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When Wild Hogs Attack

By Barry Wensel

Editor's note: Everyone says pigs are dangerous, but few people can tell you first-hand. Barry Wensel can. Two different pigs came after him - both on the same day. If you head out to hunt wild hogs, listen to his story and heed his warning.

They Come Full Boar

Hunting wild hogs is a lot of fun, but this story isn't about fun.

My brother Gene and I have been organizing bow hunts for feral hogs for twenty-plus years with absolutely no problems (see Then came March 11, 2011. I got charged not once but twice in the same day by different hogs. I beat back the first one, but the second one got me pretty good before I got him.

Attack #1


A face only a mother could love!

It was the last day of five weeks of bowhunting. The prior evening one of our friends, Bernie Finch, had shot a big boar just at dark. Early the next morning Gene, Bernie and I took the track.

I came upon the boar and Bernie shot but missed and the boar took off. I ran along behind the wounded porker to try to keep him in sight since his blood trail was petering out.

Apparently the pig decided I was too close and he turned to face me. I nocked an arrow and stood my ground. At twenty yards he dropped his head and charged. I held off until he was about fifteen feet from me to insure it wasn't a bluff charge. He meant business and I drove a single arrow into his carotid artery angling downward. The broadhead came out just behind his opposite armpit.

A perfect shot.

But a charging pig has momentum, and he kept coming. Unable to put another arrow on my recurve bow quickly, I just threw the bow in his face and shinnied up a small mesquite tree. The boar died right under me. Wow! I have to admit I did pretty good on that one. But the next one I didn't do so hot on.

About Barry Wensel

Barry Wensel is the author of The Crooked Hat Chronicles, tales of his adventures and misadventures in hunting (available at He is one of the nation's top hunters using traditional archery equipment. Along with his brother Gene, he organizes an annual "pig gig." (Check their website for information.) Asked why he wears his hat crooked, he says, "So the animals I'm shooting don't think I'm looking at them."

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