Hog Hunting

De-Hog Your Deer Club

Ben Boteler was spending his Saturday afternoon in January the way he does most Saturdays. He was in a deer stand on his hunt club at Willow Break located near the town of Redmon in Southwest Mississippi. The 3,800-acre club borders the Yazoo River and offers prime habitat for big deer.

On this particular afternoon, Boteler was very hopeful. He was currently watching three mature does feeding in a food plot. His heartbeat quickened when the does became alert and stared back into the heavy undergrowth behind them.

He muttered under his breath as soon as he realized the commotion behind the deer wasn’t the 150-class buck he was hoping for but a pair of feral pigs, wild hogs, that came stomping into the food plot. He’d seen this scenario before, the does, not quite panicky, immediately trotted off into the woods leaving the pigs to their rooting of the foodplot. […]

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Nature’s Vacuum Cleaner

A serious dog man will sink thousands of dollars into the right hound. Coon hunters are especially proud of good bloodlines, and go to great measures to protect their hounds. Micro-chip implants, ear tattoos, GPS tracking collars, food, vaccinations and the like become a huge investment. So when a hound gets injured for any reason, it becomes a big deal.

While a party of coon hunters was listening to “The Music of the Night” on Tallahala WMA in 2011, they heard a little more than the typical ruckus a hound may have with a raccoon. The fight was more serious. One hound was in a tangle with a wild hog. This hunter and his hound were lucky. They were able to get to veterinarian Dr. Mike Walker of Forest to get the gash in the hound’s shoulder sewn closed. […]

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De-Hog Your Deer Club

Ben Boteler was spending his Saturday afternoon in January the way he does most Saturdays. He was in a deer stand on his hunt club at Willow Break located near the town of Redmon in Southwest Mississippi. The 3,800-acre club borders the Yazoo River and offers prime habitat for big deer. […]

Hog Hunting

Wild hogs — our other big game

What was supposed to be a non-typical deer hunt quickly turned into something completely different. Non-typical because we were hunting with handguns in the pursuit of a bit more challenge than the usual shoulder-mounted deer rifle and big-end scope. Turns out for a few minutes another quarry in the woods may have been stalking us. […]

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Hog Season

What do you think of when you hear the word “hawg?” Arkansas football? Motorcycles? Gigantic largemouths? […]

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Hog Heaven

Crouching low to the ground, I strain to see through the tangled jungle of briars and pin oaks ahead. It is fairly easy crawling, as I make my way toward the commotion, barely 40 yards more.

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Hog Wild

Mississippi has two types of properties — land with wild hogs and land on the verge of homing feral swine. Feral hogs have become one of the biggest wildlife concerns for most game managers in Mississippi and throughout the nation. […]