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.”
Rifle. Bow. Handgun. Lightsaber. Whatever your choice of weapon when taking on a wild hog, there are a few things to understand about the troublesome, but oh so tasty, beasts.
Most hunters heading into pig killer territory are deer hunters looking for some action in the off-seasons. Which makes perfect sense given that feral hog hunting is allowed in most areas year round!
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.
Texas currently has the largest feral hog population in the nation; the invasive species has been documented in 253 of Texas’ 254 counties, and the state has an estimated total population of approximately 2.6 million hogs that can cause millions of dollars in damage each year. As hog hunters, we know one of the most effective ways to get rid of hogs is good, old fashioned ground hunting. But what happens when the population appears in a residential area, or grows faster than we can pick them off? Several areas across Texas have been implementing some conventional – and unconventional – methods of population control for just this reason.