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Hog hunting is a without a doubt very popular in the Lone Star State. And what’s not to love? Hogs are delicious, and they’re fun to hunt. Plus, they’re considered pests by many landowners, so there’s no guilt in taking them down. North Texas is home to a large population of hogs, and the hunting opportunities are plentiful. Today we’re giving an overview of hog hunting in North Texas, including the best times of year to hunt and the most popular methods.
First, Texas is home to many different types of hogs, but the most common is the feral hog. Feral hogs are not native to Texas. They were introduced by early settlers who brought them over for food. But these hogs soon escaped and began to reproduce in the wild. Today, there are an estimated 1.5 million feral hogs in Texas alone.
Next, hog populations in North Texas are highest from spring through early fall, which corresponds with the breeding season. This is also the time of year when hogs are most active, making them easier to spot and hunt. For example, during the spring and summer months, hogs will often wallow in mud to cool off, making them easier to locate. However, hog hunting is possible year-round with the help of feeders and baits. Feeders can be used to attract hogs to a specific location, and baits can be used to lure them in closer for a shot.
The most popular methods of hog hunting in North Texas are spot-and-stalk, still hunting, and driving. Spot-and-stalk involves finding a hog and then stalking it until you are within range for a shot. Still hunting involves slowly and quietly moving through an area in hopes of spotting a hog. Driving is a group effort in which hunters drive hogs towards another group of hunters who are waiting to ambush the hogs. No matter what time of year or method you choose, hog hunting in North Texas can be a fun and rewarding experience.
Now onto the weather. The best time to hunt hogs is in the morning or evening when the temperatures are cooler. However, hog hunting can be successful during the day if you take precautions to stay cool and hydrated. Be sure to wear light-colored clothing to help reflect heat, and consider bringing along a portable fan or mister to keep yourself cool.
Whether you’re a seasoned hunter or new to the sport, hunting wild boars in North Texas is an experience you won’t want to miss. With plenty of hogs to go around and good year-round hunting conditions, it’s no wonder this region is a hotspot for hog hunters from all over the country.
At Nine Bar Ranch, we offer hog hunting opportunities year-round. Our ranch is located in a region that has a large population of hogs, and we provide everything you need for a successful hunt, including lodging, guides, meals, and care for your game after harvest (field dressing, skinning, quartering). Contact us today to book your next hog hunting adventure!
Whether you’re a seasoned hunter or new to the sport, hunting in the Texas heat can be challenging. With temperatures routinely reaching over 100 degrees Fahrenheit in the summer months, it’s important to take steps to ensure your safety while hunting in the heat. Here are a few tips to help you stay cool and comfortable while hunting in the Lone Star State.
- Dress for the heat
Wear light, loose-fitting clothing in breathable fabrics to help you stay cool and comfortable. Avoid dark colors, which will absorb heat, and opt for light colors, which will reflect heat. If possible, wear a hat or visor to protect your head from the sun.
We recommend wearing a white long-sleeved shirt, light-colored pants, and a wide-brimmed hat. This will help you stay cool while still providing protection from the sun and warding off insect bites.
- Stay hydrated
Doing anything outdoors in the Texas summer heat can quickly cause you to get dehydrated, and hunting is no exception! Be sure to drink plenty of fluids. Avoid alcohol and caffeine, which can dehydrate you further, and opt for water or sports drinks to keep your body properly hydrated.
A pro tip is to carry hydration packets with you to help replenish lost electrolytes and keep your body properly hydrated. Additionally, we recommend carrying at least one liter of water per hour of hunting.
- Take breaks
When the temperatures start to rise, take frequent breaks in the shade or in an air-conditioned space. This will help your body cool down and prevent heat exhaustion or heat stroke.
If possible, take a break every 30 minutes to an hour. During your break, drink fluids, eat a snack, and apply sunscreen if you’re going to be in the sun.
- Avoid strenuous activity
Hunting in the heat can be taxing on your body, so it’s important to avoid strenuous activity. If you must hike, take breaks often and go at a slower pace to prevent overheating.
Try not to hike uphill in the heat, as this will make your body work harder and increase your heart rate. If possible, hunt in the early morning or evening when it’s cooler outside.
- Watch for signs of heat exhaustion
Heat exhaustion is a condition that can occur when you’re overexposed to heat or participating in strenuous activity in hot weather. Symptoms include heavy sweating, lightheadedness, headache, nausea, and vomiting.
If you experience any of these symptoms, stop what you’re doing and find a cool place to rest. Drink fluids and seek medical attention if the symptoms persist.
At Nine Bar Ranch, we want you to enjoy your time outdoors, so be sure to take the necessary precautions when hunting in hot weather. Stay cool out there!