Noob looking for hog hunting advice (never been)

Nick!

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Hi TGT friends,

I’ve never been hunting (I mean ever), not for any ethical reasons, but because I’ve simply never been exposed to it. Been into collecting and shooting paper for years though.

I’ve of course known about the Texas hog problem for a while now, but recently got inspired to enjoy some outdoors and take down some of the terribly invasive species.

I was hoping some of the local experts can provide some advice on how and where to start. The only gear I have is the guns and ammo; no feeders, cameras, tree stands, and probably most importantly, I don’t have the land. I live in the suburbs of north Dallas.

Below is some of the more appropriate items in my Arsenal.

- Aero Precision .308 with Vortex Strike Eagle 1x8x24
- Rock River Arms AR15 in 5.56 with 20 inch heavy barrel and cheap 3x9x40 scope
-Springfield M1 Garand in 30.06
- Your typical Mosin

In all honesty, I’ll probably use the 308, but am just doing a little showing off at the same time

Any and all input is welcome. How and where do I get started?
 

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Texasjack

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If you watch Youtube videos about hog hunting, you'll begin to believe that they drop with one shot and any bullet will do. Those critters are tough and frequently require a good bullet with good placement to have any hope of dropping them in one shot. After you follow a blood trail for a mile or two through thick brush, you will appreciate their toughness. (There's a reason people say, "Bled like a stuck pig." Sometimes the blood trail looks like gallons of it were spilled.) The .308 is probably your best choice. You should do a lot of PRACTICE shooting before you go. Pigs move almost constantly and you have to get on target and pull the trigger quickly. They are low to the ground and they like to go through areas with plenty of cover. If you plan to dress one out, you'll need a good quality knife. They use those hides to make shoes and footballs, so it can dull a cheap knife in no time.
 

MTA89

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Best bet is an outfitter. Most of them will have rifles set up with nv or thermal scopes since pigs are mostly active at night. You can try to see if maybe your coworkers have land you can hunt on but buying land here is quickly turning into a pipe dream for most
 

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Get the annual public hunting permit, wait till after deer season, head up to the caddo national lands and find some creek bottoms or drainage area.
you will need to Putin the time, pigs are extremely smart and move and change their feeding patterns frequently.
 

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Hi TGT friends,

I’ve never been hunting (I mean ever), not for any ethical reasons, but because I’ve simply never been exposed to it. Been into collecting and shooting paper for years though.

I’ve of course known about the Texas hog problem for a while now, but recently got inspired to enjoy some outdoors and take down some of the terribly invasive species.

I was hoping some of the local experts can provide some advice on how and where to start. The only gear I have is the guns and ammo; no feeders, cameras, tree stands, and probably most importantly, I don’t have the land. I live in the suburbs of north Dallas.

Below is some of the more appropriate items in my Arsenal.

- Aero Precision .308 with Vortex Strike Eagle 1x8x24
- Rock River Arms AR15 in 5.56 with 20 inch heavy barrel and cheap 3x9x40 scope
-Springfield M1 Garand in 30.06
- Your typical Mosin

In all honesty, I’ll probably use the 308, but am just doing a little showing off at the same time

Any and all input is welcome. How and where do I get started?
You fo got aa loincloth and spear
That's the Texas way
 
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