With beautiful hunting weather in Croatia, offering magnificent days for wild boar shooting, we are inviting you to take part in a management cull hunt.
Driven wild boar shooting in Croatia from the shooters’ perspective, a driven hunt is incredibly simple and exciting. A hunt leader assigns each shooter their “peg” and typically reviews where the drive will be coming from and in which directions it is safe to fire. The shooter’s job is then primarily to make his or her presence known to fellow hunters, so everyone knows where every hunter is, and to stay in place and wait – ready for action at a second’s notice. Beaters drive the wild boar through the gun line where the opportunity of a shot will arise, lightning reactions are essential. The purpose of this exercise is to shoot the right animals, which, for wildlife management reasons, typically means shooting primarily the youngest deer and boar along with any vermin such as foxes and raccoons.
The order of the day is the briefing given by the hunt manager, outlining what game animal’s shooters may take and what game animals are for breeding stock, this is a management hunt which has taken 12 months of planning, it is down to the guns to correctly identify the species age and gender before shooting.
With up to one hundred people taking part in any driven wild boar management hunt! “safety” is of paramount importance; responsible rifle handling must always come first! With a clear and present backstop present for all shots taken, high visibility camouflage clothing worn by all beater’s dogs and hunters in the gun line! ensuring hunters really stand out in the forest backdrop avoiding any unnecessary accidents.
Management quarry as follows: roe doe’s, kids, any wild boar other than leading sows, foxes & raccoons, Roebuck’s may have already shed their antlers at this time of year, and large wild boar sows are hard to identify in the heat of the moment, the rule is if in doubt do not shoot!
This incredible occasion brings people together from all social classes, but at its heart is a critical forestry management responsibility! supporting the delicate balance of nature.
After the morning briefing has concluded you will head out to your stands & pegs, this often involves driving on forest tracks.
Croatia driven wild boar hunting consists of 2 to 4 drives per day.
Wild boar are on par with dogs for intelligence, able to adapt their behaviour to current circumstances, wild boar are predominantly nocturnal and are only seen during daylight hours when being hunted or forced to forage for food! by choice wild boar are more active at dawn and dusk, particularly throughout the night! while the driven boar hunting creates a forced hunting situation offering the chance to take on wild boar charging through the gun line, challenging the hunters mastery of firearms, under pressure! shooting fast moving wild boar within restricted angles. Driven wild boar hunting has got to be one of the most efficient methods of controlling wild boar so they don’t out breed their natural food source, when this happens wild boar cause crop damage, this becomes expensive, and local hunts have to compensate farmers for loss of income if wild boar numbers are not regulated.
The preferred methods of hunting wild boar in particular locations vary depends on country, habitat and alongside hunting traditions. In most places, wild boar is predominantly shot from blinds near feeding stations in or on the edge of woodlands and forests.
Feral pigs are not wild boar.
Feral pig hunting is not the same thing as, wild boar hunting, and takes place on different continents outside of Europe, for example in the US and Australia. Feral pigs are, “domestic pigs that have been released and gone wild “and now breed out-of-control and are often trapped or shot from helicopters in large numbers as these are now an invasive species.
Understanding driven wild boar shooting rules and etiquette.
When wild boar pass through the gun line, this is commonly known as a train of wild boar, which consists of the family group known as, “sounder”! This sounder or train will be led by a lead sow, followed by the previous year’s juvenile yearlings. Do not shoot the leading sow because this will harm the breeding stock for forthcoming years, it is quite hard to shoot the lead sow and should be used to alert the hunter to get ready to shoot the following wild boar.
Always try and shoot the smaller brown boar as these are juvenile yearling pigs, adult wild boar are solitary animals and do not mix with the family group except for breeding, these may be shot as they come through the gun line and will predominantly be solitary wild boar, please be aware in driven hunts solitary wild boar may get driven into a sounder or train of pigs and trophy fees often apply to these wild boar “Kyler’s”
shooting running wild boar with lead.
My preferred gun of choice would be 12 gauge shot gun and solid slugs! let me explain a few advantages over rifle, when shooting through dense bush, solid slugs will not ricochet and will cut through small trees, killing wild boar charging towards you, most people transition from shotgun shooting to driven wild boar, hence they are more familiar with the shot gun and shooting moving targets, practising shooting rabbit clays with full choke will help you understand your lead pictures at different distances and will enable you to make good clean kills on driven wild boar with a shotgun and slugs, although a solid slug will still kill at 500 metres I would advise limiting your shot distance to 80 metres where you will still obtain a 2 to 3 inch grouping providing you keep your head down on the stock of the gun.
Obviously, a good rifle with a low magnification scope or red dot Optics is equally as capable at close distance but gives you the added advantage of reaching out to 200 or 300 metres in those open areas, however the transition from shotgun to rifle is not an easy one and comes with a hefty price tag.
Most hunters that transfer from shotgun to rifle always over lead driven boar and Miss in-front, the hunter must consider the fact that a rifle bullet is travelling between two and three times the speed of a shotgun slug, and very little lead is needed with a rifle, however a steady maintained swing is still critical, matching the speed of the running wild boar.
Seats and clothing.
A good three legged shooting seat is an absolute must for driven wild boar shooting, personally I found an all in one shooting Suit keeps you far warmer than a jacket and trousers do individually, you can also buy boots with inner linings, again absolutely vital because you cannot keep still if your feet are frozen, that brings me onto the next piece of equipment for keeping your hands warm! hand warmers! do not under any circumstances use hand warmers that require lighter fuel, because the odour these give off wild boar can smell from miles away, and you will not get any shooting, so your best option is electric hand warmers and socks running off of batteries or hand warmers you boil in a pan of water to regenerate them.
Please remember you must have a black and orange camouflage gilet along with camouflage orange hat for safety, because you do not want to be mistaken by another hunter as a wild boar! wild boar only see in black and white and do not pick out the orange, but can pick out solid blocks of colours hence black and orange camouflage patterns are advisable.