Last week I touched on the how-to's and one element that I left out was WHEN to hunt them. On one hand, hogs are not that picky, like in what they eat. However, they can be very picky as to when they do their eating.
Hogs enjoy cooler temperatures. They are an excellent species to hunt just after the deer season is over while the temperatures are still rather cool to very mild. This is a big help as to know when and even where to begin your next hunting trip for hogs.
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Once summer time hot temperatures begin to be the norm, hogs have been known to go completely nocturnal, especially in the southern states. If you have special optics on your rifle with infrared or night-vision, you can really bring home the bacon by hunting them at night. One of our board members at Handicapped Outdoors routinely takes hogs from 10pm - 2am at night.
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So, shot placement is critical to your success and safety. In order to make this as simple as possible, I am going to break this down by the hunting tools we like to use. Let's first look at placement of a shot using a crossbow.
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A shot placed in the lower third, just behind the elbow will result in a clean kill with any quality crossbow on the market today. This shot should penetrate the heart and lungs of the animal and result in a short tracking job for pork-chops.
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An even more precise shot is the spine shot which detaches the spine from the brain and will cause an abrupt end to any hogs existence. The shock of a high speed bullet is powerful and efficient. Just be sure that you connect with one these areas or you may be pulling the trigger more than once or twice to down the animal.
Check out the video below for a great shot on a hog at just 10 yards. Excellent shot placement in the brain and no tracking required!