Wild boar hunting is one of the most exciting forms of hunting and it is quite unlike most other types of hunting. Most types of hunting involve lots of stalking, waiting, and striking at the right moment. Wild boar hunting is a more up close and personal sort of act, and the slightest mistake can result in some serious injury. Here are a few safety tips to consider when wild boar hunting.Of course this is not exhaustive so learn as much as you can about this exciting sport.
Remember wild boars are fierce and unpredictable creatures so even if you are an experienced hunter, you should take precautionary steps. Though the idea of hunting one may seem exhilarating, bagging a boar takes a cool head, a steady hand, and respect for it’s prowess. Boars are fast, aggressive creatures and with their sharp hooves and tusks can quickly do a lot of damage. So keep this in mind, no matter how exciting the chase or hunt gets.
When targeting a boar, keep a look out for any unusual traits. One downside to wild boar hunting is that boars and hogs are prone to a variety of illnesses. If you notice a boar seems disoriented or slow it’s best to avoid it. Additionally, check your meat thoroughly as you harvest. If you encounter any discolorations or worms, discard the meat immediately in an environmentally responsible manner.
Given all the above, having a good pair of wild boar hunting dogs on your hunting trip can mean the difference between a successful hunt and a disappointing one. It makes sense that these dogs should be experienced with hunting boars as this is not a hunt you want to risk the success of by using unseasoned or gun-shy hunting dogs. Ideally, one dog will snap and bark at an isolated boar while the other pins it down, allowing you to have better control over your targeting and shooting.
As to the types of weapons to use in hunting wild boars, there are many different weapons you can use. Rifles make an excellent choice given the danger involved. This allows the hunter to distance themselves from the boar and get a clean shot. Others prefer using a bow. While shooting arrows at a boar has its advantages, keep in mind that it does put you closer to the animal, which can be dangerous if you are not careful and lack experience with this type of weapon.
If you carefully follow the above guidelines and act responsibly, your wild boar hunting will remain a fun, exciting experience for you and your dogs. Not only will you be able to enjoy quality pork whenever you want it, but the ears, hooves, snouts, and bones make excellent chew toys. The tusks also make an impressive addition to any room. You can even have the animal stuffed and mounted.
If you enjoy this type of hunting, take the time to learn a bit more as this can only make the experience even more exhilarating.