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!

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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:

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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  

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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  

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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  

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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.

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HARVEST Louisiana’s Whole-Hog Heritage

Long before the chef John Folse became the living godfather of Louisiana cuisine, his boyhood task was to gather kindling during St. James Parish’s hog harvest celebrations, called boucheries. In the 1950s, every neighbor pitched in, but young Johnny kept getting distracted from his designated chore. “My brothers would be hauling wood out of the swamp,” he says, “but they could always find me watching the butchers cut, watching the cooks stir, and watching the pots bubble.”

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Digital Crosshairs Night Vision clip-on  

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Night Vision Preparation – 5 Top Tips

Realtree Pro staff hunting expert and night vision specialist Paul Hodson takes us through his Top 5 Tips for Night Vision Preparation.

Before you even think about going shooting with night vision, you’ll need to do your homework. It’s not about going into a field, scanning the land and simply shooting a fox. If you’re lucky enough to have been given permission to shoot over a farmer’s field, who’s the best person to tell you where the foxes are?

Top Tip 1: Communicate with the farmer.

The farmer is the person in the know.

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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.

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THERMAL HOG HUNTING: 22 HOGS IN ONE NIGHT

Watch as a couple of hunters lay the smack down and shoot 22 hogs in one night during this wild and crazy thermal hog hunting trip.

Posted by John McAdams

Hogs are very intelligent and adaptable animals and learn very quickly to not venture out during the day in areas where there is lots of hunting pressure. When this occurs, doing some thermal hog hunting at night quickly becomes one of the few reliable ways to keep their numbers in check.

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Digital Crosshairs Night Vision clip-on  

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Apex Predator shares his hog hunting tactics

Cover ground and use your nose, Chauvin says

To be successful at hunting hogs on Louisiana public land, I use a combination of tactics. Maximum mileage covered by foot has continually proved most productive. Last season I harvested 72 pigs on several WMAs and NWRs — with only two taken from my tree climber.

When I’m after deer in the climber, I find it’s best to stay at locations hogs aren’t frequently visiting. But I love pig hunting, too, so on my midday missions I go after the hogs. (And during this process, I often find great deer hunting locations for the future.)

One thing I refuse to do is stop: From dawn to dusk I stay on the hunt every Friday morning through Sunday evening during the season.

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.

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