Like most game animals, daily patterns and routines of feral hogs are primarily going to be based on current food sources and access to cover. Their home range is generally less than 6,000 acres, but it can expand to more than 60,000 acres depending on the availability of food and cover.

 Once they’ve located a consistent food source, hogs will often congregate and feed until the source is exhausted or no longer available. In most cases, you’ve hit the jackpot when you can locate a heavily used feeding area that offers quick and easy access to protective cover.

In order to track down the feral hogs on your property, you have to know how to look for them. Look for the following signs and take the guesswork out of where and when to hunt.

WALLOWING

Muddy wallows are fairly easy to identify and often used by hogs to simply cool off. However, building up a protective covering of mud on their skin also helps them combat both biting insects and direct sunlight.

ROOTING

These locations are easy to recognize, because it looks like someone or something has plowed up the ground and left behind numerous deep holes and craters.     

RUBS

Rubs are made when hogs scratch themselves on trees, fence posts, and rocks, which typically leave behind obvious signs such as mud streaks and hair. 

TRACKS

Hog tracks are somewhat similar to deer tracks in appearance, but their toes are more rounded and wider in comparison to overall length.

HAIR

Hog hair is unlike any other animals and will usually be in patches and stuck to tree trunks, stumps, or boulders.

SCAT OR DROPPINGS

Hog scat or droppings almost look like small piles of calf manure, and will often be found spread out across several locations.

One of the fastest ways to pinpoint hogs is to rely upon a network of game cameras to cover key locations. Monitoring current food sources, wallowing holes, and heavily worn trails or crossings can take the guesswork out of where and when to hunt.