The Best Wild Boar Hog Hunting Knives
Have you ever thought about hunting feral hogs with just a knife? Sounds crazy doesn't it? If you do decide that this adrenalin rush is for you then you better take a good knife. Today we will look at several of the best wild boar hog hunting knives.
First, we should discuss how you go about hunting wild hogs with knives and then we can discuss the knives themselves. This is usually done with a pair of dogs and is also called "hogdogging". The dogs basically chase the hog and hold it for the hunter to dispatch.
What kind of dogs?
The selection of dogs in hogdogging is just as important as your knife selections. Basically, you have two dogs that work as a team. One is called the bay dog and the other is called the catch dog.
The bay dog's job is to pick up the hog's scent and follow them. Therefore, a good bay dog needs to be a breed that has good scent detection and tracking abilities. There is a lot of dog breeds that can fill this role.
The bay dog is let out first and heads off to find the wild boar. Once it has located the hog, it let's out a bay (howl) to let the hunter know. It's then that the catch dog is released.
The catch dog's job is meet up with the bay dog and latch onto the boar by it's ear or face. The catch dog has to have powerful jaws to be able to hold onto the hog. They usually are big burly dog breeds like pitbulls and american bulldogs. The bay dog will grab a leg and both the bay dog and catch dog will hold the boar until the hunter can dispatch the hog.
This can be dangerous for the both dogs so it's important for them to wear cut collars that protect their necks and vital areas. It's also a good idea for the hunter to be able to treat any field wounds that the dogs might receive.
So what do I look for in a knife?
Since you are trying to dispatch of a wild animal and not hurt your dogs in the process, it's a good idea to get a good knife. Let's look at some of the things I think you should look for and then we will look at some of the knives that have these features.
- 6-10 Inch Blade - Some people will argue that you don't need a knife that long but it's important that the knife is long enough to reach a big boar's heart. You not only want to protect your dogs but you want a quick kill.
- Solid Grip - In the middle of the hunt you are going to be striking at a moving objects. You don't want to slip off and cut yourself or injure your dogs.
- Full Tang Blade - The blade has to be full tang. This means that it's one solid piece of metal sandwiched in between the handles. A full tang knife isn't going to break on you during the hunt.
- Thick Blades - Seeing a pattern here? You want a strong blade with boar hunting. I'd suggest a hog sticker that is at least 3/16" thick.
- Good Hand Guard - This goes along with having a solid grip. You don't want your hand slipping off when the handle gets wet.
My Top 3 Wild Boar Hog Hunting Knives
Esee Venom Green Junglas with Nylon Sheath
Top Features of the ESEE Junglas:
- 10 3/8" Blade Length
- 16 1/2" Overall Length
- 1095 High Carbon Steel Blade
- 3/16" Thick Blade
- Micarta Handle
- High Visibility Orange
- Venom Green Power Coat Finish
- Nylon Shealth
- Flat Grind Edge
The ESEE Junlas has everything we are looking for in a good pig sticker. It comes with a very long blade so no chance of it being too short to hit the vitals. It also has a nice high visibility orange micarta handles so you won't lose this if you drop it in the grass.
Cold Steel 39LSP Boar Hunter
Top Features of the Cold Steel Boar Hunter
- 8 3/4" Blade Length
- 13 7/8" Overall Length
- Japanese AUS 8A Stainless Steel Blade
- 3/16" Thick Blade
- Kray-Ex Handles
- Double Hand Guard
- Secure-Ex Shealth
- Hollow Ground Edge
The Cold Steel Boar Hunter has a distinctive Celtic style blade. The sloping point is designed to give you good piercing power on the meanest hogs. Definitely one of my favorites and probably as budget friendly as I'd recommend for a good boar hunting knife.
Ka-Bar Adventure Baconmaker
Top Features of the Ka-Bar Baconmaker:
- 6 5/8"" Blade Length
- 13" Overall Length
- 1095 Cro-Van Steel Blade
- 3/16" Thick Blade
- Adventuregrip Textured Handle
- High Quality Shealth
- Hollow Grind Edge
The Ka-Bar Baconmaker is another solid hog slaying knife that won't break the bank. The handle is very ergonimic and while it's shorter than the other two knives on my list, it will definitely get the job done. Go get you some bacon today!
Well there is three great wild boar hunting knives. So get your dogs all trained up and head out and see if you're tough enough to take on a boar with just a knife.
Good luck and be safe!