Texas Hog Hunting: The Ultimate Out-of-State Hog Hunting Guide

Game Camera picture of a big wild hog.

 

Out-of-State hog hunters come to Texas by the thousands every year, with good reason; it’s a hell of a hunting experience. The chance to fill the freezer, kill a monster boar, or just kill multiple pigs in a night is enough for most avid hunters to travel to Texas. Along with that, you can hunt them almost every way possible: Day, night, gun, bow, stand, stalk, thermal, and best of all you can hunt them year round. When hog hunting in Texas, you name it, you can probably do it.

 

Hog hunting in Texas is how we got our start, and we have a lot of experience in the art of killing pigs. With our Texas hog hunts we have hosted hunters of every shape and size, from over forty states in the United States. Throughout this time, we have learned a great deal about Texas hog hunting, and have decided to share some information with you to make sure your next trip is as successful as possible.

 

There is a lot of information on the web about hogs and hog hunting in Texas, but this guide is here to provide a condensed version of what your job consists of on your hunt. Our motto here at Prone Outfitters is “The shot is up to you. Leave the rest to us!” and we stand by that. It is our job to prepare our hunting locations before your arrival, and put you in the right situation to be successful. It is also our responsibility to make sure you are prepared before you arrive, which is what this blog is all about. However, there are things that we cannot control, and we still need your help to put blood in the back of the truck.

 
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The best way to describe Texas hog hunting is like this: “Treat it as if you were hunting a human, and they were hunting you, except they can hear and smell on a whole different level.” Just like humans, a wild hog’s chances of dying greatly increase the minute they get out of their beds, and they do everything they can to protect themselves as much as possible while continuing to survive. The job for the guides and hunters is to capitalize on the times when the wild hogs are most vulnerable. This means we need to understand what they excel at, what their weaknesses are, what we excel at, and what our weaknesses are.

 

The bottom line is that wild hogs are smarter and more adept to being in the wild than you and I both. If you don’t believe that, feel free to call the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and demand a hefty salary. I’m sure they’re looking for someone of your stature.

 

What you need to know about wild hogs:
 

Wild hogs are very illusive animals, and just like most intelligent animals, if you give them the information they need to stay away from you or your stand, they will. They have a great sense of smell and hearing, and their eyesight is similar to that of a human, just in black and white.

 

Wild hogs have a great sense of smell, and it is said that “they are capable of sensing some odors 5-7 miles away and may be able to detect odors as much as 25 feet underground.” Billy Higginbotham, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. Even if this statement is 25% true, that is still ridiculous, and should be something you take note of.

 

What this means for you: Be as scent free as possible! You don’t have to load up with Scent-Lok clothes or scent-free gum, but you should take your scent into great consideration. Keep yourself and your hunting clothes clean, don’t smoke while you’re hunting, and use the restroom before you go out. If you HAVE to have bug spray or sun screen, use a scent-free kind. If you have a stronger odor than our corn mix that has been fermenting for the last week, you should expect to see rabbits, birds, and skunks.

 

 

A pig’s sense of hearing is almost as good as their sense of smell, so avoid making as much noise as possible. We try to get all of our hunters out an hour to an hour and a half before pig movement begins to ensure that the noise made from driving to and from the blinds has minimal impact on the hunt. Pigs are noisy animals when they’re feeding, but when they’re not, they will hear you if you if you are loud.

 

What this means for you: Be as quiet as you possibly can when in the field. Shut your truck doors quietly when getting out, grab your equipment quietly, set your gear down in your blind, and don’t yell back and forth with your other hunting partners still in the truck. Load your gun once you get settled, and don’t touch it again until you see or hear pigs. Get as comfortable as you can, stay as still as possible, and hunt.

 

It is true that the sight of pigs is one of their biggest flaws. However, that doesn’t mean they can’t see. They can see almost as well as the average human, and will use everything they can to protect themselves in the wild.

 

What this means for you: Sit still, keep your hands in the blind below the windows, and move your eyes more than your head to look around. The purpose of the blind is to keep something between you and the animal, and give you an advantage by being close without their knowing. If you’re walking, move slow and steady.

 

 

Now that you know a little about what to do and not do, let’s get down to the three MOST important things you need to know while hog hunting in Texas; Your gun, keeping a note of where the animal was standing when you shot, and preparing yourself to stay up late when they go nocturnal.

 

No matter how many things you do right during your Texas hog hunting trip, you won’t kill anything if you don’t hit it. Practice, practice, practice! You don’t have to be an expert marksman, but you and the guides have worked your asses off for this one moment! Prepare for it and make it count! This is what you came down here to do, so make sure you’re ready. If you’re not, we have shooting ranges to practice on before you go out, and we will spend as much time with you as necessary. Just make sure you bring enough ammo so you can get comfortable shooting your weapon.

 

The shot is important, but you also need to keep an eye on where the animal was standing when you shot, and which way he ran afterwards. If we can’t find a blood trail we probably won’t find the pig. Before you shoot, tag a couple of trees or a big bush into your mental memory, then take your shot. This will go miles in saving track time and your ultimate success rates.

 

Pigs are intelligent animals, and will do what is necessary to stay safe and comfortable. Often times throughout the year wild hogs will go nocturnal, and there is really nothing you can do about it. We can still hunt them during the day through spot and stalk, and pop them out of their bedding areas, but if that’s not your forte, staying up late is sometimes necessary.

 

On the other hand, hog hunting Texas doesn’t get any better than hunting at night time. Red lights, night-vision, thermal scopes, trucks, and semi-automatic rifles. Ahhh… I can smell the bacon from here. It’s unlike any other hunt on the market, and this is where you will find your highest success rates.

 

Regardless of how it happens, if you have to stay up late make sure to get proper rest during the day. Before you arrive, your guide should have a general idea of when the pigs are moving by scouting and using game cameras, which means you should know if you need a nap or not. Just don’t fall asleep in the blinds! They’re almost as nice as our lodging, but you have to shoot something first!

 

What you need to bring on your Texas Hog Hunting Trip:

 

Your hunting license- No matter what they told you, if you’re hunting with an outfitter you need it. All of Prone Outfitters’ Texas hog hunts require a hunting license. It’s license #157, and costs $48. (Out-of-State Only) You can buy it when you’re down here at any Walmart, or you can get it online at the Texas Parks and Wildlife website.

 

Guns- We recommend anything .270 or bigger. If you use something smaller, you need to plan on taking the pigs in the head.

 

Game care equipment- (Latex gloves, skinning knives, trash bags, coolers)

 

Warm and cold weather clothing- I know… It’s probably a lot colder where you are than it is down here, but I can’t tell you how many phone calls I’ve gotten asking to be picked up early because “it’s a lot colder down here than I expected.”

 

Rain Gear- Just for good luck. Bring your rain gear, and the rain along with it.

 

Snake guards or Snake boots- Yes there are snakes, and yes you need protection if you are out walking around. Better to buy them rather than spending almost $100,000 at the hospital.

 

You’re almost ready, but we’ve got one more thing to cover:

 

In the end, make sure you enjoy your time out in the field! Having the opportunity to harvest the animal you are after is extremely rewarding, but don’t forget the hard work you put in and the enjoyable experiences encountered along the way. Take the time to appreciate nature, and have fun. That’s what hunting is all about.

 

Thanks for making it this far, and best of luck in the field! As always, feel free to share this blog with your friends, or comment below with your thoughts, questions, and other hog hunting tips you find useful.

 

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