Texas Hog Hunting Preparation
I don’t know much about Hog Hunting, but from what I am learning, it can be a really fun experience, or it can be not so fun and a lot of that has to do with having the right kind of gear and being prepared.
First of all, if you have never gone hunting before, you need to know that you can’t just do it anywhere. There are plenty of private ranches you can check out, or if you know someone who has land with hogs on it, that’s also an option.
Since a big part of hog hunting is about stealth, you want to be able to see, hear, or smell the pigs before they see, hear, or smell you. Good hunters know the art of camouflage and they might even scope out a location ahead of time to hide out for a while. Camouflage is not just about wearing gear that makes you look like a tree. There are many people who can wear a full camo suit and still stand out like a sore thumb to a creature that knows what’s normal and what’s not. Things like flashy watches, reflective sunglasses, or even certain smells can easily give away your position. And forget about being hidden if you’re making too much noise. Hogs may be predators, but they are still aware of other creatures, especially ones that aren’t native to the area.
Your weapon is also a very important element for hog hunting in texas. Having a weapon that you know how to use and feel comfortable with is key. Some hunters swear by the use of suppressors or “silencers” that make the sound of the gunshot much quieter. This can help to not scare away other hogs that may be around when you shoot.
Other useful kind of gear is a good set of binoculars. These will come in handy when you are waiting for hours for the pigs to arrive. You’ll be able to get prepared when you see them at a distance so that you can get them with the element of surprise.
Every hunter is different and you will eventually learn what you need from experience. But it doesn’t hurt to be prepared so that your first hunts can be good ones.