Meet Anthony – A true Texan at heart, we found Anthony on Instagram (@a.amantine) earlier this year. What struck us most about Anothony, besides his impressive collection of firearms, night vision and 4×4’s, was his relentless and consistently successful pursuit of feral Texas hogs.
Hog hunting isn’t exactly “New” to this country, but it has risen quickly in popularity as highly adaptive feral hogs continue to spread further into new states. Thanks to their destructive tendencies, most states have declared open season on wild hogs in an effort to prevent massive overpopulation. Wherever you live, feral hogs are probably no more than a day trip away these days. From California to New Hampshire, or Wisconsin to the Hog Mecca of Texas, feral hogs are becoming a nuisance all over the country. That’s where you come in! You can hunt these beasts often times with little more than a small game hunting license and a good idea of how to come away successful. Excited to spread some of his knowledge on to more potential hog hunters in the Vortex Nation, Anthony happily gave us some of his best, beginner hog hunting tips.
1- Bullet Selection – “I’ve seen hogs killed with just about every caliber out there. Using a good expanding projectile is what really makes the difference” – Anthony happens to use the Maker’s T Rex bullets. These bullets aren’t available in any factory loads for the time being, so you’ll need to load them yourself, but with a 98% expansion rate, they’re truly devastating rounds.
2 – Shot Placement – “This is the key to putting a hog down quick” – Hogs’ vitals sit lower than those of a whitetail deer. Keep your crosshairs just behind the ear or broadside, through the front shoulders for a quick and humane kill.
3 – Assessing the Wind – “If you want to stalk pigs, the wind can be your best friend or your biggest enemy” – Hogs have an even more keen sense of smell than deer. Besides staying down wind, keep in mind that your scent can linger for days, so tread lightly and stay patient.
4 – Scouting – “It’s always good before a hunt. Check the area for fresh sign or heavy traffic” – Using a rangefinder to get the distance on various reference points from your shooting position can ensure you’ve got your DOPE ready ahead of time for a quick shot when timing is crucial.
5 – Baiting – “Baiting will increase your chances in the field. Dry corn mixed with powdered Kool-Aid helps and it’s cheap to use.” Remember, if it doesn’t smell like bait – It’s just food. Hogs will eat dang near anything and are drawn to sweet and pungent smells, so using corn mixed with some fruity drink mix will keep them focused in for longer.
6 – Semi-Automatic Weapon – “If your state allows it, using a semi-automatic weapon is going to allow you to make quick follow up shots.” – Many hog hunters utilize low power variable scopes like 1-4’s, 1-6’s or 1-8’s. The low end provides the base for fast acquisition at close range, and a little magnification can help your shot placement at extended distances.
7 – Noise – “Pigs spook easily. If you’re on a stalk or in a blind, keep conversations to a minimum and anything that could make noise – put it away.” Just because they breed like crazy, have no bag limits and are often times found rolling in their own feces, don’t underestimate the keen senses of wild hogs. If you aren’t thinking two steps ahead of these beasts, you probably won’t be very successful.
For more great hog hunting knowledge, or to simply see a lot of dead hogs and guns, make sure you give Anthony a follow on Instagram. In the coming weeks, we’ll be headed down to Texas for the Shooter’s Source 3 Gun Match and a chance to meet Anthony to take him up in some helicopters for an aerial hog hunting experience. Shoutout to the guys at Last Shadow for helping us hook that up! Stay tuned for more action from our visit.
If you have any other questions about hog hunting, feel free to drop us a line! We’re always happy to chat and help you get into another awesome sport to pass the time until Fall comes back around.