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7 Hog Hunting Tips

The hog is a large ungulate mammal with even toes. It is a member of the Suidae family, which also includes wild boar and domestic pigs. The hog, which has only been found in Antarctica, is known by its scientific name, Sus scrofa. The ancient Egyptians domesticated them, which have been around for millions of years.

Hogs are well-known for their capacity to consume almost anything, including garbage, dead animals, small insects, and leaves. Hogs can quickly digest food because they have a very high metabolism. They can eat so many different foods and are such good meat to eat because of this.

A HD picture showing a family of hogs drinking water at a swamp in the woods.

How to Hunt For Them:

1. Scout the Hogs

Scouting is always a good idea when you want to hunt for hogs during the day. Because they live in thick cover, hogs are hard to see during the day. You can get the information you need to follow their movements by scouting them.

2. Trail Cameras

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If you know where you think hogs are most likely to be, you can set up trail cameras to record their movements, behaviors, when they emerge from hiding, and when they return to cover. You can also find out how they get from their bedding areas to their food and water sources. Below are some that you can check out by clicking on them. You can also check How to Hunt Wild Hogs—Everything You Need to Know on Field and Stream.

3. Water Sources

A picture of a large river surrounded by trees.

Look for sources of water. Hogs will seek out water sources during the day because they need to lower their body temperature. Additionally, look for wallowing symptoms. 

4. Look for Food Sources

Hogs require food, which they can find in feeders and crop fields. Look for evidence of rooting. They will root through vegetation with their snouts to find food. Take note of uprooted soil whenever you come across it because it is a sign that hogs are looking for food.

5. Dusk and Dawn

When hunting for wild hogs, timing is everything. You will need to be aware of when to hunt hogs. At dawn and dusk, hogs are at their busiest. To hunt hogs, you must therefore be out in the fields early in the morning or late at night.

6. Decoys

A HD picture of a hog decoy set up in the woods.

To entice hogs, use decoys. To get wild hogs within shooting range, set up decoys in common areas. You can use a hog attractant to drive out feral hogs because they are also drawn to scents.

7. Drive About the Area

Wild hogs are known for spending the day hiding in thick vegetation. You can use a drive if you have good reason to believe that hogs are in a particular area and you have tried numerous methods to lure them out of their cover and into the open without success.


Hog family members include pigs, boars, sows (males), jills (females), and young hogs and they can all be hunted following the steps seen above. If you want to further your hog hunting skills, check HOG HUNTING 101: FIVE TIPS TO IMPROVE YOUR SKILLS.

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