Texas Hog Hunting Basics

Texas Hog Hunting Basics

To be successful at Texas hog hunting, you need to understand the basics of wild hog behavior. They are the most intelligent 4 legged land animal in the U. S.  Typically, wild hogs roam around after dark looking for food. Wild hogs are omnivores, eating vegetation and meat.

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Classic Texas Hog Hunt

Hunting from a blind is the classic method of hunting wild game in Texas. Blind hunting for wild hogs is a standard service offered by most Texas hog hunting ranches. The hunting area, blind configuration, method of attracting wild hogs, and the time of day varies from ranch to ranch. To be consistently successful in any wild hog blind hunt configuration, the hunter must understand the behavior and habitat of the wild hog.

Texas Hog Hunting Success Rate

The potential for a successful hog hunt is a common question. We do our best to create the ideal hunting conditions for the hunter. The hunting area is located within a natural setting for wild hogs. Distance from blind to corn is only 40-60 yards. This short distance makes it possible to execute a clean head shot. After sunset, the area with corn on the ground has a motion sensor that detects animal movements near the corn. What we cannot control is how prepared the hunter is and what the hunter does in a blind. The hunter and the ranch can only do so much, after that, it is up to the wild hog to cooperate.

Texas Hog Hunting Environment

A bright moon with a clear sky is the most important environmental aspect of the wild hog hunt. The ideal moon illumination level is over forty percent. Of course, the bright moon needs to be in the sky during your hog hunt.

Finally, weather conditions must be considered for a successful hog hunt. When the daylight temperature is over ninety-five degrees, hogs are not as active. During the hot Texas summer days, wild hogs only leave the shaded, cool ground to get a drink of water.  If there is a strong wind or heavy rainfall, wild hogs are reluctant to roam around for food.

The photos below are of a 4J hunter that had a 100% success rate for his first seven hunts. On one hunt he killed 2 hogs with his young son in the blind.

4J Ranch hunter: 7 hogs and a bobcat in 7 Hunts. Below are his photos.


Wild Hog Hearing

First and foremost, for hog hunting success, do not create noise.  Hunters should get in the blind, immediately do everything to set up, then be still and quiet.  Our experience is that the typical wild hog has a short term memory of approximately thirty minutes.  If wild hogs hear a noise coming from the blind, they may not return before thirty minutes.

Wild Hogs Vision

The second hunting basic: Wild hogs are not colored blind. They may not see colors as well as human, but can see light verses dark.  The hogs are accustomed to seeing our ground blinds. They will instinctively look for any movement and color oddities in or around the blind.  Hog hunters must wear dark clothes to avoid detections. Wearing a netting face mask will reduce the risk of you being seen from outside the blind.

Wild Hogs extreme sense of smell

The third and most important hog hunting basic: Wild hogs have an incredible sense of smell. Hogs don’t need to see the hunter to detect their presence. They can smell the human scent up wind long before the hunter sees the hog.  Smoking or food anywhere on the property will alert wild hogs. Hunters should always use a liberal amount of scent block spray to cover human odors.

Best Texas hog hunting at 4J Ranch
Leona, Texas 75850

Email: tvenable@4jranch.net
Phone: 832-452-8738