How to estimate Hog weight?


February 1, 2008, 10:02 PM
How to estimate Hog weight?


Im sure most here have hunted hogs.Can someone show dead ones that weigh 100 lbs and a 150 lb s? At least I have a rough estimate which to pick when hunting in a couple of weeks from now.
I will be using my Garand this time. I will have to zero it with commercial Winchester 150 gr Soft Point. Wish me luck.

BTW , is a 150 lb stlll a good eating hog to get? SOme say if you pass 200 lb they tend to be gamey and nasty.

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February 2, 2008, 05:05 AM
If it is big enough to look scary it's probably at least a 150 lbs. And as for taste, the last one I shot weighed in at 185 and was delicious.
IMHO It's more a matter of how quick you can drop it, and then cool it down, then it is with the weight. If it has been running in front of the dogs for an hour my guess is it wont be as tasty. Try to get one that has no clue you are around and drop it with one shot and I think you'll be happy with the way it tastes.

41 Mag
February 2, 2008, 06:59 AM
Hey Nathan,

If your specifically looking for the 100 - 150# range they will be about 2 1/2 ft tall at the shoulder give or take, and around 4' nose to tail. Here is a few we got that were in that range, trailer is 4' wide

This one was just over 200# and the first taken by my nephew, (

These were around 75 - 80# (

The following were over 300# and ate just fine,
325# sow

360# cut boar,

400+ pound sow

400+ pound boar

All but the last one were dressed and put in the freezer. THe thing we have found with the gamey taste is on the larger boars which are with a pack of sows you will find them generally being the ones which will be the worst. On the sows, if they are in heat then they will also be a bit rank as well. The smaller boars which really haven't been breeding or are not actively keeping a group of sows are generally just fine and you will mostly find them in small bachalor groups. An individual lone boar is sometimes good sometimes not, we use the smell theory on them, if we can smell them when we walk up then just keep on walking as they generally taste about as bad.

We of course are not paying by the pound or the hog as we shoot them either, so it makes choosing them a lot easier. If your paying by the shot I would choose a decent sized sow for your best bet, or several small pit sized ones depending on if your paying by the pound. The smaller ones like the one in the top pic in the middle on the back of the 4 wheeler is prime vittles, just harder to hit on the run.

Good luck on your hunt, shoot for the head, just under or behind the ear and you won't waste much. Also ditto on what qajaq59 said. Get it dressed out and chilled ASAP and you should be fine. Feel free to check out the two links below my sig for some more pics. Just threw these in as I knew the weights on them and hoped they would help.

February 2, 2008, 12:26 PM
I like sows that are reay to be pregnant for the first time or are pregnant for the first time. No hanging mamaries. This of course means you have to scope them first and pick out your meat hog. If that oportunity does not present itself or just one steps out, then you have to ground check em.

When I take a big old boar, before I clean him, I take a cutting from his hind quarter. This peice of meat is then cooked and tasted. If it is rank or smells like a skunk butt then I leave Mr. Boar for the buzzards. If it tastes and smells good then I remove his privates as to avoid contaminating any meat during the cleaning process. I also use another knife. The glands in there secrete some foul smelling stuff! DO NOT get it on you or the meat!

Have fun!

February 2, 2008, 08:32 PM
I have found that a scale takes all the guess work out of it.

February 3, 2008, 01:11 AM
41 mag and u guys are great. Thank you. Those pics makes me salivate. I m looking to get one thats 150 lb max. I guess too big is getting too much esp the cost they charge per pound. Whats your ratio in the brinding process i e lemon juice and water and ice x number of days?

February 3, 2008, 01:52 AM

This is a good healthy looking sow.

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