Zim, thank you for your input. Are you sure no license is required? I thought you needed a small game license. Pretty much everything else is as you say common sense stuff and good advise.
I have a brother in law living in Houston. He has a nice 40 cal. semi auto pistol but he's never hunted before. I've been trying to talk him into giving hog hunting a try. He's a good Christian, not married, has a great job and is always helping people out. I've been trying to get him to find a landowner in the area that really needs help getting rid of the hogs. From Doe Assasin's advise I've told my brother-in-law to look for a land owner near Lohn TX. Problem is Lohn is about 5 hours from Houston. Zim, do you know of a land owner who needs help with hogs closer to Houston?
As far as restrictions, public or private, are there areas down there that are restricted to say shotguns or weapon restrictions for populated areas? Example, in Wisconsin we have shotgun only areas where you can use shotgun, handgun or black powder but no rifles. My bro wanted to know what the best rifle was for hog hunting. I can think of many but if there are shotgun only areas, my answer changes. Rifle, for a beginner, in the spirit of the old west and just plain fun, my first choice of rifle for him would be a Marlin 30-30 lever action. I'd put see through scope mounts on it for iron sight shooting, 3-9x50mm Bushnell Elite scope with fire fly ret. on it. Take a look through one in the dark and you'll know why I choose that scope. I have one on my 12 ga slug gun, 40mm and it's awsome. If it's shotgun only, I'd tell him to get a 20 Ga slug gun. I also told him that he should put a Streamlight TLR tactical light on his hand gun. They make a tactical light, TLR I, and a TLR II has a light laser combo. The tiny little light is awesome. Light up a target over 100 yards away, you wont believe it until you see it. I see it, still don't believe how powerfull this light is. It blows away my huge 5 D Cell Magnalight! Not sure, is the laser sight legal in TX? The laser is pretty inpressive also.
Those are my hot tips for night hog hunting in return for the good advise above. Thanks. BTW another thing I was wondering about, snake boots? When I come down there, it will be for like a week maybe 2. What's the best snake deffence with out breaking the bank? Don't need it up here.
American by birth, hunter by choice.