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Bow hunting feral pigs is an even greater challenge
Hunting bows are short-range hunting weapons. The effective range of a hunting bow is somewhere between 25 and 45 yards. Sure, you can shoot and harvest a wild hog beyond that range. However, when hunting feral pigs with a bow, hunters should strive for quick and clean kills, not distance records. The longer the shot, the greater the chance to wound the animal and condemn it to a slow and painful death.
That’s not what hunting is all about.
Arrows kill by cutting vital blood vessels and major organs. Arrows do not drop animals on the spot, only bullets from high-powered rifles do.
Therefore, your arrow must hit the areas where major blood vessels and organs are concentrated to do lethal damage. Your missile also must penetrate far enough to cut through as many blood vessels and organs as possible. If an arrow is shot from too far, misses vital vessels, and therefore lacks penetration, the wild hog will survive. Nevertheless, it may eventually die from sepsis.
Bow hunting feral pigs takes technical skills and practice
To learn proper bow hunting techniques is the way to prevent unnecessary suffering.
Feral pig target on range (wiki)
Bow hunting in general, and bow hunting feral pigs in particular, takes much technical knowledge of the weapon and practice with it. Fellow hunters and now also CDFW sponsored bow hunting clinics go a long way to becoming a good bow hunter.
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife conducts or sponsors an educational program for bow hunters. The next class in the bow hunter education program is scheduled for March 1, 2017. It is scheduled for four evenings between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. at the Maya Archery Range in Roseville, California. The cost is $ 10.00 per participant.
CDFW also conducts advanced bow hunting classes that emulate the successful pattern or the CDFW advanced hunting clinics. Registration for the next advanced bow hunting clinic opens on March 1, 2017. This advanced bow hunting clinic will be held on June 10, 2017, at the Maya Archery Range. Unfortunately, registration for the class is already closed.
More bow hunting classes scheduled
Don’t despair, all is not lost. Consult this alternative list of bow hunter education events. You may find an open spot there.
Hunters intent on bow hunting feral pigs must learn to overcome the natural defenses their prey. Pigs are smart, learn quickly, and adapt easily and quickly to changing habitat conditions. Wild pigs, in addition, also have keen hearing and a superb sense of smell. Moreover, feral pigs are social animals that live in close family groups, called sounders, under the guidance of a dominant female.
Thus, pig hunters have to overcome and fool dozens of suspicious eyes, ears, and superbly efficient noses to get close to a foraging or moving group. Rarely ever do hunters meet a feral pig all by itself. And if they do, it most likely will turn out to be a male boar. The sounder females expel males at an early age (about 18 months) to live a solitary life. Except during the rut when male boar join the sounder in search of females.
Consequently, a lone feral pig is usually a male pig. Lacking the support from the eyes, ears, and noses of a group, male boar are often easier to surprise.
Unless you hunt at the Big Horn Ranch. Watch a short video one of our readers shot while hunting “wild boar” at the Big Horn Ranch near Riverside.