Feral pigs compete with native animals such as whitetails for food and cover, eating the eggs of birds and the young of other animals. Those pigs tear up the countryside with their rooting, and when they’re hunted hard, they become difficult to approach, normally turning nocturnal. Luckily, these days pigs are often cheaper to hunt than native game like deer—especially in Texas, where they’re hunted year-round. That was one reason author John Barsness headed south to Bill Wilson’s Circle WC Ranch after all the hunting seasons had closed in his native Montana. Bill Wilson provides his hunters with ARs chambered for 6.8 SPC and sets them up within shooting distance of corn feeders illuminated by red light (which the pigs don’t notice). At this ranch, neck shots are the name of the game. Barsness tells, “A shot right in the middle of the neck, a couple of inches in front of the shoulders, drops pigs right there— and also bleeds them out perfectly for the freezer.” To find out what kind of swine the author and his hunting buddies got in their sights, check out the 2014 issue of The Complete Book Of Guns, available on newsstands and digitally on July 9, 2013. To subscribe, go to personaldefenseworld.com/subscribe.
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