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the Hunter's Lane
hunter's guide:
wild hogs


















Descendants of escaped domestic hogs brought into the country in the 1500s by early settlers, Wild Hogs have thrived in the temperate climates of the south and southwestern United States. According to a USDA study, wild hogs can be blamed for $1.5 billion in damages every year in the United States. The feeding habits of wild hogs make them particularly destructive to crops, woodland habitats, levees, moist soil units, golf courses, and right of ways.

Where: There are 28 U.S. states that have the opportunity to hunt hogs. The regulations vary from state to state. In some states, night hunting or baiting are legal, in others one or the other has been made illegal. The Top 6 States for Hog Hunting are: Alabama, Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia and Hawaii.


When: Year-round

Preferred Habitat: 

In general, wild hogs are very adaptable and can thrive in almost any kind of habitat.  However, wild hogs tend to inhabit swamps, brushlands, forests and areas near agricultural fields and areas with nearby access rivers, creeks or other water sources. 

Active Times:

 Wild hog tend to be most active in the early morning, late evening and night time. Although, if you are hunting in the winter months, they may be just as active during the middle of the day as they search for food.


Trails will be found leading into the area where hogs are rooting. Hogs use the same trails over and over again, similar to cattle. In areas where hogs have been present for many years with a large population, these trails will be worn deep into the ground. Rooting is the most identifiable sign of hog activity. They root virtually year round, searching for soft roots, earthworms and grubs. It will look like someone went through the land with a plow and tore through a huge area, which is why they're such a nuisance. Scat is another way to track hogs. Hog pellets are three times larger than deer scat with remnants of hair and bone. Social groups of hogs will often designate a specific area to defecate, which identifies that a particular group of hogs has been in an area for lengthy period of time. Rubs are another reliable identifier of hog activity in the area. Hogs wallow in mud holes to cool themselves and to shield themselves from biting insects. The height of the rub will give you a good idea of how big the hog is. If it's waist high, you know it's a big hog. 

Remain Undetected:

Wild hogs have excellent hearing and an even better sense of smell. They regularly check the wind, sniffing for the tiniest hint of any potential predators in the area. For this reason, it is crucial to minimize and control your scent as well as being mindful of the wind direction, especially when on the move. When on the move, be sure you're heading into the wind to prevent your scent from giving you away to any hogs that may be up ahead of you, out of sight. If wild hogs pick up on your scent, they are guaranteed to make a speedy exit into the nearest thick brush before you ever even knew they were there. While hogs have great hearing and sense of smell, their vision is comparatively poor. When you decide on a place to sit, minimizing your movements and utilizing nature cover whenever possible is crucial, particularly when hunting from the ground. Camos that most closely emulate the colors and style of the habitat in which you're hunting is very important in helping you stay undetected, even when ample natural cover is sparse. Remember to position yourself to face your intended shooting zone to ensure the wind is blowing toward you. 

Recommended Caliber for Wild Hog Hunting: 

6.5 Creedmoor

  • Similar knock-down power to the .308 Win, but with about 25% less recoil, aiding shot accuracy

  • High-velocity, flat-flying wind-resistant round

  • Excellent for mid-range shots, but famous accurate, wind-resistant performance well past 400 yards.


Taking Aim:

Wild hogs are notoriously tough animals and if not hit in the right place, will easily disappear into the brush and keep going. Due to their thick layer of fat, they don't bleed out very much, especially when compared to deer. Proper shot placement is very important to ethically dispatch any animal, but especially wild hogs. there are three places to aim for that should afford you a swift and ethical kill. The red targets on the photo below represent those three places. 


From left to right:

  • Inside the ear canal or just behind the ear

  • The spinal column

  • Just above the elbow, low on the chest

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[5] 6.5 Creedmoor Rifles for
wild hog hunting

Supporting Your Success

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Christensen Arms:
Modern Precision Bolt-Action Rifle

Caliber: 6.5 Creedmoor
Finish: Carbon Fiber Wrap/Blk Nitride
Stock: Folding Adjustable Black

The Christensen Arms® Modern Precision Bolt-Action Rifle features a free-floated, 416R stainless steel, hand-lapped, and button-rifled barrel with an aerograde carbon-fiber wrap and V-Block bedding to deliver pinpoint accuracy. The removable side-baffle brake mitigates recoil, and the 5/8"-24 threaded muzzle readily accepts a variety of aftermarket muzzle brakes or suppressors. The match-grade flat trigger enhances control and handling for improved accuracy. A 20-MOA rail offers ample space for optics and other tactical accessories, while a skeletonized bolt handle operates the nitride-treated twin-lug, spiral-fluted bolt with ease. Dual ejectors offer reliable extraction of spent shells, even with magnum calibers. The hardcoat-anodized 7075 billet-aluminum chassis provides exceptional durability, while a folding stock with Magnelock™ technology, an adjustable length of pull, and an adjustable comb deliver a custom fit for enhanced control and improved ergonomics. The carbon-fiber handguard delivers exceptional reliability, while multiple M-LOK® slots accept a variety of compatible accessories and bipods. 6 quick-detach flush-cup mounts offer multiple points of attachment for slings, while the AICS-compatible detachable magazine with a tactical-style release makes for quick, easy reloading and unloading.


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New! Springfield Armory:
Model 2020 Waypoint Bolt-Action Rifle with Fixed Stock

Caliber: 6.5 Creedmoor
Finish Options:
Desert Verde Cerakote (Shown)
Green Cerakote
Stock Color Options:
Ridgeline (Shown)
- Evergreen

The Springfield Armory® Model 2020 Waypoint™ Bolt-Action Rifle with Fixed Stock has a stainless steel receiver and lightweight carbon fiber M-LOK® stock. The carbon fiber barrel boasts a 1:8 rate of twist rifling and a super-tough Cerakote® finish. A Picatinny rail means mounting your favorite optics is simple, and the TriggerTech® adjustable trigger breaks smooth and clean. The Mil-Spec radial brake minimizes muzzle jump. The Springfield Armory Model 2020 Waypoint Bolt-Action Rifle is finished with a 2-position thumb safety.


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MSR 10 Long Range Semi-Auto Rifle

Caliber: 6.5 Creedmoor
Finish: Black Hard Coat Anodized
Stock: Matte Black Magpul PRS Gen3

The Savage® MSR 10 Long Range Semi-Auto Rifle provides shooters with a modern shooting platform that delivers hard-hitting projectiles at long ranges with precision accuracy. A Magpul® PRS Gen3 buttstock adjusts for length of pull and comb height. A free-floated M-LOK® handguard provides virtually limitless attachment points for tactical accessories. The MSR 10 Long Range uses a BLACKHAWK! 2-stage target trigger with Nickel Boron treatment and 5R rifling to attain the rifle's full accuracy potential. A Melonite® QPQ finish protects the heavy, fluted barrel from harsh elements. The upper receiver has a full-length Picatinny rail that butts up flush to the Picatinny handguard rail. The Savage MSR 10 Long Range Semi-Auto Rifle operates with a direct-impingement system, and the rifle fieldstrips as any AR-type tactical rifle does.


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Ruger American:
Predator Bolt-Action Rifle with Vortex Crossfire II Scope

Caliber: 6.5 Creedmoor
Finish: Matte Black
Stock: Synthetic Moss Green

With the crisp-breaking Ruger® Marksman Adjustable™ trigger that offers a customizable pull between 3 and 5 lbs., the Ruger American® Rifle Predator Bolt-Action Rifle is perfect for hunters that rely on consistency to keep them on top of the food chain. Includes Vortex® Crossfire II 4-12x44 Scope with Dead-Hold BDC reticle. Features Power Bedding® – an integral bedding block system that locks the receiver and free-floats the barrel for exceptional accuracy. 3-lug bolt has a 70° throw that provides easy scope clearance, while the full-diameter body and dual-cocking cams offer smooth cycling straight from the shoulder.


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Savage Arms AXIS II XP TrueTimber VSX Bolt-Action Rifle

Caliber: 6.5 Creedmoor
Finish: Matte Black
Stock: TrueTimber VSX

This Bass Pro Shops® and Cabela's exclusive Savage Arms® AXIS II XP TrueTimber VSX Bolt-Action Rifle offers hunters even better out-of-the-box performance at the same affordable price. The Axis II XP features improved ergonomics and TrueTimber VXS camo on the stock. The Axis II XP delivers tack-driving accuracy in every shot. Savage includes their user-adjustable AccuTrigger®, thread-in headspacing, and a factory-mounted, bore-sighted Bushnell® Banner 3-9x40mm scope. The button-rifled barrel is well balanced with the tough composite stock.


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