Originally Posted by winds-of-change
There's no way I would imagine a .22 would go through a hog's thick skull. Shows you how little I know about hunting.
Let's see........for dogs I have a Border Collie, a Pug and a Papillon. I think the BC would love chasing down a hog. But I'd be afraid the hog would kill my dog.
I have been running dogs on wild boar in Florida for 20 years and trap 2 boar per month. Every hog we have ever taken was dispatched with a .22 behind the ear. Ten years ago we lost a red nose pit to a boar. We were training a puppy as a new scent dog, thought bringing the hog dog would aid in training. Since we were not hunting we did not put a vest on the dog.
We spooked a boar that was about 85 lbs, he got into it with the dog and caught him with a tusk in the abdomen. Gutted the poor dog right on the trail. I emptied my .357 in the boar and then had to dispatch my own dog with a 9mm. They are dangerous animals when trapped or confronted. All the dogs wear vests now, regardless of what we are doing.