Wild Boar

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Wild boar (Sus scrofa), also known as wild pig, is a species of the pig genus Sus, part of the biological family Suidae. The species includes many subspecies. It is the wild ancestor of the domestic pig, an animal with which it freely hybridises. Wild boar are native across much of Northern and Central Europe, the Mediterranean Region (including North Africa's Atlas Mountains) and much of Asia as far south as Indonesia. Populations have also been artificially introduced in some parts of the world, most notably the Americas and Australasia, principally for hunting. Elsewhere, populations have also become established after escapes of wild boar from captivity.

The body of the wild boar is compact; the head is large, the legs relatively short. The fur consists of stiff bristles and usually finer fur. The colour usually varies from dark grey to black or brown, but there are great regional differences in colour; even whitish animals are known from central Asia. During winter the fur is much denser.

The Wild Boar is quite a variably sized mammal. In exceptionally large specimens, the species can rival the size of the Giant forest hog, the largest extant species of wild suid. Adult boars can measure from 90 to 200 cm (35 to 79 in) in length, not counting a tail of 15 to 40 cm (5.9 to 16 in), and have a shoulder height of 55 to 110 cm (22 to 43 in). As a whole, their average weight is 50–90 kg (110–200 pounds), though boars show a great deal of weight variation within their geographical ranges. Generally speaking, native Eurasian boars follow Bergmann's rule, with smaller boars nearer the tropics and larger, smaller-eared boars in the North of their range. Mature sows from Southeast Asia and southern India may weigh as little as 44 kg (97 lb). The Manchurian Wild Boar (S. s. ussuricus), the largest subspecies typically weighs between 70 and 180 kg (150 and 400 lb). In central Italy, their weight usually ranges from 80 to 100 kg (180 to 220 lb) while boars shot in Tuscany have been recorded to weigh up to 150 kg (331 lb). An unusually large French specimen shot in Negremont forest in Ardenne in 1999 weighed 227 kg (550 lb). Carpathian boars have been recorded to reach weights of 200 kg (441 lb). Romanian and Russian boars can reach weights of 300 kg (661 lb), while unconfirmed giants reported in early Russian hunting journals have reportedly weighed up to 320 kg (710 lb).

Adult males develop tusks, continuously growing teeth that protrude from the mouth, from their upper and lower canine teeth. These serve as weapons and tools. The upper tusks are bent upwards in males, and are regularly ground against the lower ones to produce sharp edges. The tusks normally measure about 6 cm (2.4 in), in exceptional cases even 12 cm (4.7 in). Females also have sharp canines, but they are smaller, and not protruding like the males' tusks. Tigers hunt boars, but avoid tackling mature male boars. In many cases, boars have gored tigers to death in self-defense. Wild boars can be dangerous to humans, especially when they have piglets.

Wild boar piglets are coloured differently from adults, having marbled chocolate and cream stripes lengthwise over their bodies. The stripes fade by the time the piglet is about 6 months old, when the animal takes on the adult's grizzled grey or brown colour (see photo in Reproduction section to compare adult and juvenile colouring).

Summary by Wikipedia.org

Habitats

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Hirschfelden

Attractants

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

Hunting Tactics

Trophy Wild Boar from Hawkeman scoring 1270.280

Introduction
If you have a tent to spare, place it in the northern most tip of Hirschfelden to start your Wild Boar hunting sessions. Many tips in the Hunting Tactics section will send you to places where you can find your animal of desire a bit more exclusively, but the stating position at this tent is different. You will surely find the Wild Boars, but you will also see many Roe Deer, Pheasants and Foxes there which makes it a very busy place. Because some Wild Boar sounders (groups) can get quite big, the change for hearing a call from them is rather high. You will also find many tracks that may lead you away from the open fields into thick autumn-colored vegetation. Once there, you will know if you have built up some stalking skills if you can deal with a bunch of pigs trotting ostensibly disorganized through the woodwork.

Spawning
Wild Boars spawn as singles in rare cases or in mixed groups of up to seven hogs. Similar to the Feral Hogs, a common pattern is two males and three females and a sounder.

Clothing
The Wild Boar's senses are average compared to some other animals. The boars are more aware than the deer species though. Consider using Sneaky 3D Fall Camo clothes to reduce your visibility. Sneaky 3D camo clothes provide no scent or sound reduction though. In an area with a lot of Wild Boar activity such as the northern parts of Hirschfelden you may also use a Ghillie Suit, but you will likely be more successful roaming and scanning the open fields of this reserve.

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 or by using Wind Indicator. Use it and follow the smoke with your eyes 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. If you are not sure about the wind conditions, apply the Scent Eliminator just in case. It doesn't hurt to use it once too often if you want to be on the safe side and not regularly spook animals by your smell.

The smelling sense is the Wild Boar's most developed one and is even stronger than that of the Feral Hog of the same family. Pay extra attention to the according protection and the wind.

Searching
The scores of Wild Boars and Feral Hogs are based on their weight and their tusk sizes. Both values are added to make the total score. If the weight part of the score is bigger, then the final score gets a "W" added. If the tusk part is bigger, the final score gets a "T" added. The weight to score relation is rather high. The heaviest boars usually have the most impressive tusks. Follow tracks of heavy males, ideally heavier than 210kg. The maximum weight is 240kg for males.

Following a big scoring boar or a sounder with many pigs in the thick vegetation of Hirschfelden can be a really good test for your stalking, spotting and shooting skills. The darkish Wild Boars seem to roam the land totally unorganized at times. They alternatively walk and trot and can be far and apart one minute and back close together the next. The Wild Boars have a special feeding (or "rooting") track like their smaller family members, tracks that you will not see for any other species. When the boars dig for roots preferably in the early mornings or late evenings they leave a patch of dirt on the ground. Be careful when you find these tracks, you don't know how much time they have spent there and how much this has slowed them down. In the thick woods you will also find yourself running into sleeping Wild Boars or groups thereof. Their hearing is not as good as their smelling sense and your heart will jump when suddenly they get up and run right next to you. Or if they feel cornered and attack, often times out of nowhere. Luring
Use the Hog Caller or the Hog Scent Spray for luring single or multiple animals towards you. The luring effect of the caller lasts quite long, but at the same the Wild Boar 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. The walk towards you is fairly straight. You can easily plan and execute an ambush on the Wild Boars from a stand or an elevated ambushing position. The behavior that you learn around Wild Boars can be easily applied with the Feral Hogs and vice versa.

Baiting
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 players to accumulate great numbers of animals around the stations. Consider this very effective method if you enjoy hunting the species in question. Hunting your feeders can be nicely supported by using stands. Place yourself in a stand and shoot any number of baited animals near the feeder. Others will scatter and run away, only to return some time later. The attractiveness of the feeder will stay at 100% for the duration of the hunting session. You can harvest a great number of animals if you spend a few hours at your baiting station.

Field Judging
When you have multiple Wild Boar males especially around feeders, a high Spotting Skill is very helpful. If you are just building up this skill, look out for males with big tusks when you are close. From further away it might be a bit more difficult to judge the tusks when a boar is not facing you or moving through vegetation. You may then look at the body size. Often times you will find a lot of males and females around a well performing baiting station, but only one or two will be "monster size" boars in the most cases. If you are not sure which of all the present males will score best, take out these big ones first.

Aggression
This species is one of those that can attack you. This happens is you shoot at it or when you got really close to it. The animal will start an aggression animation and look fiercely at you. If you see the animal doing this 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 will start fleeing but then stop and turn around for an attack. If you are very close to a species capable of attacking, have a firearm ready for your defense, or back out. You can also be completely blindsided by an animal that you did not realize it was there. When attacked, you will be hurt and will 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. Stay alert for other animals (e.g. from a group) that might 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.

The pig species in the game have a fat shield that heavier (older) males build up by fighting each other. This raises the penetration threshold slightly for organs that are protected by the shield. This promotes a tactical choice of shooting distance and caliber, depending on the size of the target. The fat shield requires the hunter to plan the shot. Bring your strongest rifle. Avoid random shots from further away, or to the backside of these pigs, or you will need to search them for a long time. Often times you cannot even wound them enough to kill them with one bullet if the shot was placed badly. For heart shots you need to aim slightly behind the front leg, as opposed to other animals that have their heart more centered above the 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.

Following a spooked Wild Boar is hard, even more so if it scores high. These males can encounter you from far away. It is essential to constantly glass the area. If you finally find a roaming track after many fleeing tracks, you have likely come too close already and spooked it again. Pay attention to the rivers or shores of Hirschfelden where they will turn around and detect you even sooner.

Quick Start Locations

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

Lodge Reserve Walking direction
Rittersteinhütte Hirschfelden North
Müllerwaldhütte Hirschfelden West

Wild Boar Competitions

Comp revolver.png Revolver Marksman
Comp crossbow.png TenPoint Wild Boar Challenge
Comp rifle1.png Anschütz Wild Boar Challenge
Comp weight.png Biggest Boar
Comp shortrange.png Fight Or Flight
Comp tower.png Can't Touch Me!
Comp score1.png Top Boar

Wild Boar Missions

Mission Weapon(s) Other Equipment
An Old Acquaintance n/a n/a
Boared to Death any permitted n/a
Three Little Piggies any permitted n/a
Mother's Day any permitted n/a
Family Values any permitted Tripod Stand
It's Lützen All Over Again .50 Cap Lock Muzzleloader n/a
Up Close and Personal any permitted Rangefinder or Rangefinder Binoculars (optional)
Old School Tenpoint Crossbow n/a
Older School Recurve Bow n/a
There Can Be Only One 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 Wild Boar 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.

Permitted Ammunition

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All Arrows
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.50 Ball
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.50 Con.
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.30-06
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.454
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Slug
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.50 Ball
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.50 Con.
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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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7mm
Cartridges 454 revolver el toro.png
.454
Cartridges 44 256.png
.44
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Slug
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Feral hog male common.png
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Arrows compound standard orange 256.png
All Arrows
Balls lead 50 256.png
.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
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.270
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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.
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9.3x62
Cartridges 8x57 256.png
8x57 IS
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.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
Cartridges 44 256.png
.44
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Slug
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Blacktail deer male common.png
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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
Cartridges 357 256.png
.357
Shells 12ga slug 256.png
Slug
Shells 12ga buckshot 256.png
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
Animal blank 80px.png
Arrows compound standard orange 256.png
All Arrows
Balls lead 50 256.png
.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
Cartridges 223 256.png
.223
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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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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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