Brian “Pigman” Quaca is well on his way to owning quite a reputation.
Wild at heart, a true character by nature, Pig Man and his crew have made outdoor film the modern frontier and changed the way we experience it. His hunting adventures across the world, from turkeys in New Jersey to stags in New Zealand, and, of course, hogs around the globe, have made him a household name.
Raw, relentless and ridiculously entertaining, Pig Man has revolutionized what it means to live the rough, tough, off-the-cuff life of a true outdoor enthusiast.
As Pigman will soon celebrate the 100th episode of his series on the Sportsman Channel, we pulled him out of the field to catch up and pick his brain about hogs, the show, choice calibers and much more:
Q: Tell us one of your most memorable moments while filming “Pigman.”
PM: Obviously, any time I have had the chance to hunt with my Dad or my son, J.D., on screen it has been a memorable moment. Those are always my favorites, but it’s always fun to look back and watch my son grow up on screen too. Season One in ol’ Mexico with the guys brings back the good ol’ days, back when we were doing anything and everything we could just to make it.
Q: What is the wackiest, craziest, stupidest thing you’ve done to film “Pigman: The Series”?
PM: I would say that the last Aporkalypse, flying around in a powered parachute, would take the cake. We knew that there was a high probability few pigs would be shot and a high probability that there would be some tense moments in the sky flying around in a sketchy go-kart.
Q: Take us back to when you first began filming for “Pigman: The Series.” What were your thoughts when you first began? Did you think you would reach 100 episodes and be on air this long? Has the show evolved like you wanted it to? Or has it taken you in a direction you didn’t think it would?
PM: I always knew we had what it took. The team we started with is the team we still have to this day. They’re something special for sure and if it wasn’t for them and the fans, there is no way anyone would have taken this project seriously. We drive around and hunt pigs…no differently than any of the other tens of thousands of hog hunters out there. I’m just lucky that people have believed in me for this long and allowed me to entertain them each and every Sunday night.
Q: Now let’s look into the future – what does the crystal ball hold for Pig Enterprises? Where do you see the brand going from here?
PM: I think we’ve gotten away from our roots to some degree. The Africa stuff is fun, I really enjoy it, but it’s not what got us to where we are. People want to see pigs die and they want to see it done here in the States. I want to try and do some more stuff in Ole Mexico with Dap and Keith again like we used to. People enjoy relating to the type of “deer camps” that they have with their buddies. More character integration and some fun destinations that we haven’t been to: Oklahoma, Tennessee, Florida, etc.
Q: Will we ever see a co-host for the show? Perhaps a female Princess of Pigs? (And blood-related relatives don’t count.)
PM: Well, I can’t ever rule anything out. I got an e-mail the other day from a lady who called herself “Pig Momma.” I’m not gonna lie…it scared me a bit.
Q: We in the outdoor industry have been hammering home the feral hog problem and it’s truly becoming a monumental situation. Does the average person ‘get it?’ What can we do to help them understand and create more awareness?
PM: I think it all depends upon where you live. If you don’t deal with these pigs on a daily basis and have a constant reminder in your face about how big of a problem they really are, then it’s easy to lose sight. It’s kind of like a mouse in your house. You don’t start freaking out until you see one, then it’s an all-out war with 37 different traps and poison in every room. Every day, there is a mouse, or in this case a hog, in my back yard tearing something up. I want them gone.
Q: What is your favorite caliber for hunting pigs? And why?
PM: I think a .308 round is the most versatile for any situation. It allows you to punch center-mass and not jeopardize wounding an animal if the hog doesn’t present you with a perfect broadside. The .308 always has been and continues to be my favorite.
Q: What is your favorite rifle for pigs? And why?
PM: The Savage Hog Hunter .308 is my personal favorite. I’ve had a lot of great guns over the years, but this one has the durability and accuracy to shoot the exact hair I’m looking at shot after shot after shot. There’s a lot that goes into having a favorite rifle, not just the gun itself. You have to have the best optics and ammo combination to go with it, which is why you’ll only see me shoot Hornady ammo and Leupold optics and mounting systems out of my Hog Hunter .308.
Q: What is your favorite handgun for pigs? And why?
PM: I like the old school Colts like the Python and Cobra. I’ve always had a thing for revolvers just because they have that cool Western flare to them. Right now I have a set of twin Colt Delta Elite 1911 10mm with 6” barrels and custom blue grips that are my favorite. They are some hog killing machines now.
Q: Who do you most admire in the outdoor world and why?
PM: Johnny Morris. Through my relationship with Bass Pro over the past six months, I’ve gotten to spend some time with Johnny and his son John Paul. They are everything about this industry that I love…humble, appreciative, and respected. Johnny took selling fishing lures out of the back of his Dad’s liquor store and turned it into almost 100 stores and $4 billion in revenue. He’s given so much back to the people and has never forgotten where he came from. Everything he and his family does is first class and I deeply admire that.
Q: How do you sum up the Pig brand in just one word?