Never hunted Florida.....been there a few times.
Some pretty thick stuff in the areas I saw that had hogs.
I think I'd be leaning more towards slug guns or buckshot for up close and personal encounters.
On private property with landowner permission, wild pigs may be hunted year round using rifles, shotguns, crossbows, bows or pistols. There is no size or bag limit, and you may harvest either sex. Also, no hunting license is required.
On wildlife management areas (WMAs), hogs may be taken during most hunting seasons, except spring turkey. But, if it's during archery season, you must use a bow - during muzzleloading gun season, you can only use a muzzleloader. And, you do need a hunting license as well as management area permit and any other necessary permits to hunt wild pigs on WMAs - where on some, daily bag limits on wild pigs do apply, and on a few, there's even a minimum size limit on what you can take
I think they do the dog thing alot. think they hunt dirt road trails too. Don;t think you'ed be walkin into thick stuff to find them, they'ed find you. When you get down there you'll see what locals do most.If I was goin to hunt hogs I'ed take a good asortment of guns and a bow. Think I'ed start out with a 30.30 170 gr. After a few under my belt I'ed do the others like my .270, 6.5, and a Rage broad head. Guess your gonna have some fun....later
I think I would lean towards a larger caliber more apt to cutting brush. You might catch some in the open on roads and such but I imagine eventually you're going to end up stumbling through the brush chasing one down.
I would think twice about using buck shot on a hog because of thr gristle shield around their chest. I have taken hogs with a muzzle loader using hard cast Hevi Shot slugs and would use the same if using a shotgun. I have taken one with a bow and one with a handgun in 45 Colt using Buffalo Bore hard cast slugs.
Lady Hog Hunter's use dogs, the dogs keepem busy so they don't come for ya al. Bear huntin in heavy brush don't bother me at all, but them hogs are nuts and come a runnin fast. Awhile back at the Bow Festaval in Forksville they'ed let thm go and you'ed hunt them. Nothin fancy you stand sorta hidden and wait for them to come down mountain, anyways after a couple yrs. I did stick one. When my arrow hit it it squealled, and when it ran by next to me I put one in it again, never even slowed it up. Ben Pearson55#....later
If using a dog, do it like a man and go with a knife.
Other than that, I've killed at 260 lb. hog with a single shot from a .270. A buddy and I each killed one last January with .22 mags.
In GA, we can use whatever weapon is in at the time so in small game, you can only use a small game rifle, shotgun with shot, or a muzzleloader. During gun deer season, you can use any rifle or shotgun you want. Check to see what the regulations are in the area you will hunt most often and use this to guide your decision.
.30-30 will be plenty of rifle. Like anything in hunting, shot placement is key.
FYI: I'm not a man and don't think I would ever hunt a hog with a knife although it doesn't look as dangerous as one would think.
I've killed 3 hogs in South Carolina the past two years. Smallest was shot with a 30/06 (165gr ballistic tip), medium sized one with a 280 (140gr accubond) and the biggest with a 338 federal (200gr speer hot core). All three shots were approximately 100 yards. The ones shot with the 30/06 and 280 dropped on the spot. The one shot with the 338 federal made it about 100 yards before dying but it was also 100 lbs + bigger than the other two. All were solid chest shots. A couple locals brought 2 hogs (over 200lbs each) to our lodge that were both shot with 22 mags in the eyes. Our guide said that most of the hogs shot at their lodge are shot with a 25/06