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Wild Pigs: Pick your shots carefully

Wild hogs are tough, and knowing where to aim is important to success.

Hogs have a just reputation for being tough. Many mature hogs, especially boars, have a gristle-like “shield” or shoulder plate that can completely stop a broad head hunting arrow.

The shield on a big hog can be 1-inch thick and can completely cover the rib cage. I once shot a 150-pound hog at 10 yards with a 70-pound compound bow. The razor-sharp, broad head-tipped arrow hit perfectly low and behind the shoulder and knocked the hog down. But the arrow didn’t penetrate its shield. We tracked the hog with dogs, caught it, and learned the arrow had no ill-effect on the animal whatsoever. I’ve heard tales of big hogs shot in the shield with high-powered rifles that produced the same result.

The best shot at a big boar hog is quartering away, so an arrow or bullet enters the chest cavity from behind, thus avoiding the shield. From a tree stand, a high-angle shot down into the chest cavity also is a good one, thus avoiding the “shield” plates over the shoulders.

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Interestingly, these are the same bow shooting angles many bear hunters prefer to avoid the heavy bone structure of the shoulder. But unlike the average black bear shot perfectly with a bow or gun, an average wild hog is more likely to charge a ground-bound hunter even if hit ideally low and behind the shoulder. Frankly, mature wild pigs are so ill-tempered, a good case can be made that they are among the toughest, most aggressive, big game animals you can hunt in the lower 48 states.

A mad wild hog does have an attitude that’s intimidating. An attitude even an inner-city thug better respect. An attitude that always needs “adjustment.” An attitude your average barnyard swine could never acquire.

Those are the reasons why hunting wild hogs is not for the meek of heart, and why they’re rapidly becoming among America’s most popular big game hunting targets.

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by Bob McNally

Wild Pig Hunting Goes Wrong

Feral swine are considered pest species in many countries, including the U.S. They reproduce fast and destroy billions of dollars worth of agriculture and live stock each year.

Now more than ever, hunters are trying to kill wild pigs as fast as they can. But there are some dangers.

Wild pigs are exactly that – wild. They can be very aggressive, and when hunters get too close, they’ll charge fast. If they make contact with a hunter, they’ll often bite hard with their razor sharp teeth.

The video below is a compilation of pig hunts – and some casual encounters with pigs – going horribly wrong. You’ll notice Mr. Man vs. Wild, Bear Grylls, makes a cameo, too.

It’s intense stuff!

Who could have imagined feral hogs would have turned into such a favorite hunting quarry among Americans?

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by Matt Alpert

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A Pig with Blue Fat

Shot a pig with blue fat

A man from Morgan Hill, CA posted about how he shot a pig on their ranch and noticed that it had blue fat. They did not start cutting open the pig until they had strapped it to the ATV and driven back home so most of the blood has left the pigs body at this point. They have also shot wild pigs on the ranch before and none of them have been blue.

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They are sending in a sample to UC Davis to see the cause of this. A spokesman for the California Department of Fish and Wildlife told the Morgan Hill Times experts have “occasionally” seen cases where wild pigs have exhibited “similar discoloration of their insides.” “In those cases, it was determined the affected animals had likely consumed chemicals that contained a blue dye,” they said.
“Pigs eat pesticides and rodenticides, and it stains the fat of the pig,” Fish and Wildlife spokesman Andrew Hughan said. “We recommend not eating the animal, and you should try to dispose of it so it doesn’t get back into the environment.”

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