The How To For Hog Hunting
Now that we've covered the basics of how to find hogs and shoot from field positions, our next challenge becomes how to get a shot at one.
The number one thing you must always be aware of when hog hunting is the wind direction; this is the primary sense hogs use to survive.
The easiest way to hunt hogs is from a downwind blind overlooking a corn feeder. As long as other food sources are scarce, and you can be quiet, this method has a very high success rate. The other common way to hunt hogs and my personal favorite is to spot and stalk them. While this can be very successful in both daylight and nighttime conditions, some of the things you will need to do will be different. During daylight hours or a bright moonlit night, you will need to focus on the wind and moving slowly while using all available cover; hogs pick up movement very well. However, if you're hunting on a night with thermal imaging equipment, the wind and being quiet are most important. I do lots of nighttime thermal hunting, and my observation has been that when its dark, hogs rely more on their hearing than they do during the daylight. Of course, a lot of this depends on how close you want to get for the shot. It's pretty easy to get within 100 yards or more of hogs during the night, but not so easy to get in position for a shot from 50 yards or less, especially if it's a clear sky night and there is a quarter moon or more.
Hogs are easy to kill with a properly placed shot! I repeat hogs are easy to kill with a properly placed shot! However, hogs are tough to kill with a poorly placed shot. In my opinion, less than 50-percent of the hogs shot at nationwide in dense cover areas are recovered. You can blame much of this on those same hunters being "deer" hunters. Shoot a whitetail deer behind the shoulder, and you've harvested the deer. Shoot a hog behind the shoulder where there are no vitals, and there is at least a 90-percent chance that you will not recover it no matter what caliber you shot! Putting a bullet in a hog and recovering that hog are two different things.