Night Vision Hog Hunting AR15 Build

Digital Crosshairs 1000 Night Vision on 762/39 AR15
Digital Crosshairs 1000 Night Vision on 762/39 AR15

When I get ready to go night vision hog hunting this is the beast I reach for!

A lot of talk on all the boards about what the best hog gun is.  In my opinion if you consider knock down power, accuracy out to 200+ yards, and ammo affordability the 762/39 AR15 wins hands down.

My hog gun is pretty spruced up and really gets the job done.

The scope specifications include 6-24x50mm, side focus, 30mm tube, Mil Dot reticle, and lock turret.  It is a quality no name scope I found on Ebay with great glass.  I can see .22 caliber bullet hole on the target at 100 yards easy.  

The AR15 lower is Anderson Arms multi-caliber with an upgraded Rise RA-434 3.5 lbs single stage flat trigger that I just love!  The upper is a Bear Creek 762/39 with the 16″ stainless steel barrel and 1:10 twist.

For night vision I am using Digital Crosshairs Night Vision clip-on, 1000R model with the sound and video recorder.  It gets me 200+ yards of night vision with this scope and I can use all the magnification power of the scope with it.

Hog Gun 762-39 AR15 on table
Hog Gun 762-39 AR15

I have heard complaints about 762/39 cal AR15s having problems feeding ammo.  Not a problem at all for me with DURA-MAG magazines.  These sturdy steel mags have feed perfectly for me with no jams at all.  Some of the other mags I tried did occasionally jam which is not acceptable on a hog hunt!

This gun is not at all particular about ammo and I just shoot Wolf Polyformance 123 GR HP.  I am not the best shot and can get 1″ to 1.5″ groups with this ammo at 100 yards depending on how well these 60+ year old eye happen to be working that day.  Best of all it averages only 40 cents a round.

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

5 Reasons Why You Should Hunt Wild Pigs


BY STEVE HICKOFF 

1. Property Damage Control

Pre-hunt discussions by friends, outfitters, ranch owners and others often conclude with statements such as: “And kill as many pigs as you want.”

Damage control on properties is often one aim. There are four others as well.

Gear tip: Keep an eye on roaming hogs with the Covert Scouting Cameras Night Stryker in Realtree Xtra.

Bonus read: More on damage by wild pigs.

2. Year-Round Hunting Opportunity

Let’s face it, the weeks and months between spring turkey and fall deer seasons are long.

Fishing, as fun as it is, doesn’t always provide the variety you might need. You may want, to put it simply, hunt.

Pigs provide the answer.

Some states, like Alabama, just require a small-game license to target them; others, like Georgia, ask for regular hunting paperwork. In Oklahoma, no license is required to hunt wild pigs on private land.

Often, too, there are no closed seasons on these feral swine; even night hunting and other opportunities.

Always check your state’s regulations though, as they vary. Have fun but stay legal.

Bonus photo gallery: Hogs by Helicopter

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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.

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

The ins and outs of feral hog hunting in Texas

 Updated 8:50 am CDT, Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Texas is home to the largest feral hog population in the United States, with an estimated 4 million hogs statewide.

These creatures wreak havoc on the land of hard-working farmers and land owners and disrupt the natural patterns of better and much more beautiful animals.

BIG DADDY: East Texas man takes down 416-pound wild hog in backyard

It’s safe to say that hogs are one of the most-hated animals in Texas along with mosquitoes, fire ants, bed bugs, snakes and rats.

The progeny of domestic hogs that quickly turned feral or hybrids between domestic feral pigs and European wild hogs, feral hogs are omnivores with a nondiscriminatory palate. They will eat anything, which is good news for hunters.

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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.

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

Feral hogs are all over Alabama. How do we get rid of them?

They are four-footed eating, breeding, rooting machines.

Feral hogs are an invasive species present in at least 35 states, according to the United States Department of Agriculture. They cause billions of dollars in crop damage each year, and their rooting causes widespread and lasting environmental damage, according to the USDA.

The porcine population bomb is exploding on farms and ranches, timberlands and suburban yards across the country. Sows become sexually mature at six months, and can drop two litters a year. The average litter size is six to 12 piglets. After reaching about two months old, the piglets have no natural predators. Adult hogs have no natural predators, other than man.

Hogs are omnivores, eating just about anything including plants, small animals and carrion.

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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.

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

Killing Hogzilla: Hunting A Monster Wild Pig


SEPTEMBER 4, 2018 08:33 AM

By Chris Bennett

Michael Mims charged across a turnrow and burst through a green wall of July corn, running toward the baying bedlam of a primal melee. Tangled leaves slapped his face as he pounded down the mocha dirt of a Delta middle, primed to break through an 8-foot curtain of stalks and reach the source of absolute chaos. Twenty-five yards into the field, he checked up and froze in surprise as the flailing body of a black dog catapulted upward from the corn, arced 5 feet above the canopy, and sailed across his sight line before crashing into the foliage. Adrenaline surging, he steeled his nerve, fingered a bowie knife strapped against his thigh, and broke through one last row before spilling onto a flattened pocket 30 yards off the turnrow. Less than 6 feet away stood a hulking leviathan, a 750-lb. wild pig slinging teeth and wearing five dogs. Sliding a 15-inch blade from its sheath, Mims waded into a surreal brawl of blood and dirt—unaware an extraordinary wild pig saga was only just beginning.

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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.

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

Pigs, Hogs & Boars: Facts About Swine

By Alina Bradford, Live Science Contributor | October 5, 2018 11:37am ET. This article was updated on Oct. 5, 2018 by Live Science Senior Writer, Mindy Weisberger.

Pigs are mammals with stocky bodies, flat snouts that can move independently of their heads, small eyes and large ears. They are highly intelligent, social animals, and are found all over the world.

Pigs are in the Suidae family, which includes eight genera and 16 species. Among those species are wild boars, warthogs and pygmy hogs and domestic pigs. Pig, hog and boar essentially describe the same animal, but there are some distinctions. A boar is an uncastrated male domestic pig, but it also means a wild pig of any gender. A hog often means a domestic pig that weighs more than 120 lbs. (54 kilograms). Pigs are also called swine.

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Digital Crosshairs Night Vision Clip-on

Digital Crosshairs Night Vision clip-on  

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.

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

Revenge of the Wild Pigs Goes Toxic

By Chris Bennett
Farm Journal
Technology and Issues Editor NOVEMBER 14, 2017 07:47 AM

The wild pig bomb perpetually explodes. Shoot, trap, pressure and push, but the march of wild pigs continues across the United States. However, a chemical cavalry is approaching and may provide a major weapon in the control arsenal used by landowners and farmers: Kill the ultimate beast of survival with a poison pill?

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Digital Crosshairs Night Vision Clip-on

Digital Crosshairs Night Vision clip-on  

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.

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

Pigs Don’t Fly: Feral Hog Spread Is A Man-Made Mess

By Chris Bennett 

Farm Journal
Technology and Issues Editor  JANUARY 23, 2018 10:45 AM

Hidden inside covered trailers or hauled in plain sight under the cover of darkness, wild pigs are on the move. Even trussed in car trunks, stuffed in dog boxes, stretched across back seats, or openly sold on Facebook, wild pigs often march to a man-made beat. Bottom line: The spread of 6.3 million wild pigs across the United States is assisted by rubber tires.

Illegal transport is a major cause of increased wild pig presence, an advance which contributes to an annual multi-billion dollar bill.

Digital Crosshairs Night Vision Clip-on

Digital Crosshairs Night Vision clip-on  

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.

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

Tactical to Practical: Hog Hunting With an AR-15

Like many American gun owners, I bought an AR-15 in 2008 because I was concerned that due to the shifting political climate, I wouldn’t be able to buy one in the future. The gun I bought in 2008 was my first AR, and since then, I’ve purchased other AR-15s to shoot in 3-gun matches, to use as a defensive rifle and to just go out and shoot and have fun.

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Digital Crosshairs Night Vision Clip-on

Digital Crosshairs Night Vision clip-on  

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.

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