The wild boar, also known as the wild swine, Eurasian wild pig, or simply wild pig, is a suid native to much of Eurasia, North Africa, and the Greater Sunda Islands. Human intervention has spread its distribution further, making the species one of the widest-ranging mammals in the world, as well as the most widely spread suiform. So why not hook up a trail camera near you to catch some snaps of these powerful, intelligent animals packed with personality?
Hog Trail Cam
Obviously, the hog cams location is one of the most important factors to get the best photos. Of course the right time is also important as well. We are going to share some useful tips for wild boar hunting season with you.
Wild boar in USA
Where to start? Well, natives of Europe and Asia, wild boar were only introduced to North America about 130 years ago. The distribution in the US contributes greatly to the love of wild hog hunting in Florida, wild hog hunting in Texas and wild hog hunting in California because they have the largest populations of wild boar. The species is spreading in more northern States of Colorado, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, South Carolina, North Carolina, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Georgia, and Ohio. Wild hog hunting in the USA is growing every year and to know the basics about this animal might change the way you hunt them.
If you’re in a State with known populations of wild boar, but still don’t know where to look for them, let’s narrow it down a bit…
The habitat of the Wild boar
Knowing as much as possible about their habitat is most likely the best way to hunt wild hogs. Understanding their habitat will lead you inevitably to find their shelters. So, pretty much any area with a water source and dense vegetation for shelter can act as hog heaven. Common areas include swamplands, savannas, forests and shrublands. That said, one thing their habitats have in common is the water. The terrain most favored by wild boars is moist with dense cover, and preferably near water.
But since these guys love their food but don’t want to work too hard for it, avoid anywhere that gets so hot or cold that food isn’t in plentiful supply.
The location of Wild boar
If you know anything about pigs, you know they love to forage for food. And on forest floors what they’re foraging for is bugs, roots and plant tubers. So, when looking where to hook up your trail camera, having it pointing to a leaf-covered forest floor should be your first tactic. They also like to rub their bodies on nearby trees. These “hog rubs” are a clear sign of the presence of boars in the area.
But wild boar don’t just forage for food, they’re also pretty partial to herbage, fruit and nuts. Basically, anything they can get their snouts to, I think you get the picture…
The most popular plants like waterhyssop, pennywort, acorns and wild grapes. If you’re good at discovering flora, this really helps you know where to put the rear camera for the perfect swine shot.
After a good feed they all like to take a nap…
The wild boar rest area is a shelter made from leaves, branches and hay. If you manage to find a place like this, you’re in luck, because they usually sleep a lot together, so you can capture a lot of photos on the camera.
After narrowing the habitat and possible locations, you will be looking for visible signs of hogs …
Wild boar Track and Trail
There are three ways for the Wild boar track :
1. The Wild boar hoof has rounded tips
2. The foot shape of a Wild boar is more a square shape
3. Wild boar toes can spread (more striking impact) when they walk because of the weight of the animal
These differences are the best signs of seeing where he is going. These tracks are likely to appear in the pig trail. Like most animals, they develop habits and patterns about their movement. Animals like to use the same route to reach their destination, making it legible. The tunnels you may miss during the day will stand out like a striking dark door in the night light.
Hog Hunting Tips
There are certain hunting facts about pigs that may help you hunt them. Few interesting facts about pigs may help you hunt wild boar.
First, you must know that the boar is “invisible”. The fact that their heads are lowered to the ground greatly reduces how they see the world around them. In addition, the density of the habitat brings bushes and thorns, making them look down again. They mainly observe movements in form and color, and use other feelings to pay attention to things around them.
The fact that pigs don’t have many natural enemies keeps them from forming a 10-10 vision. They are not needed because everything they need is on the ground, not the ground.
Secondly, another interesting fact about hogs is that you won’t find blood trails at first. You might start to see blood trails after 30 to 50 yards after impact. The fact that you don’t have blood at first doesn’t mean you have not killed, it means that it takes a longer time of pumping the blood to seep through a wild boars layer of fat and his hide. These two elements ask as a sponge for the blood. Blood will be more likely on brushes at the beginning so you might have to keep a good eye on where he ran off.
Any broadheads that will enlarge the wound channel and cut-on-contact will enhance blood lost from the hogs and greatly increase the harvest of the animal.
Now you can realize that a good trail camera will help you hunt wild boar more effectively. If you are interested to learn more about a trail camera with supports sending 20MP original size image & 30s HD video, take a look at our latest 4G trail camera Watcher1-4G here. Feel free to contact us on our Facebook page if you have any question.