While deer and other small game hunting might be considered easy compared to most larger game, hunting wild boar is probably harder than almost any other. Boars are fast, crafty and remarkably strong in some cases. It takes a great amount of determination, skill and intelligence to fool them, get them out in the open and hunt them down.
Hunting and Trapping Wild Boars
Trapping wild boars is much harder than hunting them. However, both tasks can be conducted with fair amount of certainty as long as you adopt a few tactics that are considered to work almost every time. Here are a few of the top recommendations that skilled boar hunters will have for you:
- A good idea is to dig a narrow, deep hole and fill it with bait. The smaller and deeper the hole, them more it’ll keep wild boars interested enough to stick around and give you a clear shot.
- Old telephone poles are a wild boar favorite due to the fact that they contain creosole, a known bug repellent. Boars can often be spotted rubbing on trees and poles to rid themselves of blow flies and lice. Make sure to monitor these poles, and you’ll find your prey more easily.
- If you’re up for a challenge you might want to look for lone dominant boars even in the daylight hours. Stake down your feeders, since these boars are not just clever and tough, but extremely strong as well.
- Shooting lanes can provide you with the clearest shots while hunting. Pipelines, trails and high lines are places that are ripe for an ambush, where you can quietly stalk wild boars and even see them coming from a distance.
- Use a good pair of binoculars to scope out the area where you think the boar are hiding as not to scare them off. Even the best digital camera binoculars are not suitable for this job.
Keep Your Trail Cams Hidden
Trail cams are often essential for spotting elusive wildlife and can be an excellent hunting tool in most cases. Camouflaging your trail cams will ensure that any boars found in the area will behave normally and allow you to make a fair and accurate assessment of their behavior.
Go digital and even use a stand in some cases to ensure maximum visibility. While boars don’t have the best eyesight, it’s important to camouflage your cameras each time. Thick branches and leaves, an old ammo can or even common items such as a painted cardboard box can be used to house your cams as long as they blend in properly with the environment.
For stand hunting, it’s best to choose your location close to where the boars are normally found. You’ll have to be patient and research your location carefully, then be willing to work hard and get your hands dirty before your stand will finally be ready.
Wild boar hunting is definitely not the easiest job a hunter can handle, and it will test not only your reflexes, accuracy and physical skills, but your intelligence and perception as well.