As Texas continues to exhaust every resource it has to combat the feral hog problem, hunters are simultaneously beginning to experiment with so many shot opportunities to work with. Bows, crossbows, spears, traps, and helicopter hunting have started to accompany the typical rifle-or-shotgun approach, as hunters aren’t limited by any regulations and don’t even need hunting licenses to take these animals. We’ve even seen some hunters use dogs and in an effort to eradicate the nuisance swine.
However, one weapon most people would never consider is an ancient weapon as old as time: the blowgun. Because feral hogs have such a reputation for being tough, you probably wouldn’t think one of these primal weapons would even be capable of penetrating that thick hide, but Tim Wells is here to prove otherwise. In the following video, we see him set up for some close shots during an evening hunt in Texas, during which he’s quickly greeted with an opportunity at multiple pigs. And, as you’re about to see, his blowgun makes short work of Texas’ most problematic invasive species.
This just goes to show you should never underestimate a blowgun. There’s a reason they’ve stood the test of time, as in the right hands, they can be an effective tool for harvesting small- and medium-sized game. We’ve even seen Tim use his blowgun to harvest black bears before, so there is no denying the stopping power they have. Of course, in this situation, it makes more sense for Tim to target the smaller hogs using the blowgun, as the larger ones may have a hide that’s just too much for the darts to penetrate. But he nearly got a full passthrough on one the smaller ones, and it conveniently caused very little damage to the meat, yielding more meat for the dinner table.
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