What gun for feral hogs?


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November 29, 2009, 06:57 PM
http://www.khou.com/news/texas-news/Hunting-feral-hogs-encouraged-in-Texas-town-78097772.html

Hunting feral hogs encouraged in Texas town

Hunting feral hogs may not be as popular as hunting deer or ducks during the holiday season, but with an estimated three million wild hogs in the state, the sport is helping to control the nuisance.

There’s no mistaking the damage done by feral hogs. Only one hog probably was responsible for a lot of rooting at Marshall Creek near Grapevine Lake.
Neighboring homeowners in Southlake have spent thousands of dollars repairing the wild hog damage in their front yards.
“The wild hogs are using the lake to travel,” said Matt Falkner, a park ranger with the Army Corps of Engineers. “They’ll get on a creek bed, and they’ll follow that creek bed plum to downtown Dallas if they could find a path to go.”
That’s one reason the Corps allows hog hunting on their property. The Grapevine Lake Wildlife Management Area is 2,500 hundred acres of free range.
“We basically allow people to hunt them year round on our property,” Falkner said. “And there’s no bag limit.”
The program is only a year old, but there are already plans to expand.
“Feral hogs, we’re going come up with some creative ways to probably open that up a little bit more to folks in the future,” Falkner said. “Possibly some trapping, permitting. We’d like to do some youth hunts.”
But in the short term, park rangers are preparing for the weekend holiday hunting rush.
“We’re right down the road from two million people, and it’s a quick hunt,” Falkner said. “You can get a quick hunt Thursday morning before Thanksgiving.”
So hunt as many hogs as you want.

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T. Bracker
November 29, 2009, 07:31 PM
Any deer rifle will work fine. I have used the .223 to good effect, but you should do head/neck shots with those small cartridges, IMO

Ron James
November 29, 2009, 08:34 PM
Just remember, a feral hog is just that , a wild hog, they can, and have killed hunters before . A second and third gereation feral hog will even grow tusks. I would use nothing lighter than at least a 30-30. My self, I used a .308. For all of you city folk who have never been around hogs before, farmers were always very carefull about getting into a hog pen. Even so called " tame" hogs will attack you at times. I know of one old farmer in Michigan who walked with a limp for that very reason. The only reason he's not dead is that he was able to get back over the fence. We had a boar "(turned that sucker into bacon, ha ha ) that would watch you out of the corner of his eyes, and as soon as you were more than a foot or so from the fence he would charge. Before we converted him into a good hog he ate a lot of our chickens. He also taught the other hogs how to corner a chicken and kill it. Hogs are smarter than dogs and they love fresh meat.

MCgunner
November 29, 2009, 10:03 PM
Gonna be wet tomorrow. Good for hogs. :D Maybe I'll go check the trap.

WalkAbout
November 29, 2009, 11:30 PM
From what I understand, hogs are best killed with nothing less than a .458 Socom. ;-)

chas08
November 30, 2009, 10:10 AM
Any caliber sufficient for Deer will be sufficient for Hogs. As with deer, the lighter the caliber the more critical the shot placement becomes. Be careful tracking a wounded hog though, they can become quite viscious when cornered.

schlockinz
November 30, 2009, 10:23 AM
I'd use the .22 calibers for head shots, and would consider body shots with .243 on up. If I didn't know for sure that the pig was dead, I wouldn't track it, just not worth it to me.

I would suggest a higher capacity rifle. I've shot 5 pigs with a 30.06 bolt in the woods before, and was wishing that I had more rounds, or a rifle with a bigger thud value (hence my 45-70).

If I were to choose a hog rifle all over again, I believe that I'd get a marlin or a puma in a 45 colt, 44 mag, or 454 casull if it'd take 45 colt loads as well.

Just my .02

Myles
November 30, 2009, 12:24 PM
If you have wounded an animal, it is your responsibility and duty as an honorable sportsman to track it and finish it, whatever the personal affront. If you made the bad shot, you are at fault, not the animal.

MCgunner
November 30, 2009, 12:37 PM
.22 short. They tell me it's all about bullet placement. :rolleyes:

OTOH, how do you calculate "thud value"? :rolleyes: ROFL! My thuddy thuddy thuds pretty good, enough for any hog in Texas. The SKS hits as hard and, hey, 20 round mag on my paratrooper. :D

Where hogs are concerned, kill 'em all, let God sort 'em out.

schlockinz
November 30, 2009, 01:49 PM
If I see a large boar run after being hit, I'm not looking for him, not worth the risk. FWIW, I doubt that a boar will live long with a boiler room shot from a 30.06 or 45/70, but I've seen them take off for the thick brush with that.

In the end, my life is worth more to me than tracking an animal that needs to be erradicated

MCgunner
November 30, 2009, 01:56 PM
I've trailed 'em into that brush before. Was exciting. :D

BTW, don't even need a gun. I've killed 'em with a fillet knife before, while the dogs held 'em down. I think the safest way is the trap, though. LOL

chas08
November 30, 2009, 02:12 PM
If you have wounded an animal, it is your responsibility and duty as an honorable sportsman to track it and finish it, whatever the personal affront. If you made the bad shot, you are at fault, not the animal.
Romantic B.S. at best. I've had a near injury experience with a wounded 150 lb boar. It ended well with the boar dead at my feet and me uninjured but it could have easily went in his favor. Never track them alone or at night, were the two valuable lessons I learned that evening. Coyotes and buzzards got to eat too.

Myles
December 1, 2009, 02:23 PM
Romantic B.S. at best. I've had a near injury experience with a wounded 150 lb boar. It ended well with the boar dead at my feet and me uninjured but it could have easily went in his favor. Never track them alone or at night, were the two valuable lessons I learned that evening. Coyotes and buzzards got to eat too.

EDIT: I have to remind myself to stay High Road.

You are describing what is a slob hunter. If a hunter fails to make the shot, the hunter has the responsibility to finish off the wounded animal. Poor shooting, poor hunting. It's not the rifle at fault, or the animal, it's the hunter.

chas08
December 1, 2009, 03:51 PM
You are a slob hunter.
I fail to see how you can arrive at this conclusion because I will never trail a wounded hog in the dark, alone again?
"Near injury" My word! How did you ever cope?
I coped by standing my ground and putting a bullet in his head at ten feet or less as he squealed and ran at me. There is no doubt in my mind he meant me bodily harm.
How the hell do you have the gall to pretend that you are a sportsman? Slob.
Myles, you have no idea what kind of man, or hunter, or sportsman, I am. Or what I've experienced in my 53+ years of life. So before you start name calling and pre-judging people. Take a close look at what your posts look like. Because in this thread, they both scream of "Blithering Idiot" I'm glad I got to read your post before you edited it.

George757
December 1, 2009, 08:39 PM
Wounded boar....thick brush.....after dark.....TX in the summertime.....rattlesnakes that like to climb into low bushes....."I don't think so..."
Daytime and blood trail.....yeah, I'd try to find him and finish the job.

George757
December 1, 2009, 08:53 PM
Back to the OP's question.
A .223 is adequate for head shots, but having shot hogs with "small" calibers and "large" calibers, my vote goes to "large", if it's available.

Arkansas Paul
December 1, 2009, 08:57 PM
Keep in mind that a hog's hide is a little tougher than a deer. Any deer rifle will work just fine, but choose your bullet wisely. I wouldn't use like a ballistic tip or anything that expands that quickly. You want it to give good penetration. Go with a bullet that will stay together and retain most of it's weight. I know the others will kill them, but they're not ideal for the job.

BlayGlock
December 1, 2009, 09:50 PM
A level-action .30-30 does the job for me. I also carry my .357 mag.

Ed4032
December 1, 2009, 10:20 PM
I have used shot gun slugs and sometimes needed more than one round to kill them. Shot placement is hard to do when they are running at you.

RevolvingGarbage
December 1, 2009, 10:36 PM
I have used shot gun slugs and sometimes needed more than one round to kill them. Shot placement is hard to do when they are running at you.
Really?

What type of slug specifically?

gglass
December 1, 2009, 10:46 PM
My "final solution" for feral hogs:

http://img3.imageshack.us/img3/9482/rossimodel9244mag.jpg

Rossi M92 Puma chambered in .44 Magnum.

Myles
December 2, 2009, 03:46 PM
Myles, you have no idea what kind of man, or hunter, or sportsman, I am. Or what I've experienced in my 53+ years of life. So before you start name calling and pre-judging people. Take a close look at what your posts look like. Because in this thread, they both scream of "Blithering Idiot" I'm glad I got to read your post before you edited it.

I'll simply respond in a civil manner, that I take personal pride in having never left an injured animal to suffer. Ever. I do happen to have a nice scar on my leg from a boar attack, gotten while tracking a wounded hog in scrub palmetto. Maybe I feel strongly about leaving an animal to die, painfully and slowly.

I've used a bow, single-shot .22, .357 revolver, and .375 Winchester to successfully take hogs. I have learned that shot placement is key, not rushing into a poor shot.

shaggy430
December 2, 2009, 04:06 PM
It appears that any thread that has ".223" or "hog" in the title or as the main subject is just going to turn into a bunch of people arguing. Grow up people.

chas08
December 2, 2009, 04:18 PM
I take personal pride in having never left an injured animal to suffer. Ever.
Neither have I. I took offense to your advice to track an animal at all costs because you put him there. You have to be smart about it. That kind of advice could surely get someone injured or killed. I'm glad all you got was a scar on your leg, and not your groin shredded, or your femoral artery cut. You sound like an experienced hunter, and yet you still got hit, imagine what could happen to an unprepared novice, who may be undergunned to start with. Especially by an animal that most of us here in S.Texas who have had to deal with them in large numbers, regard as vermin, and feed to the Coyotes and Buzzards anyway, once they're past a certain size.

Myles
December 3, 2009, 12:34 PM
Neither have I. I took offense to your advice to track an animal at all costs because you put him there. You have to be smart about it. That kind of advice could surely get someone injured or killed. I'm glad all you got was a scar on your leg, and not your groin shredded, or your femoral artery cut. You sound like an experienced hunter, and yet you still got hit, imagine what could happen to an unprepared novice, who may be undergunned to start with. Especially by an animal that most of us here in S.Texas who have had to deal with them in large numbers, regard as vermin, and feed to the Coyotes and Buzzards anyway, once they're past a certain size.

True, I tend to forget the enormous damage to the land that hogs do out in Texas. I'm a southern boy, and hogs are a good hunt and put pork in the freezer. If it were my land they were demolishing, I'm sure that I'd feel differently. I don't agree with whack 'em and stack 'em, but I imagine the frustration at seeing acreage torn up would change that.

MCgunner
December 3, 2009, 02:24 PM
I'm glad all you got was a scar on your leg, and not your groin shredded, or your femoral artery cut.

Me, too, but that IS how natural selection works, ya know. :D

chas08
December 3, 2009, 02:51 PM
I tend to forget the enormous damage to the land that hogs do out in Texas.
It's true, I've experienced it firsthand as I'm sure others on this forum have. I hold all species I hunt in high regard and make maximum effort to recover them all, except hogs. I won't trail them alone or at night anymore. And that really doesn't matter much because I almost exclusively head shoot. I cant remember the last time I pulled the trigger and he wasn't DRT. With well north of 200 hog kills behind me it doesn't bother me to not take a shot unless it's optimum. I cant say the same for some of the leasemates I've had. Left unchecked though, they are a pox on the land and I know of no other animal that I hold such contempt for.

qajaq59
December 4, 2009, 03:43 PM
If you have wounded an animal, it is your responsibility and duty as an honorable sportsman to track it and finish it, whatever the personal affront. If you made the bad shot, you are at fault, not the animal. This can easily be avoided.... If you're not sure of a quick kill, just pass on the shot. There will be plenty more coming along. Especially in Texas, from what I'm told by reatives.

mbt2001
December 4, 2009, 03:58 PM
McGunner:

Have you been at the egg nog? You are down right giddy in some of these posts!

:)

Re: Hogs

Any deer cartridge will work fine, hunt with a sidearm. Be careful tracking them into brush. Hogs often charge when shot, so be ready for a follow up.

No, you do not need an RPG and they do not wear armor...

qajaq59
December 4, 2009, 04:58 PM
No, you do not need an RPG and they do not wear armor... Unless of course you try to shoot them in the forehead. If you do that they fall down....then get up and say,"Hey you dummy, that hurts!!!" :D

kyle1974
December 4, 2009, 05:26 PM
maybe one day, they will legalize this for hogs without having permits, etc...

Notice some of the shots from the AR's that are dropping these pigs....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xiHmYsyVniE

I always get a kick out of the "ya gotta have nothing msaller than a 500 XXX ultra mag when hunting pigs.. they're BULLET PROOF!"

Todd1700
December 4, 2009, 10:22 PM
No, you do not need an RPG and they do not wear armor...

Agreed. Basically anything you use for deer will work fine on hogs. Me personally I'd like a 243 or up if I plan to aim for the body but I have killed them with head shots from a 22 magnum.

greyling22
December 4, 2009, 10:50 PM
the big ones develop something like a big thick callous on their shoulders that works a bit like kevlar and bullets designed to mushroom or fragment tend to penetrate poorly. it's overrated though. just shoot them. whether they die in front of you or die off in the woods does not matter. (unless you plan on trying to eat one) 30/30 or similar works great.

Greybeard
December 4, 2009, 10:54 PM
I live about halfway between Lake Grapevine and Lake Lewisville. What the linked article in the original post does NOT mention is that feral hog hunting around both lakes is ARCHERY only. (And baiting prohibited.) I've hunted both lakes that way. Unfriendly access, heavy cover, pretty tough sleddin.

That could change though if one of those hoity toity home owners got upset enough to let me set up a feeder and a tree stand in their back yard. ;)

Deadbolt
December 4, 2009, 11:33 PM
Just remember, a feral hog is just that , a wild hog, they can, and have killed hunters before . A second and third gereation feral hog will even grow tusks. I would use nothing lighter than at least a 30-30. My self, I used a .308. For all of you city folk who have never been around hogs before, farmers were always very carefull about getting into a hog pen. Even so called " tame" hogs will attack you at times. I know of one old farmer in Michigan who walked with a limp for that very reason. The only reason he's not dead is that he was able to get back over the fence. We had a boar "(turned that sucker into bacon, ha ha ) that would watch you out of the corner of his eyes, and as soon as you were more than a foot or so from the fence he would charge. Before we converted him into a good hog he ate a lot of our chickens. He also taught the other hogs how to corner a chicken and kill it. Hogs are smarter than dogs and they love fresh meat.
excellent advice. Feral hogs were the 2nd hunt ( admittedly ) been the only REAL hunting trip ive been on ( my parents are kind of hippies - i had the pleasure of going to my good friend's aunt's ranch out in texas - some 44thousand acres, beautiful land and state! and im from Santa Barbara Ca!!!! ) was a hog hunt.

****ers are bat**** crazy. prior to the pigglies it was just some quail - lol. At the time i still wasn't allowed to own my own rifle (thanks folks! :( ) and the rifle selection prior the hunt was quite humorous : I saw a sporterized 223 and it looked very much the part - friend's aunt was like "naw you cant come with that" - and gave me a 30-06 bruiser.

I had up's on a pig (it was my turn) and i squeezed that trigger, it was the 10th or 11th time id fired that weapon or ctg size in my life @ that point and i pitched like whoa - hit the pig in the leg and royally ****ed up its foot. Him and some friends went ape **** and it was quite some mayhem lol

good times - sorry, the thread reminded me of why im a gun owner : i was pissed off i didn't get to eat any pork i fell that day

MCgunner
December 4, 2009, 11:41 PM
Hippies, all they do is smoke dope and smell bad.

Eric Cartman

:D

Dang, 44K acres? South Fork? Your friend's name Ewing? Sounds like fun, but it pays to be better prepared. :D

Deadbolt
December 5, 2009, 12:00 AM
lol his given name is Barnet - but its his mom's side's ranch

i dont recall the area - was some time ago ( im 28 now - i was 16 at the time ) but ill find out. was a lolz'y experience. I felt way way out of place and had no idea what i was doing. Thankfully i was in good hands and was coached 110% of the way through it ( even the : LOL RUN BOY when i nailed that piggly's foot lolol )

my parents arent THAT much of a bunch of hippies, but gun ownership was never in their book - *insert - ive typed and retyped some varying bits about my parents, my wife's parents, etc.. - what it boils down to : with the exception of the aforementioned hunt and some quail outtings with my wife's parents - my hunting experience is none - but i love me some target practice. My intent with the post was to mention : feral pigs are ****ing gnarly so be careful lol . And the reason i didnt eat any pork i fell ? I blew that pigs hoof apart - but my friend Jim's aunt is the one that put it down. Since that moment, i knew this was something i needed to master :banghead: :)

MCgunner
December 5, 2009, 09:20 AM
but my friend Jim's aunt is the one that put it down.

Yep, you were in Texas, where the women are 10 times more dangerous than the hogs. :D

Daniel
December 5, 2009, 10:09 AM
From what I've seen:

If you're going for the brain, .22 Magnum will do (no real point in using anything bigger unless bigger is all you have)

If you're going for the usual behind the shoulder shot, anything you use on deer will be fine (.243, .30-30, .308, .270, 6mm, .357 Magnum, et al,; 12 gauge 00 buckshot works well enough up real close)

Shoulder shots; 12 gauge slugs, heavy .45-70, .416 Rigby, .500 S&W, .44 Magnum, et al; your standard deer calibers firing JSP will do too (JHP is out, unless it's designed for penetration)

Good thing with feral pigs is, you can bring out the elephant guns if you want (or, you have a good reason to buy one), and not be "overgunned". But you can also use your standard deer rifle too.

MCgunner
December 5, 2009, 10:27 AM
If you're going for the usual behind the shoulder shot

I would suggest never shooting behind the shoulder. You will hit nothing, but guts. That's what makes archery a might difficult, have to thread the needle behind the shoulder on a quartering away shot.

Big deer down under? Never thought of a .416 Rigby as a "deer caliber". LOL You guys have water buffalo down there, so I reckon it's probably a lot more popular in Oz. :D It will certainly do the job on hogs. Better to be OVER power than UNDER, I say. IMHO, if you're forced to make head shots, you don't have enough gun, but that's just me.

Hmm, and I didn't think there was a use for that .22 mag when I traded for it. :D It is accurate, a spotlight and I'll be set up.

amprecon
December 5, 2009, 01:16 PM
Within 150 yards, I think this would be perfect pig medicine and yes with the 30 round magazines as long as they are legal. If I were to run up on a bunch of them this setup would allow you to hit as many as you could put the red dot on before they got out of range.
http://www.thehighroad.org/attachment.php?attachmentid=99197&d=1243836510

Daniel
December 6, 2009, 02:34 AM
MCgunner,

Nah, not straight through, side to side, but taken from at an angle so the projectile ends up smacking into the off shoulder. You can get the heart this way, without having to shoot through the shoulder.

.416 Rigby would come under "elephant gun", but it's fine to use on pigs, as are all large game calibers. You can't really be "overgunned" with pigs.

.22 Magnum [from a rifle] will kill them instantly with a head shot each time (just put it in the ear). Hunting on foot with such is...fun. :)

MCgunner
December 6, 2009, 10:48 AM
.22 Magnum [from a rifle] will kill them instantly with a head shot each time (just put it in the ear). Hunting on foot with such is...fun.

Exciting might be a better word. LOL I don't know, a local WMA here opens for pig hunting for two months in the spring. It's heavy cover and would probably be short range, but there is a bluff there where the upland transitions to salt marsh. A long shot in the morning could be possible. But, the place is buckshot only. I don't have much faith in buckshot and ain't about to go chasing a wounded hog in that crap with a long gun. :rolleyes: I am going to hunt it next spring, though. I have it scouted out pretty well and, while I'm sure the gators get their share of pigs out there in that marsh, the hog population keeps exploding. They breed faster than the gators can catch 'em.

I really wish they'd at least allow black powder. Actually, it'd be really neat if they did and disallowed centerfire rifles. That'd give me a logical reason to hunt with the old smoke pole since we don't have a separate muzzle loader season here. But, rules is rules. I think the .22 mag would be preferable to buckshot, though. If I get sliced up out there, I'm going to lawyer up and sue the state Parks and Wildlife department, I mean, if I survive.

SalchaketJoe
December 6, 2009, 10:53 AM
At this point I look at feral hogs same as I do prairie dogs. Or rats, mice or any other vermin. Now that said I still try to take them (as I am sure everyone on here does) as cleanly as posible. I take no joy from the suffering of an animal.

antony35
December 8, 2009, 03:24 PM
i have read almost all the threads . some people are lucky they have taken hogs with .22
i have hunting experience in india about 15 years on wild boars . i dont see any diference between wild boar and hogs exept their teeth & wilderness . wild boar truly speaking , very dangerous animal . if you plan to hunt with rifle go above 300 , 308 is perfect , and if you are using shot gun use slug shots , and prepare for the second shot . why am telling you this is these wild boars are cunning ones they may pretend they are dead and when we come near they will charge . they even hide in the bush .they have capability to kill a human , their teeth are dangeorus i have several experience . always prepare for the second shot . 50 cal muzzleloader is the one i trust i always used that . always on the shoulder

all the best for the hog hunting

vts
March 14, 2010, 01:14 PM
I have no experience hunting hogs, but I would like to try handgun hunting.
How about handgun hunting, if legal? I am think about getting a 454 Casull. I would like to go hog hunting with it.

Silent Sam
March 14, 2010, 07:38 PM
You guys can use 22's if you want. Do it enough and you will end up out in the scrub looking for them. I bet you'll want a bit more gun at that point. I prefer using more power up front and increase my odds of dropping them on the spot. I prefer a quartering away shot tucked just behind the shield towards the point of the off shoulder. You can whack 'em square on the shoulder if you've got enough gun and bullet but you'll waste some meat. If you only get one lung you may be after him for while and he won't be happy to see you. A straight broadside shot behind the shoulder that many prefer for deer is just as likely to result in a pissed off gut shot animal as a dead one. Personally I would consider the 243 a head shot caliber on big hogs. That is a pretty small target that in my experience is rarely stationary. Someone mentioned that they aren't armored, I would at least partially disagree. On a 300+lb boar that cartilage shield does amount to armor. Shoulder bones and skull are relatively heavy and their vitals are well protected, low and well forward. I rate big hogs as one of the toughest animals on the continent. If you are on the ground w/ a big one and you don't put him down immediately he will quickly figure out the source of his discomfort. If you want to stroll out in the scrub after a wounded hog in the dark be my guest. I don't need that kind of excitement. I'll come back in the morning. He may already be 'dead' but they have a tendency to not go quietly into night. There is a difference between hunting and stopping calibers when it comes to the big piggies. They are strong fast and smart and if they are old enough will have some serious cutters and know how to use them. They don't get big by being pleasant.

qajaq59
March 15, 2010, 09:11 AM
I have no experience hunting hogs, but I would like to try handgun hunting.
How about handgun hunting, if legal? I am think about getting a 454 Casull. I would like to go hog hunting with it. A handgun will certainly drop one, and plenty of guys use them. But you want to wait for the right shot and do some serious practicing before you try it. It really is best to drop them with the first shot. They are not armor plated, and they're not some kind of a super dragon. But they are nasty when wounded and in heavy brush they have a big advantage over you.

ForneyRider
March 16, 2010, 06:58 PM
Same as deer, but a semi-auto as the pigs will be in large groups.

We shot the small ones with .22-250 50gr.

Guillermo
March 16, 2010, 07:08 PM
Yep, you were in Texas, where the women are 10 times more dangerous than the hogs

damned straight!!

I teach women's self defense (RADS) and I can attest that such is true.

kenno
March 16, 2010, 09:50 PM
Wild pigs represent a huge threat to native wildlife species, they destroy habitat and double thier population every ten years, they have begun attacking humans and will continue to do so. It is only a matter of time untill a child is killed by a pig. When I lived in Australia pigs were just barely controled by sport hunters but the feral animals in the rainforest are almost imposible to hunt and are destroying vast areas including large bananna plantations every year. Killing these pigs is no longer a sport, it is a battle to save the wildlands of our nation, sporting rules do not apply in a war.

HB
March 16, 2010, 10:16 PM
Just remember, a feral hog is just that , a wild hog, they can, and have killed hunters before

Can anybody verify this? I know they can be dangerous but I can't say I've ever actually seen, in writing, a hog killing a hunter.

HB

2Ais4U
March 17, 2010, 02:27 PM
Mosin is my Hog gun.

heeler
March 17, 2010, 03:09 PM
Any caliber capable of taking deer humanely is good enough for hogs.
Have killed them in droves with a 6mm,243,270,308,30-06.
Head shots rule.

chas08
March 17, 2010, 04:14 PM
Can anybody verify this? I know they can be dangerous but I can't say I've ever actually seen, in writing, a hog killing a hunter.

I don't know about "killed". But I know a fellow co-worker that was severely mauled in the upper leg and groin area a few years ago. By a hog that he thought was "dead". The lacerations narrowly missed his femoral artery. He spent days in the hospital and was off work for several weeks. Had he not had a companion there with him he could have surely been killed. As you said,they can be dangerous.

pikid89
March 17, 2010, 04:31 PM
eh every hog ive seen will just run away when approached...the aggressive ones are the ones that get cornered by dogs...hogs that are stalk hunted are almost never aggressive

on the gun note...the most fun hog gun i have is my 10/22....shot placement shot placement shot placement

button
March 18, 2010, 11:03 PM
talking about hand gun hunting for hog's. I would not recommend using a 9mm. Once we i went out my buddy and we happened apon a guy waiting for the truck to pick him up stading next to a 150 pound hog that had an entire clip unloaded in it and the guy sweating like a pig! he told us his story and we both just looked at him. Words just could not be be spoken. Glad I have a .45 colt backup with the .44 mag rifle. (hard too shot or even hold a rifle while climbing up a tree)

ForneyRider
March 19, 2010, 10:57 AM
talking about hand gun hunting for hog's. I would not recommend using a 9mm. Once we i went out my buddy and we happened apon a guy waiting for the truck to pick him up stading next to a 150 pound hog that had an entire clip unloaded in it and the guy sweating like a pig! he told us his story and we both just looked at him. Words just could not be be spoken. Glad I have a .45 colt backup with the .44 mag rifle. (hard too shot or even hold a rifle while climbing up a tree)

+1

We use the 41 mag to put them down in the live trap. I aim to hit the head and heart. We used a Bersa 380 and it took a lot longer. 41 put him down with authority. They are pretty enraged when they are in the trap.

TexasPatriot.308
March 20, 2010, 02:30 PM
we got so many hogs, dont care if they drop on the spot or run a mile, I use my .17hmr and have dropped them on the spot, when checking cows I always have either a mini 14 or 30, AR15 or AR 10, favorite deer caliber rifles are 7-08, .308 and 6.5 Swede. favorite pistol .45 colt with 300 grain Grizzly or Buffalo Bore, we are overrun with them, in my county right now we have contract hunters shooting them out of helicopters funded by a gov't grant. we have an infestation of them a good hog is a dead hog, I think only the illegals are multiplying faster.

button
March 21, 2010, 09:49 PM
Sounds like we all need to take a vacation and go to Texas for a little hunting trip!!

TexasPatriot.308
March 22, 2010, 11:56 AM
I dont think any auto pistol is a good hunting caliber. the .45 acp and 10mm I read about all the time, but even the 10mm is less efficient than the .357 mag. and the lightest caliber I would carry would be a .41 mag.

Bula
March 23, 2010, 01:24 PM
Back to the OP, I think a .44 mag lever gun is a perfect pig gun. Loaded with heavy, hardcast, big meplat rounds.

RMc
April 5, 2010, 11:08 PM
My favorite heavy cover hog gun is a full choked Remington 870 loaded with big factory loaded buckshot loads from Dixie Slugs company: The three inch 12 gauge Tri-Ball round has three .60 caliber hard cast 3/4th ounce pellets at 1050 fps. Patterns run 3 to 5 inches at 40 yards and shoot to the bead with a vent rib barrel. Yes, these will bust through the gristle shield of a boar hog.

H&Hhunter
April 6, 2010, 12:23 AM
My oh my these hogs are getting more dangerous and viscous all the time. Next thing you know they'll be stalking and killing men for sport.

Does anybody have proof of a documented man killed by hog incident? I've killed multiple hundreds of hogs over the years and I've had some adrenaline filled moments but I can honestly say that I've never been in fear for my life.

cubesmoothie
April 6, 2010, 12:31 AM
chase it down on a 4 wheeler with a 9millimeter and shoot it right in the ass 15 times

frogomatic
April 6, 2010, 06:59 AM
+1 on the puma 92

I've got one in 454, and it does the job very well.

Marlin 45 carbine
April 6, 2010, 09:27 AM
I once shot a 300 live weight dry sow from a ground blind with my ROA loaded to max with a 220gr cast slug - too far back and high it was trotting by - shot completely through it catching both lung tips and breaking ribs but it still ran off over 1/4 mile before we found it nearly bled out. years before this I had a 10/22 w/me and shot a smaller one running at me I had just answered a call of nature and kicked leaves over the evidence and down the hill it came, a boar. I hit it with all shots, 10 times SuperX's before it went down for good. one round left in my rifle.
2 others I drilled with head shots one with a .45acp Camp Carbine with jhp(took a chunk of skull off) the other shot it with a Rem '58 loaded with a slug shot it base of skull/neck juncture and it kicked for a couple minutes. they are tough animals. my .02 should use at least a .22mag. a lever .357 or bigger is better.

Art Eatman
April 6, 2010, 11:13 AM
H&H, as near as I can tell, most of these "attacks" occur when a hunter is standing in what the hog perceives as its escape route. Happens mostly in tight quarters in brush. It happens fairly often with a spooked bunch of javelinas.

So, if you're in the "path to freedom", hey, "Company's coming!"

Up close and personal with a wounded animal? No telling. I once crippled a buck, hiting back on the spine. When I went up to end it, he rose on his front legs, made threatening motions with his antlers and actually made a sort of roaring sound at me. He was certainly willing to do Bad Things.

roo_ster
April 6, 2010, 04:36 PM
Art:

Gotta give the critter credit for not giving up.

kyle1974:

Can you or anyone else clue me in to why the guys in the helo shooting pigs are wearing camo?


Yep, you were in Texas, where the women are 10 times more dangerous than the hogs.

Don't I know it, as I married one. (Texas woman, to be clear!)

dbb1776
April 6, 2010, 05:26 PM
Got a buddy from Okeechobee, Fl was attacked by a hog. Of course it was bayed up with dogs and he was tryiing to catch it, but an attack none the less. Nice long course of antibiotics and many stitches later and he's good.
I personally think people being stalked by hogs is hogwash.

Just to be safe don't hunt 'em with anything less than .375 H&H, a semi auto if you can find it, GOOD HUNTING!

ClickClickD'oh
April 6, 2010, 05:55 PM
eh every hog ive seen will just run away when approached...the aggressive ones are the ones that get cornered by dogs...hogs that are stalk hunted are almost never aggressive
I've been charged twice.

The first time I put a .308 into it's head at about five feet, the second time a .45-70 at about twelve.

On the second one I had spook it up from where it was sleeping under a cedar, but couldn't get a clean shot since it went out the other side. I kept moving down the deer trail I was using figuring I was busted good and wasn't going to get him. Guess who made a U-turn and came back from me?

Anywho, both pigs that have charged me were 300lb+ boars. Must have figured they could win the fight.

Motownfire
April 6, 2010, 06:04 PM
We just killed 6 of them this past saturday. I used my 30-30. I did shoot one of them at about 15 yards with my Glock 27 :). A friend of mine shot a couple with his AR-15 (.223/.556). I wouldn't use any less than a .223. Be careful they can get mean.

~z
April 6, 2010, 06:53 PM
I wouldn't use any less than a .223.

I got one last night with a .222. That is 1 less than a .223 and it still worked.
~z
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H&Hhunter
April 6, 2010, 07:33 PM
I got one last night with a .222. That is 1 less than a .223 and it still worked.
~z
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Gosh dog it's green and lush down there! Where are you located in Texas!

~z
April 6, 2010, 07:51 PM
NW of Houston area (unfortunately) for now. On the flip side I have gotten in good with many of the farmers and Nature Conservancies and provide a bit of a 'service'.

Yes, greening up nicely around here now.

~z

Art Eatman
April 6, 2010, 11:06 PM
H&H, you get down in that southeast corner of Texas and you find an average annual rainfall of four to six feet...

alsaqr
April 7, 2010, 09:36 AM
Just remember, a feral hog is just that , a wild hog, they can, and have killed hunters before

Can anybody verify this? I know they can be dangerous but I can't say I've ever actually seen, in writing, a hog killing a hunter.


Many of the wild hogs in this area have Eurasian boar blood. They are fully capable of killing a man. I hunt hogs at least two days every week and have had hogs come after me several times. A friend was knocked down and injured by sow he never saw before it hit him. That sow weighed less than 130 pounds on the hoof.

This German hunter was killed by a wild boar.

http://www.thelocal.de/society/20081010-14803.html

But old Jürgen – a hunter for over 45 years – refused to give up, according to the paper. “It was getting dark and we at first didn’t even notice Jürgen had gone into the field,” said Ehrhard. “Suddenly he called for help.”

The hunters found him on the ground bleeding heavily from the leg after the boar had slashed a main artery near the knee with its tusks. “I wrapped his wound but he passed out,” said Ehrhard. “It was terrible.”


Hunter injured by wounded feral hog:

http://forums.bowsite.com/TF/bgforums/thread.cfm?threadid=379647&messages=53&forum=17

The hog hit Jim full force and knocked him down onto his back, and then instead of running off, the hog continued to fight and bite at Jim as he kicked and fought the hog off while lying on his back. Using his bow as leverage to keep the hog off him, he was able to keep the hog’s chomping teeth from sinking in to him. As soon as the hog was off of him, Jim got to his feet and made it out to the road where we found him. He never got a second arrow into the hog, but said that the hog wasn’t able to run very fast when it took off, so hopefully it was wounded severely enough that it would die.

kyle1974
April 7, 2010, 10:03 AM
jfruser,

the guys in one of the videos actually said it was the only cold weather clothing they had. I would imagine that if it's cool at all outside, crusing in a helicopter with no doors would get a little chilly.

I know I don't have very many "cold weather" clothes other than hunting clothes... my wife would probably kill me if I ruined a leather jacket hog hunting.

dovedescending
April 7, 2010, 10:16 AM
My oh my these hogs are getting more dangerous and viscous all the time. Next thing you know they'll be stalking and killing men for sport.

I suggest .338 Lapua. Also, make sure to tape extra body armor plates to your back, groin, and any other area you want to stand up to repeated attacks by skateboarding ecotangohogs.

H&Hhunter
April 7, 2010, 10:42 AM
H&H, you get down in that southeast corner of Texas and you find an average annual rainfall of four to six feet...

Art,

Welcome to the jungle I guess! I am looking out m my office window at blowing snow right now. I could use some green and warm and blue sky.

Art Eatman
April 7, 2010, 12:18 PM
Aw, just bring your cut-offs and tee-shirts on down to Terlingua. We're short on hogs, but there are plenty of feral aoudad...

I recall seeing a cloud, one time, so I sorta recollect what they look like...

earlthegoat2
April 7, 2010, 12:53 PM
I guess I like using MilSurps mostly. Used a Springfield 03A3 on my first one. A Mosin on my second. I will be using a Lee Enfield when I can get around to my third.

Silly Rabbit
April 13, 2010, 02:07 PM
I use a cz bolt action 7.62x39 soft tip ammo

if on a budjet you might try an SKS

though any rifle of 30-30 ballistics+ will suffice, I would avoid using less power

my $.02

CollegeStation
April 15, 2010, 02:26 PM
I use a Romanian Wasr AK-47 and 2 30 rnd. magazines, we have a big problem in hearne and go about 1-3 times a week and havent ever come back with less than 3.

roo_ster
April 15, 2010, 05:33 PM
CollegeStation:

Dang, you are downright infested. My wife went to A&M,but was not a hunter and did not recall seeing much of that sort of wild critters.

Good luck with your varmint control.

saturno_v
April 15, 2010, 05:56 PM
I posted this video before (a couple of times) but I think is worth posting it again!

Nothing says I love you.....


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3rNAIvEaOwo

A guy at the range did quite a bit of boar slaughtering using Hornady 170 gr. flat point...he says that "they drop like a sack of potatoes"....

BigMustard
April 15, 2010, 06:38 PM
I've killed several hogs with 00-000 buck 3'' shell. It's a little more exciting. The last one I shot I was roughly 15' away from. I was going to take a wack at it with my Ka-Bar, but I got a little scared. Maybe next time :-D

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