How to Hunt Hogs – The Basics

Hog hunting is a popular pastime in the United States, and for good reason. Hunting hogs is a great way to get Some adrenaline rush while also providing delicious (and healthy) pork for your freezer. But before you go out and try to hunt hogs, there are a few things you should know. In this blog post, we’ll go over some of the basics of hog hunting so that you can be prepared for your next hunt.

Hog Hunting Methods

There are a few different ways that you can go about hunting hogs. The method that you choose will likely depend on the environment in which you’re hunting, the size of the hog, and your personal preferences.

Stalking/still hunting

Still hunting, simply put, is when you walk through the woods and hope to spot a hog. This method works best in areas with thick vegetation, as it provides cover for both you and the hog. When still hunting, it’s important to move slowly and quietly so as not to startle the hog and cause it to bolt.


Spotlighting is another popular method of hog hunting and one that can be used in conjunction with still hunting. Spotlighting involves using light to scan an area for hogs at night. This method is most effective in open areas, such as fields or pastures. When spotlighting, it’s important to use red light so as not to spook the hogs. You should also be sure to keep your light low to the ground so that it doesn’t reflect off of your body and give away your position.


This is a more modern method of hog hunting where you and a few others will drive through an area where hogs are known to live, using ATVs or trucks. As you drive, you’ll be looking for hogs so that you can shoot them. This method can be very effective if done correctly, but it’s important to be careful not to spook the hogs before you have a chance to shoot them.


Another option for hog hunting is baiting. Baiting essentially involves setting up a feeder in an area where hogs are known to frequent and waiting for them to come to you. This method can be effective, but it does have its downsides. For one thing, baiting attracts all sorts of animals – not just hogs – so you may find yourself having to share your bait with deer, bears, or other unwanted critters. Additionally, baiting is illegal in some states, so be sure to check your local laws before setting up a bait station.


Finally, dogs can also be used for hog hunting. Dogs can be trained specifically for hog hunting, or you can use your own personal dog if it has the right temperament. Dogs can be used either on their own or in conjunction with other methods like still hunting or spotlighting. When using dogs for hog hunting, it’s important to make sure they have been properly trained so that they don’t get hurt – or worse, killed – during the hunt.

What to Do With Your Hog Once You’ve Killed It

Once you’ve successfully killed a hog, there are a few different things you can do with the carcass. Many people choose to butcher the hog themselves so that they can enjoy fresh pork throughout the year. Others may opt to have the hog professionally processed so that they don’t have to deal with the mess (and smell) of butchering themselves. And still, others may choose to donate the meat to charity or to locals in need. No matter what you choose to do with your hog after killing it, be sure to follow all applicable laws and regulations regarding the disposal of carcasses.


Hog hunting is a great way to get outdoors and enjoy some time in nature. But before you go out and try to hunt hogs, there are a few things you should know. In this blog post, we’ve gone over some of the basics of hog hunting so that you can be prepared for your next hunt. Now get out there and start planning your next hog hunting adventure!