Wild boars can be dangerous!
Since wild hogs can be dangerous game, you need to select your weapons very carefully. But if you’re not sure yet what you can actually choose, you’ve come to the right place. We’ll start with some advice on the matter, then move on to some of the best products on today’s market.
Go the range and practice shooting
Wild boars are really difficult, dangerous animals to be after, which is why you’ll need to keep at a long distance. Besides, they’ll smell you immediately otherwise.
And that means you’ll need a powerful weapon, like a rifle or a bow, as well as the best spotting scope and/ or a rangefinder. The scope will help with increasing the details of your target, while the rangefinder calculates the exact distances to the hog, so you can take very accurate shots.
Scout the area
You need to be protected from the wild boar attacks, and you also want to get on their turf. So sometimes, you’ll use a ladder stand, but that means your shots will go between 50 to 200 yards.
The best weapons for these kinds of shots are 30 caliber rifles as they’re quite powerful. But their most significant advantage is that you can use them for both the longer and shorter ranges. Another great choice would be a 12 gauge shotgun for which you can use magnum shells.
Get the right ammo
You want very powerful bullets for the job, so anything above .308 can do the job. However, some boars that are huge enough, weighing over 300 pounds might require bigger bullets still. That’s because they have quite a thick skin, especially in their chest area.
Besides, these beasts go quite berserk on you when they’re wounded, so it’s best to avoid that. So if you’re bow hunting, you need very heavy arrows, heavier than you would normally use because of their thick skin and small kill areas on their bodies.
What to shoot
But what weapons can you actually add to your arsenal?
H&H Royal Deluxe Double Barrel Rifle
The Holland & Holland Royal Deluxe Double Barrel Rile is simply quite amazing for the job, not to mention that it looks really great. The .500/ 465 caliber is big enough for taking powerful shots, which is a real plus.
The 10.3 pounds weight can be a little big for novices, but boar hunting is for experts. Besides, you’ll get a pretty firm grip on it. The fixed wide-V sight in the back is another strong point, it helps you get very accurate shots, which is exactly what you need.
Celestron 52252 100mm Ultima Scope
Bushnell 202208 Bone Collector Edition 4x Laser Rangefinder
You can’t go wrong with a Hoyt. Our entire team shoots Hoyt and we can’t recommend them highly enough.
Rage Extreme 2-Blade Broadhead
Since not all hogs are created equal, you need to take into account that smaller ones, as well as sows, are easier to penetrate. But if you’re after bigger boars, you want a broadhead like the Rage Extreme 2-Blade Broadhead
With that in mind, what sort of weapon will you get? What’s your favorite boar hunting spot?