Best Hog Hunting Gun For 2021

Digital Crosshairs 1000 night vision clip-on with harvested hog

The best hog hunting gun for 2021 is the AR15 in the affordable knock down caliber of 762/39.

Lots of articles are written every year about which rifle or cartridge is best for hog hunting.  Everyone has an opinion.  Just like cars and trucks, brand loyalty plays a big part and let’s be honest, most of the web articles on the best of anything are really paid advertisements.

Best Hog Hunting Calibers
Best Hog Hunting Calibers

I am a hog hunter.  I have hunted with .223, 30-30, 300 blackout, 6.5 Grendel, 762/39 and 12-gauge shotguns.  As a hog hunter, I want a semi-auto with knock down power.  It is just no fun searching around at night in the brush for wounded or dead hogs that ran 50 or 100 yards after you shot them.   Yea, some will read this and say they can kill a hog with a .22, sure with the perfect shot.  If you ever get the pleasure of feeling the adrenaline running down your body standing in a field full of running wild feral hogs, forget that perfect shot.

When I night vision wild hog hunt with my buddy Andy at Owen Farm Hunting Preserve in South Georgia, it sounds like a war zone with his AR15 and mine rapid firing at wild feral hogs stampeding across dark fields in every direction.  It’s just too much excitement.  That is what night vision and thermal scopes were made for!

You can sit in a blind with night vision overlooking a bait site, walk and stalk after dark in fields, hunt hogs with dogs, or even from helicopters.  Night hunting using night vision, thermal or just a green light is getting very popular and a must for any hunter’s bucket list.  I use Digital Crosshairs Night Vision Clip-on because it lets me keep my great glass optics for daylight hunting and use the same rifle+scope setup at night with no re-zeroing necessary.

Digital Crosshairs 1000 Night Vision Clip-on
Digital Crosshairs 1000 Night Vision Clip-on

You may be surprised that my go-to rifle of choice, and in my opinion the best hog hunting gun for 2021 is the 762/39 AR15 platform.  I have hunted with several different guns.  To be honest, there are many great hog hunting guns but in this year’s environment, which ones can the average hunter afford to shoot.  The cost of ammo today is something to be considered.  I love my Grendel but it cost 70 cents to $1.50 every time I pull the trigger.  Most other calibers heavy enough for hogs are also pretty pricy.   I use Wolf 762/39 HP which does the job well out to 200+ yards, has knock down power, and best of all is affordable at a cost of about 40 cent a round.

Feral hog populations are exploding in the United States, especially in Texas, Georgia, South Carolina and Florida. What other big game can you hunt day or night, and year-round in many states.  What every your choice of rifle or caliber, enjoy the hunt!

Learn about Digital Crosshairs Night Vision Clip-on products at:

www.digitalcrosshairs.net

or call 404-590-6513

Night Vision Hunting 101

 

Hunting with a night vision scope or night vision clip-on is a great way to hunt hogs, coyote, and other nocturnal predators.

Night vision uses projected invisible IR light that animals and people can not see to brighten up a field for viewing .   Many of these systems can see 200+ yards in total darkness.  The distance they see is mostly dependent on the power of the IR illuminator used.

Hog seen at night using Digital Crosshairs 1000 night vision clip-on
Digital Crosshairs 1000 night vision clip-on

Unlike thermal scopes that see heat signatures, night vision scopes see IR and other light that is reflected back into the scope.  Reflected back is the key phase here.  I was recently hunting a very large peanut field in South Georgia.  We used a thermal monocular to scan the field for hogs and spotted a group of them about 500 yards away.  That is way too far for the IR night vision on my gun.  Remember, night vision sees reflected IR light so in order to see something 500 yards away you would need an IR illuminator that was powerful enough to shine 500 yards.  It is possible but would weigh a ton mounted on a rifle so gets impractical.  That is why I use a hand held thermal monocular when walk and stalk hunting large fields and need to scan over 200 yards.

Scanning horizontally across a field with night vision is different from looking down at a feeder.  It goes back to reflected IR light.  When I was standing in that peanut field in the dark, my IR illuminator was reflecting off the ground and peanut plants.  Above the peanut plants was 500+ yards of nothing but darkness, nothing at all to reflect back off, that is, until I found the hogs.

So, let me paint the picture.  Night vision looking at black hogs in a dark peanut field.  Everything from the ground up appeared brightly lite up from the IR.  The black hogs gave a good contrast from the bright peanut plants but were less distinguishable from the black background of the horizon above them.  If they were white or brown hogs, they would have been much clearer against the dark background.

If I were in a stand looking down at these hogs the background would not be the horizon, it would be the peanuts and soil.  A much better contrast. See the difference.  If I were standing in the field looking toward a tree lined edge of the field the trees and brush would make a good reflective background to see the hogs versus looking into an open field.

The moral of the story here is, no matter what night vision scope or scope clip-on product you use, the quality of your view will only be as good as your IR illuminator light source.

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

Learn about Digital Crosshairs Night Vision Clip-on products at:

www.digitalcrosshairs.net

or call 404-590-6513

Night Vision Hog Hunting Cost

Night Vision Hog Hunting
Night Vision Hog Hunting with Digital Crosshairs 1000 night vision clip-on

Night vision hog hunting can be costly but for some of us the thrill is well worth it.  Night vision hunting is quite different than hunting during the day.  For one thing, you don’t have to hide, the darkness is your blind.   Think about it, most predators hunt at night for this reason and so do I.  It a real thrill!

But what does night vision hog hunting cost?  In addition to your rifle or crossbow and scope, you will need night vision equipment.  There are a lot of choices when it comes to this.  Thermal scopes, night vision scopes, digital night vision scope and night vision scope clip-ons pretty much cover your rifle optics choices.  Hand held thermal monocular are a great addition if the budget permits.  This lets you easily scan the darkness without having to raise your gun and look through the scope.   This is just the equipment cost and to be fair some hunter on a low budget use a powerful green or red flashlight to find their pray.   For occasional hunters most outfitters offer the option of renting night vision equipped rifles for the nights hunt.

Night vision hog hunt pigs getting skinned
Night vision hog hunt pigs getting skinned after hunt

The cost of night vision hunting after you get the equipment is still pretty costly.  See the table below for the cost of my hunt this week at Owen Farm Hunting Preserve in Alapaha, Ga.  This is was a good deal.  Many hunters pay that much just for the outfitter.  You can save some cash by processing your own hogs but for $50 each I rather pay someone.

Alapaha Night Vision Hog Hunt 8/10/21
Hog Outfitter  $  300.00
Processing 2 Hogs  $  100.00
Hotel  $    77.00
Gas  $    40.00
Total  $  517.00
Digital Crosshairs 1000 night vision clip-on with harvested hog

Learn about Digital Crosshairs Night Vision Clip-on products at:

www.digitalcrosshairs.net

or call 404-590-6513

Alabama House passes bill to allow Alabamians to hunt coyotes, hogs at night

Alabama House of Representatives on Thursday passed legislation that would allow Alabamians to purchase a special permit from the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources to hunt for coyotes and wild hogs at night.

“This is a conservation bill,” said state Rep. Danny Crawford, R-Athens, who is sponsoring House Bill 458.

Source: Alabama House passes bill to allow Alabamians to hunt coyotes, hogs at night

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Digital Crosshairs 1000 Night Vision Clip-on
Digital Crosshairs 1000 Night Vision Clip-on

Get Digital Crosshairs 1000 night vision clip-on and turn any standard rifle scope into a digital night vision scope.

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Concerns about feral hog encounters sparked by Austin Animal Protection officer’s injury | KXAN Austin

Wild hog in Austin Tx

The City of Austin is known for being a no-kill city, meaning in most circumstances the city will not kill animals. A spokesperson for Austin Animal Services explained the city’s no-kill status extends to wildlife, so the department doesn’t have a plan to manage or kill feral hogs.

City code and Austin Police General Orders, however, do allow officers to discharge firearms to stop a dangerous or aggressive animal that poses an imminent threat.

Source: Concerns about feral hog encounters sparked by Austin Animal Protection officer’s injury | KXAN Austin


Night Vision and Extreme Low Light With Any Scope!

Digital Crosshairs 1000

Digital Crosshairs 1000

Digital Crosshairs 1000 night vision clip-on takes you into the future of night vision at an affordable price the other guys really hate!  And yes, it can handle any level of recoil!

WWW.DIGITALCROSSHAIRS.NET OR CALL 404-590-6513

See video below

Mounts on any standard scope including but not limited to:

  • Leupold.
  • Schmidt Bender,
  • Nightforce,
  • Sightmark.
  • Burris.
  • Bushnell.
  • Barska.
  • Nikon.

Did you ever think that your rifle would have an LCD monitor for targeting?  Tanks, military ships, and fighter jet have used monitors for targeting for years.  Now circuit board based IR night vision with low light technology has enabled us to add digital night vision to any rifle scope for targeting in day light, low light or total darkness.

Digital Crosshairs 1000
Digital Crosshairs 1000 with hog at 100 yards

So how is that possible?  At Digital FOV we market a rifle scope clip-on that converts a standard rifle scope into a digital night vision rifle scope with a rail mounted LCD monitor.  For some traditionalist this is a bit much.  It changes all the rules related to shouldering a rifle and proper eye position behind the scope.  Eye position no longer matters because the shooters view is always from the optimal eye position no matter what angle viewed from.

With this rifle scope clip on, the shooter is seeing the field of view through the scope on the display in the correct eye position no matter what angle it is viewed from.  Why?  Because the Digital Crosshairs clip-on is attached to the eyepiece of the scope and provides a view directly down the tube of the scope.  Put it in the cross hairs and shoot.  It is that simple.

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New for 2021, Digital Crosshairs 1000 also has an optional FPV through the rifle scope targeting monocular. Take the display off and go totally stealth! This is great for hunting from a blind or any stationary sniper type positioning.  Game like immersive view of rifle scope crosshairs, but deadly real!

Night Vision Rifle Scope FPV
FPV accessory for Digital Crosshairs 1000 Night Vision Clip-on

Walking onward, blind hunter keeps love for outdoor sport in sight | Tri-state News | telegraphherald.com

PRAIRIE DU CHIEN, Wis. — When Don McCarthy purchases ammunition, the store clerk simply takes his money.

McCarthy insists no one has ever been unkind or scoffed when they hear he is going hunting.

That McCarthy, 63, is blind is unremarkable….

Source: Walking onward, blind hunter keeps love for outdoor sport in sight | Tri-state News | telegraphherald.com

 

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Yes, blind people hunt and enjoy shooting sports too.  Digital Crosshairs 1000A is just one of the tools designed to help physically disabled and bind individuals get out side and enjoy.

Adaptive rifle scope attachment for visually or physically challenged

Learn more at www.digitalcrosshairs.com

Or call 404-590-6513 and ask about adaptive equipment for blind and physically disabled hunters.

 

Legally blind man bags first buck – Examiner Online

Appenzeller lives with Cerebral Palsy and is legally blind, which presents a unique set of challenges for the 27-year-old Ft. Wayne, Ind., native. Despite the limitations, Appenzeller maintains a passion for the outdoors and has been hunting since his teenage years with the help of family and friends….

Source: Legally blind man bags first buck – Examiner Online

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Yes, blind people like to hunt too and Digital Crosshairs is one adaptive device that is used to help the bind and visually challenged indivuduals hunt.

Learn more at

http://digitalcrosshairs.com/

Or call 404-590-6513 and ask about adaptive rifle scope attachment for visually or physically challenged 

Western States Unite to Keep Feral Pigs from Crossing U.S.-Canada Border | Drovers

Invasive species councils in Montana and Washington are serious about preventing Canadian feral pigs from crossing into the western United States.

The Montana Invasive Species Council and Washington Invasive Species Council formed a large working group in early 2020 that consisted more than 40 federal, state and Canadian feral swine experts, reports the Daily Inter Lake.

Throughout 2020, the two councils discussed the challenges and opportunities to prevent the animals from crossing through interstate and international borders. In December,

Source: Western States Unite to Keep Feral Pigs from Crossing U.S.-Canada Border | Drovers

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Digital Crosshairs 1000 IR night vision clip-on adds night vision and low light capabilities to any day scope.  Mounts in less than one minute, with no re-sighting required.

Use on all Your Rifles Scopes for Night Vision 

Digital Crosshairs 1000 turns your day scope into a digital IR night vision scope.

Features

  • Converts a daytime rifle scope into a night vision rifle scope
  • 150-200+ yards night vision depending on scope and conditions
  • Fine image quality and resolution
  • Handles the heaviest recoils with no problem
  • Focusable 850nm long range IR illuminator
  • 6+ hour lithium-ion battery, with extra battery option
  • Weather resistant
  • Instant on, no warm-up required
  • Adapter fits any size scope up to 50mm eye piece
  • Upgradeable to future chip sets to protect your investment

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

Digital Crosshairs 1000 Customer Reviews:

“Cool Product
Went hunting last Saturday night. I recently got the DC1000 and mounted it to my Bushmaster AR with a Simmons 44Mag scope. Dropped a pig like a rock at 140yds.! Picture was good and clear. IR light will easily reach 200 yds. I was kinda nervous at that distance since I hadn’t shot anything with the DC1000 yet, but it worked like a charm. Just a little weird aiming with the screen as opposed to looking through the scope. Waiting to put it on my 22-250, but going to have to trim the rubber down so bolt handle will clear to reload. If you don’t have at least a 1/2? clearance between bolt handle and scope, prior to mounting camera, you will have difficulty reloading. Would be really good if it came with a hard case and a metal key, instead of a plastic one, to tighten hose clamp on camera. If you’re going to move it from one gun to another you may want to purchase a second picatinney mount so it doesn’t take as long to switch it over. Otherwise, it’s a really cool product that works as advertised. Customer service is awesome. Had some operating issues and a battery charger issue in the beginning, but Henry was extremely helpful and resolved them in a hurry. 4 out of 5 stars due suggested improvements.”  Schneider

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“I’ve had a DC1000 since last year and have killed over 50 hogs with it so far (longest is 180 yds.). I love your product! My son is thinking of buying one. I’ve been wanting to upgrade to add the DVR. ”  Kyle (South Carolina)

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“What a great idea – Thanks Henry. Got my first chance to use this at a hunting preserve for a night hog hunt. Was able to select the biggest hog out of 12 in the corn field as if it were day time. Shot a plus 200 pound sow at over 200 yards and dropped it on the spot. Came home and ordered me a DC1000 system for myself and Henry gave me two extra batteries to boot. I have used it on my Savage 30-06 and my Mission crossbow with about 10 minutes to move it and have it working. Awesome customer service Henry.” Rufus M.

 

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New Bill Allows Blind Sportsmen to Hunt with Illegal Adaptive Equipment – COOL BLIND TECH

A bill was sent to the House floor Friday that will create a special type of hunting permit specifically for blind and visually impaired sportsmen.

The House Judiciary Committee passed House Bill 2597, which would allow legally blind people to hunt with the assistance of a sighted, permitted guide. It would also allow for the use of certain adaptive equipment, which is currently illegal.

“So in effect, we have the assistant acquiring the target … selecting t…

Source: New Bill Allows Blind Sportsmen to Hunt with Illegal Adaptive Equipment – COOL BLIND TECH

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Adaptive Shooting Clip-on System

Digital Crosshairs 1000A
Adaptive LCD Targeting Display for Standard Scope!

Digital FOV’s adaptive shooting device helps physically and visually challenged sports men and women enjoy hunting and shooting sports.

Digital Crosshairs 1000A, an easy to install rail mounted video display that puts the view of a rifle, crossbow, or pistol scope’s crosshairs on an LCD display that is easy to see from any angle.

https://www.digitalcrosshairs.net/product/adaptive-hunting-devices

Or Call 404-590-6513

 

 

 

 

Hunting? For the Visually Impaired? | MacularDegeneration.net

Many years ago, before my home area became a suburb for a big city, it was country. Since I grew up there, that makes me a country girl. Or more accurately, I was a backwoods girl. An only child of a hunter, trapper, and fisherman, I learned the rudimentary skills involved in tracking and shooting. I helped build tree stands, put up trespass signs, and put out salt licks. I ran a beagle that could bring a rabbit back and practically have it jump over my feet. It was only my soft-hearted, animal-loving nature that kept me from hunting for real.

Source: Hunting? For the Visually Impaired? | MacularDegeneration.net

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Digital Crosshairs 1000A Rifle Scope Clip-on For Visually Impaired

 

Adaptive Shooting Clip-on System

Digital Crosshairs 1000A
Adaptive LCD Targeting Display for Standard Scope!

Digital FOV’s adaptive shooting device helps physically and visually challenged sports men and women enjoy hunting and shooting sports.

Digital Crosshairs 1000A, an easy to install rail mounted video display that puts the view of a rifle, crossbow, or pistol scope’s crosshairs on an LCD display that is easy to see from any angle.

https://www.digitalcrosshairs.net/product/adaptive-hunting-devices

Or call 404-590-6513