Hunting wild hogs is very different from hunting deer and requires a different shot placement. Hog’s have a very tough shoulder blade which can stop an arrow and in some cases even a bullet.
Shot placement on a whitetail deer is always a heart or lung shot. However, the best shot placement for a wild hog is behind the ear.
In most situations, this shot will drop a hog right where he’s standing. Using a rifle, this shot will normally shatter the spine.
This shot placement requires the hog to be standing broadside in relation to your viewpoint, so be sure to take your time and wait for the best opportunity to shoot.
But wait; there’s another point of view with regards to where to shoot a hog. Wild hogs are on their way to becoming an invasive species, meaning that their very presence is bad for the environment. Unlike deer, wild hogs are not native to North America. They breed several times per year and can give birth to a whole bunch of baby pigs in one pregnancy. They’re very elusive and often difficult to find. They don’t have a home range like deer. When spooked they’ll run and then, wherever they stop running will become their new home until they get spooked again and run some more. The result is that hog populations are hard to control and are expanding faster than hunters can keep up with.
All that being said, when it comes to population reduction, sometimes the best place to shoot a hog is anywhere. Hogs shouldn’t be treated as a game animal in which hunters take only what they can eat. Instead, if the opportunity arises, hunters should shoot as many as they can and then take home what they want while leaving the rest for the vultures. Doing so can help protect the habits of native species including Whitetail deer.
(Photo credit: flickr Creative, American Feral Pig by just chaos)