Heavy Caliber Rifles Are Always Better
This is a question that has been the subject of a heated debate among hunters all over the world. Some hunters opine that only a shotgun is sufficient to kill a hog. However, as already stated above an AR 15 can be all you need to take down a hog.
Today, the AR 15 rifle has several cartridges you can use. The most popular AR 15 cartridge used for hog hunting is the 608.
However, the Winchester 30-30 cartridge is also sufficient for taking down a feral hog. It is important to remember that a hog has a tough skin and will require sufficiently heavy rounds.
In the beginning of the article I stated that for a head shot, you would need a heavy caliber rifle capable of penetrating a hog’s thick skin. However, it is not a must that you use a heavy caliber bullet.
In some instances, using a heavy caliber rifle can be disadvantageous. A mature hog can weigh 400 pounds and have a shoulder height of 36 inches. This has contributed to the misconception that hogs have an armor like plating.
Using a heavy caliber rifle can lead to meat loss and even contribute to meat destruction. Thus, the notion that you need a magnum caliber rifle to kill a hog is a misconception.
If you want to know where to shoot a feral hog, then you must first know its anatomy. Unlike in a deer, the vitals in a deer are lower and deeper.
In particularly, the lungs are located just above the shoulders. Thus when hog hunting, aim for just above the shoulder.
Also, the brain is located just behind the ear. In this regard, if you wish to shoot the brain, aim for behind the ear or the ear itself.
In summary, if you are a deer hunter, forget everything you know about deer hunting. If you apply the same techniques in hog hunting, you might end up hitting the gut of a feral pig.
Some hunters have the misconception that hogs are just like any other animal roaming the forest. However, as is clear from the hog anatomy, this is not true.
The shot placement has been another subject of debate among hunters. When hunting a hog for slaughter, it is important that you consider meat loss. Therefore, if you are in the business of hunting hogs for slaughter avoid aiming at the hams or backstraps.
Of course, there are hunters who feel that the answer to the question where to shoot a hog for slaughter is the head. And while a brain shot will kill a hog with minimal meat loss, it is hard to execute.
This is essential because of the fact that a hog’s brain is small and located deep in its head. Furthermore, hogs are always moving, and it is hard to find a hog that is standing still. This makes it even harder to pull off the head shot.
Therefore, unless you are 100% sure of your marksman skills, I do not recommend the head shot.
The right place to aim for optimal meat retention is the shoulder or at the lung area. This will kill the hog and retain considerable meat. This works with both a gun and a compound bow.
Hogs Are Blind
This is one of the many misconceptions some hunters have about hogs. While it is true a hog’s eyes are located closer to the ground, hogs are not blind. The eyes on a mature hog will most likely be located some 30 inches from the ground. This means that their peripheral vision is not as good as that of other animals. Also, their vision is not as good as ours.
Nonetheless, hogs can spot movements from 200 yards. Thus, you will need to be positioned at a distance of 200 yards and over to make a kill. With some rifles and stalking you can get as close as 100 yards.
But it should be noted that if you want to kill a hog from 100 yards, it is wise to use a scent blocker. So do not believe the notion that hogs are blind, it's just that their vision is not as good as that of other animals.
No Blood Trail
Just because there is no blood trail does not mean a hog is not dead. Again unlike in a deer where the blood trail is almost immediate, in a hog, the blood trail can be missing.
There two main reasons for this.
One is that it takes some time for blood to sip through a hog’s thick layer of fat.
Secondly, hogs are covered in a hair, which acts as a sponge that absorbs blood.
Thus, do not be fooled by the lack of a blood trail. In most instances, you will not see blood until you get 30 to 50 yards of the hog. Also, keep your eyes on blood on the brush and not on the ground.
This is one of the things you ought to know about where to shoot a ground hog. Another important thing to know is to always keep your eye in the direction a hog ran off to.
Meat From Mature Boars Is Not Good
Apart from questions pertaining to where to shoot a hog with a 22 for slaughter, there are other questions that have been the subject of debate.
One is whether meat from a mature boar is good. A mature boar is one that weighs over 150 pounds.
The common misconception is that meat from a mature boar is not good. Nevertheless, meat from a mature boar makes great pork chops.
The reason why some are weary of hunting mature boars for slaughter is the smell. Mature boars produce a foul smell due to the testosterone carried in their sexual organs.
To get rid of this foul smell simply cut off the sexual organs. Therefore, the meat quality of older boars will depend largely on how your slaughter them.