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About West Texas Hog Hunting

Hunting hogs can be a thrilling experience, right up there with hunting Alligators. Hogs can weigh 300-400lbs, run 20 to 30 mph, jump a fence less than 3 feet high, climb fences more than 5 feet high, and have jaws that can easily crush bone, making a hunter quickly forget about the smell of bacon when it heads your way.

Hogs are commonly referred to as invasive species since they can easily destroy the land around the West Texas region. Therefore, hunting hogs year-round is permitted by the Texas Parks and Wildlife. Hunters will need a valid hunting license and it’s best to call your local game warden before spotlighting or hunting hogs at night in West Texas or any region of Texas.

While hunting during the summer can be your best bet, since hogs mating season is during the summer, the West Texas heat can cause many hunters to favor the period from December to April. Hog hunting in West Texas during the summer is best achieved at nighttime for this reason.
  • Cost of West Texas Hog Hunt

    The price of a hog hunt in West Texas will vary from $200 to over $1000, depending on the method of hunting, amenities, and sometimes the size of the animal harvested. However, hunters who book a West Texas hunting guide for another animal, such as a Whitetail Deer or Axis Deer hunting trip in Texas can often get hog hunting added for free.

    Another type of hog hunting trip that is more affordable is a non-guided hog hunting trip. However, this method is only best when you know the area and are experienced at hunting hogs.

  • Popular Hog Hunting Methods

    When hunting hogs in Texas you’ll have a unique opportunity to choose a variety of methods. West Texas hog hunters will hunt with bows, pistols, rifles, bladed weapons, packs of dogs, trapping, and even baited hunts. Hog hunting is also a great time to familiarize yourself with a new weapon before you head out on a hunt like Deer hunting, or hunting exotics.

    • West Texas Helicopter Hog Hunts: Like all things Texas, if you're going to do something, do it big! Booking a West Texas helicopter hog hunt is certainly a way to go big! The typical helicopter hunter will include 2-4 guests, depending on the size of the helicopter and the weight of each guest. The helicopter hog hunting guide will then fly you around through the beautiful West Texas scenery, while you shoot from the back seat, typically with an automatic or semi-automatic rifle.
    • Thermal Hog Hunting: Thermal hog hunting is one of the few chances hunters get to hunt at night and utilize some of the best night scopes on the market. When you book a typical thermal hog hunt your guide will provide the gun and the thermal scope. The gun is usually a semi-automatic rifle, such as an AR.
    • Hog Hunting with Dogs: If you like a hunt with some surprise and fast pace action, then hog hunting with dogs might be the choice for you. Hog hunting with dogs isn't for the faint-hearted and no two hunts are the same. Hunters should check with their hog hunting guide to make sure they are wearing the proper clothing and most importantly footwear for the chase.
    • Hunting with a Bow: West Texas hog hunting with a bow can be the perfect opportunity to practice your craft before deer season. It also allows hunters to test out any other gear before hunting season.
  • How to Find Hogs in West Texas

    • Tracks: A hog's foot tracks are about the same pattern as a white-tailed deer. However, a hog's track is a little wider and shorter than a deer. It’s easy to remember since a hog is also shorter and wider than a deer.
    • Rubs: The rub of a hog in West Texas and can be found on Mesquite trees or any trees in the area, fence rails, and even telephone poles. A hog is usually muddy, so if mud is present on the rub, then that’s a good sign it was most likely a hog.
    • Droppings: It’s something all animals leave behind, poop. The droppings of the hog are very similar to that of dogs and will have a longer, ropy shape when compared to other animals in West Texas.
    • Rooting: Probably the easiest way to find hogs and a big reason why they are known as an invasive species, rooting. Hog hunters can easily spot areas where hogs have gone to town on the ground, looking for food. Check the moisture of the soil to determine how recent the rooting took place, this is even more accurate during the hotter summer months.
    • Beds: Hogs can’t sweat to thermal regulate, so they will dig down into the mud to create a cool bed in the areas where the brush and cover are the thickest. You can still spot their small tunnels through the thickest, but getting there is the hard part. Your best bet is to find then end of a tunnel near a water source and wait.