Wild boar hunting is a booming business, especially as more and more people become clued into the damages that these animals cause. Hog hunting can be considered one of the many exotic hunts that are out there, and are actually beneficial to the region to participate in. The USDA estimates that hogs cause some $1.5 billion in damages nationwide, and that’s why so many states encourage boar hunting.
But boar hunting can be a dangerous sport, and feral hogs are very dangerous animals.
Why are they dangerous?
There are a number of reasons why hogs are dangerous and especially dangerous to hunt. A full grown hog can weigh on average 200 pounds but can get to as large as 300. They’re also mean and have a bad attitude, and wildly territorial. This can create very unsafe conditions for hunters.
They also have razor sharp tusks and can reach speeds of 25 miles per hour when charging. They also have a number of diseases that can be transmitted to humans.
So how do you stay safe?
There are a number of ways that you can stay safe while hunting wild hogs, despite the many risks. To help you feel safer while on the hunt, here are some things that you should keep in mind:
- Prepare Beforehand
All experienced hunters know that you need to do more than show up with a rifle. You should plan and make preparations for the hunt. You should map out guidelines and create emergency plans should something go wrong. Also, bring a checklist of items in case of injury.
- Have an Escape Route
You want to pick a spot that gives you coverage from the hogs in case you need a quick get away. Tree blinds are a good cover, and you should pick spots near a tree you can climb or high rocks if you’re hunting on the ground. You don’t want to be within striking distance from them if you need to get away.
- Keep Communication
Make sure you have the ability to communicate with other hunters and do be sure to not go hunting alone. You want to be able to have assistance if something goes wrong. Communication and backup are vital for boar hunting, and you need to have someone to talk to if you’re surrounded and need a save.
Cell phone service might not be the best where you are, so you should bring something like a two-way radio for better communication as a back-up.
- Avoid Piglets
Hogs are extremely protective of their young, so much that hunters use piglet squeals to lure them out. And while this might be a good tactic, you should avoid piglets in all actuality.
- Dress Hogs Carefully
You should avoid any animal that displays signs of illness. Also, wear gloves and safety goggles while handling hog carcasses, to avoid contact with bodily fluids. Wash your hands thoroughly after butchering.
Hog hunting doesn’t have to be a dangerous sport, at least not entirely. As long as you prepare right, bring the right equipment, and hunt with friends, you should be fine. If you have questions about hog hunting safety or wild boar hunting trips, contact us. We’ll be glad to help.