Wild Hogs At The Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge

By | March 16, 2020

This wild Hog was photographed at the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma (March 2016). I bet the refuge manager is not happy to have wild Hogs on this refuge. Just about everywhere I hiked on the refuge I saw signs of Hogs.

Wild Hog
Wild Hog

How I Got The Shot – Wild Hog

I decided after seeing signs of Hogs that I would try to stalk up on one and get a photo. I rate wild Hogs right up there with deer and coyotes when it comes to being wary.

I found an area that had some fresh signs and I began my search. After about an hour I heard a few and I began my stalk. Most of the time you will hear a group of Hogs before you will see them. They squeal a lot at each other. As you can see in the above photos I was successful.

This one Hog kept looking at me while I was photographing it, but I don’t think it knew what I was and it didn’t pay me much attention after checking me out. Wild hogs are extremely dangerous when injured or cornered.

I was hand holding a Canon EOS 7D Mark II camera with a EF100-400 mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens attached.

Camera Settings

  • AV Mode
  • Back-button focus
  • Aperture f5.6
  • ISO 800
  • Shutter speed – 1/2500 sec.
  • Auto White Balance
  • Single Point, Continuous Auto Focus
  • Multi Metering
  • Focal Length – 400 mm
Author: Steve Creek

An Arkansas-based Wildlife Photographer specializing in the wildlife found in Arkansas and Oklahoma.