Nocturnal hunting. The commonest form of nocturnal hunting for wild boars is stand hunting under moonlight, either at a purpose-built feeding site or in a field where they forage. In principle, this can take place year-round, but is most widespread in the autumn and winter. In Europe, many wild boars are shot from hunting ladders or towers at night. This form of hunting requires a lot of patience on the part of the hunter. Typically, several hours are spent sitting still and waiting for each boar that is taken. This can be exciting, as the boar are usually cautious and hesitant in their movements and often stay close together. This makes it difficult to pick out individuals and is a test for the hunter’s nerves, when the sounder, or herd, dances merrily around the site over a long period without presenting much opportunity for a shot. The hunter rarely gets the chance of more than one shot for each group of animals, since, once disturbed, they will bolt from the site at the speed of light. Shot placement is therefore crucial. As a wild boar hunter, you need to be ready for hours of work in the dark to find, haul out and prepare your kill for eating. If going out on several nights consecutively, it can be a good idea to try to alter your circadian rhythm a few days in advance, by going to bed and getting up later than normal. Otherwise, one of the biggest challenges is staying awake at your post as the hours drag on. If you are responsible for all the hunting at a feeding station, it is a demanding activity that requires thorough knowledge of the wild boar in the area, as well as a lot of equipment in the shape of feed dispensers, lures, trail cams, hunting towers etc. It is one of the most equipment-dependent types of hunting.
Stalking wild boar. A somewhat more specialized form of nocturnal hunting for wild boar is to stalk them in the fields. This is a very physically and mentally demanding activity that requires a lot of hunting prowess from participants. Stalking in moonlight is recommended if the hunting grounds are large enough and include several spots that are especially attractive to the wild boar. Snow can make a nocturnal hunt an almost magical experience in the surreal light of a winter landscape. Another, even wilder, form of hunting that has become more popular recently is stalking in crop fields in summer. The wild boar are attracted by different crops at specific stages of growth. In the cornfields, this is during the few days in which the kernels are green and filled with a sweet milky juice. In this form of hunting, you hunt largely by sound and get close to the animals using a combination of stalking techniques and the ability to imitate their own sound and movement patterns. Bare feet and underwear only are often the dress code here!
Driven hunt. From the shooters’ perspective, a driven hunt is incredibly simple and exciting. A hunt leader assigns each shooter their spot and typically reviews where the drive will be coming from and in which directions it is safe to fire. The shooter's job is then primarily to make his or her presence known to fellow hunters so everyone knows where the others are, and otherwise to stay in place and wait – ready for action at a second’s notice – until the game are driven from the beat. When the opportunity arises, lightning reactions are essential. The purpose of this exercise is to shoot the right animals, which, for wildlife management reasons, typically means shooting primarily the youngest animals and the boars.