Not only is February one of the coldest months, Mother Nature slides a little and provides very little natural forage for wildlife. Deer and other species are forced to eat unsavory foods during the worst possible conditions they’ll experience all year. It’s nature’s way of thinning out the weak and rewarding the strong.
What type of gun do you use when hunting wild hogs? Most hunters would agree that there really is no wrong answer to this question, and plenty probably kill hogs with a number of different guns, although some deer hunters like to stick with their deer rifles just to stay in tune with it year-round.
Nathan Coffey of Lynchburg, Va. has been hunting at Cottonwood Plantation of North Carolina in Edgecombe County for several years, and on Oct. 4th, he killed a trophy boar that weighed over 410 pounds.
Would you shoot a coyote with an airgun? How about a wild hog? Better yet, could you kill them with an airgun? Wouldn’t it be nice to have the ability to shoot these animals without the loud blast of a rifle or shotgun, which scares away other would-be victims to your marksmanship?
Applications for permitted hunting opportunities, including waterfowl hunts, are now available from the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission.
Sportsmen can obtain applications by visiting the Commission’s website, a Wildlife Service Agent or calling 1-888-248-6834, Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Application deadlines vary, starting in August.
Cody Durham and Mitch Mincey recently went on a hog hunt in Jackson County, and had a very interesting trip. While most people think of the eastern part of the state when talking about hog hunting, their western North Carolina trip produced some good hogs, but there was more to this hunt than just waiting for hogs to show up. It could have passed as a scouting trip for bears.
Biologist Charles Ruth of the S.C. Department of Natural Resources said the laws for harvesting wild hogs have been made much less restrictive in recent years to help reduce the growing population.
As part of the annual deer hunter survey, the S.C. Department of Natural Resources asks deer hunters to provide information on their wild-hog harvesting activities because so many animals are taken incidental to deer hunting.
Hog hunting is a very popular sport in South Carolina and one that hunters can enjoy throughout the year, around the clock within certain parameters.
But there are hunters who hunt hogs — and then there are hog hunters.
Shooting the first feral hog that steps clear from a group or “sounder” and offers a good shot would be fine for a hunter interested mostly in the meat, but for a hunter looking for a trophy boar and a full head mount or skull mount, it requires steady nerves to find the one with the longest tusks.