have 308's but the lever gun is a handy size and lightweight.
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Re: Hog hunting questions

Postby flintknapper » Wed Feb 06, 2013 1:43 am

I have completely eliminated pigs from a moderate sized ranch. After months of constant pressure they finally moved on.



25 years of hunting hogs (trapping, shooting, snaring, running with dogs) has taught me a few things about feral hogs.

1. Anywhere they are firmly established...you will NEVER be rid of them. Using words such as (eliminate or eradicate) in the same sentence with "hog".... should be avoided...as it is wishful thinking at best. ;-)

2. It is possible to temporarily displace hogs (they are smart animals and adjust to hunting pressure), but I can say with full confidence, you have only succeeded in swapping hogs with your neighbors. They will be back, they always come back.
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Re: Hog hunting questions

Postby Grillmark55 » Wed Feb 06, 2013 8:44 am

The Annoyed Man wrote:
The Marshal wrote:Is the .223 too light to shoot the hogs with? Would I be better served using my SKS?
I have an opportunity to go on a friends land, and wondering what to bring...

No blood, but a dead animal picture: http://whamproductions.com/images/miscellaneous/arwithhogforweb.jpg.

This hog was shot with the pictured carbine which was built by my son for his employer. Two 55 grain FMJs behind the right ear, which produced no visible blood or obvious wounds on the entry (near) side. From what I'm told, the off-side was a mess.

All of that said, when I went hog-hunting, I took along an M1A. I'm too lazy to fire twice at the same hog. :mrgreen:


Woah - that looks like an ASSAULT RIFLE! NOBODY hunts with an ASSAULT RIFLE! Those are only used for hunting PEOPLE! :evil2:
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Re: Hog hunting questions

Postby drstephennix » Tue Jun 11, 2013 9:57 am

I hunt hogs on our place every chance I get. We're out by Giddings, TX. After the weather warms up, not much sense in keeping the meat. We have traps and feeders. Caught 3 in a trap on Memorial weekend. My nephew took them out with a .22 revolver. It was his 1st kill at 7yrs old so we skinned out the 2 sows, but the meat wasn't that great that we cooked at camp. I killed 2 more that same weekend as they came in to eat at a feeder with my Marlin 1894 CBC in .45LC. During the hot months, they can have worms, ticks, fleas, and be just plain nasty. Once that 1st cold spell comes in and it cools down though, I fill my freezer and also try and mix it with my deer meat. I have taken them with a .40 pistol, 30-30, 45LC, .223, and 30.06. My Dad has also taken them with a bow. I have yet to do that, though. A person needs to find out what his/her hunt will consist of before choosing a caliber of weapon. Will it be close shots within 50yrds, long shots, brush country, stand hunting, or stalking, etc. My go to gun is always my Marlin 45LC, but depending on the shots I will be taking, I may need a different gun. My wife shot a 275 pounder this past New Year's with a .243 at close range, but I had to track it down for about 60yds through thick brush. As stated before, shot placement for hogs is key.


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Re: Hog hunting questions

Postby drstephennix » Tue Jun 11, 2013 10:08 am

The 275 pounder my wife shot with a .243
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One that I took a couple months ago with my Marlin 1894 CBC in .45LC
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Re: Hog hunting questions

Postby der Teufel » Mon Nov 17, 2014 9:09 pm

flb_78 wrote:To make hogs a little easier to handle, use a Weed Burner propane torch and burn off the hair and bugs before cleaning it.


Not a bad idea. I'm fortunate to hunt on a place that has a well and electricity, so we're able to use a hose to wash down the hogs we shoot, and set up lights if it's dark. My preference now is to hunt in the morning. I use an AR-10 with a Photon NV scope (not too expensive as NV goes, and pretty effective — plus it works in daylight) and get out about an 60—90 minutes before dawn. Depending upon the time of year I'll stay out for 30—90 minutes after sunup (not long in summer, longer when it's cool and the hogs don't head for shade as quickly). I like dawn hunting because then I get to clean them in daylight.
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Re: Hog hunting questions

Postby Javier730 » Mon Nov 17, 2014 9:46 pm

The Marshal wrote:Is the .223 too light to shoot the hogs with? Would I be better served using my SKS?
I have an opportunity to go on a friends land, and wondering what to bring...

.223 is perfect. Hit em behind the ear. They will drop right where they're at.
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Re: Hog hunting questions

Postby glock27 » Mon Nov 17, 2014 10:22 pm

I learned how to field strip, in a field on my phone on youtube!
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Re: Hog hunting questions

Postby der Teufel » Mon Jan 19, 2015 9:31 pm

Javier730 wrote:
The Marshal wrote:Is the .223 too light to shoot the hogs with? Would I be better served using my SKS?
I have an opportunity to go on a friends land, and wondering what to bring...

.223 is perfect. Hit em behind the ear. They will drop right where they're at.


Yep, if you can make the shot, a .223 is quite adequate.

OTOH, if they're not facing the right direction, or they're moving, or they're out a little farther, or, or, or . . .

I sold my AR-15 and bought an AR-10. The hogs are no longer so particular about where I hit them.

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