SHADOW GAMES---Understanding and meeting the challenges of night hunting wild hogs.
SHAD.OW / SHado — A dark area or shape produced by an object coming between rays of light and a surface.
Think about this very simple definition for a second…. now lets apply it to hog hunting methods that use visible light to accomplish the harvest.
Recently the folks at LousianaBowhunter.com posted a picture on their Facebook page of a wild hog carrying a fawn in its mouth.
The caption was pretty great. “Wondering what you can do during the off-season? Well, I’ll just leave this here for ya to think about.”
If you’ve tried your hand at hog hunting before and didn’t have much luck, congratulations, you’re in good company. Many seasoned hunters of other game have attempted to tackle the continuously growing hog problems around the country and have gone home empty handed.
Whether it’s for the hogs’ role as a nuisance to farmers and landowners, or you’re just after some tasty meat, hunting hogs is a growing sport.
Is it better to hunt hogs during the day or at night?
As the need for feral hog hunting continues to explode in the U.S. it’s important to understand your prey as much as possible. Depending on the population of hogs in your area, and the rise in activity for trapping and hunting feral hogs, your considerations for night-time feral hog hunting become greater.
At the heart of the extraordinary growth of the feral hog population is the sow, a female feral hog that has reproduced. The sow’s rapid breeding rate and innate protective behavior is a large contributing factor to the feral hog population.