Leigh Ann Bodenchuk and her first Texas hog.
By Leigh Ann Bodenchuk, Editorial AssistantEditor's Note: Feral hogs can make for a good hunt at almost any time of year. Following up on a recent subscriber inquiry, we sent Editorial Assistant Leigh Ann Bodenchuk looking for -opportunities. Enjoy!
As with hunting whitetail deer, how you want to hunt feral hogs has a lot to do with where you hunt. Feral hogs have been reported in at least 38 US states and four Canadian provinces (http://wildboarcanada.ca
). They are also widespread in Australia, New Zealand and Argentina. As we reported last June (see Article 3804
), feral hogs may even be the key to reopening hunting in Brazil. Feral hogs can be found in self-sustaining populations throughout most of the southeastern US, Texas, California and Hawaii. Most states consider feral hogs a nuisance as they destroy crops and landscaping and carry disease. Because of this, hog hunts can be relatively inexpensive and easy to come by.
Basically, there are three types of hog hunts available: preserve hunts, free-range hunts and control hunts. Preserve and free-range hunts usually offer options for trophy or meat hunts, and prices vary accordingly.
Fenced preserves are found in many states, and escapes from preserves are the source of many feral hog populations. Many preserve hunts are for hogs released for hunters to shoot. Because hogs don't jump, some preserves are low fenced, and some shooting areas can be very small (we know of hog hunting preserves with only 40 fenced acres and 50 or more hogs!). Some of these preserves saturate the area with hunters (up to 10 hunters on 40 acres on the same weekend), so although the success rate may be high, the quality of the hunt may not. Conversely some ranches in Texas are high fenced and larger than a hog's home range, so you have to find the hogs. You need to be well aware of the particular offerings before booking a preserve hunt....