The length of its tusks and its weight are the measurements most huntres use to determine whether or not a hog is of trophy status. While most hunters prefer taking large boards because they have the longest tusks and biggest bodies, sows and young pigs re better for eating.

A hog grinds its upper and lower canine teeth together to sharpen them. The tusks are used when digging for food, but also for defense and during fights to determine dominance between hogs. When a hog spots you and begins popping its teeth, it’s a sure sign the hog is not happy you’re in its domain and you’d better be prepared to get out or shoot it out.

Even the fairer sex, sows, will have impressive dental work. And while hunters usually think a boar poses the highest risk because it has the best weapons, a sow with young can be quite aggressive at defending her piglets. The highest danger posed to hunters, however, is following a wounded hog. A hunter should never track down a hog alone.