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How to Track and Find Wild Hogs

Before you can enjoy that pork chop, you’ve got to find the hog

hog in wallow

A hog rolls in a wallow.

Russell Graves

Wild hogs are expanding their range across the country. Hogs are largely nocturnal, though, and can be difficult to find. These tips can help put you in the swine zone.

1 | Tracks A hog’s prints are nearly square in shape and typically shorter than a similarly sized deer track. If the tip of the toe is blunt, a hog likely made it.

2 | Scat Look for doglike scat without the ropy shape common to predator scat.

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Hog prints in the mud.

Russell Graves

3 | Wallows Hogs roll around wet areas to get caked with mud, which gives them relief from heat and biting insects. Clay is favored because it won’t wash off easily.

4 | Rubs Trees, logs, telephone poles, and fence rails coated with mud are undoubtedly hog rubs. Fresh mud means hogs are nearby.

5 | Rooting Hogs rip the ground to shreds looking for tender roots and any grub, worm, or acorn they turn up in the dirt. The relative moisture of a rooted area is a clue to its age, but hogs roam far while feeding. Don’t spend too much time watching a feeding area.

6 | Beds Wild hogs typically dig a shallow bed in thick, nasty cover. Find a tunnel-like trail opening facing open woods or water sources, then get in position for a downwind ambush.


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