Hog Hunt Info – Self-guided


  • Deer rifles and bullets work fine on hogs.  But if you have a .243 and a .30-06, take the latter.  If you have 150 and 180-grain bullets, take the latter.  I do not recommend hunting hogs with a caliber smaller than .243 or 6mm.  A scoped rifle is better than one with iron sights, a red dot scope, or reflex scope.  Aim at the hog’s head or neck if it’s decent sized (above the shoulder).  Big hogs have a “shield” over their shoulders of very thick skin and bone that can deflect or even stop bullets.  Avoid aiming at the shoulder of a big hog.  A hog’s heart and lungs are between his shouldersIf you shoot behind his shoulder you’re going to hit his liver or gut and you could be in for a very long track.  Bring a lot of bullets.  I once fired 10 shots during one hog hunt.  For most hunts, you’ll be fortunately to fire one or two, but you just never know when you’ll run into an entire herd!
  • If we’re able to do a group stalk (we only do them if it is safe) you’re welcome to bring a shotgun with either rifled slugs and/or buckshot.  Fifteen 00 Buck pellets per shot at a running hog means a much better chance of a hit than one slug or rifle bullet per shot.  Most manufacturers recommend using a full choke for buckshot.  The next best choice is a modified choke, then improved cylinder.  However, this may not be true for your gun so the only way that you can find out what it prefers is to pattern it.  Do not shoot buckshot out of a turkey choke!  It will ruin it, and maybe you too (turkey chokes are too constricted to handle anything larger than 4 shot.  The best shotgun choice is a fast shooting (semi-automatic, pump, or double barrel) 12 gauge with 3″ shells (or 2 3/4″ if so chambered) filled with 000, 00, or 0 Buckshot.  Some guys alternate rifled slugs and buckshot in their magazines.  The idea is the first shot (slug) will be at a standing still pig.  If you don’t kill it, you’re follow up shots will be at a running pig, which is where buckshot excels.  The best choke to use if you put both buckshot and slugs in your gun (at the same time) is modified.  If you are only going to use slugs the best choke is cylinder, then skeet, then improved cylinder and tighter chokes.
  • For hunts that Randy Rowley leads, he’ll buy food and water for everyone (he also might buy sodas if he can get everyone to agree to which ones to buy).  We’ll divide the costs.

What to bring

  • Standard deer hunting gear (gun, knife, binoculars, camo clothing, boots, etc.)
  • A cot (Randy has extras if you need one)
  • A sleeping bag (Randy has extras if you need one)
  • A pillow
  • A rechargeable spotlight with a green, red, amber, or blue lens, 1/2 to two million candlepower (two hunters can share a light and take turns being the spotter and the shooter) or a constant-on light
  • A chair for camp (you also might need a comfy chair for your blind; Randy has extra if you need one)
  • Shooting sticks if you’re not hunting from a blind
  • A ThermaCELL if you’re hunting during months where mosquitos and other bugs will be out
  • A big ice chest (it’s better to have one that is too big than one that is too small; Randy has extras if you need one)
  • Your Texas hunting license
  • Rods and reels and lures (for the ranches that have stocked tanks; Randy has extras if you need one)
  • A hunter (blaze) orange cap and/or vest for ranches that allow group stalks

Here is a simplified, and more printer-friendly, Hog Hunting Checklist.

Note – if you need to borrow something (ice chest, chair, cot, etc.) let Randy know before we leave for the ranch.

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