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Reader Contest Submission: Zen and the Art of Hog Hunting

(Editor: It is almost like I didn’t do any work at all for this post. This is Roger Riga’s first of two C0ntest Submissions. He didn’t send along any pictures, so I grabbed the above off youtube. Interesting combination of dressing tools.

Please keep the entry’s coming. Big announcement coming soon. -HCA)

By Roger Riga:

I’ve tried writing this a few different ways. But I can’t get away from mentioning the religious aspects of hunting. Monotheists likely won’t understand it. But there’s a highly spiritual side to hunting. I say that because the main three monotheistic religions have very little spiritual importance placed on hunting. But for many polytheists, your brothers and sisters who stayed with or rediscovered their native gods, hunting itself is ritual. Every “first religion” for lack of a better term places some importance on the hunt. African Animism, Norse Asatru, Celtic Paganism, and all versions of Asian Wuism, to rattle off a small list, support not only deities of hunting but rituals. There is no real way to feel closer to your ancestors than by tracking and killing many of the same animals using similar weapons and tactics.

 

There are many ways to hunt. There are many ways to hunt boars. You can find many videos on youtube and liveleak of hunters with GoPros using spears, guns, swords, or even long knives. I’ve hunted once with a loaned rifle(as it was over state lines) and another time with a loaned spear. I have a friend, a fellow heathen, who lives near the Southern Zone of Georgia. We have hunted on his land and a farm owned by someone I’ve never met. You sleep in the day light, wake in the early hours of the evening, and move in rapid shallow steps until you reach a good position. A blind or deer stand, either constructed ahead of time or created with primitive ingenuity will allow you to lay in wait and get a good thrown spear. A thrown spear is hard to get a clean kill with. It’s nearly barbaric the amount of time and the pain the pig suffers with a spear.

The generally accepted practice is to launch the spear, delivering a wound somewhere around thepig’s front shoulders then moving in to finish it. A throwing spear tends to be a heavy, usually home made, spike attached to a long shaft. Sometimes the point of the spike is slightly bent to keep the spear stuck in the pig to hinder it’s escape. Hogs of all sorts will take off running as soon as it’s clear there’s a danger to it’s survival. While trying to hit the spine is admirable, it’s also really hard to do properly. Instead you’ll likely deliver a mortal wound that does not incapacitate the hog that will launch off fleeing it’s imminent death.

However, there is also a stabbing spear style of hunting. A wide pointed blade with wings or lugs on the side with a hardwood or metal shaft. These wings are to PREVENT you from stabbing through the pig and to also keep an angry wounded boar from walking up the shaft to wound the hunter. I’ve never used the stabbing method of boar hunting.

And then there’s the highly controversial topics of dogs and bait. There are two ways to use dogs in hog hunting. The first is to simply find the quarry and then move in by yourself. The other, and much more controversial way, is to send in trained dogs to attack and wound the hogs and then approached while the animals wound each other and deliver a killing blow.

In some areas, dependent on law, you can bait boars. Which does increase the likelihood of killing a pig or ten, there’s also no limit in many areas. But that robs the experience of sportsmanship. Without sportsmanship there is no community. Some boar hunters go out and get a fresh pack of pork every time. There’s a whole hunting tourist industry built around that fact.

My ancestors did not pay men to take them on leisurely hunting trips where getting a kill of some sort is virtually guaranteed. My ancestors went out and lived or died on their skill. Sure, they probably would have used every dirty trick in the book to put food on their table. But I am not them, in these hunts my life is more threatened by other humans than by any quarry. So I can’t make that math work.

Your mileage may vary though.

Discussion

2 responses to ‘Reader Contest Submission: Zen and the Art of Hog Hunting

  1. the territorial advance of the feral hog and it’s classification as a nuisance pest allowing for, in some places, slaughter without harvest seems to somewhat parallel the proliferation of the asian carp. and while the piscine intruder garners mixed feedback as to the delicacy of its bony flesh, the aforementioned swine’s unanimous reputation as straight yummy leaves me eager to stay up late.
    eventually all states will arrive at “any method, any time, let it rot.”

  2. I’m leaving for another trip south tomorrow. Should be able to get out there and hunt some more but the group going down to enjoy “Heathen Hunt time” is bigger and more varied than ever before.

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