Feral Hog

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Description

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Domestic pigs quite readily become feral, and feral populations often revert to a similar appearance to wild boar; they can then be difficult to distinguish from natural or introduced true wild boar (with which they also readily interbreed). The characterization of populations as feral pig, escaped domestic pig or wild boar is usually decided by where the animals are encountered and what is known of their history. In New Zealand, for example, feral pigs are known as "Captain Cookers" from their supposed descent from liberations and gifts to Māori by explorer Captain James Cook in the 1770s. New Zealand feral pigs are also frequently known as "tuskers", due to their appearance.

One characteristic by which domestic and feral animals are differentiated is their coats. Feral animals almost always have thick, bristly coats ranging in colour from brown through grey to black. A prominent ridge of hair matching the spine is also common, giving rise to the name razorback in the southern United States, where they are common. The tail is usually long and straight. Feral animals tend also to have longer legs than domestic breeds and a longer and narrower head and snout. Wild boar/domestic pig hybrid, displayed at Rothschild Museum, Tring, England

A very large swine dubbed Hogzilla was shot in Georgia, USA in June 2004. Initially thought to be a hoax, the story became something of an internet sensation. National Geographic Explorer investigated the story, sending scientists into the field. After exhuming the animal and performing DNA testing, it was determined that Hogzilla was a hybrid of wild boar and domestic swine. As of 2008, the estimated population of 4 million feral pigs caused an estimated US$800 million of property damage a year in the U.S.A

At the beginning of the 20th century, wild boar were introduced for hunting in the United States, where they interbred in parts with free roaming domestic pigs. In South America, New Guinea, New Zealand, Australia and other islands, wild boar have also been introduced by humans and have partially interbred with domestic pigs.

In South America, also during the early 20th century, free-ranging boars were introduced in Uruguay for hunting purposes and eventually crossed the border into Brazil sometime during the 1990s, quickly becoming an invasive species, licensed private hunting of both feral boars and hybrids (javaporcos) being allowed from August 2005 on in the Southern Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Sul, although their presence as a pest had been already noticed by the press as early as 1994. Releases and escapes from unlicensed farms (established because of increased demand for boar meat as an alternative to pork), however, continued to bolster feral populations and by mid-2008 licensed hunts had to be expanded to the states of Santa Catarina and São Paulo.

Recently established Brazilian boar populations are not to be confused with long established populations of feral domestic pigs (porcos monteiros), which have existed mainly in the Pantanal for more than a hundred years, along with native peccaries. The demographic dynamics of the interaction between feral pigs populations and those of the two native species of peccaries (Collared Peccary and White-lipped Peccary) is obscure and is being studied presently. It has been proposed that the existence of feral pigs could somewhat ease jaguar predation on peccary populations, as jaguars would show a preference for hunting pigs, when these are available.

Behavior

Feral Hogs move slowly and are not very smart, you can walk up to them at 50ft distance without scaring them away. If they are spooked they flee only for a short distance.

When hunting hogs, the hunter must be careful not to get too close, especially to a wounded animal. The animal may charge the player. If the animal hits the player, the player is put into the Hurt State.

theHunter Feral Hog Specs

Habitats:

Attractants:

Feral Hog Competitions

Comp weight.png Hogzilla
Comp total.png Loggin' Hogs
Comp compoundbow.png Wild Things
Comp shotgun1.png Hog N Shot
Comp score1.png Hoggin' Day
Comp organ.png Heartless Hog
Comp compoundbow.png Welcome to the Jungle
Comp shotgun1.png Apocalypse Sow

Feral Hog Missions

Mission Weapon(s) Other Equipment
On the Matter of Pigs n/a n/a
Blowing in the Wind any permitted Rangefinder or Rangefinder Binoculars (optional)
Squealer any permitted n/a
Electric Lady Land any permitted n/a
All Along The Watchtower any permitted n/a
Unnatural Selection any permitted n/a
Uninvited Guests Snakebite n/a
Eye of The Hog .300, any .44, any Shotgun n/a
Range Finder any permitted any fitting Scope
Rangefinder or Rangefinder Binoculars (optional)
God Save the Queen any permitted n/a

Where to aim

All weapons: Many hunters have different opinions as where to aim when shooting animals in theHunter. Most hunters will recommend for Feral Hogs you should aim for the chest are, directly behind the should blade where the body and leg meet. This should ensure a quick kill as the shot should penetrate both the lungs, the shoulder blade, or heart. Another spot that is recommended it directly in the head, between both eyes. This should only be attempted at short ranges with high powered firearms or bows.

Video on Feral Hog Baiting

Video provided by community member HooCairs.

Permitted Ammunition

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.50
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8x57 IS
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.308
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.300
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.30-06
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.30-30
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.270
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.243
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.223
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.44
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.357
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Slug
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Buckshot
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All Arrows
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.50
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9.3x62
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8x57 IS
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.308
Cartridges 300 256.png
.300
Cartridges 3006 256.png
.30-06
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6.5x55
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.30-30
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.270
Cartridges 243 256.png
.243
Cartridges 44 256.png
.44
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.357
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Slug
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Buckshot
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All Arrows
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.50
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9.3x62
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8x57 IS
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.308
Cartridges 300 256.png
.300
Cartridges 3006 256.png
.30-06
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6.5x55
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.30-30
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.270
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.454
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.44
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Slug
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All Arrows
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.50
Cartridges 93x62 256.png
9.3x62
Cartridges 8x57 256.png
8x57 IS
Cartridges 308 256.png
.308
Cartridges 300 256.png
.300
Cartridges 3006 256.png
.30-06
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.454
Cartridges 44 256.png
.44
Shells 12ga slug 256.png
Slug
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Animal blank 80px.png
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All Arrows
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.50
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9.3x62
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8x57 IS
Cartridges 308 256.png
.308
Cartridges 300 256.png
.300
Cartridges 3006 256.png
.30-06
Cartridges 454 revolver el toro.png
.454
Shells 12ga slug 256.png
Slug
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Animal blank 80px.png
Animal blank 80px.png
Arrows compound standard orange 256.png
All Arrows
Balls lead 50 256.png
.50
Cartridges 243 256.png
.243
Cartridges 223 256.png
.223
Cartridges 357 256.png
.357
Shells 12ga buckshot 256.png
Buckshot
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Animal blank 80px.png
Animal blank 80px.png
Arrows compound standard orange 256.png
All Arrows
Balls lead 50 256.png
.50
Cartridges 223 256.png
.223
Cartridges 357 256.png
.357
Shells 12ga birdshot 256.png
12ga Bird
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20ga Bird
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.357
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12ga Bird
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20ga Bird
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.22
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.357
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12ga Bird
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20ga Bird
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12ga Bird
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20ga Bird
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.22

"All Arrows" includes the standard and the tracer flare arrows for the Snakebite, Parker Python, Recurve and Longbow as well as the Tenpoint Crossbow.

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