Boar hunting has been quite a popular pastime activity for many rural Australians ever since they’ve settled. In fact, there are even some magazines about this sport, but in the past few decades, the popularity of boar hunting has been on a steady decline. Unfortunately, it’s been estimated that today wild boars outnumber us. So, if you’re looking to change that, great! But bear in mind that you’ll first need to learn how to track them, and how to minimize the risk of getting in danger when hunting.
Now, if you’re looking to boar hunt the old-fashioned way with a spear, then first things first – you’ll need a functional spear. You’ll find many different types of spears online and in outdoor, survival, and tactical stores around Australia. A functional spear features a sturdy reinforcing rib, which makes the spear incredibly stiff for maximum penetration. Moreover, the blade should flex under stress instead of breaking.
However, boar hunting can also be dangerous, so you should also pack a firearm and avoid going hunting alone. A wounded boar can be extremely dangerous, and once its survival instincts kick in, it won’t hesitate to attack you. One way to avoid danger is by hunting with a vehicle or on a tree. But you still have to be careful once you wound it and go down for the finishing blow.
Boars, like deer, are most active in the evenings and in the mornings. They also travel in small groups, which makes them even more dangerous. But on the bright side, that makes them easier to track, as they leave a lot of signs behind them. They oftentimes follow food and water sources, especially on hotter days. Additionally, they aren’t very shy about being in an open field.
When hunting a boar with a spear, knowing where to strike is essential. Their hide is thick around their shoulders, as it protects their lungs and heart. This not only means that you should have a good spear, decent throwing skills and an intention to kill, but a backup bow, or better yet, a firearm to finish it in case you don’t kill it with a spear. Boars also don’t bleed much, so if an injured one runs off, it may be difficult to track it in the dark.
Boar hunting can be a very rewarding and exciting experience. It’s a test of strength, patience and skill. But it can also be quite dangerous, especially for people who are new to the sport. It’s very different from hunting with a firearm, and it brings a thrill that can’t be found even when hunting with a bow.