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Houston and Dallas, Texas area wild hog hunts.
4J Ranch is located off of Interstate 45 within three hours of Houston or Dallas, Texas. Book an afternoon hog hunt at the ranch and return home the same day.
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We do not place wild hog hunters from different groups into a blind.
HOG HUNTS FROM A BLIND: Wild Hog hunting from a blind is significantly improved with two hog hunters. It is rare for a solitary hog to show up at a feeder. Working as a team, two hunters can simultaneously take down 2 wild hogs from each group. At the same time, hunters can help each other take down a wounded animal before it disappears into the dense wood.
HOG HUNTING BLINDS: Wild Hog hunts are from fully enclosed (4x8) wood blinds. Each blind is large enough to easily accommodate two hunters. Blinds have chairs, shelves, and wall hooks for hunter comfort and convenience. The two hunters have eyelevel, sliding windows for shooting forward or to their side. There is enough floor space for a small cooler to sit between the two hog hunters. Binds are approximately 35 yards from corn feeders that operate year round. At 35 yards, hunters can us a rifle or handgun with or without a scope to make a headshot possible.
HOG HUNTS AFTER DARK: Wild hogs are nocturnal consequently, blind hunts are scheduled to start one hour before sunset and go into the night. Motion detectors at the feeders are connected to battery operated red flood lights. The red flood lights illuminate the area around the corn feeder to allow hunters to shoot wild hogs after dark.
WILD HOGS CAN SMELL EXTREMELY WELL: Hunters must use scent cover. Wild hogs can smell a food source up to 5 miles away. Hunters will be within 50 yards of the corn feeder. Without scent spray to cover human odors, it is unlikely that a wild hog will approach a blind. Any other odors introduced into the blind area will reduce the chances of seeing a wild hog. For safety purposes and because of the odor, no smoking is allowed on the hunting property.
WILD HOG HUNTING SAFETY There are multiple wild hog hunting blinds on the property. Each blind is isolated within a densely wooded area to prevent accidental shootings from another blind. Hunters must stay in or around their assigned blind. When a wild hog is shot, the hunter calls their guide on the radio. This will alert other hunters that they will be out of their blind. Also, after a kill hunters can call their guide for help removing the animal from the property. Hunters do not go into the woods to find a wounded wild hog without their guide.
HOG HUNT RADIO COMMUNICATIONS: Hunters, guides and the ranch cabin utilize ranch shortwave radios for communications. Hunters radio their guide for questions, problems, animal removal or assistance in conducting a search in the dark. Before hunters leave their blind or property they contact their guide. The radios are also used to alert all hunters of events on the property during their hunt.
Stalking wild boars within the brush is not for the young or inexperienced hunter. Guides and hunters are in danger of being killed. Every person stalking wild boar must be armed and prepared to shoot. A person geared up for a stalking hunt cannot outrun or hide from a charging wild boar. Hunters will be walking within the brush a few yards from a wild boar and not see it. Hunters should expect the wild boars will be running target. Snake boots or leggings are required apparel from March thru November. Only one hunter stalking can be under 18 and they must be escorted by an adult guardian.
I cannot address any other guided wild boar hunting in Texas or any other location, but hunting wild boar on foot at the 4J Ranch is very dangerous. The ranch hog hunting area is not open woods and pasture. Our wild boar hunt is within the dense woods, brush, thorny vines and brair of an East Texas river bottom. Hunters and guide(s) are equally in danger of a wild boar hiding in a large bush 5-10 feet away and charging. There is no place to hide and a person cannot outrun a charging wild boar. If a wild boar does charge, there is very little time to react. Using a scoped weapon takes up too much time and are not allowed on a stalk hunt. If positioned correctly, guide(s) will help bring down a charging wild boar to protect themselves and the hunter.
At sunup, an experienced 4J Outfitter guide will escort hunters into the dense woods and underbrush. Stalking wild hogs requires preparation, patience, skills of stealth, tracking experience, understanding wild hog behavior, wild hog habitat preferences, and excellent marksmanship. Hunters only have a few seconds to acquire the target and shoot before it disappears into the dense underbrush/woods. All of the 4J guides have years of experience stalking wild hogs within the 4J Ranch.
Wild hog behavior is influenced by environment conditions. Extreme heat or cold is life threatening to a wild hog. To avoid exposure to extreme temperatures of the summer months, wild hogs will select a bedding area near water within dense brush or woods to avoid direct sunlight. During the winter months, wild hogs will select a bedding area within dense brush or woods to avoid the cold winter winds from the north. All during the year, hog rooting activity increase after a good rain because of the drop in temperature and because the soil is soft. Also, regardless of the time of year, hogs are more active, before or after, a dramatic temperature change of plus or minus 20 degrees.
The moon rise and moon phase play a key role in wild hog activity and hunting success. Even though wild hogs are nocturnal, they have poor night vision. Throughout the year the full moon rise is between 5-9:PM and the new moon rise is between 5-9:AM. During each month, the peak of wild hog hunting kills on hog trails can be directly linked to the corresponding moon phase and time of moon rise. During the days surrounding the full moon or new moon wild hogs activity and wild hunting success corresponds to the time of moonrise and the level of light. With these factors in mind, wild hog hunters should take into account the moon phase and moon rise before determining the day and time of day for their wild hog hunt.
Texas allows the use of any type legal weapon: A rifle, handgun, shotgun, knife, bow and arrow, crossbow, spear, or club can be used. For our blinds the distance between feeder and blind is only 35 yards. The .223 is ok when using a ballistic tip bullet. A .243 rifle caliber or larger is normally recommended for the average wild hog. The .44 magnum handgun is recommended for a single shot takedown. When stalking in the woods, it is essential to use a weapon without a scope; Target acquisition time is only a few seconds! It is also essential hunters are very familiar and comfortable with their weapon before they arrive at the ranch. The ranch has an area to test shoot weapons prior to departing for the hunting property.
Texas wild hog hunting regulations are very liberal. Wild hogs in Texas are classified as a non-game game animal. Texas Hog Hunting regulations consider wild hogs a nuisance and a serious detriment to, farming and ranching, profits. Texas hog hunting regulations allow hunters to hunt wild hogs 24 hours a day all year round. Texas Hog Hunting regulations allow the taking of wild hogs in any fashion with any legally owned weapon, except poisoning. Texas hog hunting regulations does not require the wild hog be retrieved or removed from a property.
The basic Texas hunting Type 101 is required for Texas residents.
For Non-residents of Texas, a 5-day Special Hunting license (Type 157) is required.
Hog hunting in Texas has no season or bag limit. Texas Hog hunting can occur anytime during the day or night with any type of legal weapon.
Texas website for license information: http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/publications/annual/general/hunt_licenses/
Out of state or out of country licenses for wild hog hunting license: Texas Non-resident 5-Day Special Hunting is TYPE 157
The license is legal for any period of 5 consecutive days (valid hunting dates will be printed on the license when issued).
Type 157 is Valid to hunt: Exotic animals all legal game birds (except turkeys), all nongame animals, squirrel, javelin and alligator (not valid for other game animals, NOT VALID FOR DEER). Stamp endorsement requirements apply.
Texas Hog Hunting at 4J Ranch is ideal for young hunters eager to learn the sport of hunting. My sons and I enjoy hosting young hunters. We understand that hog hunting is no different than any other sport; It requires training and practice to excel. It is up to the parent(s) to determine when to start teaching their child the sport of hunting. Our experience is that a 5 year old with a desire to hunt can be attentive for several hours.
We want every person to be safe during their time on the 4J Ranch. Our hog hunting ranch is configured to be a safe/controlled environment that is conducive to training young hunters for blind/stand hunting. The hog hunting area at 4J Ranch is surrounded by an eight foot high game fence. Only booked hunters, guests, and 4J guides are allowed on the hog hunting property during a hog hunt. All hog hunters in blinds use our radios to communicate with the cabin, guide, or any hunter on the property. Every hog hunting blind is separated by dense woods to prevent stray bullets reaching another blind. During a stalking hunt, only one hog hunting group is booked for that morning.
Texas Wild Hog Hunting in Texas at 4J Ranch for young wild hogs is the least expensive way to enjoy hunting and shooting hogs. At $1.00 per pound a hunter can take two-to-four young hogs for the price of one big wild boar. Young wild hogs are more excitable and active than older wild hogs. This behavior makes it more likely that a young hog will venture out from the group and expose itself to hunters. After a young wild hog is weaned from their mother (aka: ‘weaner’ or ‘shote’) it will run in a group with other adolescent wild hogs. These adolescent hog groups must compete for food and bedding with older larger hogs, so they are usually on the move. With these few differences in behavior patterns it is more likely to see and take home a young wild hog.
Hog hunting for young wild hogs is most appreciated at the dinner table. It has been our experience that hunters are pleasantly surprised when they dine on the meat of a young wild hog. Meat from wild hog that weighs less than 75 pounds is tender and has a very mild flavor in comparison to the meat from a wild hog over 100 lbs. We typically cut the young wild hog meat into strips and chicken fry.
We are hog hunters. Hog hunting in the morning. Hog hunting in the afternoon. Hog hunting at night. Hog hunting during the week. Hog hunting during the weekend. Hog hunting every month of the year. No matter how you phrase it, the 4J Ranch can be found to have any type of hog hunt described.
Texas hog hunting at the 4J Ranch is a unique hog hunting experience.
This East Texas river bottom property is a natural wild hog habitat. We guarantee wild hogs are on the property because a game fence surrounds the entire hunting area. The fence allows us to have an ever present wild hog population of all ages and gender. Hunters have a choice. They can choose a wild hog based on size or gender. Hunters also have a choice of the type of wild hog hunt; We have fully enclosed blinds near feeders for late afternoon/night hog hunting, as well as, an early morning stalk hunt within the dense hardwood forest that is a unique shooting challenge.
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