Wish I was Hog Hunting tonight
The rain is coming down and a cold front has blown in, boy is that a recipe for good hog hunting. It doesn't matter if your a Russian boar or a feral hog, your gonna be out in this weather! The corn feeders have ran three times today but they are probably rooting around in the canyons looking for grubs and such, Heck they may even be out on the wheat fields but I can guarantee you they are on the move. But there is always an opportunistic hog or two that just cant pass up an easy meal at the feeder.
Hog hunting is my favorite activity and I have helped addict more than a few deer hunters on the concept. There is nothing better than stalking prey that can if it chooses turn and come straight at you. People ask me all the time is it dangerous, well it can be. If your in a blind 8-15' off the ground it probably isn't, unless you slip and fall out of the blind. But if your in tall grass and thick cedars and get between a boar and his freedom you can bet he is coming straight towards you. Sow hogs can be quite mean as well if her piglets may be in danger.
The safest bet is to put a charging hog down which is easier said than done and many well accomplished hunters, shooters, or retired veterans miss because of the adrenaline, I always tell people if you miss and its charging to wait, wait, wait until he is getting close then jump hard and far straight sideways, they will try and hook you but if you jump far enough they will go right by you. Hogs dont have much neck movement at all and generally face straight ahead at all times. Safety is always a must when hunting anything, but hogs get your blood flowing more than say a squirrel or rabbit or even a whitetail buck. I instruct all my hunters to wear hunters safety orange when doing a spot and stalk hog hunt, hogs cant see hardly at all. We also will stay side by side in a line when walking thru thick stuff. Some hunters have to put their firearm muzzle down and let one or two guys go it alone in some cases due to safety. When hogs are close, and I mean 15-20 yards away all heck can break loose. You have to remain calm and focused and remember where your partners are. For this reason I will usually only do a spot and stalk hog hunt with three people and put the other guys in blinds. For my hunters that dont want to do a spot and stalk we have plenty of blinds available. And it is the safest method. That being said I have hunted these hogs for over 15 years and have had only 3 encounters of a charging pissed off hog. And I have seen literally thousands in that time frame.
Hope someone is out in the woods instead of sitting by a computer! I am going to bed, headed to the lake for the weekend. Good hunting!