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Three Tips for Hog Hunting at Night

Author: Hogmanadmin

When is the best time to hunt feral hogs? It’s a question we hear over and over, and the answer is always the same – at night. As hog hunting has become an increasingly popular method to control the expanding feral hog population, the species has adapted to hunter behavior by becoming nocturnal. As a result, the best time to hunt feral hogs is when they’re awake and feeding at night.

Hog Hunting at Night

Of course, hunting at night comes with its own set of challenges – limited visibility for shooting, the increasing likelihood of spooking the hogs, and the added challenge of locating them in the dark. Want to guarantee yourself a trophy kill in darkness? Follow our 3 tips below for a successful night hunt.

Hunt with Feeders
You’ve heard the saying: “Bait and Wait.” Setting out feeders is one of the most effective ways to take a feral hog. Hogs have an extremely well-developed, keen sense of smell, which they rely on heavily to seek out food. Because hogs can smell some odors from up to 5-7 miles away, loading up feeders with their natural food sources is a great way to lure them out in the open. Bait to use in hog feeders includes: acorns, corn, fruit/nuts, and oak mast. Automatic feeders can be set to go off after dark and frequent baiting in an area where there is optimal visibility, like a field, will serve to train the hogs. Once the hogs start associating that feeder with a meal, you’ll have them coming to you.

Use Discreet Light
Even in a well-illuminated area like a field, where the moon will provide some visibility, using a light is the best way to ensure that you’ll make your kill when hunting at night. It’s important to use discreet, low-intensity light tracking a hog, to ensure that you don’t spook the animal. White lights and lights that are too bright will scare the hogs, causing you to lose your prey – or worse, become subject to the hog’s aggressive behavior. Red lights are the best for hunting at night; attaching a light to the underside of a hog feeder to illuminate the area and provide a clear visual before you shoot is a surefire wire to guarantee a successful hunting trip.

Know Where to Hunt
Because of their classification as a destructive, non-native species, hog hunting regulations vary greatly state-to-state. Before you set out on a night hot hunting trip, be sure what you’re doing is legal in your respective state. A complete overview of hog hunting regulations by state can be seen on our hunting regulations page; however, several states that will allow you to hunt hogs at night and with artificial light include:
• Arkansas
• Florida
• Georgia
• Louisiana
• North Carolina
• Texas

Advantage: Hunter
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