When it comes to hunting feral pigs many hunting techniques need to be altered has Feral Pigs are one of the hardest and most exhilarating animals to hunt. Luckily, most states do not have closed seasons on these hogs, because they are invasive species, and they multiply like crazy. Some experts say that no matter what humans do, we will never be able to get rid of these hogs. However, there were experts in the 1800’s that said the same thing about the buffalo.
There has been a more widespread use of these hog calls. I even own one, but haven’t perfected its use. The reason being is pigs are one of the smartest animals on the planet, and they have a wide range of grunts, squeals, and other noises with each one meaning something different. If you use the wrong call such as a squeal you will send every hog in the area running in the opposite direction. However, if you use a baby pig squeal many hogs will come running right towards you. I usually use the low grunting noises that usually signify nearby communication, which brings in certain hogs, because they are very social creatures.
While corn that is used to attract deer will suffice, there are many techniques to really bring out some of these hogs from hiding. In fact if you throw corn into water and let it sour, and then spread it around you will get a much better response from nearby hogs in the area. There are also attractants and other feeds specially formulated to bring in hogs rather than deer, or other animals that you might not be hunting for. I used the corn one time, and I was in position for a perfect shot, but a deer walked in my line of sight, and since it wasn’t deer season I had to wait, but by the time the deer moved the hog was gone.
Electronic Hog Calls
While this is a more expensive route, I have heard people have great success with these when positioned correctly. It has been said that if you don’t see any hogs after a few hours with these calls going then there are no hogs in the area period. This may seem a little much, but I have not had the opportunity to test these out yet.
While these techniques can help you in your search for the perfect eating or trophy pig, they will not replace solid hunting techniques such as covering up your scent, checking for signs that a feral hog is even present in the area, as well as remaining silent. However, they will help you bring this unique game in close enough to be able to get a shot off. The rest is up to you to make that shot count.