• Hog Hunting

    Trey Graham with a big boar killed in Lafayette County.

    “Dang them hogs”

    Wild pigs continue to be a growing problem in many areas of Mississippi, despite an increased effort — mandatory at some clubs — to eradicate the nuisance beasts.

    January 16 at 8:00am
    1. Pierce the hide above the knee joint on both legs and hoist the hog to a comfortable height.

    Prepping a hog for the butcher

    As they say in hunting, once the shooting stops, the fun ends and the work begins. If you’ve ever field-dressed a deer, you’ll have a rough estimation of how to do a hog, but there are a few key differences in quartering a pig for the processor.

    September 15, 2017 at 7:00am
    Owen George used to be a deer hunter, but the year-round appeal of hogs has changed his outlook.

    High-tech hog whacking

    New-school hog hunting

    September 01, 2017 at 7:00am
    Wade Seago shot this 820-pound wild hog last week in his front yard in Samson, Ala. with three shots from his .38-caliber handgun, according to WHNT.

    Massive 820-pound hog goes down in Alabama front yard

    Wade Seago’s pet Schnauzer, Cruiser, is nothing if not brave.

    July 20, 2017 at 1:00pm
    The spread of wild hogs is one of the biggest concerns facing conservation officials in Mississippi and the country.

    MDWFP officers bust wild hog ring, arrest four

    Mississippi’s court system will soon have a chance to show if it’s as serious as the state’s wildlife agency about the wild pig threat when cases reach court involving four people charged recently in an illegal hog operation in Walthall County.

    April 11, 2017 at 9:05am
    Killed near Eagle Lake, this load of wild hogs is just a portion of those harvested during a night of ambush shooting with night-vision scopes.

    Defusing the mine field — Tips for reducing the hog population

    The green field was lush, the sun was bright and already several does had entered the patch where the sun had melted the frost.

    The deer hunt was shaping up nicely. 

    April 01, 2017 at 7:00am
    Slade Priest likes to hunt hogs at night with the aid of night-vision enhancement technology, and baiting them is legal.

    Mississippi wild hog regulations

    According to Administrative Code Title 40, Part 2, Rule 7.1, “Wild hogs are hereby defined as any feral hog, wild swine, Russian boar or any pig that is not a domesticated pet or livestock, or has a wild looking appearance or behavior.”

    February 15, 2017 at 7:00am
    Patterning wild hogs in February is similar to deer in deer season. By figuring out their travel routes, a hunter can get one in his scope.

    Best hog-hunting tactics

    Still hunting for hogs is done in nearly identical technique as for deer. Hogs are more active during early morning and late evening hours as they have a lower tolerance for heat. Hunters who invest in night vision and/or thermal imaging optics also have tremendous success hunting at night.

    February 15, 2017 at 7:00am
    A European skull mount of a hog makes a unique trophy that you can do yourself.

    Do it yourself: European hog skull mount

    For hog hunters wanting to preserve a memorable hog hunt, without the expense of a taxidermy bill, try this at-home method for mounting the skull:

    February 15, 2017 at 7:00am
    Hunting wild hogs is both a great way to bridge the gap between deer and turkey seasons as well as a challenging big game pursuit year round, as author Phillip Gentry found with this pig.

    Winter hoggin’ — Top hog-hunting tactics

    What’s a big game hunter to do after the deer season ends and the spring turkey season is still over a month away? Sad time, this month of February, eh?

    It doesn’t have to be, not in Mississippi, where wild hogs have become oh-to-commonplace. February is a great time to be chasing pig, not that any month is not a good time to enjoy hoggin’.

    February 01, 2017 at 7:00am
    Avoiding several diseases when handling feral hogs requires a few commonsense steps.

    Top 6 ways to avoid hog-borne 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 11:52am
    Hunters can help control the spread of feral hogs, but it's important to take some commonsense precautions to avoid these diseases when handling wild hog carcasses and raw meat.

    Avoid these 6 feral hog-borne diseases

    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 11:45am
    German hunter Franz-Albrecht Oettingen proves his incredible marksmanship n this video showing him literally stacking up hogs with a rifle.

    German hunter proves deadly hog hunter

    Hogs are the scrouge of the South nowadays, with swine spreading into every area and generally causing mayhem. They tear up feeders, root up trails and create nasty wallows in bottoms — competing with the deer we all want to hunt.

    What we need, according to the attached video, is German hunter Franz-Albrecht Oettingin to make a round through the state and put the smackdown on problem populations.

    March 18, 2015 at 5:16pm
    After deer season, hunters turn their attention to wild hogs. Steven Farmer harvested this big sow in Quitman County.

    Hunting hogs February fun

    In Mississippi, the wild hog is classified as one of six nuisance species of wildlife, joining beaver, coyote, fox, nutria and skunk. 

    February 10, 2015 at 12:00pm
    The explosion of wild hogs has created an eco-disaster, both on public and private lands. Hunters are needed to help control the species.

    Wild pig tastes great — when prepared correctly

    Cooking wild hog is a bit different from cooking a domestic porker, but the results can be just as delicious.

    January 15, 2015 at 7:00am
    Hunters should accept the responsibility of helping eradicate, or at least control, wild hogs by taking advantage of any safe shooting opportunity.

    Best deer guns for hogs

    Wild hogs, especially injured ones, can pose a threat to hunters. Social media has proven human-hog encounters can cause severe injury to the hunter.

    January 15, 2015 at 7:00am