There are 24 million pigs rooting across the country, that’s more pigs than people! They are out of control over there, Pigman says, and they’re probably worse than the problem that Texas faces with feral hogs. Fresh off a trip to Australia, Pigman says the hogs there are tough and incredibly adaptable. He’ll talk helicopter hunting, the diversity that you see in the hogs, how to pick out smarter hogs based on their coloring and more.
Here at home, hunting the overrun state of Texas, Pigman has plenty of tactics that he uses to knock down hogs. Calling pigs is a strategy that many use however, Pigman says for the most part, pigs are too smart for it. There are instances where it can be effective though. If you get on some pigs that have a sow that is already in heat with boars after her, then calling may work, he says. If you use pig squeals you may be able to get sows fired up, but it will be short lived as the sows get wise to it quickly. While calling is a tool you can try, Pigman says in his experience it’s not a tactic that he would base his hunts on or around. Instead, he elects to use tactics he knows will produce, the first of which is scent control. Pigs have a better nose than any person and that gives them an advantage. Taking your scent seriously is important if you want to consistently get close to hogs. First and foremost, hunters have to play the wind and be mindful of where their scent is drifting. To control that scent, Pigman says that he uses the Dead Down Wind product lineup to help neutralize the odor on his clothes and body. Trail cameras are also an important tool for Pigman. Not having to go in to your hunting area and disturb what is calling it home is paramount for success. Cellular trail cameras are one of the greatest weapons you can use, Pigman says. The big boars are smart and nocturnal and trail cameras can give you eyes on hogs you wouldn’t otherwise see. Pigs don’t forget, he says, they are highly intelligent animals. They become accustomed to human tactics quickly and learn how to avoid and outsmart the hunter. For that reason, Pigman says if a person can teach themselves how to archery kill mature pigs, they will be able to kill almost any animal on the planet.
Listen in as the one and only Pigman joins The Revolution to talk Australia hog hunting, tips for bagging more boars, thermal and night hunting plus the benefits of shooting suppressed and much more!
Be sure to watch “Pigman: the Series” airing Sundays at 8:30 p.m. ET on Sportsman Channel. You can also binge watch Pigman anytime you want with MyOutdoorTV. Plus, make plans to catch the La’Boar’ Day Marathon on Outdoor Channel, September 2nd. The pig roasting action will begin at 7 p.m ET and will serve up a marathon of driven boar hunts and good ‘ole Texas pig hunting. Both “Pigman: the Series” and “Wild Boar Fever X”, two of the most popular and highest-rated series on Outdoor Channel, will be featured.