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#2506590 - 06/10/13 04:18 PM Where to shoot a hog
Yellowhammer Offline

Registered: 02/07/02
Posts: 16690
Loc: Huntington, Texas
Any place is a good place, but the best place is in my opion is right here.

I have dropped many a big boar with the .223 shot right there.

Keep in mind that the vitals of a hog tend to be lower and farther forward than you would think if you are comparing to a deer. If you are going for typical "behind the shoulder" shot you would for a deer, as you can see you may be farther back than you think and in an area that will probably kill it, but it may run a long way first.

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#2506649 - 06/10/13 07:15 PM Re: Where to shoot a hog [Re: Yellowhammer]
the impactzone Offline
Die Hard Member III

Registered: 02/04/12
Posts: 2297
Loc: texas
looks great
lets change the game, put the Can on, turn the Lights out, and the Dog loose.

#2506651 - 06/10/13 07:17 PM Re: Where to shoot a hog [Re: Yellowhammer]
sigpros Offline
Die Hard Member III

Registered: 02/14/07
Posts: 2016
Loc: missouri
Thanks for the info

#2506695 - 06/10/13 08:28 PM Re: Where to shoot a hog [Re: sigpros]
SkyPup Offline

Registered: 09/14/11
Posts: 4452
Loc: Florida
This does work good! grin

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#2506723 - 06/10/13 09:25 PM Re: Where to shoot a hog [Re: Yellowhammer]
Chupathingy Offline
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Registered: 12/01/07
Posts: 6834
Loc: not here
I'd bet that the number of unrecovered hogs due to poor shot location has a lot of zero's behind it. Great information there Yellowhammer.

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#2506744 - 06/10/13 09:49 PM Re: Where to shoot a hog [Re: Yellowhammer]
Orneryolfart357 Offline
PM senior

Registered: 10/06/07
Posts: 9053
Loc: Nevada
Good info Yellowhammer. I think many of the unrecovered Coyoted are from the same reason. Shooting too far behind. Thanks for the pics.

#2506820 - 06/11/13 01:27 AM Re: Where to shoot a hog [Re: Yellowhammer]
TheGrinch Offline
Predator Master

Registered: 02/06/13
Posts: 77
Loc: North CA
Shoot many of these beasts. If I can't get a ear shot its vitals, and through A shoulder. If you hit a shoulder he aint going bar.

With a bow on the other hand, which I hunt with most, things change. Vitals right behind that shoulder blade. If its a good size hog, you have the bone plus almost 2 inches of armor. Quartering away shots are best. Burry the arrow a tad behind the blade into the vitals. Shot one pig in the head, I don't suggest it but [beeep] those g5 t3s do work. And one in the neck,(missed the vitals) and dropped her.

Edited by TheGrinch (06/11/13 05:13 PM)

#2506887 - 06/11/13 09:58 AM Re: Where to shoot a hog [Re: Yellowhammer]
Calypso Offline
Die Hard Member II

Registered: 04/21/01
Posts: 1707
Loc: Hondo, Texas USA
I take "ear shots" whenever I can. As the diagram above shows. If you need a "shoulder" shot, aim just above the top of the front leg.

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#2506946 - 06/11/13 02:29 PM Re: Where to shoot a hog [Re: Calypso]
HOG RUSH Offline
Seasoned Member

Registered: 05/16/13
Posts: 102
Loc: Alabama
If you are not steady with your aim, go for the heart lung. SHooting in the neck is great, but if you dick the shot up , they run and eventually will bleed out. I always advise to shoot straight up the front leg middle thickness of the body.

I dicked up a shot last night. It was 10 yds and I did not shoot high to compensate for my zero. Shot low into the meat part of the neck. He had no wind, but ran for a bit. The video was great up to that point, then bang, I messed up the first shot on a group of 10 pigs. They ran into the corn.

I had used my Ninja stealth to get that close and then only got 3 kills in the corn which were not easily seen in the video. Got to have a video.

It was 30 min later they came back out and I ended up with 5 total kills out of that group before I decided to move on to the next field. The following shots were made from 50-80 yds and shot them right where you pointed out in your post. D.O.G., Dead on ground.

#2507120 - 06/12/13 12:49 AM Re: Where to shoot a hog [Re: HOG RUSH]
Wedgy Offline
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Registered: 02/03/11
Posts: 311
Loc: CA

Edited by Wedgy (06/12/13 12:50 AM)

#2507179 - 06/12/13 10:08 AM Re: Where to shoot a hog [Re: Yellowhammer]
the impactzone Offline
Die Hard Member III

Registered: 02/04/12
Posts: 2297
Loc: texas

Deidera took this hog with a head shot at 170 yards with her 6.8 and D740 1/4 moon
lets change the game, put the Can on, turn the Lights out, and the Dog loose.

#2507214 - 06/12/13 11:55 AM Re: Where to shoot a hog [Re: Yellowhammer]
hm1996 Offline

Registered: 07/23/06
Posts: 18016
Loc: S. Texas
For broadside shots ear=DRT.

Shot a small (javelina sized) boar at 150-160 yds and missed the ear shot but hit neck, albeit a tad high. He dropped in his tracks. I walked about 75 yards to open a gate for my partner, who had gone back to bring up the jeep, and noticed a small hog across the fence, running hard toward the brush. Took a moment to realize that this was the one I had already dropped.

Caught up with it on the second or third shot and rolled it, but apparently hadn't given it enough lead, hitting it a bit far back.

Back at the cooler, the "field autopsy" revealed that the spine was completely severed! My hunting partner argued that the first shot was just behind the diaphragm and the running shot broke the spine. His theory made some sense, as we all know an animal with a severed spine can't run.

I was starting to wonder if my zero had shifted when I realized that the pig was facing to my left on first shot and to my right on 2nd. The neck shot exited on pig's right side and body shot entrance was on his right side w/no exit. Apparently the first shot nicked the top of spine and fractured it, bruising the spinal cord, temporarily paralyzing the animal and second shot rolled him head over heels and the fall severed the spine.

Either shot will drop the animal but think I'll stick w/ear. If nothing else, it gives a positive aiming point.


Edited by hm1996 (06/12/13 11:59 AM)
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#2507730 - 06/13/13 11:25 PM Re: Where to shoot a hog [Re: Yellowhammer]
TV308 Offline
Seasoned Member

Registered: 04/23/13
Posts: 296
Loc: Texas
Good info!

#2510138 - 06/21/13 12:43 PM Re: Where to shoot a hog [Re: Yellowhammer]
teasipper Offline
New Member

Registered: 07/09/04
Posts: 21
Loc: Houston, Texas
Vultures and coyotes have to eat, too. But neck shots are the only way to go for a quick kill. All you M.O.A. guys should have no problem with that unless the hog moves his head.

#2511120 - 06/24/13 01:14 PM Re: Where to shoot a hog [Re: Yellowhammer]
tx44hunter Offline
Seasoned Member

Registered: 05/09/09
Posts: 125
Loc: D/FW,Texas
Behind the EAR........Only way to go.

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