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Hog Tracking

By Edited May 4, 2015 0 0


Wild hogs prefer moist type land near rivers, creeks, streams, lakes, ponds, marshes, bogs, swamps, etc. where there is dense vegetation and plenty of food nearby.


Knowing how to track wild hogs is fairly easy and straight forward once you get used to the signs that they leave.

Their tracks are similar to deer but have rounded toes and are more splayed.

The size of the track could also be a good indicator of how big the wild hog is. Also the direction the track is pointing could tell you which way the hog is traveling.





 It’s no joke wild hogs love to wallow around in the mud and get all muddy and filthy. They do this in part to keep cool, keep insects off, etc.

 Wild hogs don’t have sweat glands so wallowing in cool mud during summer months helps them fight the heat as well.




Rubs are usually found near wallows or depressions in muddy moist areas, mainly due to proximity of the mud, and the wallowing spots caused by hogs.

 Hogs use trees, logs, fence posts, rocks, even power poles with creosote and such. It’s been said that they prefer the power poles because of the creosote.

Generally they rub these to remove mud and scratch themselves, removing external parasites etc.

Look near the base of trees for mud spackled all over the base and you will most likely find hog hair along with the mud.






Wild hogs tear up the ground in search of food.

Often they dig for stuff like roots, acorns, earthworms, insects, plant bulbs, grains etc.

They do extensive damage to the ground and this fact is why so many land owners hate them.





Scat droppings can be described as being similar to dog scat. It is   short lived but if found can give you clues to how long ago the wild hogs were in the area and what they have been eating.

If the scat is present in large quantities in the immediate area you could be near a bedding area.





Wild hogs often leave trails were ever they go. Whenever they bed down it is common to make a depression in the soil to lie in. It keeps them cool and offers some protection while they sleep. Wild hogs will also leave tufts of hair from scrapping it off while rubbing trees or getting caught on barbed fences and such. Look for all these tell-tell signs the next time your in wild hog territory.



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