Texas Hog Hunting Basics

Texas Hog Hunting

For successful Texas hog hunting, a hunter needs to know the basics of wild hog behavior. Remember wild hogs are the most intelligent 4 legged land animal in the U. S.  A hunter should be able to recognize wild hog preferred habitat. Know the time of day when wild hogs are most active. Locate food and water sources in the hog hunting area. Understand what weather conditions negatively impact wild hog hunting in Texas. The hunter must know how moonlight affects wild hog behavior. Finally, the wild hog hunter need to know how to avoid detection during a wild hog hunt.

Texas Hog Hunting Success Rate

Wild hog hunt success rate is a common question from hunters. First, it is important to make a distinction between hunting a wild hog in its natural habitat or hunting a wild hog within a high fence. The ranch is located within a densely wooded, river bottom basin.  The wild hogs are within a high fence in thier natural setting, feeding on vegetation within the dense brush and hard wood trees. Corn is placed on the ground near the blinds to entice the wild hogs. To dramatically increase the odds of a successful shot, distance from blind to corn is only 40-60 yards from the blind. Each hunting area has motion sensors and lights to alert hunters when a hog is near or at the corn after dark.

Wild Hog Hunting in Texas Environment

Environmental conditions are the most important aspects of a successful wild hog hunt. The time of moonrise needs to be within the time frame of the hunt. Moon illumination level  is a very important factor in wild hog behavior.  A bright moonlit night is always better than no moonlight. The wind is another key factor. A strong wind will cause wild hogs to be reluctant to roam far from their bedding area. Finally, the ambient temperature affects wild hog movements. During the heat of the summer months  are reduced during the hot days of summer.

After environmental conditions, being prepared is the next important aspect of wild hog hunting success. The wild hog is the most intelligent game animal in North America. Consequently, a wild hog is one of the most difficult animals to outwit and take down.  If a hunter is prepared and knowledgeable about hog behavior, success is more likely.

At the bottom of this webpage, there are photos of one 4J Ranch wild hog hunter that had a 100% success rate for seven consecutive hunts within a period of one year. On one hunt he killed 2 hogs with his young son in the blind.

4J Ranch hunter: 7 hogs and a bobcat in 7 Hunts. Below are his photos.

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Wild hogs are very intelligent.

Wild hogs are smartest wild animal in U.S.

When hunting wild hogs in Texas, it is important to remember they are the most intelligent land animal in the Western Hemisphere. For a successful wild hog hunt, a hunter needs to learn as much as possible about wild hog behavior.  The most important aspect of hunting hogs in Texas is not letting the wild hog know you are in the woods with him.

Wild Hogs recognize small changes. 

A wild hog will notice small changes within their surroundings. The ranch’s wild hogs cannot leave the area.  At the same time, the hunt is challenging because the hogs are familiar with the property.  The wild hogs learn to modify their behavior to elude hunters.  When hunting from a blind, be quite and keep everything inside the blind.  Don’t have any shinny objects to be seen from outside the blind.  Wearing a netting type face mask during the daylight hours also lowers the risk of being detected from outside the blind.

Wild Hogs adapt to changes.

Wild hogs learn to adapt and modify their behavior to survive. They recognize new objects and colors, but if an object left in place for a couple of days, the wild hogs will ignore it. For one dramatic test, we placed dust-to-dawn white lights next to the feeding area. The lights were positioned to shine directly at the hogs when they approach the corn. After two nights, the hogs, as well as the deer, ignored the lights.

Wild Hog Three Senses


Wild Hog Hearing

First and foremost, for hog hunting success, do not create noise.  Hunters should get in the blind, immediately do everything to set up, then be still and quiet.  Our experience is that the typical wild hog has a short term memory of approximately thirty minutes.  If wild hogs hear a noise coming from the blind, be prepared to wait at least thirty minutes before hogs return.

Wild Hogs Vision

The second hunting basic:  Wild hogs are not colored blind. They can see light verses dark, regardless of color.  A wild hog can see quite well at fifty yards. Our blinds are only fifty yards from the corn. Wild hogs instinctively look for any movement and color oddities in order to avoid predators.  In the case of a permanent blind,  hogs quickly learn blinds are part of their surroundings and not a threat.  Hog hunters must wear dark or camo clothes to avoid detection. Our ground blinds are fully enclosed with small front windows to minimize visual detection from outside the blind. Hog hunters should wear a dark or camo shirt. Wearing a netting face mask will realty greduce the risk of being visually detected from outside the blind.

Wild Hogs extreme sense of smell

The third important hog hunting basic: Wild hogs have an incredible sense of smell.   A wild hog hunts for and eats a variety of foods.  A wild hog can smell a cadaver miles away.  Hunters should always use a liberal amount of scent spray to cover human odors. Hogs don’t need to see the hunter to detect their presence. They can smell the human scent up wind long before the hunter sees the hog.  Food odors in a blind will  alert wild hogs. Smoking anywhere on the property will alert wild hogs all over the property.

NOTE: For fire safety purposes, smoking is not permitted in hog hunting areas.

4J Ranch, Leona, Texas 75850
Email: tvenable@4jranch.net
Phone: 832-452-8738