Unlike deer and other game, hogs are tenaciously hard to kill. For the most part, it's because their vital organs sit in different ways. Consequently, some hunters keep hitting the wrong spot, aiming for the supposed heart and lungs. If you've seen the insides of the hog, you'll know what I'm talking about. But if you haven't, these wild hog hunting tips will teach you an invaluable lesson about wild hog hunting.
Wild Hog Hunting Tips To Help You Aim, Shoot, And Kill
If you're fond of hunting deer, you should already know where to shoot them–and that's behind the shoulder. Once you hit that perfect spot, deer will drop dead a few yards away or even instantly. The reason for that is the puncture on their heart and lungs thus removing the flow of oxygen to the brain. However, hogs won't go down easily if you hit the same spot since their anatomy is different. Heed the following wild hog hunting tips to know pig anatomy for a perfect shot placement.
Tip #1: Hit hogs on their ear holes
The ear holes are the easiest target for a sure kill. The holes present a solid target that once you hit it, their neck'll break and result in an instant kill. However, hogs are constantly moving, always moving their heads to face different directions. As such, the ear holes are kinda hard to get a good sight on. If you have the chance where hogs stop for an ample amount of time, go for the ear. Otherwise, just try some other vital organs.
Tip #2: Go for the spine
The spine is another vital spot where you can kill hogs instantly. In addition, they'll be rendered immobile if they survive your first shot. Just do a follow-up shot with a pump-action and you've humanely eliminated the hog.
One reason why it's a good shot placement is that in case it moves, you'll either hit the back of the head or the shoulder blade. The neck is a sure kill while the shoulder blade will immobilize the game. Either way, you'll still be having dinner to bring home.
Tip #3: Aim for the heart
Another excellent shot placement is direct to the wild hog's heart. This is the most humane and probably the fastest way to kill a hog. However, given the ever-moving nature of hogs, you'll find that it is difficult to hit them there. If you're patient enough, you'll find the game on its broadside and stop for a moment. And when this happens, you know it's the perfect time to hit the trigger.
Tip #4: Heart and lungs for a sure kill
If you've seen a pig's insides, you'll notice that the heart and lungs overlap at one point. This is the best possible shot placement for hogs. I've been able to pull this off last season and it was satisfyingly good.
Since then, I've never been more confident on my shots. However, hitting the lungs alone will be fine and you'll get a good 25 to 50-yard tracking before the hog hits the ground.
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Different animal species have different anatomy and so should the shot placements vary. However, some of the more closely related species may have the same shot placement. If you're one to hunt feral hogs and all their other cousins, tell use your wild hog hunting tips!
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Editor’s Note – This post was originally published on December 21, 2016, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.