Do suppressed weapons spook game animals-My experience

I am asked often why I don't suppress my 300 AAC Blackout for hog hunts. Good question. Let me give you my reasons. Most everyone I hunt hogs with doesn't use suppressed weapons. It doesn't do much good keeping your noise down if everyone else isn't. I don't know if you have ever heard a subsonic 300 aac blackout down range or not but I have. YES I have. Dangerous idiot you say? No not really. I was hunting a very large wheat field this past year, my buddy hunts about 1000 yards away with me. He took both his Muzzeloader and 300 blackout into his blind in case the inevitable happened, hogs taking over the wheat field...which they did.

The Hogs were not in my direct line of fire, he is a safety nut as I am. They were at least 300 yards away from him back to his NW, they were about 600 yards to my east, so we had an angle protecting me.

He opened fire and I did not hear the crack of a weapon but more like the sound of a Star Wars Ray Gun (Or whatever they called them), with every round downrange the sound continued. The hogs were on the run immediately. It was the strangest noise I had ever heard a weapon make. So for all you guys that say it gives them an advantage I would say not as you might think it does.

The only advantages I personally see are that it is a different sound, it is quieter as far as the animals are concerned in the area but they will hear it if your aiming at them, it is definitely a benefit to the shooter if others are not shooting un-suppressed weapons. But for what I do, which is hunt large groups of hogs with a group, they are gonna run the minute that sub-sonic raygun trigger is pulled. Oh yeah, its very cool to have that can on the end of your gun.

 

Can you eat wild boar hogs

Yes and No.

Years ago, approx 17 to be exact...I shot my first 3 wild hogs. I was very excited and thought of sausage, hams, bacon, BACON is fruit for men! I field dressed all 3 hogs and tried to hold my nose as I did. I took them to a local butcher shop who does meat curing. I went home and proudly exclaimed that I was bringing home the meat for the family! My wife rolled her eyes but my kids had my back. 

I finally picked the meat up and immediately wanted to cook it up. So my wife made pancakes and wild hog sausage for dinner. I happen to be out in my shop working on a project when she came out and said that dinner was ready. I looked at her and sheepishly asked if she tried it and she said " That meat is going to be terrible!" As usual she was suspect to eating wild game as I had ruined her on a very old buck years ago. I thought no way she was just being a city girl.

I came in and immediately got my pancakes all doctored up and threw everything into the microwave. As I walked proudly to the table an aroma fluttered thru the air into my nostrils and damaged my eager taste buds...was it true....was it going to be terrible?

Apparently one or possibly two of the hogs had not been desirable for cooking. The one she cooked was one of those! The meat tasted fine but the smell, oh the smell! As I sat at the table by myself, kids and wife nowhere in sight I tried to eat that sausage thinking about all that BACON in the freezer. I had to admit, she was right. I tried cooking other cuts of meat with mixed bag results. Some was fantastic, and some was smelly. I told a friend about it and said I was throwing it all away rather than playing Russian Roulette every time I stuck my hand in the freezer. Guess what? He took every bit of that meat and either fed it to the dogs or possibly ate it. 

The bottom line is:

I never butcher a hog over 200-250 pounds if its a sow. I will not butcher a boar hog for any reason. If the hog has an extremely pungent odor I will not butcher it. All hogs smell bad but some are much worse than others. As I am field dressing my hogs it should smell like a deer on the inside of the body cavity, it should not smell like the outside of the hog. If it passes the sniff test then I will butcher it and find that its extremely tasty if cooked properly.

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Hog hunting is a blast!

How to hunt wild hogs. Recent hunt had a hunter who had been after wild hogs for 2 years on public lands. I had him on hogs his very first day, also the second day. And I got a nice reference as well. I love to take people on a hog hunting trip, especially new hog hunters. They have alot of questions and get so excited! I still do as well. Enjoy the story. Thanks Greg

Hello friends,
Just wanted to say how thankful I am for my recent hog hunt with Greg Willis. Greg is a true professional and knows his craft. He has been hunting the Putnam, Oklahoma area for sixteen years and knows the tendencies of these highly intelligent creatures. They’re not easy to find, much less put down! I’ve only hunted hogs for two years on public land mostly, and although I’ve gotten close, I’ve never been able to get an open shot on them. Last Saturday morning we were driving around in the pickup and spotted thirty plus hogs in the corner of a wheat field. Greg drives the pickup around to position us with the wind in our favor (in our face) and the stalk was on! We slowly stalked along the fence line with trees in the background so we were hard to spot. The hogs were coming right towards us. Let me tell you, “This will get your blood pumping!” So, we squat down, and we all pick out a hog……3…2…1…Bang!! (Multiple follow-up shots fired) The next thirty seconds or so was pure chaos, hogs going down, squealing, hogs running every which way!! PURE ADRENALINE RUSH! We dropped three, but several others had been injured as they ran off. They are fast moving targets! Anyway, that was just one of the awesome experiences we had that weekend. It was the most fun I’ve had in a long time! 
 I know some of my family and friends have expressed interest in hunting hogs, so this is for you. If it’s your first time, you’ve hunted them unsuccessfully in the past, or you’re just ready to get after some, give Greg Willis a shout at Okiehunts.com. You won’t regret it!

P.S. This is all open range hunting, no penned/fenced in stuff. This is the real deal!

God Bless and Happy Hunting!
-Jeff M.

Best time to hog hunt?

Its always a crap shoot with free ranging wild hogs but they are especially active on overcast cold days. Wind doesn't effect hogs like it does whitetail deer. This past weekend proves it. We were in the wild hogs often and constantly. We hunted two days and were on hogs 6 times, it was extremely windy but cool and overcast. Cheap hog hunting trips doesn't get any better for the money you spend when you book an Oklahoma hog hunt with Okie Hunts. With no limits on how many hogs you can shoot and an over population of wild hogs your typically going to get many opportunities at killing more than one wild hog. You know its been a good hog hunting trip when your hunters run out of ammunition and thats exactly what they did.

Congratulations to Dustin, he shot two wild hogs, his first ever. 

Hog Hunt with Patriot Outdoor Adventures in Oklahoma

Donated another hunt with Patriot Outdoor Adventures, Helping Hero's Heal is an understatement for this 501c3. They mean what they say, they put together some excellent outdoor activities from around the country and if your a disabled veteran the event is free. It doesn't get much better than that!

These folks are selfless and very gracious. They thanked me countless times and all I could tell them was its not a problem, I am hog hunting in the great outdoors with you. Thats all I need! I did get a USA Flag patch from a Veteran who told me he had worn it in Afghanistan, its on my hat now and it meant the world to me that he would give me a piece of his experience he had serving our great country.

We had a tough hunt and used the heated blinds quite a bit. We had three hogs missed and put one in a veterans freezer for his family to enjoy. I think every one of us joined in on skinning the hog and washing him up on our meat pole before dinner. We also managed a couple of spot and stalk hunts and did get on some hogs but again we had a miss due to the brush that was between us. We ate good, laughed an awful lot, and told some great stories around the wood burning stove, some of them were even true!

 

These guys are always about TEAM. I admire them very much. They are a different caliber of people.

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!