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.

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.

Habitats

Lp icon.png Settler Creeks EW icon.png Rougarou Icon.png
Logger's Point Settler Creeks Rougarou Bayou

Attractants

Scent hog 256.png Caller hog squealer 256.png Hog Feeder
Hog Scent Spray Hog "Squeal" Caller Hog Feeder

Hunting Tactics

Trophy Feral Hog boar from MCZERNNIK scoring 1202.782

Work in progress.

Introduction

Spawning

  • Feral Hog males travel alone or in mixed group of up to five hogs.

Clothing

Scent Eliminator and Wind Indicator
This species has a sense of smell and will detect players around them. Especially when upwind, you will see close-by animals stick their nose into the wind, then run away. The Scent Eliminator works against all animals with a sense of smell. Apply it when you want to get close to the animal of your choice. Also, make sure to pay attention to the wind direction by observing objects tossed around by the wind, or by using Wind Indicator. Use it and follow the cloud to see in which direction it is blown. As a general rule of thumb, the wind will blow towards the North-East on all maps. In case of doubt, apply the Scent Eliminator. It doesn't hurt if you use it once too often, as long as you do not regularly spook animals by your smell.

Searching

  • Follow tracks of heavy males.

Luring
Use the Hog Caller or the Hog Scent Spray for luring single or multiple hogs towards you. The luring effect of the caller lasts quite long, but at the same the Feral Hog tends to approach you very slowly. If there is a group many times only one or two animals are on the move. The others will stand around a bit before making the next step. They can come really close and you have to be careful not to be attacked, see below. The walk towards you is fairly straight. You can easily plan and execute an ambush on the Feral Hogs from a stand or an elevated ambushing position. The behavior that you learn around Feral Hogs can be easily applied with the Wild Boars and vice versa.

This animal can be lured with Bait, i.e. food that is presented to the animal in appropriate containers. The baiting stations have two effects. They increase the number of spawnings of the attracted species in the area, and they attract those animals that come within the attraction radius of the container. Baiting is used by many player to accumulate great numbers of animals around the stations. Consider this method if you enjoy hunting this species. Make sure to learn everything about it first as there are a number of facts and figures to know.

Field Judging

  • Look out for males with big tusks.

Aggression
This species is one of those that will attack you when cornered. The animal will start an aggression animation and look fiercely at you. If you see the animal you have a chance to run away or get ready for a shot. Sometimes the animal will abort the attack and flee. It can also happen that an animal starts fleeing but then stops and turns around for an attack. If you are very close to a species capable of attacking, heavy a firearm ready for your defense or be ready to back out. You can also be completely blindsided by an animal that you didn't see. When attacked, you will be in the Hurt State and need to either heal yourself or fast travel to a tent or lodge.

Shooting the animal
The shot must be well prepared. Search a good place where you can stay undetected. Avoid hasty shots. A good spotting skill will support you picking the right animal if there are severals. Wait until the animal of your choice has come close enough for a good shot, or until you can safely hit a vital from the side. It is not always possible to set up an ambush, or to move away on time. Keep an eye on others animals (e.g. from a group) that have come very close to your lure, and make sure to go for a shot before one of these could spook and flush everything around them. For heart shots, aim slightly behind the front leg.

If the animal flees
If you spook the animal of your desire, follow the tracks crouching. Use your optics and try to spot it, and also look for tracks or vocal signs. Do not go too fast. The animal can stop fleeing abruptly and return to roaming, and the roaming can be in any direction including coming right back at you. If you end up bumping into the animal it will flee again. Take your time. If the animal is worth it, a few more minutes will pay off.

Quick Start Locations

Start at the following lodge(s) for quickly finding this species.

Lodge Reserve Walking direction
Border Lodge Logger's Point West
Highland Settler Creeks North
L'île du Canard Noir Rougarou Bayou South or Southwest

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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All Arrows
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.50 Ball
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.50 Con.
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9.3x62
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8x57 IS
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.308
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.300
Cartridges 3006 256.png
.30-06
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7mm
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.454
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Slug
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All Arrows
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.50 Ball
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.50 Con.
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
Cartridges 7mm magnum 256.png
7mm
Cartridges 454 revolver el toro.png
.454
Cartridges 44 256.png
.44
Shells 12ga slug 256.png
Slug
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Wild boar male common.png
Feral hog male common.png
Animal blank 80px.png
Arrows compound standard orange 256.png
All Arrows
Balls lead 50 256.png
.50 Ball
50 conical bullet.png
.50 Con.
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
Cartridges 7mm magnum 256.png
7mm
Cartridges 6.5x55 256.png
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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Animal blank 80px.png
Animal blank 80px.png
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All Arrows
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.50 Ball
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.45 Sab.
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
Cartridges 7mm magnum 256.png
7mm
Cartridges 6.5x55 256.png
6.5x55
Cartridges 30-30 256.png
.30-30
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.270
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.44
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Slug
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All Arrows
Balls lead 50 256.png
.50 Ball
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.45 Sab.
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
Cartridges 7mm magnum 256.png
7mm
Cartridges 6.5x55 256.png
6.5x55
Cartridges 30-30 256.png
.30-30
Cartridges 270 256.png
.270
Cartridges 243 256.png
.243
Cartridges 44 256.png
.44
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.357
Shells 12ga slug 256.png
Slug
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Buckshot
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Coyote male common.png
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Animal blank 80px.png
Arrows compound standard orange 256.png
All Arrows
Balls lead 50 256.png
.50 Ball
45 saboted bullet.png
.45 Sab.
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
Cartridges 7mm magnum 256.png
7mm
Cartridges 6.5x55 256.png
6.5x55
Cartridges 30-30 256.png
.30-30
Cartridges 270 256.png
.270
Cartridges 243 256.png
.243
Cartridges 223 256.png
.223
Cartridges 44 256.png
.44
Cartridges 357 256.png
.357
Shells 12ga slug 256.png
Slug
Shells 12ga buckshot 256.png
Buckshot
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Animal blank 80px.png
Arrows compound standard orange 256.png
All Arrows
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.50 Ball
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
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All Arrows
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.50 Ball
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.223
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.22
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12ga Bird
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20ga Bird
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Animal blank 80px.png
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All Arrows
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.22
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12ga Bird
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20ga Bird
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All Arrows
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.22
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12ga Bird
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20ga Bird
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.22 Air


"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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