It was just after midnight when Ivan, Dan, Mark and I walked into the rice field. The sky was overcast, and the entire area was pitch black to the naked eye. We, however, were wearing night vision equipment and carrying Smith and Wesson’s new M&P rifles equipped with Crimson Trace infrared laser systems. Through the green tunnel of my night vision scope I could see hogs, dozens of them, moving through the rice field. The damage a large sounder of hogs can do to a field is hard to imagine, and in that one field there were at least four or five very large groups. The only sound was the slosh of muddy water as they moved and the steady grinding of rice grains in their teeth. Occasionally I could hear squeals as the pigs fought with each other deeper in the field and out of sight. Ivan waved to our right, where a huge boar was walking down the levy toward us. He motioned for me to get into position to fire, and then began counting down.
I readjusted my grip on the rifle and flicked the infrared beam on, watching the light bob on my target.
The boar stopped, turned sideways, and listened.
Hogs are a huge problem in many states, including Texas. Controlling them is difficult at best, but sometimes even the best plans don’t work. We had been called in to help the rice farmers in the area control the wild hogs that were, quite literally, eating their profits. The only way to hunt these hogs is at night with infrared technology, and Warhawgs (www.warhawg.com) was the group that led our hunt. The company specializes in tactical hog hunts, and I had a great time in camp with my fellow writers. Special thanks to Crimson trace and Smith and Wesson for providing the gear we needed for our hunt. Articles on my hog hunt will appear in upcoming issues of Gun World, World of Firepower, and other magazines.