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Earl Trent of Harmony killed his huge grey hog on a South Carolina hunt last weekend. One shot with a .243 between the eyes, and the Grey Ghost is no more
8989 Views - Posted: July 29 at 5:20 pm

Earl Trent of Harmony had hunted unsuccessfully for hogs for years – until July 20, when he harvested a beast of a wild boar. Known locally as the “Grey Ghost” the hog, which weighed close to 500 pounds, made the fatal mistake of looking directly at Trent, who placed a 100-grain .243 slug directly between its eyes, ending the legend that roamed a Dillon County, S.C., tract that is part of Cherokee Run Hunting Lodge.


Kayla Heafner (right) downed her first wild hog, a 327-pounder, with the first shot of her first hunt with boyfriend Sean Casey in Union County. Locust woman's first wild hog is a big one: 327 pounds
6141 Views - Posted: February 25 at 12:30 pm

Kayla Heafner, a 25-year-old Locust resident, got her big-game hunting career off to a rousing start on Jan. 31, killing a 327-pound Union County hog with one shot at 165 yards – at night.


This LED light attached to the bottom of a spin feeder will come on when animals approach the feeder after dark. We’ll leave the light on....
285 Views - Posted: February 15 at 7:00 am

An LED feeder light such as The Kill Light is an excellent way to illuminate the ground under an electric spin-feeder at night when attached to the bottom of a feeder motor.


Milton Turnage invented an LED device that clips on a rifle’s scope that helps with long-distance shooting of hogs at night. Turn darkness into daytime
302 Views - Posted: February 15 at 7:00 am

Milton Turnage invented The Assassinator AS-900, an LED lighting device that illuminates the landscape within 300 yards or more for precision night shooting. 


Remington execs used gelatin blocks to examine the penetration of their new Hog Hammer ammunition. Hit hogs with the right punch
364 Views - Posted: February 15 at 7:00 am

Many ammunition manufacturers are developing special ammo designed for taking hogs because of their expansion and a growing interest in hunting them. Remington’s Hog Hammer ammo — available in .223, .30-30, .308 and .30-06 among seven calibers — is just such a development.


Look up a hog after dark and turn its lights out. Light up a hog
820 Views - Posted: February 01 at 7:00 am

When North Carolina started allowing hunters to target wild hogs after dark, Milton Turnage was one of the first hunters to do so effectively. He began offering guided night hunts as soon as he was set up, in January 2012, after honing his techniques by hunting them during daylight hours for years.


Bruce Florence (right) killed this 707.5-pound wild boar last Friday in Transylvania County on a hunt with his son, Jonathan. Father-son duo team up on 700-pound Transylvania County wild hog
70794 Views - Posted: January 23 at 1:27 pm

Jonathan Florence admitted that it was “pure luck”, but neither he nor his father, Bruce, is about to downplay the hunt last Friday in Transylvania County that ended with Bruce Florence killing a 707 ½-pound wild hog he said could be best described with one word: buffalo.


Jeff Webb killed this enormous wild hog, which weighed at least 500 pounds, on hunt-club land in Bertie County on Feb. 28. Huge Bertie County hog exceeds 500-pound mark
56361 Views - Posted: March 07, 2014 at 12:03 pm

Under starry skies on Feb. 28, Jett Webb of Conetoe ensured there will be one less mouth to feed in the Indian Woods section of Bertie County – and a real big mouth, too. Webb took down a massive wild boar that bottomed out a set of scales certified to 500 pounds that’s used for weighing tobacco bales. 


No matter what type trap is used or what type of triggering mechanism, allow hogs to feed there regularly and in good numbers before springing it. Jail bait!
1128 Views - Posted: February 15, 2014 at 7:00 am

The explosion of wild hogs across North Carolina is a bittersweet occurrence. While they destroy natural habitats and compete with native species, they have offered hunters with a new animal to pursue — and they taste good, too.

But traditional still-hunting and hunting with hounds are not the only ways to target them. Trapping can offer hunters an exciting and innovative way to fill the freezer.

Evin Stanford, deer-project biologist for the N. C. Wildlife Resources Commission, endorses trapping hogs with little hesitation.


Hunting hogs with dogs can be a very effective way to keep control over a local pig population. A foolproof way to stay high on the hog
1287 Views - Posted: February 15, 2014 at 7:00 am

North Carolina is one of a handful of states where hunting with hounds is a legal method to take wild game, and hunting hogs with dogs is the most-effective and foolproof way to provide the makings of a pig-picking.

Hunting hogs with dogs is unlike any other hunting strategy that involves dogs. With most game species, hunters employ a dog or a group of dogs; each of the dogs participating will have the same duties. Hog hunters use two different types of dogs: a tracking or bay dog and a catch dog.


An encounter with a wild hog left Louisiana hunter Chris Morris with this gaping wound on his lower leg. Encounter with wild boar leaves Louisiana hunter in hospital
5778 Views - Posted: February 10, 2014 at 6:00 pm

Chris Morris has been hunting Pearl River Wildlife Management Area outside Slidell, La., since he was 6 years old, and he killed his first hog there when he was 15. But none of that experience prepared him for his hunt Feb. 2, when a hog charged Morris and left him with serious wounds on his legs. “I never had anything remotely like this happen to me,” Morris told LouisianaSportsman.com.


Hogs were originally introduced into North Carolina to be hunted by wealthy guests of a game preserve in Graham County. Swine are divine!
4194 Views - Posted: February 01, 2014 at 7:00 am

Even though North Carolina’s deer season ended a month or so ago, big-game hunters looking for a different target can find plenty of action close to home with one of the meanest animals roaming the countryside, the wild hog. And one thing special about them is, hunters can utilize a wide range of creative tactics to bring home the bacon.  

Wild hogs, aka feral swine, are becoming abundant across the state. Nearly half of North Carolina’s 100 counties have distinct populations, but hogs have not always been a part of the ecosystem. 

Not only was Christopher Columbus responsible for the discovery of America in the 15th century, he and other explorers are credited with introducing the first pigs to North American. Europeans brought supplies, including domestic animals, along to serve as food sources on their worldly travels, but it was April 1912 before the first wild hog stepped onto North Carolina soil. 


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