Hog Hunting Makes WSJ front page

A couple weeks ago the WSJ had an article on the front page.

Special Ops, Pig Patrol: Commando Wannabes Stalk Porky

Watch the video, it’s more entertaining than the article.

Farmer reaps benefits

I was talking to a fellow hunter and he told me he has been working on eradicating the hogs off of a 200 acre farm. He has taken out over 100 hogs in the past 6 months. The farmer informed him last week that he has already seen a $30,000 net result in crop since the pig population has been declining.

It is a constant job but the less pigs on the property the better the farmers crops are. Therefore the more money he has for him and his family.

I was asking him what he was using to hunt the hogs and he has a LaRue OBR 7.62, a Leupold Mark 4, with a CNVD (PVS-24). He stalks with an L-3 x-50 or a PVS-14 with a 3x magnifier. He said he got most of his night vision from NITEHOG Systems. I checked out the website and bought an Aquila 6X (PVS-12). But I think I’ll be asking for the TUSKIR384 from Santa. It’s a thermal weapon scope that has great 384×288 resolution.

Let me know if you have any farmer stories that the hog eradication has benefited them and their crops.

Hog Hunting in Texas

We were in South Texas and had the corn out for the piggies. We got there before dusk and waited with various night vision systems on our rifles. One was an Aquilla 6x that I picked up from NITEHOG for a really good price. I had it mounted on my LaRue OBR 7.62. Another guy had a CNVD-LR which is a clip on behind his day optic so he could zoom in on the hogs as well. After a couple hours, here they came. We were about 130 yards and with the Aquilla 6x (PVS-12) I could get up close and personal. After 10 or so shots 4 hogs were down and we were so happy with our night.

I’d enjoy hearing what hunts you’ve had. Especially if you’re using night vision of some sort or even thermal weapon scopes. What type of rigs you have and what success you had.

Thanks and I’ll post soon after our next hunt.

Hello Hog Hunters!!

As Defined by Wikipedia

Night vision is the ability to see in low light conditions. Whether by biological or technological means, night vision is made possible by a combination of two approaches: sufficient spectral range, and sufficient intensity range. Humans have poor night vision compared to many animals, in part because the human eye lacks a tapetum lucidum.[1]

Image Intensifier- The image intensifier is a vacuum-tube based device that converts visible light from an image so that a dimly lit scene can be viewed by a camera or the naked eye. While many believe the light is “amplified,” it is not. When light strikes a charged photocathode plate, electrons are emitted through a vacuum tube that strike the microchannel plate that cause the image screen to illuminate with a picture in the same pattern as the light that strikes the photocathode, and is on a frequency that the human eye can see. This is much like a CRT television, but instead of color guns the photocathode does the emitting.

The image is said to become “intensified” because the output visible light is brighter than the incoming IR light, and this effect directly relates to the difference in passive and active night vision goggles. Currently, the most popular image intensifier is the drop-in ANVIS module, though many other models and sizes are available at the market.

The above is some insight on how Night Vision works.

Personally, I have used a number of different night vision systems to hunt with and will go over that in following posts.

Please post any “pig rigs” you have for your hunts and the type of night vision you are using or what you may have questions about.

Have a Hoggin’ Day!!