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I am the Nuisance Wildlife Control Specialist for my company. It is a part time duty but a great way to get a break from my normal much more mundane job. Since 2003 till the end of 2013 the fewest feral pigs I have killed in a year is 18. The most is 73. That was in 2007 after two years of our hunting lease not being hunted. We have a 2000 acre property. Most of 2005 and 2006 everyone was pretty involved in the Katrina recovery.

I have killed pigs with everything from a piece of pipe with an elbow welded on the end to the most modern cartridges from rifles and handguns. Most were shot with a CCI Velocitor or a 45 Colt either from a Taurus pump or Ruger Blackhawk. I have guided hunts and seen hog shot with a variety of things including two shot with an air rifle.

I have read stories of hogs deflecting 44 mags with their armored chest. I read about hunters shooting pigs multiple times and having them run off. I hear of shot pigs that take hits, run away and never leave a drop of blood.

The first thing to make a successful pig hunt is understanding pig anatomy. A pigs vitals are lower in the chest cavity than a deer, the animal most hunters have experience with. Most of those multiple shots were too high and a lot of the follow-ups missed. The pig died later after either bleeding out or from infection. You couldn't find blood because of the fat. After the bullet passes through the fat, generally a 1/2 to 1 inch layer closes the wound and most of the blood stays in the body cavity.

That armored plate is fat, gristle and a very tough hide not AR 500 plate. A head on chest shot is even more quickly sealed and more prone to being too high. They died, just not right then. You didn't find it because you tried to track it like a deer. No blood trail so you couldn't find it. Have you ever shot a rabbit or armadillo with 22? Were you surprised when they jumped five feet in the air then took off? You hit them with the equivalent of hitting a deer with a 300 magnum. Yet they absorbed the energy and ran until they died. A pig does the same thing only it can take a harder hit and run a lot farther before the body stops or the nervous system shuts down.

How do you track a wounded pig? Give it time to bleed out then start in the direction it went in. Pigs tend to travel very well established trails that look like tunnels through the thick brush. Look for the thickest area close by and crawl into it. You'll most likely find your pig.

I hunt a lot with dogs and after the catch our pigs are killed with a knife to the heart. Most use a pocket knife with a three inch or so blade. The heart is that close to the rib cage. They all die with very little blood on the ground but a chest cavity full. Fat in action again.

The best place shoot a pig is the head, neck or two to three inches up from the bottom just behind the front leg and in that order of preference. My buddy always says the best place to shoot a pig is right beside the skinning shed or next to the truck.

Disclaimer: I'm not trying to call anyone out. If you say you shot a pig with ten 454 rounds and it didn't kill it; i believe you but just barely. I just wanted to offer what I have found from lots of hunts in the hope it will make yours more successful!
 

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Amen on the crawling thru tunnels. I'll be way more certain of my shot placement next time. That would be serious no fun in snake season here in South Carolina. I was lucky it was cold enough to keep them immobile.
 

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I thought pigs ate snakes!!
That is one reason they are found in the same area. Pigs eat anything! Some of the best bait I've used is scraps from a seafood store. I believe the stink attracted them. Another control officer told me he shot a pig, sliced its belly and sprinkled it with cotton poison. That week he got several more pigs and a skunk that ate on the first pig. Poison is too indescriminate for me so I hunt or trap.
 

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I have recovered several hogs by smelling them. They tend to head for the thickest brush when hit, and if you circle downwind like a dog you can often get a whiff of them.
 
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