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Hunting hogs at night – Tips and tricks that you should know

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Have you ever wondered about the life of ancient people? At the time when they lived in caves, ate what they can hunt, survived if they can win over the wild beasts and cruel nature?

How terrifyingly dangerous and uncertain life was that?

Dreadful, right? But, at the same time - thrilling.

I myself sometimes fantasize over that life of long gone past – it seems exhilarating!

Life is different now.

Now it’s dull. It’s safe, comfortable, certain, but dull. There’s nothing you realistically can do, which is allowed, to have a taste of that ancient adventurous life.

Can you think of anything remotely as exciting as the life of 10,000 BC?

No?....  What about Hunting?

Hunting can give you an opportunity to get a glimpse of that thrilling life. And, among all sorts of hunting, hunting at night is undoubtedly the most exciting one.

Unfortunately, hunting at night isn’t legal in most states in USA, there’re few states however allow only wild hog hunting at night. Hunting feral hogs in the daylight is fun enough which increases manyfold when you do it at night. 

Just imagine yourself in a dark forest - poised on a tree blind, waiting for your prey, with all the mysterious sounds of night surrounding you.... I am already getting goosebumps!

Thrilled?

If you are, then continue this article. We’ll tell you all the necessary things you should know to hunt hogs at night.

But, first let’s look at the places where you can hunt at night without breaking any rules -

Best location for hunting hogs at night

As feral hogs populate rapidly, their numbers become a serious public nuisance in some states. And, in those states feral hogs aren’t protected by wild life conservation authority. Hunters are rather welcomed to shoot the numbers down as much as they can. Cheers! 

But still, hunting at night isn’t allowed everywhere for different reasons, mostly, for protecting other animals from illegal hunters. So, you must need to know where it’s legal. Best idea is consulting a state’s wild life conservation authority – either by going through their website thoroughly or directly over phone.

You can find the address of your state’s wild life preservation authority’s sites here.

  • Arkansas
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Flo​rida
  • Georgia
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Michigan
  • Mississippi
  • North Carolina
  • Ohio
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Virginia
  • Wisconsin

Allowed in both public and private land. Feral hogs are not protected here which made Wisconsin a favorable place of hunting hogs at night.

Now, as we already knew where we can hunt at night, we can choose the best times for hunting hogs at night.

Best time for hunting hogs at night

I bet you already know that feral hogs are nocturnal animal. They don’t like hot weather I guess.  So usually, they eat at night and during twilight hour . But, during cool and wet weather they also eat during the daytime. That’s why, during summer time when feral hog become completely nocturnal is the best time for night time hunting. Also, you normally can’t hunt other animals throughout summer. Which makes hunting hogs the best viable option for you at that time.

Some popular methods of hunting hogs at night

Hunting methods varies from hunter to hunter.  Depending on the places, weather and/or time, every hunter chooses and adopts his own method/s.

Knowing different vital issues about hogs and environment of your area, you can choose or develop your own effective strategy. However, it may or may not be very effective in other region.

Now, let’s look at the crucial factors for developing an effecting hunting method:

​Choice of weapon

Different types of weapon can be used for hunting hogs i.e. rifles, shotgun, bow, crossbow, muzzleloader. Even pistols are also used for hog hunting. However, for smooth and efficient killing my recommendation is to use rifles. Any AR platform rifle is suitable for hog hunting.

Read this article to know more about suitable weapons for hunting hogs.

​Baiting

Using hog bait is the most effective and common way of hunting feral hogs. Tremendously popular as well. You can use an automated or gravity feeder for baiting. Automated feeder goes off exactly when you set the timer. You can also set the frequency of spraying foods in those feeders. Pretty convenient, huh?

What will you use for loading feeders shouldn’t be a problem. Hogs aren’t picky about foods. They eat everything when they are hungry. Almost anything can be use for baiting. But, to increase the luring impact you may have to put some extra efforts.

 Most effective and easy-to-found elements for baiting are: 
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    Food grains i.e. shelled corn, acorns etc.
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    Sweet potatoes
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    Overripe fruits
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    Nuts
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    Oak mast
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    Beer or other artificial scents etc.

Lighting

People can’t see in the dark. Bummer!

A major challenge you’ll face during hunting at night. You mightn’t need any extra lights if the sky is clear with a bright moon. And, obviously if you have a keen eyes. Using a large weapon scope with a large objective lance will allow you to see more clearly in this case. 

However, if there isn’t sufficient moon light, artificial lighting or some other more advance method is must.

Feeder light

Hunters normally use low cost feeder lights fixed near to the feeder to illuminate the whole area. But, bright light scares the hogs away from gathering around the feeder.  So, many hunters use red or green light. And, if the hogs aren’t much experienced with those lights and if there’re scarcity of natural foods then these light don’t bother them much.  They will come to you. Most of the feeder light systems are 6 or 12 VDC. Alternatively you can use brake light or special LED light.

Night Vision

Hunting hogs at night with night vision

Hunting hogs at night with night vision

A smarter and more effective option, if you can afford. Night vision will remove the requirement of any artificial light. So, hogs won’t mind gathering around your bait. Easy targets! Night vision will increase your range and accuracy. For laying an ambush, night vision is the best option.

Using Thermal Weapon Sight

hunting hog at night with thermal site  - hog hunting at night tips

hunting hog at night with thermal site

If you can managed to spend few thousand bucks then buy a thermal weapon sight. It’ll make your hunting a lot easier. It’s even more effective than night vision. You’ll be able to shoot from a longer distance and with more accuracy. Also, it eliminates the chances of scaring away the hogs.

There’s one problem besides the expense, some states doesn’t allow hunting with thermal sight.    

​Ambushing

This is another commonly used method of hunting hogs at night. For doing that you need to identify a pathway regularly used by the hogs on their way to water or food source. Then, lay an ambush besides that path.  

​Post hunting measures

After shooting a hog, you shouldn’t wait for the next morning. Try to track down the animal as soon as possible.

During hot and humid weather a dead animal would start decomposing fast. So, there’s no scope for keeping them unprocessed for a long time. Best idea is to cool down the corps with ice when you find it. You may need to prearrange ices for that. And, after cooling the corpse, take necessary steps to process it quickly for fresh meat.

Read this article to know what you should do after shooting a hog.
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