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Offline thackney

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Hog Hunting
« on: August 17, 2016, 02:16:49 PM »
Any hog hunters on the board?

I'm fixing to start, more from necessity than great desire.

We moved to rural property.  Previous owners had a deer feeder and hunted on the property.

I set up a simple (cheap) gravity trough feed station filled with corn.



The first night, it had the top taken off, 40 lbs of corn gone and the entire 20 lb block.



The next night, I put up a game camera, along with 1/2 gallon of corn on the ground.  About at least dozen hogs showed up.  Every hour, hogs, all night.

And repeated every night for over a week now.  A few racoons, and no deer.

So this weekend I start hog hunting at night.  They are routinely showing up 8:30~9:30 pm.

I'm not interested in spending extra money for bragging rights.  I want to reduce the hog population, or at least discourage them and hope to eventually attract more deer.

I have a couple thousand feet clear behind the deer feeder.  I'll probably be 80~100 yards in the opposite direction.  I've got a source of water 25 feet from the feeder, lots of woods and other fields in the area, south of Houston, Texas.

Later I'll build an elevated blind, but for now I just plan a table and chair, draped in camo burlap.

No fancy night scopes or the like.  I put up a couple of cheap solar yard lamps in front of the feed area and will give them a few days to get used to them.

I've help gut deer and cleaned squirrels and rabbits many years ago much farther north.  I've never skinned an animal except some muskrat pelts back when I was a kid.  I'm eager to learn and hoping for not too much work.

I'm going to start using a 30-06 bolt rifle with a good scope.  I've got a few others to try depending on how this goes.

I welcome advice, past stories and general abuse as I start down this path.

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Re: Hog Hunting
« Reply #1 on: August 17, 2016, 02:23:27 PM »



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Re: Hog Hunting
« Reply #2 on: August 17, 2016, 02:24:35 PM »
Feral hogs are extremely destructive, breed completely uncontrolled, and females have multiple births, building the local population very quickly.

Check your local game regulations to see if they have anything specific on feral hogs, and if not, good shootin'!!

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Re: Hog Hunting
« Reply #3 on: August 17, 2016, 02:27:07 PM »
Feral hogs are extremely destructive, breed completely uncontrolled, and females have multiple births, building the local population very quickly.


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Re: Hog Hunting
« Reply #4 on: August 17, 2016, 02:28:44 PM »
Wow, your property didn't look big enough to worry about something like that.\

Get out the flood barrier again!

Seriously, I'd love some bacon. :p

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Re: Hog Hunting
« Reply #5 on: August 17, 2016, 02:30:58 PM »
Feral hogs are extremely destructive, breed completely uncontrolled, and females have multiple births, building the local population very quickly.

Check your local game regulations to see if they have anything specific on feral hogs, and if not, good shootin'!!

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I think here in Texas is, be careful of the neighbors, and good shooting. (illegal in most city limits, by the way, to fire a gun)

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Re: Hog Hunting
« Reply #6 on: August 17, 2016, 02:37:02 PM »
Any hog hunters on the board?

I'm fixing to start, more from necessity than great desire.

We moved to rural property.  Previous owners had a deer feeder and hunted on the property.

I set up a simple (cheap) gravity trough feed station filled with corn.



The first night, it had the top taken off, 40 lbs of corn gone and the entire 20 lb block.



The next night, I put up a game camera, along with 1/2 gallon of corn on the ground.  About at least dozen hogs showed up.  Every hour, hogs, all night.

And repeated every night for over a week now.  A few racoons, and no deer.

So this weekend I start hog hunting at night.  They are routinely showing up 8:30~9:30 pm.

I'm not interested in spending extra money for bragging rights.  I want to reduce the hog population, or at least discourage them and hope to eventually attract more deer.

I have a couple thousand feet clear behind the deer feeder.  I'll probably be 80~100 yards in the opposite direction.  I've got a source of water 25 feet from the feeder, lots of woods and other fields in the area, south of Houston, Texas.

Later I'll build an elevated blind, but for now I just plan a table and chair, draped in camo burlap.

No fancy night scopes or the like.  I put up a couple of cheap solar yard lamps in front of the feed area and will give them a few days to get used to them.

I've help gut deer and cleaned squirrels and rabbits many years ago much farther north.  I've never skinned an animal except some muskrat pelts back when I was a kid.  I'm eager to learn and hoping for not too much work.

I'm going to start using a 30-06 bolt rifle with a good scope.  I've got a few others to try depending on how this goes.

I welcome advice, past stories and general abuse as I start down this path.

Wild hogs can be great food but some carry some nasty diseases.   We have a lot around here and the diseased ones tend to be in certain areas.   The other thing to be careful of is they tend to eat whatever they can find.  Some people live trap them and feed them grain for a month.  Apparently this makes them taste better.

You can rig up a fenced area with a one way gate to trap them.
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Re: Hog Hunting
« Reply #7 on: August 17, 2016, 02:38:26 PM »
We had a bunch of wild hogs living in the woods across the street.   They tore up a neighbors yard but never mine.    That attracted a florida panther and the hogs arent much of a problem now.
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Re: Hog Hunting
« Reply #8 on: August 17, 2016, 02:49:00 PM »
Wow, your property didn't look big enough to worry about something like that.\

Get out the flood barrier again!

Seriously, I'd love some bacon. :p

No bacon on a wild hog, too little fat.

We are about 6 acres cut out of 50 acres of pasture, but with miles of fields and woods in the area, large creeks, etc.
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Re: Hog Hunting
« Reply #9 on: August 17, 2016, 03:13:57 PM »
We had a bunch of wild hogs living in the woods across the street.   They tore up a neighbors yard but never mine.    That attracted a florida panther and the hogs arent much of a problem now.

I'd be more worried about the panther!!

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Re: Hog Hunting
« Reply #10 on: August 18, 2016, 11:25:08 AM »
Being a novice hunter and an engineer, I'm over-planning the whole thing searching out what I can find online.

For those interested, I found:

Measure To Estimate Hog Weight When No Scale Is Available
http://www.texasboars.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=109&sid=917889eb975bffcccc863f9e3007cd1d

Formula used to estimate:
Heart girth is measured in inches using a cloth measuring tape.
The tape is placed directly behind the front legs,
wrapped snugly around the heart girth, and read directly behind the shoulders.
pig weight = 10.1709 x Heart girth (inches) minus 205.7492.
Found to be 95% accurate to within 10 lbs.
Using the above formula, we get the following:
40 inch = 200 pounds
42 inch = 220 pounds
43 inch = 230 pounds
44 inch = 240 pounds
45 inch = 250 pounds
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46 inch = 260 pounds
47 inch = 270 pounds
48 inch = 280 pounds
49 inch = 290 pounds
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50 inch = 300 pounds
51 inch = 310 pounds

55 inch needed to get around 350 pounds
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Re: Hog Hunting
« Reply #11 on: August 22, 2016, 12:07:13 PM »
I had 4 show up in daylight and got a 10 second video.

https://youtu.be/NCpb5jd6VGQ

This was ~7 pm.  I had not thrown the corn out yet.

The new goal is to feed earlier and teach them to show up during daylight hours.  The cheap solar flood lights haven't been working for me, although we had soooo much cloud cover they may never have reached a decent charge.  The one night this weekend without rain I sat out but could not see anything.  I guess they knew I was there.  10 minutes after I gave up and went in, they came out to eat.
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Re: Hog Hunting
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Re: Hog Hunting
« Reply #13 on: November 11, 2016, 09:08:58 AM »
Trap -em

How to Build a Guillotine-Style Trap Door for Wild Pigs

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Re: Hog Hunting
« Reply #14 on: November 11, 2016, 10:35:02 AM »
I'm out of my element here, other than what I know from kin.
My cousin down south had a similar problem going on... He fenced in his deer feeds.
Set his posts...
laid 2x4 welded wire on the ground all the way around the outside (to stop rooting under)
staked the outer edge down with cheap plastic tent pegs...
used cattle panel for the fencing...
tied the welded wire to the cattle panel bottom.
Left a man-gate with a 6x6 buried in the ground for a threshold.

The grass knit up into the welded wire, and it is all but gone from sight in a summer...

Anyhow, the deer jump right over, and the hogs can't get at it. Only addition was to install a wood top-rail, because he had a deer get tangled up in it trying to jump over... Figured they better needed to see the top - and he was right, no more worries.


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Re: Hog Hunting
« Reply #15 on: November 15, 2016, 10:27:07 AM »
Have you thought about using Tannerite. Check out this hilarious video....

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vFCvG84ZrVU


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