Wild boar at Dorchester are hunted both for their meat and to alleviate damage they cause to our quail hunting habitat and forests. The wild boar is native to several continents such as Europe and Asia and has been widely introduced in the United States.
A charging boar is considered exceptionally dangerous due to its thick hide and dense bones, making anything less than a kill shot a potentially deadly mistake. Therefore, in keeping with ancient times and a long standing southern tradition, we use bay and catch dogs when hunting boar.
Bay dogs, typically Black Mouth Cur, Rhodesian Ridgeback or Walker Hound, hunt and corner the wild boar barking loudly. This behavior is known as “baying” or keeping the boar “at bay”. The barking alerts the hunters to the boar so that once the boar is cornered or turns to fight, the catch dogs are released to seize the boar and hold it down.
Catch dogs are typically “Bully” breeds such as Argentine Dogo, American Bulldog, Pit Bull Terrier, Great Dane, Neapolitan Mastiff, English Mastiff or smaller Mastiff crosses.
Catch dogs grip the boar with their jaws, typically seizing the base of the boar’s ear. Once they have the boar, they will hold it down by the head until the hunter arrives. The hunter then comes in from behind and harvests the boar with a rifle, bow, knife, or spear, unless the objective is to relocate the boar, then the hunter will “leg” (seize and elevate a rear leg), “flip” (force the now off-balance boar to lay on its side) and then “hog-tie” the boar’s feet.
Hunts are typically conducted over a 3-hour period. Hunts are scheduled on a year-round basis.
Dorchester guarantees guests an opportunity to harvest a boar, and hunts are sold for $600 per guest/gun per boar harvested.
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Dorchester Sales & Operations