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February 28th, 2010 | in Hunting 2 comments

While not the most common form of hunting out there, wild boar hunting can be a thrilling change of pace if you are used to elk hunting or moose hunting. Boar hunting has often been considered a test of bravery due to them being a very strong animal and prone to attacking humans when provoked. If you can get past the inherent danger, going on a wild boar hunt can be one of those things you look back on and feeling glad you did it. I’m assuming you are interested, so I am going to give you some wild boar hunting tips and information.

First off, some background information on wild boars. Boars are the wild ancestors of the domestic pig, and although they look somewhat similar, their mannerisms and ability to do harm are very different from each other. Wild boars are native to much of central Europe, the Mediterranean Region, and much of Asia. They are typically hunted for their meat and to prevent the population from getting out of hand and destroying crops or forests.

If you are going to make wild boar hunting trips a definite part of your hunting life, it is vital that you are a good shot. A glancing blow here could very well lead to serious injury or even death. If you glance a deer, it will just run away and if you are lucky, you can track it down and see if your shot was enough to kill it. There is a very small chance of a deer attack if you don’t kill it with one shot. With wild boars, however, anything less than a kill shot will only anger them and cause them to double their efforts to hurt you. Glancing blows have less of an effect on wild boars because they have very thick hide and bones, so anything less than a perfect kill shot could get you in a lot of trouble. Hunters have been reported being butted up trees by boars that have already taken a few glancing shots.

A lot of boar hunters prefer taking dogs with them when they go on wild boar hunts. There are two types of wild boar hunting dogs: bay dogs and catch dogs. Bay dogs keep the boar cornered in one place by being very vocal. This serves two purposes for the hunter. First, it alerts them to the boar’s presence, and it allows them to be able to take a clean shot without having 200 pounds of pig charging straight at them. Bay dogs are typically Cur dogs, such as the Blackmouth Cur, Leopard Cur, or Catahoula. Trailing and scent hounds can also be used as bay dogs because they are excellent trackers. Walker Hounds and Foxhounds are popular scent dogs. Catch dogs do exactly what they are named for, catch boar. They typically seize the base of the boar’s ear and, once they have it on the ground, are able to hold it down by the head indefinitely until the hunter arrives. Since the dogs do all the work for you, a gun is generally not needed as a simple hunting knife or spear can do the trick (having a gun even while doing this type of hunting is still recommended, however.) Typically catch dog breeds include the American Bulldog, Pitbulls, Boxers, and other “bully” breeds.

Boar hunting has been around for ages and was typically carried out with spears and horses as a means of protecting the land, but in modern times, it has become a test of a hunter’s bravery and tenacity. If you feel you are up to the task, go and plan your boar hunting trip and enjoy the thrill of hunting these wild pigs.

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