When it comes to successfully hunting hogs, a hunter needs to be familiar with the signs and habits of wild hogs. There are a few common things you can look for.
Hog tracks are the most looked for sign, especially in low line areas where someone can differentiate between a hog track and a deer track. A hog track is going to have a rounded blunt tip at the end of the toe. A deer track will be similar in size, but will have a pointed toe. The bigger the track the bigger the hog.
Rooting is the most identifiable sign of hog activity. Not too many animals dig in the ground to the extent that hogs do. It’s unmistakable and can cause extensive damage. They root pretty much year round, searching for soft roots and other food sources, like grubs. When rooting, they tense their shoulders and dig down, rooting up the ground looking for any kind of food in the soil. They can go as deep as two feet down if the soil is soft and root up an acre or two in one night, depending on how many hogs are in the group. It’s major problem when wild hogs root through that much farm land. It will look like someone went through the land with a plow and tore through a huge area, which is why they’re such a nuisance.
Rubs are another common identifier of hog activity. Hogs like to wallow in mud holes to cool themselves and try to drive off blow flies and other insects. They’ll get a thick layer of mud caked on their body and it will keep them cooler for a longer period of time. Then they’ll rub against trees to scratch their dry skin and to reduce the number of parasites on their body. There are different kinds of rubs, from occasional to permanent. An occasional rub is used to relieve an itch and a permanent rub is one that is used over and over, mainly near a good wallow. The height of the rub will give you a good idea of how big the hog is. If it’s waist high, you know it’s a big hog.
Scat is another way to track hogs. Hog pellets are three times larger than deer scat with remnants of hair and bone. Social groups of hogs will often designate a specific area to defecate, which identifies that a particular group of hogs has been in an area for lengthy period of time.
Trails will be found leading into the area where hogs are rooting. Hogs use the same trails over and over again, similar to cattle. In areas where hogs have been present for many years with a large population, these trails will be worn deep into the ground.
Our experienced staff at Hog Wild will help you identify these common tracking techniques and answer any questions you have about tracking hogs. Call us today to schedule your next hunt, 464-9453.
November 18, 2014 No Comments
If you’ve ever seen the damage a group of hogs can inflict on farmland in one night, you know how much of a nuisance hogs can be. In some areas ecological balances have been devastated from the presence of wild boar.
Wild pigs (also known as wild hogs, wild boar, or feral swine) dig deep into the ground, tearing up the soil with their tusks, searching for soft roots and protein sources like grubs. If the soil is soft, pigs can go as deep as two feet down and root up an acre or two in one night, depending on how many hogs are in the group. When the hogs find rich farmland full of grubs and vegetation, it can be a disaster for the farmer who is growing crops to feed their family or supplying produce to the community. Pig rooting causes extensive damage.
It’s not all bad, a lot of times farmers will get insurance money for hogs tearing up their land. But farmers won’t be able to grow produce again until the hogs are eradicated from the area. Which is easier said than done.
Hogs populate fast. They have 3 litters a year of 8 to 10 hogs, averaging 20 to 30 babies a year per sow. Additionally, hogs are nocturnal animals and hunters can’t harvest them fast enough. Hogs are constantly overpopulating and continuing to move north. They’re growing faster than areas can sustain them. It’s become a ban of movement where hogs have substantial numbers in Texas, big numbers in Oklahoma, and now they’re getting into Kansas.
Wild hogs aren’t native to North America. The first wild pigs in the United States originated from domestic stock brought to North America by early European explorers and settlers. It wasn’t until the 19th century that Eurasian wild boar were introduced into parts of the United States. The animals were released into the wild by wealthy landowners as big game animals. The initial introductions took place in fenced enclosures, though several escapes occurred, with the escapees sometimes intermixing with already established feral pig populations.
In areas where domestic pigs and Eurasian wild boar were found together in the wild, interbreeding occurred. Today, many hybrid populations exist throughout North America.
In order to hunt hogs at night in Oklahoma, farmers have to get a depredation permit issued but the department of wildlife for that county. If a farmer has a hog problem, the farmer will call up the game warden, who will come out and verify it is a hog problem and issue a depredation permit to hunt after dark. Farmers can hunt hogs in daylight without a permit, but hogs aren’t nearly as active during the day as they are at night. Without a depredation permit, a farmers best bet is to bring in trappers who capture the wild hogs and pass them off to high fence hunting compounds, like Hog Wild, for hunters to enjoy.
To schedule your next hunting expedition, call us at 464-9453.
November 4, 2014 No Comments
Fall is a special time of year for many hunters. While our facilities are open year-round, there’s something unique about this season when the weather cools and leaves fall that really seem to properly welcome the arrival of “hunting season.”
The season change means hogs are going to be more active. In the summer heat, hogs bunker down all day because they don’t have sweat glands. They aren’t up and moving around when its 100 degrees because they can overheat, get heat stroke, and die.
Hogs keep a low profile all summer, but now is prime time for their activity levels to increase. They’re up on their feet 6-8 hours a day, even in winter when it’s 30-40 degrees. With their increased activity level, hunting techniques will change as the weather cools.
In the summer hogs seek refuge in water holes, but now hunts will be more centered around feeders. We also do more spot and stalk hunting in the cooler months. That’s because the summer is too hot to walk around and try to find pigs.
Most of our clients don’t want to be stomping through the forest in full camo in 100 degree heat. Plus, because the hogs are laying low and trying to stay cool, they could be laying on the ground 10 feet away from you and you’d never know it. Or if they do get up, you’ll just see them run away. It’s also easier to spot the hogs from a distance in the fall because the leaves have fallen and it increases visibility. Overall, our success is a lot higher with spot staking in the fall and winter.
We’re also able to do more dog hunts during the day in the fall. When the temperature is below 75 degrees, we can do a day dog hunt between morning and afternoon hunts. It’s more fast-paced and breaks up the day.
When you come out for your fall or winter hunt, make sure to dress appropriately in full camo gear that will keep you warm even after the sun goes down. To schedule your next hunt, give us a call at 405-HOG-WILD.
October 21, 2014 No Comments
Fall marks the beginning of a new hunting season and the opportunity for spot and stalk hunting. If you’re unfamiliar with this technique, it means to literally “spot” your prey before it sees you and “stalk” it until you can get a close enough shot.
Spot stalking is one of the most exciting forms of hunting and a great opportunity for new, inexperienced hunters to gain valuable skills. They’re able to quickly learn how to judge an animal, gain knowledge of their habitat and learn their patterns, all while building core hunting skills.
Spot and stalk hunting can be very rewarding compared to sitting stationary in a tree stand or ground blind. You benefit from being on the same level as the prey which can result in an adrenaline rush. You also have the opportunity to explore the area and learn to read the various animal signs all around you.
Be prepared with good hiking shoes and properly fitted clothing so you do not get hung up in the brush. Also, use high quality binoculars and spotting scopes. Dusk and dawn hours show more animal activity than any other time of day and good binoculars will add brightness during these times, giving you an extra half hour of prime spotting time on both sides of the day.
The hunt always begins by seeking a vantage point where you are able to scan with your spotting scope or binoculars. When you find the animal you’re hoping to tag, the stalk begins. As the animal is looking in the opposite direction or dropping its head to eat, make your way from cover to cover, using trees and bushes to hide your movements. Move slow and quietly. Rushing the stalk is a very common mistake amongst hunters. Here are some other ways to ensure a successful stalk.
- Full camouflage
- Stay below the brush line, even if that means belly crawling
- Move slowly
- It simply can’t be said enough: slow way, way down.
- Make your steps precise. Always aware of where your target is, keep a close eye on where you are placing your feet. Step lightly but precisely.
- Walk heel-to-toe, which means step on your heel and roll your foot to the toe. This gradually transfers your body weight.
- One great trick is to shed your boots and stalk in your socks for the final approach.
- Reduce your odor by bathing as often as possible with unscented soaps and avoid any unnatural scents like after-shave, chewing gum, or insect repellant.
- Stay downwind of the animal. Test the wind continually using thread, down, talcum powder, fine dust, or a lighter. If the wind starts blowing the wrong way, back off and try again later.
These quick tips will help you have a successful spot and stalk hunt. For information about spot and stalk or other hunting techniques, or to schedule a hunt give us a call at 405-HOG-WILD.
October 7, 2014 No Comments
We get a surprising number of father-son and father-daughter hunts at our facility. It's probably because we're very family-oriented. Hog Wild encourages family hunting as part of an education in the value of the outdoors. It's as important to our family as it is to yours.
When we built our facility we knew we wanted to accommodate two-person and family hunts. We realize it's a bonding experience when a parent can teach their child how to hunt. So we allow room for that experience and encourage families to come out and enjoy hunts together.
All of our stands are big, comfortable two-person ladder stands that allow for fathers to show their son or daughter how to hunt. Even our ground blinds have two big office chairs in them so fathers can sit with their son or daughter and have a nice solid rest to shoot the gun on.
Many high fence hunting facilities in the state have single ladder stands or small ground blinds that are built for just one person. It's difficult, if not impossible, to teach your child in a hands-on way how to hunt.
Although our two-person stands and blinds are great for fathers and their kids, they also accommodate two grown men. So feel free to bring your hunting buddy or your wife and enjoy a day hunting hogs.
The kids will also appreciate the short drive to our location, right off I-35. It's convenient for hunters to come out here and not need to stay overnight. You can take a quick day trip with your son or daughter and make some incredible memories.
We're less than hour from Oklahoma City, one hour from Lawton, just over 2 hours from Tulsa and 3 hours from Wichita or Dallas.
We're very flexible and prepared to accommodate family hunts. We have several hunters that choose to bring all the kids and sometimes Mom, too! Give us a call and we'll put a package together that will accommodate your individual family needs.
Make the short drive out here and experience all that Hog Wild has to offer. We look forward to seeing you!
September 16, 2014 No Comments
Dog hunting is a ton of fun. In fact, many think it's the most exciting way to hunt hogs. We've seen a lot more of them in recent months, and there tends to be a much higher success rate with these hunts.
In case you're not familiar with dog hunts, here's how they work.
Typically, two or three brindle dogs will pick up the scent of a pack of hogs. Then they track the hogs down, usually singling out one of the bigger hogs. They hold that hog in position by barking at it. At that point, you can come in and make an incision in the hog with a knife or spear.
At Hog Wild, we can be as involved as you want us to be in dog hunts. If you prefer to do the kill, we can do that. Or we can keep our distance. It's entirely up to you.
Summer hunts usually take place in the early morning or in the evening before the sun goes down, which is when the wild hogs move around the most in search of food.
We frequently have groups come in for a morning hunt, then hang out in the lodge all day, then go back out again to hunt in the evening. It makes for a really enjoyable day.
Just keep in mind, no firearms or bows are allowed on dog hunts. We don't want to have an incident with one of the dogs.
Whether you've hunted with dogs before or not, we'd love to have you out for a dog hunt. To schedule one, just give us a call at 405-HOG-WILD or 405-464-9453.
September 2, 2014 No Comments
We've got very exciting news! We will be hosting two exclusive events in September. This is your opportunity to go hog hunting with a United States military veteran. It's a great way to show our vets how much they really mean to us.
We will be working with two charities on two separate days. All proceeds go to Warriors for Freedom Foundation and Honoring America’s Warriors.
Hunt with a Hero
- Sept 6
- Honoring America’s Warriors
- $2,000 per sponsor
- Starts at 5am
Hoggin' with Heroes
- Sept 27
- Warriors for Freedom Foundation
- $1,500 per sponsor
- Starts at 1pm
Each sponsor and veteran team is allowed two hogs throughout the day. We will have a $500 prize for the biggest hog.
Anyone can be a sponsor, but we're limited to 10 sponsors for each event. If you're a company or an individual, we welcome you to sponsor a hunt. Contact us at 405-HOG-WILD for spot availability.
If you're interested in the Warriors for Freedom event, you can visit this page on their website for more information.
For more information on the Honoring America's Warriors, read this Facebook post.
August 19, 2014 1 Comment
Are you looking for a new hunting adventure? If you're tired of hunting the same old animals, you may enjoy hunting some of the exotics we added back in April. We have Corsican Rams, Rambouillet Rams and Catalina Goats.
All of our exotics have one set price regardless of size, whereas some other facilities will charge you more for larger animals.
The reason we did that is because we have a lot of father and son hunts. We didn't want a father to come in with his son on their first big hunt and see a animal that they can't shoot because it's larger and would cost more.
In other words, we don't want anyone to feel like they need to hold back shooting "the big one" because of cost. So, it's all one set price.
Rambouillet Rams are white and grey in color with kinky twisted hair. Mature ewes will have a fleece weight of 8 to 18 pounds with a yield of 35 to 55 percent. The fleece staple length will vary from two to four inches and range in fiber diameter from 18.5 to 24.5 microns. Horns curl up, out, down and back out with curls exceeding 30 inches in length. Mature sheep weigh between 250 and 300 pounds.
These goats tend to be black, brown, reddish brown, or white. However, other colors are not uncommon. The males have horns that grow up and back from the head in large twists. Large males can weigh up to 175 pounds with the female weighing 80 pounds.
Corsican Rams are brown with bold black accents on neck, sides, and legs. There's usually a three to eight inch mane on lower neck of males. Horns in males circle and turn outward at tips. Lengths are 14 inches and up, typically 28 to 35 inches in adults. The males' horns can weigh up to 30 lbs and can actually outweigh the rest of the bones in their bodies, combined. Females, called ewes, also have horns that are smaller. Corsican males typically weigh between 130 and 160 lbs; females 80 to 100 lbs.
Hunters can choose the Spot and Stalk method, Bow Hunting, Rifle Hunting, Black Powder, Safari Style Hunting, Handgun, as well as hunting from a Blind. We can accommodate hunters of any age and experience level, as well as hunters, which have physical disabilities or may be confined to a wheelchair.
Our prices are listed on our Expeditions page.
We can get any animal you want to hunt. If you want zebras, we can get zebras. Give us a call and let us know what you're interested in hunting. Schedule your next exotic hunt by calling 405-HOG-WILD or 405-464-9453.
August 5, 2014 No Comments
It's no secret that the wild hog population in Oklahoma causes a huge amount of damage to property and food crops every year. Wild hogs have become a menace in almost all of the southern states.
One of our goals at Hog Wild is to help farmers and land owners alleviate the problems that hogs are causing on their land.
Local hogs, local problems
We work with professional trappers and land owners around the central Oklahoma area to pull hogs off land where they have been causing problems. This commercial wildlife management serves to augment the work done by the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife to control and contain wild hog populations.
Because predator populations have declined, hunting serves as a last gap measure to manage hog over-population. Even with hunting and government culling efforts, hog populations are still not under control.
Sows can begin breeding at 6 months old and can have up to 3 litters a year. In just a few years time, two hogs can turn into several hundred. This makes wildlife management critical to prevent damage to other animal populations and commercial crops.
Ethical hunting and trapping
We pay fair market rates for the hogs we purchase to help land owners recover some of the cost of repairing hog damage on their property.
Additionally, when a hog is killed on our reserve and the hunter doesn't want to take the hog with them, we make sure no meat goes to waste by donating hog meat to local organizations focused on feeding those in need.
We also have limitations on what animals we purchase and only buy from trappers who use cages – in our opinion, the safest and most humane way to trap wild hogs.
We do not purchase animals that have been trapped using snares or dogs. While we don't feel there's really an ethical issue with using dogs to hunt, dogs tend to damage hog ears, ruining trophy opportunities for those looking to have their kill mounted.
So if you're a land owner looking to have hogs removed from your land or a trapper who'd like to help, get in touch to see if there's an opportunity for us to work together.
July 15, 2014 2 Comments
For those who have visited Hog Wild, Matt Wetzel is a familiar face. As our lead guide, he's responsible for coordinating every hunt and making sure that our visitors have a fun and safe experience.
He shares his in-depth knowledge to help our guests become better hunters on and off the reserve.
Hunting from the start
Matt was born and raised in Wisconsin. He began hunting when he was eight years old and went on frequent hunting trips with his family – bringing down his first deer on a trip to the wilds of Montana.
Those early trips sparked a lifelong love of the sport and he's chased new and exciting opportunities to hunt ever since.
Towards the end of high school Matt visited a friend whose family owned a hunting outfitter in northern Idaho. This trip kickstarted his career as a guide and he returned at every breaking in his high school and college schedule to build his skills an eventually began leading hunts.
Big game expert
While working at Russell Pond Outfitters in Idaho, Matt became an expert at hunting big game including elk and mountain lion. Deep snowfall, high elevations, and rough terrain helped him quickly develop and impressive set of stalking and tracking skills.
He met hunters from all over the world and was invited to lead exotic hunts for many of those visitors. In fact, that's how we met Matt – while hunting with him in Idaho.
When it was time to start our reserve, we knew who to call.
Matt's said that the favorite part of his job is meeting new people.
Fans of hunting have an instant connection. Even if they're complete strangers, people who visit the reserve can find that in common. There's no searching or straining for small talk.
If you haven't met Matt yet, booking a hunt with us may be worth it just for his stories alone.
We're happy to have him as our guide and if you come out to the reserve, we think you'll be happy with him too.
July 1, 2014 1 Comment