Best Weapons for a Successful Boar Hunt
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.
The “How” part
Let’s review a few things that will help you decide.
Go the range
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.
Know your place
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.
The “What” part
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
The Celestron 52252 100mm Ultima Scope is an amazing scope to go with the H&H rifle, considering its overall dimensions. But more than this, the sheer lens diameter is something amazing for bright images regardless of how foggy or dim the light out is. So the 100 mm objective isn’t something you see very often, but it’s great for hog hunting.
The multicoated optics are also a huge help for increased light transmission and crisp images, and the magnification is definitely for the long-range considering it offers up to 66 times more enhanced details. That will definitely help you zoom in the small hill areas on the hog’s body, which is perfect for accuracy and a deadly shot. And if you’ll be hunting is a marshy, foggy terrain, this scope has you covered because it’s perfect for humidity and fog.
Bushnell 202208 Bone Collector Edition 4x Laser Rangefinder
The Bushnell 202208 Bone Collector Edition 4x Laser Rangefinder is amazing in terms of accuracy, with its +/- 1-yard precision, so you can definitely hit the sweet spot on the boar. The distance readings are fast, which is really important for staying two steps ahead of the hog. And don’t forget the powerful class 1 laser, which can help you range even when it’s pitch black.
The one-button operation is also quick, and the housing is weather-resistant, so this rangefinder won’t get ruined no matter how inclement the weather gets. The 4x magnification is good enough for treestanding, so it can easily help you hit a boar that’s 200 yards away.
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, which has a big diameter.
That increased 2.3 inches diameter means it will weigh more than the usual broadhead, reaching 125 grains. And since more weight means more kinetic energy, your arrow will have more penetrating force, leading to a deadlier shot.
With that in mind, what sort of weapon will you get? What’s your favorite boar hunting spot? Leave a comment below.
About the author:
Mike is a passionate hunter and his favorite grounds are Alaska and British Columbia. He’s also an expert in hunting gear and he is one of the most reliable resources when it comes to choosing the right tools for the job. He also writes for OpitcGearLab.com