Bowhunting Wild Boar, Shot Placement & Bad Luck
Over the years I’ve had my heart broken by big ole nasty tusked boars. Why? Because they have a really tough shield that can & will stop arrows in their tracks. I’m talking about monster old boars that are generally 200lbs or more and essentially look like a dinosaur. The big ones don’t always have the shield to match but they can have a 2” + thick shielded plate of armor and often times be coated with dense mud and naturally thick skin and hair., all of that slows energy down. Enough times I’ve had these wild boar standing broadside at 30 yards offering a perfect shot when my arrow hits it’s mark and as the boar is running away I either see my arrow barely hanging on or has essentially bounced off. I always shoot 70-80 lb bows, and 450-495g arrows(125g broadheads included). My draw length is 28” so ya 30” would be better but I can’t do anything about that. My F.O.C. is just fine. What I don’t always do is shoot fixed blade broadheads, albeit I’ve shot lots of wild pigs with both and even good boars with expandable broadheads I’m still not going to recommend it. To be clear this is a different story with game such as deer or elk (my arrows often blow right through elk), I love mechanical broadheads but specifically I do not recommend them on big boars. Regular wild pigs? fine. Big Boars with Big Shields? no. All of that being said fixed blade broadheads aren’t fool proof but they do offer the least amount of energy loss.
Shot placement - I’m honestly still up in the air on what I should do with big boars. A quartering away shot offers a window into the vital cavity missing the shield and ribs however its a small window and if you hit the back edge of their shield your arrow could just bounce right off (ya it’s happened). Those shots aren’t always possible anyways and a broadside shot seems natural to take when offered. I like to shoot just above the front legs elbow or straight up the leg behind the boars front leg bone. Important to note their shield covers all of that and goes back quite a ways and ends up covering a lot of their guts anyhow. Besides the shield your arrow energy will change, for instance if your arrow hits in between the ribs or directly on one, there is really nothing you can do about that. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t, heck I’ve seen bullets stop in their shields, especially .243’s.
What I’m going to do - I’m going to have dedicated arrow set ups just for wild pigs specifically because of these thick shielded wild boar of course. I’m adding a fixed blade 150g kudu point to my 495g arrow set up(usually with 125g broadheads) to bring the total weight to 515g and will then test out on an already dead wild boar’s shield. If i’m not happy with the results I’ll just keep going until I am. To me a big ole wild boar of this nature is a real trophy akin to trophy bucks & bulls so it’s a heartbreaking matter & honestly so is all lost game. This will mean different sights or even a different bow and a more pronounced arrow trajectory just for Wild Pig hunting but my 450g deer, elk or whatever arrow isn’t cutting it anymore, especially with expandable broadheads. I’ve already got the 495g set ups but I’m upping the ante to 515g. Mistakes, mishaps and just plain old bad luck will still happen but I’m going to reduce those stats one way of the other.
That’s my opinion & I’m on a mission to figure it out. Obviously a vent and a little frustrated with myself as well. If only you guys could have seen some of these boars…. Thankfully I usually end up seeing them again and they’ve just got another battle wound is all. Go ahead and comment below.