What to Know Before You Go: Hog Hunting 101


Hunting hogs has become a popular activity in recent years, especially in the southern parts of the United States. Many hunters find it to be an exciting and challenging experience. However, before going hog hunting, there are several things you should know.

Equipment Needed for Hog Hunting

The first thing you need to consider is what equipment you’ll need. Of course, this will depend on where you’re hunting and your personal preference. Some basic gear includes a firearm or bow (depending on state regulations), appropriate clothing for concealment and protection from weather conditions, binoculars or spotting scopes, and possibly even night vision equipment if hunting at night.

Hog Behavior

Knowing how wild hogs behave can make all the difference when it comes to having a successful hunt. Hogs usually travel in packs known as “sounders,” with one dominant male leading the group. They are most active during dawn and dusk but can also be found moving around during daylight hours as long as they have cover nearby. Be aware that wild hogs have very keen senses of smell and hearing; this means that hunters must remain downwind from their quarry while approaching.

Licensing Requirements

Before heading out into the woods to hunt these animals, make sure that you have all of the necessary permits required by your state’s wildlife agency. In some states, there may be specific seasons for hog hunting while other regions allow year-round pursuit.

Safety Precautions for Hog Hunting

As with any type of hunting trip taking safety precautions seriously is critical here too! Remember: Always let someone else know where you’re going along with your expected return time beforehand so they can alert authorities if needed later on down-the-line should something unexpected happen.
Other important safety measures include wearing protective gear such as gloves/boots when field dressing your game, keeping a distance from wounded animals to avoid being gored or otherwise injured, and always being aware of other hunters in the area.