Going for a double hog hunt with a friend is a blast! Not only do you get to go out into the wilderness of some of the most beautiful hog hunting ranches in the United States, but you also get the reassurance that you're doing right by the environment. According to U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates, there are over 6 million feral pigs in our nation, dispersed across 39 states.
The population will continue to grow unless people like yourself decide to go on double hog hunts in an attempt to control this invasive population of pigs. The feral hog is responsible for huge amounts of property damage nationwide and can disrupt the well-balanced ecosystems in which they reside. So, what are some strategies you can use to sharpen your skills in preparation for your first double hog hunt?
Hog Hunting With Dogs
This is a classic hunting technique for many game animals, and it can be successful here as well. Hunting with dogs is as fun as it is rewarding. As incredibly adept trackers, dogs will help you sniff out the pigs, spooking them in your direction. Plus, dogs are a great companion to have no matter where you are.
Your decision to hunt during the day or at night depends on the area. In places with high human activity, hogs tend to be nocturnal, so night vision gear is a must. In habitats largely untouched by humans, however, feral pigs are diurnal (active during the day) like their ancestors.
To learn the behaviors of these beasts, brush up on your tracking and scat identification skills before heading out into the wild. You can do this online, at the library, or even in a formal classroom setting.
Bring Some Barbecue Sauce
Those strategies should serve you well during your first hog hunt if you practice thoroughly before leaving for the hog hunting ranch. Knowledge in the wilderness is the most powerful tool at your disposal. So, go out there, have fun, and do your best to stop feral pig proliferation in its tracks!