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.
It is important to understand a few things about the wild hog’s anatomy in order to consistently kill him, regardless of the weapon. Through the years, I’ve lost more hogs from shots that were too far behind the shoulder or too high into the shoulders than any other shot placement. Hogs carry their vitals a bit farther forward and lower in the chest cavity than deer. A hog’s heart is very low in his chest.
Humans have been hunting for survival since we lived in caves, but so have wild animals. These beasts still prey on smaller animals for their food, which is what makes Predator Hunting such a challenge. We’re going up against animals that are natural hunters, and turning the tables on them.
If you’ve spent any time at all researching night hunting lights you have undoubtedly discovered that there are darn near as many night hunting lights on the market as there are wild hogs in the state of Texas (2.6 million last count).
In your search for the right night hunting light it is beneficial to start with the simple question, ‘What is my primary need for a night hunting light?’ This simple question can point you in the right direction to find the ultimate light to meet your needs.
When it comes to butchering wild hogs, there are a number of techniques that will ensure you get the best eats from your porker. In this article, we’re going to be focusing on those primal cuts — the largest, workable cuts on the animal that will produce the best meat — and show you some DIY butchering skills that, once mastered, will set you up for life.