While whitetails, elk, and other ungulates seem to get all of the love from bowhunters, the dirty little secret amongst many of us is that hogs are the most fun to hunt. They may not be the most brag-worthy trophies, but they do represent hunting opportunities laced with pure enjoyment.
Sandwiched between the end of deer season and the onset of turkey season is a window of time that is best dedicated to the procurement of fresh pork chops. Currently, feral hogs exist in appreciable populations in well over half of the states. Sightings of wild pigs have occurred in nearly every state. This leads many of us to believe that hog hunting opportunities are widespread and easy to come by, but that’s not entirely the case.
Emerging hog populations in many of the gateway states are under constant pressure. But hunting is not encouraged outright, which is a measure meant to curb unscrupulous individuals from trying to propagate the populations. Other states with more established populations have waged an all-out war on problematic piggies.
These are the states the traveling bowhunter should consider because densities are high enough to offer a quality hunt, yet the pigs are far from pushovers. Following are five states worthy of your hog hunting consideration.
<h2>Texas</h2>The Lone Star State is the premier destination for bowhunters looking to scratch a pig hunting itch. Considered an exotic animal in Texas, feral hogs are not subject to state bag limits, possession limits, or closed seasons provided you’re hunting on private land. In other words, Texas offers the traveling hunter the chance to fill the freezer on multiple pigs any time of year. <p></p> It’s generally believed that Texas’ hog population stems from the introduction of pigs by Spanish explorers three centuries ago, which has given them plenty of time to reproduce. Today’s population numbers in the millions and covers nearly all of Texas, with densities increasing the farther south and east you travel in the state. <p></p> There are plenty of outfitting services that cater to hogs, which may be shot any time of day or night, on feeders, out of helicopters, or just about any way that might result in a pork-laden barbecue.