• Hog Hunting

    Cody Durham and Mitch Mincey killed these two 300+ pound hogs in Jackson County on a night hunt.

    Western N.C. boar hunt produces two 300-plus pounders

    Cody Durham and Mitch Mincey recently went on a hog hunt in Jackson County, and had a very interesting trip. While most people think of the eastern part of the state when talking about hog hunting, their western North Carolina trip produced some good hogs, but there was more to this hunt than just waiting for hogs to show up. It could have passed as a scouting trip for bears.

    May 16 at 2:25pm
    Enormous piles of vegetables, including onions, cabbage, sweet potatoes  and corn, will draw in hungry wild hogs.

    A great pile of vegetables will bring wild hogs into gun range

    To attract massive numbers of hogs and hold them in the vicinity, hunters should use lots of bait. 

    January 15 at 7:00am
    A good pair of binoculars can help hunters determine which wild hogs have the biggest tusks if a trophy animal is the objective.

    Picking out a trophy wild hog can be tough for many hunters

    Shooting the first feral hog that steps clear from a group or “sounder” and offers a good shot would be fine for a hunter interested mostly in the meat, but for a hunter looking for a trophy boar and a full head mount or skull mount, it requires steady nerves to find the one with the longest tusks. 

    January 15 at 7:00am
    Johnnie Dale and Tommy Sullivan drag a 200-pound boar hog out of the woods.

    Hogs and bogs -Pull North Carolina hogs out of their swampy homes and you can put bacon on the table

    Many hunters feel as though they’ve lost their best friends during the downtime between the end of deer and bear season and the beginning of spring turkey season. However, those who want to continue to experience the thrill that only seeing a large animal brings are increasingly turning to feral hogs.

    January 01 at 7:00am
    Deer hunters are generally encouraged to shoot wild hogs, but handling the carcasses and resulting meat requires some precautions to prevent contraction of several diseases.

    Top 6 steps to avoid these wild hog diseases

    Feral hogs can carry a number of diseases, some of which can be contracted by humans. And at least one of those nasty bacterial infections can be fatal.

    But cleaning and consuming feral hogs can be done safely, as long as you take some commonsense steeps to prevent contamination.

    Here are the top 6 ways to safely handle feral hogs:

    September 23, 2015 at 3:36pm
    Handling pig carcasses after the hunt requires some precautions to prevent contamination with any of the several diseases wild hogs carry.

    6 wild hog diseases to avoid

    Feral hogs are everywhere these days, so deer hunters are bound to run across them during time afield. And putting some of the pigs down is a great way to manage their burgeoning populations, which can cause habitat problems.

    In fact, most biologists encourage hunters to shoot every hog possible.

    But there are some potential health concerns when handling hogs, according to biologists.

    September 23, 2015 at 3:33pm
    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

    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.

    July 29, 2015 at 5:20pm
    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

    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.

    February 25, 2015 at 12:30pm
    Remington execs used gelatin blocks to examine the penetration of their new Hog Hammer ammunition.

    Hit hogs with the right punch

    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.

    February 15, 2015 at 7:00am
    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

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

    February 15, 2015 at 7:00am
    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....

    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.

    February 15, 2015 at 7:00am
    Look up a hog after dark and turn its lights out.

    Light up a hog

    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.

    February 01, 2015 at 7:00am
    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

    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.

    January 23, 2015 at 1:27pm
    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

    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. 

    March 07, 2014 at 12:03pm
    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

    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.

    February 15, 2014 at 7:00am
    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!

    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.

    February 15, 2014 at 7:00am