Gut Rumbles

March 29, 2005

I'll post it anyway

I wanted to respond to a comment from Steve at hog on ice, but for some reason the email was rejected. He said that Cubans where he lives hunt wild hogs with .22 rifles. The hogs must resemble Key West deer is all I have to say.

Here was my response:

They've got more balls than brains to hunt wild hogs with a .22, unless they're looking for piglets. Where I live, some of those tuskers can weigh close to 200 pounds and they are meaner than a liberal on crack.

A friend of mine hauled one out of the woods recently that resembled a goddam monster from outer space. The tusks were so long and curved that I don't think the critter had been able to close its mouth in years. (I am NOT shitting you--- those tusks were 2" in diameter at the bottom.)

He shot it with a .30-06 and dropped it dead in mid-charge. It was angry at the time.

He's going to try to marinate the meat and eat that rascal, but it's been my experience that an old wild boar like that one tastes gamey no matter what you do with it. Too many acorns in its diet for too many years. I'll let you know when I taste some of the ribs.


A lot of people hunt wild hogs with dogs in Georgia, and it's nothing unusual for a wild boar to kill a dog or two before somebody shoots it. Those are mean-assed bastards and I think I would throw down a .22 and try to climb a tree if I ran into one in the woods. Most people use shotguns or high-powered rifles for boar hunting.

Of course, I also know a couple of crazy bastards who hunt with a bow. They've hauled in some big hogs that way, too. Good for them. They believe that it's a more "fair" way to hunt.

Personally, I think they are out of their minds. I don't WANT a "fair" fight between me and a wild boar.


yeah, I don't blame you for not being crazy enough to hunt wild hogs with a .22 especially where you are. From what I can see, I'd be nervous even with a monster caliber weapon if I ever came face to face with one like the "Hogzilla" freak-o-nature some guy shot down there recently. Sheesh...can that even be real?

Story here: (copy/paste to new window folks)

Posted by: marcl on March 29, 2005 04:32 PM

Never, ever, hunt a wild hog in the bush without a short barrel .12 GA, with, at least, 00 buckshot. Better to be safe than sorry.

Wild hogs are bad bad juju, and they're faster than you think,

Been there.

Posted by: Yabu on March 29, 2005 04:52 PM

I once hunted with a man named Orgy, he had 3 hog dogs and he sometimes took a 22 with him. The reason he took me, was that the dogs could kill him, he would shoot the hod and then the dogs, which was chasing the hog, would catch up and attack the hog, once the dogs saw it was wounded. This was very not what I was told to do with I was a little boy, huntings wild hogs, I had my Browning 12 with me, fuck a 22. That hog could kill you, Cat.

Posted by: catfish on March 29, 2005 05:43 PM

Could someone translate the above comment?

Posted by: rightisright on March 29, 2005 05:48 PM

You shoukd take a look at our European boars. They weigh up to 350 pounds and have top speed of 30 mph. :(

Posted by: Ralf Goergens on March 29, 2005 06:59 PM

Sorry about the typos.

Posted by: Ralf Goergens on March 29, 2005 07:01 PM

My comments and trackbacks are totally boned.

I wanted to take my .50 AE Desert Eagle to hunt hogs, and the Cuban I was going to go with said that was okay, but that the standard rifle he and his kid use is a .22.

A guide in Andros offered to take me and my dad out, and he said a .357 would be fine.

I don't know if the pigs in Florida are similar in size to the Rosie O'Donnell-looking jobs they have in Georgia.

Posted by: Steve H. on March 29, 2005 07:30 PM

Pig hunting in Florida, back in the day when my parents first met, my fathers soon to be father-in-law and his boys took him on a pig hunt up in Levy county, the displaced Yankess back down to Ft Myers about fell out of their tree when they learned all that he carried was a stick! Mr Carter's dogs would bay the pigs and you just had to go wheelbarrow him out to the truck, truss him up and take him back for fattening, Grandad wasn't much for them gamey wild ones, he'd put 'em on feed for a bit then we would have a serious hog killin' come first frost. and yes, they dropped them with a .22, just had to be sure not to scramble the brains.

Posted by: Slim on March 29, 2005 09:46 PM

We hunt hogs out here with dogs and knives. If you have good dogs, you don't need no stinkin' guns. That's cheatin'.

Posted by: Dash on March 29, 2005 10:42 PM

Back in the days of yore before they had firearms, Boar hunting was right popular amongst the nobility across the pond. They'd do it with a pack of mean-ass hounds and they'd do it on horseback. One of the things I've always thought interesting was the fact they used a special spear for Boar hunting that had a crossguard about a foot below the point.

Why? Because those mean not-so-little bastards would come up the spear after you after they'd been stuck. The crossguard was to keep that from happening.

Any critter mean enough to do that, I have a healthy respect for.

As for using .22s, they do that up here... from a tree stand.

Posted by: DaveH on March 29, 2005 10:56 PM

I’ve heard of guys hunting Polar bear with a bow and arrow. When the bear rears up to attack, you shoot it in the heart. Either the guys have cast iron cojones, or shit for brains—you decide.

Posted by: Pete on March 30, 2005 12:56 PM

Check out a book called 'The Hellpig Hunt' by Humberto Fontova. Lots about hog hunting in Louisiana, including why so many of the pigs there and in connecting states are so damn big: some people imported Russian boar for breeding and the mean bastards broke out and went into the swamps.

Peter Capstick once wrote an article about hunting boar in Argentina. They were turned loose deliberately down there, and it got out of hand. He noted they didn't know if they started killing sheep because they got so big, or if they got so big by killing & eating the sheep...

Posted by: Mark on March 30, 2005 04:41 PM

During hunting by dogs touse 22 cal. is not good idea. But I'm using my Ruger 10/22 in fullmoon nights.Beleive or not it works wonderful.I do neck or head shot. I mostly use CCI Minimag, a few kinds of Winchester and Armscore.Sometimes I used very ordinary brands, but if you can shoot from neck or head, beleive me no problem. If you don't beleive your sharp shooting please do not try this.It makes very little sound , do not ran in close distance other wild boars.I send my the best wishes to any kind gun users on wild boar hunting -Gunay OZTURK / ›stanbul TURKIYE

Posted by: Gunay OZTURK on April 30, 2005 12:28 PM
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