Big Ole Mean Hogs

 

This week on Americana Outdoors presented by Garmin, we’re hunting one of the most destructive animals: feral hogs.  As an invasive species, feral hogs are the bane of native animals, hunters, land owners, and ranchers alike, and we’ll take a look at all the various ways you can hunt them, while having a lot of fun along the way!   Many people look at hog hunting as a way to help eradicate the overpopulation of feral hogs, most of which have caused significant damage to the environment. Another great aspect of hog hunting is that they can be hunted 365 days a year, day or night. This open season on hogs gives hunters a wide variety of means and methods to enjoy hog hunting, from compound bows to crossbows, handguns, airguns, traditional bolt action rifles, to modern sporting rifles! One of the most important things to do before hitting the field is to check your local state hunting guidelines to ensure you’re operating within legal bounds. As Wade will tell us, “the bottom line on hog hunting is get out, learn their habits, learn what they do, and whether you’re just trying to shoot a small one to put in the smoker, or a you’re trying to shoot a big boar to mount on the wall, you’re going to enjoy a hog hunt.”

Over the course of this episode, we’ll be taking a look at several fun hog hunts we had using the Smith & Wesson M&P® 15 where we bring down multiple hogs. Later, we’ll learn that when it comes to hog hunting, you have to think about how you’re going to get the upper hand and give yourself every advantage possible against these frustratingly clever critters when we join Doug Robert’s of ConQuest Scents on a crossbow hunt as he uses ConQuest Scents to his benefit. Up next, we’re joining Michael Wersig yet again, but this time, we’re going out for an evening hunt where he’ll be using Exude Lights to spot hogs in low light settings. Finally, to round out this show, we’ll be busting out a new method of hunting that we’ve never seen in our camp before, the Umarex AirSaber Airgun!

In conclusion, wild hogs are a nuisance to the environment and leave a trail of destruction in their wake.  Taking measures to control hog populations is a step in the right direction for conservation efforts.  As you’ll see the options for thinning the herds are endless, and you can enjoy hours of exciting hog hunting from bows to handguns, or by breaking out a modern sporting rifle and going hog wild on ‘em!