Hunting is a very popular activity in the United States. There are about 15.5 million people who enjoy going on hunting trips in the country. Many people around the country love to take wild boar hunting trips. There are some things you can do to make your wild boar hog hunting experience even better. The Sportsman Channel has your back when it comes to this. This advice comes from them.
- Make sure you have all of the information that you need. When you are planning wild boar hunting trips, it is impossible to ask too many questions. If, for example, you are planning to go to one of the Oklahoma hog hunting ranches, you need to ask about how large the ranch is, how many other people are scheduled to be there at the same time as you, make sure you are confident that the staff knows what they are talking about, and make sure you can do the kind of hunting you like to do. There are ranches that are there mostly for one type of hunting or another. Whether you prefer the archery method of hunting or if you prefer to use a gun, you need to be sure the facility offers that kind of hunting. Another good detail to narrow down is how much hunting you can do. Some ranches place limits on how much you can kill on a trip.
- Get references. Before you sign up with a group for your wild boar hunting trips, see what other people who went there thought about the place. You can look online but should always make an effort to check any testimonials they have on their website, these are easy to make up.
- Research the animals you are hunting. It is not uncommon for novice hunters to become easily overrun by the hogs they are hunting. Hogs have amazing senses of smell. They have 1,113 olfactory receptor genes. The average person has 387. Hogs can smell something that is as far away as five miles. People also forget that while they do not have great vision, their hearing is as good as their sense of smell and they are very smart animals. The good news (for hunters) is that they are mostly motivated by hunger. If you take some time with the shots you take, with a firearm or archery equipment, you should be able to be successful, at least some of the time.
- Pick the right spot to hit. When you are on wild boar hunting trips, you have to plan where you are going to hit the animal. Experts recommend aiming for a spot that is about four to five inches below the blades of the shoulder. Keep in mind, it is cruel to hit an animal, wound it, and then let it wander around until it succumbs. Take the time to figure out how to fell the animal with one shot.
- This is not a “go big or go home” situation. Experts have compared the bigger hogs, which can weight around 300 pounds or more, to black bears in one respect. People talk a lot about the bigger animals but they are rarely seen. On hunting ranches, where the animals are grown to be hunted, they are much smaller than that. The biggest you should expect to see is 100 pounds but even that is pushing it.
- Think about off-season hunts. These can be great for a number of reasons. Many hunters like to go during this time because they are more likely to go home with pork in their meat storage container. If you go into these hunts thinking you are going to be successful, you will have a better experience.
The magazine notes that for novice hunters, even people doing it for the first time, wild boar hunting trips can be great. They can also be fun ways to spend some downtime with friends and family. Taking the time to plan out your trip well in advance and to research the animal you are hunting will help you have a much better experience and be more successful with your hunting excursion.