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Old 05-20-2012, 04:00 PM
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Recently I've started finding extensive signs of feral hogs starting to dig around on the place. It looks like maybe a mamma hog and some babies. For years after our neighbors started having problems we were free of the suckers. I'd like to nip the problem in the bud if at all possible. I took the rifle and tried to track them as best I could, but my tracking skills are not up to snuff. Where do hogs usually go during the day? Is it just the densest thickets or what? Or do I have to just set up with a spotlight at night? They don't come every night, and its been three or four days since they last came.
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the prob with hogs is that they dont have regular habits like deer.your hogs may be 2 miles away right now and have no intention of hitting your place till they just happen to wander over there.if they have been hunted then yes they may go nocturnal and stay in the deepest thickets during daylight hrs.you could try a baited pen trap.
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Old 05-20-2012, 05:11 PM
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oh i see you mentioned a spotlight! i find a good way to rid your property of varmints is to do a walk around before bedtime with your light and a accurate scoped rifle.just make sure of your targets before you fire!
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set up a large hog trap they make some will cath em by the herd
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They are nocturnal pretty much. As with most all game animals, they'll bed during the day. Generally in tall grass, brush and low spots, especially if the low spot catches water.

They will roam at night anywhere between what/where they can eat and then water.

I've soured corn in a 5 gallon plastic bucket with grape koolaid, cut about a 1" hole in the top and bury it a 1-2' deep.

They root around until they can get into that bucket. Keeps them there for lots of hours so you can shoot them.

They will eat corn on the ground too but the sour mash they love. They can smell it from far away

If you know where they water, you can undoubtedly shoot them there. I see them watering early in the morning just as its getting light enough to see.

I also see them rootin til around 10 or so in the morning.
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Set yourself up a game camera in a likely spot. Also, Google "Pig Pipe", one of these will keep them in a location for hours.
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make something like that

and leave it open with bait feed em every day so they get used to it for about maby 5-10 days then sit in a blind and drop the door on the whole herd
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Recently I've started finding extensive signs of feral hogs starting to dig around on the place. It looks like maybe a mamma hog and some babies. For years after our neighbors started having problems we were free of the suckers. I'd like to nip the problem in the bud if at all possible. I took the rifle and tried to track them as best I could, but my tracking skills are not up to snuff. Where do hogs usually go during the day? Is it just the densest thickets or what? Or do I have to just set up with a spotlight at night? They don't come every night, and its been three or four days since they last came.
check good on #6 or #9 hog trap and build one. they are easy and work great. then dispatch at will
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the prob with hogs is that they dont have regular habits like deer.your hogs may be 2 miles away right now and have no intention of hitting your place till they just happen to wander over there.if they have been hunted then yes they may go nocturnal and stay in the deepest thickets during daylight hrs.you could try a baited pen trap.
I second that hogs don't have the regular habits of deer.

I would mix up a bucket of mash and dig a few holes and dump it in and around. I have had the best luck with mixing feeder corn with cheap malt liquor beer and letting it sit for a day or so to sour first. Another mixture I have had success with is feeder corn mixed with raspberry jello and water, letting it ferment for a day or two.

I have better luck hunting in the evenings than in the mornings for hogs. And, of course, you can hunt them at night with a spotlight.
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for baiting nothing better then strawberrys and simple sugar. take a bag of frozen strawberrys and puree. then mix up a simple syrup of sugar and water. add the puree strawberrys and reduce to half. pour into water bottle. add a couple holes in the lid to drip. hang over a pile of corn.
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Baiting them in and them getting used to food being there every time they come by is key to keeping them there.
Fermented corn is good because the smell draws them in......I take posthole diggers and dig a 3ft deep hole and pour it in filling it about halfway. Pour some out on the ground around it so they get a taste for it and want to hang around.
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Around here the hogs bed down in the thickest scrub/forest they can find and always close to water or moist ground.
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They go in my belly.
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There are several websites that tell you how to build hog traps. You might want to google it. Round traps are much better because they are flexible and will bounce back. My hubby traps hogs for a rancher about 5 miles from us.
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i still don't understand why everybody thinks hogs are such a problem. I hunt them for food, but i have seen no evidence of them doing any damage whatsoever. is it just because they are there? they stay out in the deepest of woods, they are rarely seen, at least the really wild ones, they don't destroy crops, they don't bother people, they are ridiculously hard to hunt if they are truly wild, and most important of all, there are lots of them and they provide an opportunity for lots of spoiled deer hunters who think they are bad a s s hunters to learn a little humility and revise their techniques.

if you have ever had an easy wild boar hunt, then you weren't hunting real wild boar. their hearing, eyesight, and sense of smell is excellent. people should have a lot more respect for these animals, they are incredible.
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i still don't understand why everybody thinks hogs are such a problem. I hunt them for food, but i have seen no evidence of them doing any damage whatsoever. is it just because they are there? they stay out in the deepest of woods, they are rarely seen, at least the really wild ones, they don't destroy crops, they don't bother people, they are ridiculously hard to hunt if they are truly wild, and most important of all, there are lots of them and they provide an opportunity for lots of spoiled deer hunters who think they are bad a s s hunters to learn a little humility and revise their techniques.

if you have ever had an easy wild boar hunt, then you weren't hunting real wild boar. their hearing, eyesight, and sense of smell is excellent. people should have a lot more respect for these animals, they are incredible.
just check some of these pictures

https://www.google.com/search?q=wild...w=1308&bih=753
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i still don't understand why everybody thinks hogs are such a problem. I hunt them for food, but i have seen no evidence of them doing any damage whatsoever. is it just because they are there? they stay out in the deepest of woods, they are rarely seen, at least the really wild ones, they don't destroy crops, they don't bother people, they are ridiculously hard to hunt if they are truly wild, and most important of all, there are lots of them and they provide an opportunity for lots of spoiled deer hunters who think they are bad a s s hunters to learn a little humility and revise their techniques.

if you have ever had an easy wild boar hunt, then you weren't hunting real wild boar. their hearing, eyesight, and sense of smell is excellent. people should have a lot more respect for these animals, they are incredible.
ummm you have been smoking something potent

i have seen then destroy fields
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Welcome to hog 101 OP. You are in the beginning stages of your education.

All I know is, you better take action or you will be super sorry you did not.

If your place is rural, and not too large, I think I would just hog fence it because they're never going away. You like your lawn? So do hogs. Like your garden? So do hogs. Like your sanity? Hogs love to ruin that. I could go on and on....
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i still don't understand why everybody thinks hogs are such a problem. I hunt them for food, but i have seen no evidence of them doing any damage whatsoever. is it just because they are there? they stay out in the deepest of woods, they are rarely seen, at least the really wild ones, they don't destroy crops, they don't bother people, they are ridiculously hard to hunt if they are truly wild, and most important of all, there are lots of them and they provide an opportunity for lots of spoiled deer hunters who think they are bad a s s hunters to learn a little humility and revise their techniques.

if you have ever had an easy wild boar hunt, then you weren't hunting real wild boar. their hearing, eyesight, and sense of smell is excellent. people should have a lot more respect for these animals, they are incredible.
I think you forgot to open your eyes.
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I think you forgot to open your eyes.
he was just on a canned hunt where they let the hog go shorty before he gets there
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