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8 Wild Hog Facts

There are many hog facts, some for hunting, some for conservation issues, but these are good to know during a cocktail party or to just put more porkers on the table.

1. Wild hogs have roamed America since Hernando de Soto introduced them to Florida in 1539.

2. Male and female wild hogs have tusks. They have extremely sharp edges because the upper and lower tusks overlap. The constant gnashing of teeth sharpens the tusks, which make formidable weapons.

3. Wild hogs are just that, domestic pigs gone wild for several generations. Javelinas or collared peccaries are an entirely different animal, native to the Southwest U.S. Contrary to much popular opinion, almost no pure-strain so-called Russian or Prussian wild boar roam America’s forests.

4. Pigs don’t sweat, so they can’t take much hot, bright, sunny weather. They must seek cool, moist areas to maintain normal body temperatures in hot weather. This is why boggy, muddy swamp and creek bottoms are such prime spots for wild hogs.

5. Wild hogs are gregarious animals, commonly found in family groups. However, large males or boars become solitary and can be extremely difficult for hunters to bag.

6. Huntable wild hog populations are found in the following 19 states: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia.

7. Wild hogs grow fast, attaining 80 to 100 pounds in one year. However, stories about 300 and 400 pound “wild” hogs are fantasy. Most old, mature feral pigs peak at about 150 pounds (live weight), and a 250-pounder is a monster.

8. A mature wild hog has a tough, gristle-like plate behind each shoulder called a “shield.” On a large boar, such a shield can be nearly an inch thick and can deflect an arrow like a plate of steel. For this reason, quartering-away shots should be taken on big boars by bowmen, which allows an arrow to slip behind the “shield” and into the hog’s chest cavity.

By all means please share with us other facts that you know or have heard through the grapevine, by leaving a comment below.

Story by Bob McNally revised by CalSports

Do Hogs Eat Deer?

Wild hogs are among some of the most destructive invasive species and even feast on whitetail deer.

A picture has surface on Facebook of a wild hog holding a dead fawn in the clasps of its mouth. Feral hogs have been causing serious environmental issues across many southern states. According to the Smithsonian in 2011, hogs are doing hundreds of millions of dollars of damage. It’s estimated that wild hogs do $400 million in damage. It’s likely these figures have creeped even higher.


Approximately two to six million wild hogs are causing problems in at least 39 states. Up to half of the hog population is located in Texas and has gone to work destroying various aspects of the environment and causing issues for landowners and outdoor enthusiast.


Are wild hogs a culprit for a decrease in deer harvest numbers in some states? These pictures certainly give the allusion that it’s possible.

Story by Jake Hofer

Source: Facebook

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.


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