Are you fully equipped for when the SHTF? Have you bought all the tactical gear you need for TEOTWAWKI? Are your friends starting to whisper ‘mall ninja’ behind your back? You need to take your tactical gear out and get it dirty. Shooting at the range is pretty far down on the adrenaline generation scale. Those paper targets don’t move much. Not to mention that the looks you get from the other shooters when you show up wearing BDUs and an LBE vest stuffed with mags can be kind of embarrassing. You need to get out and train on something that’s alive…
And Texas has just the place(s) for you. The Wall Street Journal highlights a budding new mini-industry taking shooters out to hunt the pesky porkers.
Tactical Hog Control, started in 2009 by Texas ranchers Clark Osborne and Mr. Dreher, is among a handful of next-generation outfitters across the South offering a new style of hog hunting designed to appeal to hunters’ inner commando. Each client on a nocturnal hunt with the two men suits up with roughly $40,000 of military-grade gear, including semiautomatic rifles like the DPMS AR-10. The men prowl bumpy pastures and farmland in off-road vehicles bristling with gun racks and infrared headlights.
“I believe every man in the U.S. has a tactical gene,” said Rod Pinkston, an Army veteran and former Olympic sharp-shooting coach whose Jager Pro guide service conducts high-tech hog hunts in western Georgia. “They’ve always wanted to be a soldier, a SWAT team member. We’re the closest thing to combat that these guys are ever going to experience.”
These guides take tactical Walter Mittys out on six hour hunts at $500 a pop. Many states have no limit to the number of feral hogs you can shoot in a night due to the damage they cause to crops and their designation as invasive species in some locales. The fun of the hunt has even inspired literary creativity among some shooters.
This little piggy got an arrow
this little piggy got lead
this little piggy got buckshot
all the little piggies got dead
The immortal words of hunting bard, Ted Nugent
So don’t let that tactical gear collect dust. You have to train to keep your skills sharp anyway, right? Might as well get in some practice stalking, reduce a nuisance population and bring home some chops for the grill all at the same time. Better to zero that scope, gear up and let porky know who’s boss.