The Best Hog Hunts in Texas
Starting at $1,250
There’s currently an estimated population of over 1.5 million Hogs in Texas, and that number grows every day -- the population is exploding, and there are Hogs all over the state. Sows can have babies as early as six months of age, and they can have a litter every three months, three weeks and three days. So there are a lot of these critters in Texas!
I like to do Hog hunts in mid-January through March. Hogs are, however, a great trophy animal to add to any other hunt, any time of year.
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WHO, HOW, WHAT, WHEN, WHERE
WHO ARE THESE HUNTS FOR?
With no closed season on Hog hunting in Texas, these are great off-season hunts for a group of buddies looking to have some fun, or for hunters who are looking to extend their season.
These hunts are not overly strenuous, and they don't require significant skills or experience. They are a good choice for beginners, and are especially good for introducing kids to the sport of hunting.
HOW WE HUNT HOGS
Most of my Hog hunts are done from a blind. Do you hunt with a rifle? Or do you prefer a bow? You can hunt Hog either way, and your preferrence will determine the type of blind we'll use. If you hunt with a rifle, we'll probably hunt from a tower blind overlooking a sendero (cleared roadway) about 100 yards from a feeder. If you prefer to bow hunt, we'll probably sit in a ground blind about 20 yards from the feeder.
There are other approaches too. Sometimes we'll spot and stalk for Hogs, and sometimes we'll hunt safari style. Most of the time, though, my Hog hunts are done from blinds.
A typical hunting day starts before daylight with a quick breakfast, and then we’re off to start the hunt. Late morning we’ll break for brunch/lunch, after which we’ll hunt until late afternoon or early evening. After getting back to camp for the night, we’ll have a hearty, hot-off-the grill dinner and a relaxing evening before heading to bed.
It’s worth noting that I don’t have a big camp where you will be in a lodge with a bunch of people you don’t know. When you hunt with me, you or your group have exclusive rights to the ranch for lodging and hunting.
ABOUT FERAL HOGS
Hogs were first brought into Texas by Spanish explorers over 300 years ago. In the 1930s, Texas landowners and sportsmen brought European wild Hogs - Russian boars - into Texas. The Hogs we hunt in Texas today are a mix of Russian boars and the Hogs introduced by Spanish explorers. They are often referred to as 'feral Hogs'.
Feral Hogs are usually black, but there are variations. A mature Hog can reach 36 inches at the shoulder and weigh as much as 400 pounds. Hogs are omnivorous and their diet varies depending on seasonal availability.
With very few natural predators and the sow’s ability to have a litter every three months, three weeks and three days, Hogs have quickly become one of the largest -- if not the largest -- nuisance animals in the country.
WHEN AND WHERE WE HUNT HOGS
There’s no closed season for Hog hunting in Texas. The best time, however is mid-January through March.
Hogs can be hunted all over Texas, but I run the majority of my Hog hunts in South Texas and the Texas Hill Country. We occasionally run into Hogs out in West Texas while we are hunting Aoudad or Elk. You can hunt Hogs on those hunts if you want, assuming there is time and it doesn't interfere with our Aoudad or Elk hunt.
For a Hill Country or South Texas hunt, if you traveling by air, fly into the San Antonio International Airport. Rent a car there and drive to the ranch. It's typically a two to three hour drive to any of my ranches from the airport.
To prepare for your hunt, take a look at my packing lists. Some of the links on those lists are affiliate links — that means that I earn a small commission, at no extra cost to you. Note, however, that I only recommend products that I use myself. In addition, take a look at my recommendations for hunting gear.
The weather in Texas can be unpredictable, and change quickly and abruptly. Make sure to check the weather forecast and pack appropriately.
Generally, summers are very hot, winters can get quite raw (especially in West Texas), and summer and fall days often have huge temperature swings with cold evenings, nights and mornings, and warm or hot afternoons.
For most hunts, prepare to dress in layers so you can add or take off clothing as temperatures shift throughout the day. For warm weather hunts, pack clothes that breathe, are well ventilated, and keep the sun off of you. For mountain hunts, avoid cotton — wool or synthetic works best.
For hunts in the late spring, summer and early fall, Sawyer Products Premium Permethrin Clothing Insect Repellent is invaluable. We do a lot of walking through tall grass, and chiggers and ticks can be a problem. With Sawyer Permethrin you don’t have to worry about them. It's sprayed on your clothing and once it dries it’s odorless and colorless. I LOVE this product, and literally never leave home without it!
And one last - but very important - note: Do NOT wear new boots! Make sure your boots are well broken in!
Uninsulated & Insulated underwear
Darn tough Hiker Micro Crew Cushion socks are my favorite. They last close to forever!
Comfortable camp clothes
Valid Texas hunting license
PRICING FOR TEXAS HOG HUNTS
Includes two hogs per hunter
3 days / 2 nights
$2,000 per hunter, includes two hogs per hunter
$1,000 per hunter
3 days & 2 nights
Transportation around the ranch
Field care of your trophy
Non-hunting guests – $250/person/night
Skinning & quartering of your trophy – $100/animal
Caping & freezing hide for transport home – $50/animal