Hog Hunting: The 6 Biggest Myths About Hunting, Killing, and Eating Big Boars

Don’t believe these common misconceptions—go hog wild

Veteran tusker-tracker and outdoor write Luke Clayton hr Las been hunting Texas hogs for more than 40 years. He’s tracked and put down porkers with everything from knives to flintlock rifles to longbows

While hog-hunting has gained in popularity in the four-plus decades he’s been afield, Clayton reports there’s been no change in the fundamental basics of tracking and putting down porkers. But many newcomers, and even some longtime aficionados, have misconceptions about how to hunt them and prepare them as tablefare.

Here are Clayton’s six most commonly-cited fallacies about hog hunting.

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Digital Crosshairs Night Vision Clip-on

Digital Crosshairs night vision clip-on can help you bring home more tails.

I you got these guys (wild hogs) then you need this guy ( Digital Crosshairs 1000 Night Vision Clip-on). Turn any rifle scope into a digital night vision scope in less than one minute with night time vision over 200+ yards.

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Feral Hogs Running Wild In Arkansas; Causing Problems For Farmers

ARKANSAS COUNTY, Ark. – Feral hogs cause an estimated $1 billion dollars in crop damage alone in the U.S. every year. The hogs have also increased in population in Arkansas causing major headaches for farmers.

There are hundreds of animals who call the Natural State home, but farmers say one animal has overstayed it’s welcome.

“They are a whole lot like that Tasmanian devil that use to be on Looney Tunes. They just tear everything up,” Davis said.

Source: Feral Hogs Running Wild In Arkansas; Causing Problems For Farmers

Digital Crosshairs night vision clip-on

Digital Crosshairs night vision clip-on converts any standard day scope into a digital day or night vision scope.  Easy to attach in less than one minute.  No re-sighting required.

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Hunting the wild hog


April 9, 2018

By Dan Chapman, Public Affairs Specialist

Elrod lives alone on this 40-square mile barrier island below Savannah. He works when he wants — daybreak, late afternoon, middle of the night. His office is the salt marshes, sandy beaches, maritime forests and cypress swamps that make up one of Georgia’s most beautiful sea islands.

“I never would’ve imagined that this would be my job,” Elrod says, trundling through Ossabaw’s swampy midsection in a scruffy Chevy truck with an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle riding shotgun. “But I sure do enjoy doing it.”

He is, officially, a “hog control technician” for the Georgia Department of Natural Resources — the only full-time, government-paid wild boar hunter in the South. The specialness of his job owes to the rapaciousness of the hogs. They’re a nasty, eat-everything, invasive species that are alien to Ossabaw and run roughshod over flora and fauna

 

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Digital Crosshairs Night Vision Clip-on

Digital Crosshairs night vision clip-on can help you bring home more tails.

If you got these guys (wild hogs) then you need this guy ( Digital Crosshairs 1000 Night Vision Clip-on). Turn any rifle scope into a digital night vision scope in less than one minute with night time vision over 200+ yards.

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County coyote population appears to be steady

  • Oct 4, 2018


A coyote spotted early Aug. 24 in the southern part of Beaver Township was killed later in the day by the Pennsylvania Game Commission after an officer observed its unusually fearless behavior. The coyote is believed to be one of this year’s pups, weighing about 20 pounds instead of the average adult weight of 50 to 60 pounds. It’s not unusual for coyotes or foxes to be out during the day, but animal control officers or local police should be notified if an animal shows signs of mental or physical abnormality.

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Digital Crosshairs Night Vision Clip-on

Digital Crosshairs night vision clip-on can help you bring home more tails.

If you got these guys (coyotes) then you need this guy ( Digital Crosshairs 1000 Night Vision Clip-on). Turn any rifle scope into a digital night vision scope in less than one minute with night time vision over 200+ yards.

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South Carolina Night Hunting Regulations

South Carolina DNR 2018 Regulations – Feral Hogs

Feral hogs may be hunted at night on a registered property on which a person has a lawful right to hunt, using any legal firearm, bow and arrow, or crossbow. This includes the use of bait, electronic calls, artificial lights, and night vision devices. A property may be registered online on the SCDNR website (www.dnr.sc.gov/nighthunt), and must be registered annually. It is unlawful to hunt feral hog at night on property not registered with SCDNR. Persons convicted of night hunting for deer, bear, or turkey during the previous five years are ineligible to hunt feral hogs at night.

Source: SCDNR – Rules and Regulations

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How to compare digital night vision scopes

Raccoon night vision view with Digital Crosshairs

If you are thinking about getting a digital night vision scope to do some night hunting you may be wondering how to compare them.  Well there are some factual metrics you can use as a base line.

All digital night vision is built using a digital video camera board that is looking through optics and here is where you start your comparison.  Most vendors don’t tell you the specification of these components but that does not mean you can’t ask.

Digital video camera boards are rated in resolution and light sensitivity.  The resolution is described as the number of television lines of clearity (TVL) and the light sensitivity is rated in LUX.  The smaller the LUX rating the more sensitivity the camera board has to light, the better it can see with low levels of light.

The video camera boards used to build Digital Crosshairs 1000 has a very low LUX rating of .03 LUX.  The video camera board has a resolution of 1000 TVL.  The systems resolution is a combination of the video camera board and the quality of the lens it uses. Digital Crosshairs 1000 uses 3meg large format IR lenses that gather light with high levels of efficiency.

So the first questions you want to ask the manufacturer of a digital night vision scope is:

  1. What is the resolution of the video board camera that they are using?
  2.  What LUX level is the video board camera that they are using?
  3. How many megapix is the lens they are using?
  4. How powerful is the IR illuminator that comes with the scope?

This will not totally define the quality of the system you are evaluating but is comparable to asking a car dealer what kind of motor you get with the car.

All digital night vision systems have a video display.  Digital Crosshairs 1000 uses a large 4.3″ rail attached display that is 320X240 in resolution.  The digital night vision systems that are fabricated to look like a traditional scope with an eye piece to look into use a near-eye display, but it is still a display.  The resolution of a mobile night vision device is limited to reduce the battery drain.  Analog display of a lower resolution than digital displays consume less power so they last longer in the field.   Night vision resolution does not have the same visual perception as day vision.  Digital night vision is traditionally high contrast black and white images.

Clarity is going to be a function of the video camera board, scope optics, and the display.  The clarity at different magnifications and ranges will depend on if the solution is using a digital zoom or physical magnification from the glass optics.  Digital Crosshairs 1000 uses the physical magnification of the glass optics.  The better the optics you attach it to, the clearer your image.  Digital magnification is stretching a limited number of pixels until the image blurs.  Using a scope with an adjustable objective,  Digital Crosshairs 1000 will focus clearly at any magnification level on the scope.

The quality of a digital night vision device is the result of the quality of it’s components.  Lesson here or at least my advice, don’t judge a book by it’s cover.  Technology advances very rapidly so make sure you are not paying for 2016 technology in 2018.  Digital Crosshairs 1000 is built so that the night vision capture board can easily be upgraded as the technology advances.

There are a lot of good choices but if you are considering a clip-on that you can use with multiple scoped guns and crossbows please give  us a look.

Digital FOV, LLC

www.digitalcrosshairs.net of call 404-590-6513

Digital Crosshairs 1000 night vision clip-on

Night Vision: Can I Legally Hunt With It?

Is Night Vision Legal?

Generally, this is an easy question to answer. Night vision and thermal devices are legal to own in the United States. Through my research, I found out that only California has laws regarding illegal sniper scopes.

The California law states that it is illegal to possess any attachment, device, or similar contrivance designed for or adaptable to use on a firearm which, through the utilization of a projected infrared light source and electronic telescope, enables the operator thereof to visually determine and locate the presence of objects during the nighttime.

Other night vision devices are perfectly legal, though.

learn more at:  https://outdoorempire.com/legally-hunting-with-night-vision/

Digital Crosshairs 1000 is an affordable night vision clip-on that converts your scope into a digital night vision scope with Gen 2+ capabilities at a Gen 1 price.  See it at www.digitalcrosshairs.net

 

Digital Night Vision, Intensifier Tube, and Thermal Scope Comparison

Generally Speaking

We think Digital Crosshairs 1000 night vision clip-on is a great choice but here is some general information to think about when deciding on a night vision product.

Night Vision Clip-on - Digital Crosshairs
Night Vision Clip-on – Digital Crosshairs

It don’t have to cost thousands of dollars to kill a few hogs in the dark!

About Night Hunting-

  • All dedicated night vision and thermal scopes will cause temporary night blindness after looking through them in the dark. Your eye pupils will shrink from the light in the scope and will take a few seconds to re-open and adjust to the darkness. Only exception are Digital Crosshairs and NiteSite products that use LCD displays.
  • It is very hard to judge distance when you are in the dark and your only field of view is through your night vision device.
  • No night vision scope is as clear as a high quality day vision scope.  It is the best of both world using a clip-on.
  • Check with your night vision manufacturer about maximum caliber weapons they support.

Digital Night Vision

Pros Cons
Gen 2 or better equivalent at lower Cost. More natural image, easier to identify target than thermal IR reflects off leave & brush affecting visibility
Use Day or Night Smoke and fog decrease visibility
Tougher, more rugged Requires IR illuminator for optimal use
Cost less than thermal and Intensifier tube technology IR illuminator has faint glow that may give your position away
Clear target identification at 50 to 150+  yards Optics do not compare with high quality day scopes
Many have video output and/or record capabilities Some have programmable features may not be practical in fast pace hunting situation
Fast startup time, sometime instant on Camouflage is often still effective.
Can see through windows
Better visibility in rain than thermal
High contrast black and white night vision image
CMOS night vision sensors do not have limited life span like intensifier tubes and thermal

 

Intensifier Tube (I2) Night Vision

Pros Cons
More natural image, easier to identify target than thermal Fog, smoke and dust obscures the image
Gen 3 on has longer range than most digital night vision Larger/Heavier
Cheaper than thermal optics Worthless during the day or in lighted rooms
Benefits from IR illuminator but Gen 2-4 intensify light without IR Camouflage is often still effective.
Sensitive can be damaged if exposed to bright light
Bright lights and fire stacks will cause them to shut off for protections
Limited lifespan
More expensive than digital night vision
Cannot handle large caliber weapons
 Optics do not compare with high quality day scopes

 

Thermal Night Vision

The major difference with thermal-IR is that thermal-IR is emitted by an object instead of reflected off it. No light source is required with thermal.

Pros Cons
See in any lighting conditions – Day and Night Nearly impossible to positively ID person except with most expensive equipment
See through smoke/fog/dust/sand Image requires some training to interpret
See through leaves, brush and thin materials Hot objects like rocks and hot building in urban areas will wash out human and animal heat signatures
Track residual heat (handprints, footprints) Long startup/warm up time
Works in absolute darkness Thermal optics cannot see through windows
Give off no light, will not give your position away Extreme cold can affect the quality of a thermal image
Long range target acquisition Generally more expensive
Many have video out capabilities Larger and heavier
Fast target acquisition Does not work in rain, misty, very humid conditions
Durable solid state technology Optics do not compare with high quality day scopes

Closing thoughts

To some extent, buying night vision is like buying a car.  There are some really good choices out there and a few lemons.  One thing to remember, you can’t see in the dark so if you plan to move around stalking none of these will help you get around.

Digital Crosshairs night vision clip-on has an LCD display that give off just enough light that you can see where you are stepping, but not so much as to alert the animals you are hunting.

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Night Vision Hog Hunting and Small Town Economies

Night vision hog hunting using Digital Crosshairs night vision clip-on
Night vision hunt using Digital Crosshairs night vision clip-on

Night Vision Hog Hunting and Small Town Economies

Hunting season has always brought the weekend hunter’s dollars into rural areas for a welcome influx of revenue.  Everyone is happy in the fall to see the camo wearing hunter who spend hundreds if not thousands with hunting guides, hotels, restaurants, meat processors, ice, taxidermy, gas, and even at convenience stores on beer and potato chips.  Yes, hunting season is an important seasonal revenue generator for rural communities.

Historically it was primarily deer, turkey, and small game seasons but now the wild hog population is turning hunting into a year round revenue opportunity in many areas.  In states like Georgia, Florida, and Texas where wild hogs are a serious problem, hog hunting season is a year round, day and night opportunity for everyone in the industry.

In the small South Georgia town of Alapaha, Owen Farm Hunting Preserve was just doing day hunts during traditional hunting seasons with a little hog hunting after deer season ended.  Hogs are mostly nocturnal so this was pretty limited to early evenings and morning hunts.  This fall they purchased two low cost night vision clip-ons called Digital Crosshairs 1000, which for $600 each allowed them to have two hunters in the field at night hunting hogs at premium price.  This was revenue on the table just waiting to be claimed.  Now they have wild hog night vision hunts booked for months in advance.  Not only does this bring in revenue for Owen Farm Hunting Preserve, but the meat processor, a local farm house that is rented to hunters for boarding, and the local stores are all gaining.  Most of the extra dollars they make are being circulated several times in the local community before leaving adding to the health of the town.

The wild hog problem combined with lower cost night vision equipment has opened doors for rural areas to capitalize.  The new affordable night vision hunting equipment enables outfitters on a low budget to now enter the game without risking thousands of dollar on expensive night vision gear.  Before it cost $3000 to $4000+ for good night vision gear and if it had to go in for repair the outfitter had to bear the lost revenue from canceled hunts.  Now with products like Digital Crosshairs 1000, low budget outfitters can compete with the big guys.  Only in America!

For the rural community it is not just the outfitter that benefits.  Every hog that is killed for meat has to be butchered and processed.  Rural area meat processors are also making year round income whereas before the popularity of hog hunting, most of their revenue came from a very short deer and turkey season.  It may seem small but meat has to be packed in ice and trucks run on gas, sales of which are another hog hunting related influx of revenue to small towns.  It all adds up.

Many of the dollars earned in rural areas are spent several times in rural areas before they leave.  The outfitter who earns dollars from hunters is spending it on gas, housing, food, entertainment, church donations, child care, car repairs, and other things at businesses in their communities.

Yes, wild hogs are a true problem for the ecology and farmers.  Truth be told, they also are an income opportunity for many workers in rural areas where there are not many other income opportunities.

By Henry Johns

Night Vision Marketing Division

Digital FOV, LLC

Phone 404-590-6513

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Digital Night Vision – A money maker for hunting outfitters

Digital Night Vision - A killer Technology
Digital Night Vision – A killer Technology

New Digital Night Vision
A Money Making Opportunity for Hunting Outfitters

Advances in low cost digital IR night vision products like Digital Crosshairs 1000 night vision clip-on lets outfitters get into the night hunting business for an investment as low as $600.

BYOG – “Bring Your Own Gun” guided night vision hunts, since it mounts on any scope in minutes.  BYOG and ammo futher reduces the outfitters cost.

With most digital night vision systems, you can expect to get digital high contrast black and white night vision 150+ yards out, how far do your average clients shoot? As a business decision, why pay more?

How much money are you leaving on the night vision table?  While you sleep, others are raking in the cash with happy hunters enjoying an exciting experience.

Hog shot using Digital Crosshairs 1000 night vision
Hog shot using Digital Crosshairs 1000 night vision clip-on

If your an outfitter taking hunters out at night with a dedicated night vision scope or thermal,  you can’t see what they are shooting unless you have two night vision devices.  Then you still don’t really know what they are looking at.  With digital products like Digital Crosshairs 1000 just look over the hunters shoulder and everyone in the group can see what they are targeting.  A lot more fun for everyone and safer for you as a professional guide.

Return on investment?  How about one or two hunts and it’s paid for.  The rest is all profit!  Don’t wait, start earning night hunting cash now.

Call 404-590-6513 today or visit us on the web at www.digitalcrosshairs.net