Detailed info on How and Where to Hunt Pigs in California, plus Public Land Hunting, Clubs, and Ranches

  How to Hunt Pigs in California plus Public Land Hunting, Hunting Clubs, and Ranches 

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Hog Behavior and Habits

Intelligence is what makes pigs a great sporting challenge. Many studies have indicated Boar are more
intelligent than canines, just behind dolphins and various primates.

 Despite much hunting directed at them they can adapt and thrive. In many areas they have learned to hunker down and are only out just after sundown and at night.

 Hogs are mobile and active. When out and about, hogs are almost always moving or cavorting amoungst themselves. You.have to be ready to take a shot quickly unless they are engaged in rooting or some other feeding.

Boar have extremely poor vision which does help your stalk. But if you are upwind, they can literally
smell you from miles away. It is their greatest asset and they have very good hearing to boot.
You literally can't stalk them unless you come from the right direction, wind-wise.
Pigs are prolific breeders,  in fact they are not restricted to being in season like other mammals. A sow is fertile within a half-year after birth, and can have up  to 3 litters per year!

If you see a solitary pig it is almost certainly a Boar looking for new available sows. Boars fight frequently for mating dominance as a result. You need to keep your ears open for the squealing and
sounds of these confrontations.

On this subject Boars have natural thick shoulder and back cartilage that is augmented by scarring tissue.Your weaponry and butchering equipment need to be able to handle this.

Their large teeth and aggressive nature is something to keep in mind when dealing with these animals. When wounded they can attack you without hesitation.

Sows remain together with other sows and piglets nearly all the time. They are dutiful mothers and breeders. They are rarely as large as males but do have tusks, just not as large as the boars. Try not to shoot a brooding female with piglets to keep the hunting stock numerous.

How to Locate Wild Pigs

Hogs are very sensitive to temperature. Like canines, pigs lack the ability to lose heat by sweating. They have a very high metabolism, too, so in hot weather look for water and cover, that's where you will find the pigs.

You should find wallow holes -indentations in muddy areas- where the pigs seek to cool off and also get a mud coating on their skin. You can imagine how lovely they appear.

In real hot weather, they really hunker down in the thickest stuff  they can find so the early mornings or late evening is prime time for hunting. Hunting during the fall and spring is probably the best time, especially when the acorns drop in the fall.

Tracking Pigs

Once you think you have found good habitat,  now look for  pig tracks or hoof prints. They are almost circular, blunt and are indentated in the front. They differentiate from deer track's  pointed ends.

boar track picture, how a pig track looks like

Tracking the hoof print is the best way to find pigs. If you wait until after a rain to hunt your job will get easier. Once you find lots of pig activity, make concentric circles, while quietly creeping along, making them narrower each time.

Pigs are far vision challenged but their ears and scent powers are better than deer, so it is still a challenge. If they are distracted by feeding or socializing, you can get with 50 yards without being noticed as long as the wind cooperates.

Look for  the aforementioned wallowing holes and also they like to rub on trees to relieve an itch, often leaving traces of fur.

If you ever have looked around the base of an oak tree in the spring, you will see evidence of how they use their snouts to dig.

Trail identification: Most critters make angle trails going up hill, but our piggish friends most often go straight up a steep hill.

Their spoor is clumpy and use a stick to dissect the dropping, and perhaps you can ascertain what -and where - they have been eating.

Other Ways to Hunt Pigs

Hunt using a stand or blind

Utilizing a blind to hunt pigs is a viable choice, but not necessarily the best one on account of the pig's highly mobile nature. Hunting from a blind is good choice, however, if you know the area well.

•Locate a spot around food or water source,
•Remember wind direction as a critical factor
•Purchase a pig call that mimics a immature pig

Take your Best Shot

Shoot straight. You need to shoot pretty low on the shoulder, or put another way, shoot high on the leg, but just behind and slightly above where the leg hits the animal's body.  You want to target the heart, or the brain, just below and a little forward of its ear.
picture of where to shoot pigs vital areas

Pigs can run a long time with little blood trail if hit by a lung shot, so use extra caution. They are also dangerous when wounded and will often attack.

If you can't find the shot animal, it is your duty to locate it, it is unethical to not do so. Once you’ve shot the wild pig, there’s a good chance that it won’t go down immediately. They are not heavy bleeders usually, but look for blood on brush or high grass as well as the ground. Foaming blood is a lung shot, brownish is a liver shot, deep red is a cardio area shot.

But always exercise caution, they can be on you in a split second. Even a downed pig is not to be approached recklessly.

See out blog "How to Field Dress a Pig" and "Hunting Areas in California" in  "Archived Posts" to the right.
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