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I'm going feral hog hunting in southern Ohio here in the next few weeks. Its going to be an all weekend camp/hunt trip. I have r

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  • #16
    DakotaMan is right. I believe feral hogs in the U.S. are descended for Russian boars, and are every bit as big and mean.
    In countries where they co-exist with tigers, wild hogs are the main food source, but many times a tiger is gored to death by a wild boar in self defense.
    Be guided accordingly.

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    • #17
      You were WARNED The life you save may be YOURS!!

      Its better to be OVER GUNNED Then NOT!!

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      • #18
        Most of the answers come from guys and thier experience, they are doing thier best not to preach.You have been given some very good advice,Treestand put an explanation point on it with his last post.Good luck

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        • #19
          Drewbreman, will your quarry range in size to over 300 pounds? Will the the boars have razor sharp tusks over three inches in length? Will they be descendants of feral hogs from the south east? Will they be expected to make unprovoked attacks? Will you be hunting in thick brush? Will you be hunting on foot? Do you understand what a two inch deep cut on your leg feels like?

          If the answer to any of these questions is "yes", please consider bringing enough gun. If youngfisherman is doing this with a .22LR, I wish him well and hope his organ donor card is up to date.

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          • #20
            DakodaMan I am using a 22WMR not a 22LR.

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            • #21
              22-250 should work just fine, i shot a 175 pound hog a couple years ago with a 243 and droped it. But i did nick the heart.

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              • #22
                Sure you can do it with a .22 250 or even a .22 WMR but I just want to say the last feral that turned on me took two 350 grain rounds from my 45-70 and slid to a stop 5 feet from me and the idot who ut shot it with a bow. The first shot went through the left front of the shoulder and through the left lung the second round went through the bottom of the skull and into the chest cavity. Note my 45-70 round work up produces just over 3000 foot lbs of energy. Given my hunting group got roped into taking a friends new boy toy and my job was to quickly put down any hogs he shot bad. when he went 2/3on gut shots with a bow then we took his weapon away from him. (we shot for 25 yards on our knees. when he shot the hog spun a few times trying for the arrow then charged us) Take both and use the shotgun for the majority of your hunting and keep the 22-250 for yotes and piglets.

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                • #23
                  idiot and no ut sorry about the spelling errors

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                  • #24
                    I dont think the hogs around here are that intense. I have heard of a few 300 pounders and a few at 400lbs but the majority are under 150lbs i think. Im kinda scared to think about the pigs you guys are after!lol Are you all hunting pure russian boar?

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                    • #25
                      Feral hogs are known as the poor man's grizzly bear, and just about as safe to hunt if you are sure you won't run across a big one.
                      Count on it. That's what guardian angels are for.
                      Living life on the edge can be very exciting.

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                      • #26
                        Drew, I grew up on a farm and fed big hogs my whole life. I wasn't too concerned about my first feral hog hunt. Shooting another pig just didn't seem too exciting to me. During that first hunt, I quickly realized that these are VERY wild hogs and they bare a much stronger resemblance to a rhinocerous than they do a farm hog.

                        They have learned to survive in the wild by being tough and by being mean. The boars are very territorial and will attack you when you enter their territory. You may not see them before they charge. I have carried my pistol at the ready and wasn't able to pull it up for a shot before they made it to me; they were that fast.

                        I'm frankly surprised that we don'g hear more about people being killed by them. I suspect it is because most of us manly men don't want others to know how stupid we were to hunt feral hogs with a pop gun. I'd simply suggest that you plan to be overgunned until you get a little experience and can make up your own mind.

                        youngfisherman, my appologies... .22 WMR it is... please keep those organ donor cards up to date. Little pigs abound but they have a granddaddy running around somewhere out there and you might meet him up close and personal one day.

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                        • #27
                          Yeah i think im taking my pump gun with us to just in case. That will give us two pump guns and a rifle if we get a distance shot.Those hornady sst slugs at 2,000 feet per second should do the trick out of the ole Remington!

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                          • #28
                            I agree with those recommending the slug gun. Wild pigs are much tougher than deer. A few years ago I had to put two 12 gauge slugs in one to put it down. I've also had to shoot one twice with a .45-70.
                            Trump 2020 - Keep America Great!

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                            • #29
                              This is why I love this blog. Drewbeman asked a great question and got a lot of great information from guys that know what they're taliking about. Great job!

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                              • #30
                                Forgot to mention never try to shoot them between the eyes they have a very thick scull plate it can deflect smaller calibers

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