HUNTERS ANATOMY OF A FERAL HOG
HEART - LUNG - SPINAL CORD
The heart, lung, and spinal cord anatomy of the feral hog is widely misunderstood.
This article deals with the anatomy of the wild boar. GRAPHIC PHOTOS are used to illustrate the location of the heart, lungs, and spinal cord so hunters can better understand the proper KILL ZONE area.

It is widely understood or rather miss understood that a wild boar is some sort of super armored beast that is almost impossible to kill. Amazing campfire stories are told and repeated of how well placed shots on the beast fail to bring them down. It's not that the animals are so tough, rather, the kill zone is so small!
YEAH YEAH YATTA YATTA,, I know about the ARMOR PLATE,, GET OVER IT,, it aint bullet proof! The so-called ARMOR SHIELD is tough and it can be thick, but despite the ol-wives-tails it is easily penetrated by both bullet and proper broad-head. A .22 Rimfire will consistently penetrate through a 2 inch thick shield of a wild boar. I tested it OVER AND OVER AND OVER,, SO,, all those stories of bullets bouncing off a hog is just bunk. I have killed many large boar with small .224 caliber through the shoulder area,, although I DO NOT recommend the average hunter try it!!

I have seen artistic drawings of HOG ANATOMY and not once have they been correct. At best they were terribly misleading.

The photos below will reveal in GRAPHIC DETAIL, the exact location of the VITALS and will illustrate how small the heart/lung cavity actually is. Also it will illustrate the location of the spine which runs MUCH LOWER through the shoulder section than many hunters may realize!
I also want to point out how far forward the PUANCH or the STOMACH and INTESTINES are actually located. TAKE A CLOSE look at the final photo! You can see the Paunch is all the way up to the lower shoulder and actually rests against the heart. So the popular belief of placing a shot "BEHIND THE SHOULDER" will generally do nothing more than rupture intestines and liver. This shot will leave a mortally wounded hog running for hundreds of yards. The blood trail will usually end at around 100 yards as the entry wound plugs up. Although the hog will die, they are rarely recovered. Then another story is born of the BULLET PROOF beast. FACT REMAINS,, and decent caliber with a decent load placed in the heart, lung, or spinal column will dispatch the biggest boar in very short order. The TRICK is knowing the PROPER KILL ZONE of the wild boar.

Please keep in mind the photos bellow are of a dead hog laying on a flat surface. It makes the top front leg appear to be more forward than it really is,, as if it were slightly quartering away.



PHOTO OF A 70 POUND MALE FERAL PIG



PHOTO OF THE SKINNED HOG!



THIS PHOTO REVEALS THE RIB CAGE AND THE BONED OUT FRONT LEG. THE SHOULDER PLATE IS ERECT AND NOT SLANTED AS MANY ARTISITIC PHOTOS MAY DEPICT IT. THE SHOULDER PLATE AND MUSCLE WILL COVER 85% OR MORE OF THE HEART AND LUNGS ON A STANDING BROADSIDE HOG.



THIS PHOTO ILLUSTRATES THE EXACT PLACEMENT OF THE HEART AND LUNGS AS WELL AS DEPICTING THE LOW DIP IN THE SPINAL COLUMN.
NOTE,, the shot was made with a 220 SWIFT (.224 cal 52grn MATCH HPBT 3,900 FPS Muzzle) into the mid-neck region. The wound channel (disrupted tissue) is clear to see. The spine was severely damaged along with major arteries and veins as well as portions of the lungs. Even though the majority of the "PUMP STATION" was left unbruised the hog fell directly in his tracks. No tracking was needed.




AS YOU CAN SEE THE CAVITY AREA IS ONLY SLIGHTLY LARGER THAN THE HAND OF MY 13 YR OLD SON, WHO SHOT THE HOG. THE LARGE ARTERIES FROM THE LUNGS AND HEART ARE SEEN PLAINLY IN THE PHOTO.



THE SMALL HEART LUNG CAVITY REVEALED. ALSO ILLUSTRTED IS THE PAUNCH AREA EXTENDING WELL UP TO THE SHOULDER AREA. SO PLACING A SHOT BEHIND THE SHOULDER INTO THE RIB CAGE WILL NOT HIT THE HEART LUNG AREA (PUMP STATION)! SHOTS MUST BE PLACED INTO THE MID SHOULDER REGION OR NECK (neck shot is only for high powered rifles. The most deadly shot with a broad-head is directly at the top of the heart which is directly in line with the shoulder crease (directly over the top of "elbow joint").