Baiting question

Discussion in 'Hog Hunting Tactics & Tips' started by whitehotmist, Dec 11, 2016.

  1. whitehotmist

    whitehotmist LSB Member

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    So have this 60 acre patch outside of Wichita Falls I've been going to with my Father-in-law for past 6 years or so. Mr Pig has evaded coming home in a cooler thus far.. I've hit two with buckshot from as close as 30 yds to no avail, they got up and went in the thick wild plum bushes and I'm not going in after them.. Last 2 years I had NVGs and thermal and a s-a .308, but didn't see pigs.. Problem is I think we disturbed the area too much with putting out new types of baits. He has timer feeders that throw corn and they are use to that.. but I've been going in and putting down anything from diesel to hog attractant. If we are only there for 2-3 days/nights should we do anything other than the feeders? Are we alerting them by putting down new stuff, or does that not make a difference?

    We'll be going from 21-23 Dec. I think my father-in-law is making a trip out this week to make sure the feeders are full. Anything he could do cheap (he's real cheap) and quick/easy (he's old) to help hold piggy there?
     
  2. RattlesnakeDan

    RattlesnakeDan San Antonio Texas LSB TURKEY BUZZARD PRESERVATION SOCIETY SUS VENATOR CLUB LoneStarBoars Supporter

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    If there was an easy answer , that would be nice. 10 guys will give you 10 different pieces of advice.
    Sounds like you don't have too many hogs in the area. Personally I would spend $10 on a bottle of "sow in heat" and spray in on the feeder legs and other spots that would allow you a shot and keep with the corn.
     
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  3. theblakester

    theblakester Got a black belt in keeping it real. LSB TURKEY BUZZARD PRESERVATION SOCIETY SUS VENATOR CLUB LoneStarBoars Supporter

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    I like using soured corn with something sweet/fruity mixed in. Any old rotten food/produce I have gets added too. I don't know that they "like it better" or how much it "works" but I personally, think it may increase the odds of getting a pig or some pigs that are passing through the general area and don't know about your feeders to smell it more likely from further away and possibly come check it out. If u have hogs coming to the feeders regularly on camera, it might make them stay longer and they'll love it, or maybe they'll think something is up or they'll also smell the unfamiliar unpleasant human scent also and boogie out. Adding a roll barrel near the feeders might not be the worst idea. But again, sometimes they work, sometimes they don't.
     
  4. ZenArchery

    ZenArchery LSB Active Member SUS VENATOR CLUB LoneStarBoars Supporter

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    corn is golden
     
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    Lrtx1 LSB Member

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    Could he dig a post hole? A 2 foot deep post hole filled with corn should keep them there a little longer than corn on top of the ground.
     
  6. whitehotmist

    whitehotmist LSB Member

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    He's on his way there now.. He said he'd try to bury some corn... but he's incommunicado from here out..
     
  7. Shooter

    Shooter Bedford, Texas SUS VENATOR CLUB LoneStarBoars Supporter

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    stay with the feeder, and get a game cam. Do not do anything new without giving them time to get used to it.

    Make sure you do not touch anything that will leave a scent.
     
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  8. Ben Diss

    Ben Diss New Member

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    Funny you mention that. Look what my buddy found in a boar he caped out for a trophy. We took this north east of Wichita Falls with a 6.8SPC.

    [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  9. RattlesnakeDan

    RattlesnakeDan San Antonio Texas LSB TURKEY BUZZARD PRESERVATION SOCIETY SUS VENATOR CLUB LoneStarBoars Supporter

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    Bird shot. Must have been close enough to penetrate the hide.
    I caught a hog a few months back with a big hole in bis neck, apparently the rancher had shot him earlier in the week with some special shot gun loads from his front porch. Didn't slow him down much.
     
  10. whitehotmist

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    Yeah, the first one I shot with buckshot was maybe a 150 pounder at 30 yds. Hit him broadside with 12ga buckshot. Knocked him over, and he was on his back kicking (should have shot again at that point) for like 5 seconds. He got up, I blasted him again... and he took off. I tracked him for maybe 50 yds into a big patch of wild plum, he wasn't bleeding much probably because there was no exit wound. I went back the next morning, that scrub is so thick you can barely low crawl. I tried crawling in for about 5 yds and realized even if I did find him I couldn't get him out... and if he (or they) found me then I'd be pig/yote food before anyone found me..

    This one's kinda funny.. I was leaning up against a fence post with the feeder about 25yds away. I was slightly elevated. Another about 150# pig came in right when it got good and dark (this was before I had NVG/thermal). I could see him thru my good Steiner binoculars, but not with my bare eyes... I could see he was right under the feeder so I aimed the shotgun there and shot. I heard a big squeal, and realized he was heading toward me. He ran to my left, and ran dead smack into the fence post next to me. It was about then that I noticed the shotgun had jammed because I tried to shoot again even though I still couldn't see him. He came to his senses in a few seconds and kicked his way through the barb wire and ran off through the adjacent property (no way that guy would let anyone on his property).. Turned on the flashlight and there was a little blood where he was on the ground from hitting the post, but not enough to make me think it would kill him soon. So invested in NVGs, a laser, and now thermal....
     
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  11. jglass

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    I'm new to hog hunting but one thing I learned recently is to bury some of the bait. Florida hogs seem to preferre buried bait over bait on the ground surface. Not saying they won't eat corn laying on the ground but the buried corn seems to be a more powerful draw. I tested the theory
    numerous times and the hogs will unearth the buried corn and leave corn on the surface untouched. They may or may not eat the unearthed corn but they seem to have a need to dig up the corn.

    I also put up a sign next to my camper asking for table scrapes, breads, pastries, baked goods to be used as wild hog bait. It is FREE bait but the raccoons eat more of it than the hogs
     
  12. Jake

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    I agree^
     
  13. ranch fairy

    ranch fairy 61 Pigs had a bad day in 2016. Stay Tuned

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    In my opinion, you shouldn't mess around the feeders or put down any new food, etc. I have found pigs to be VERY smart, especially the big ones. Their noses, well documented, are hard to beat. Leave the feeders alone, sneak in 45 minutes early and quietly, NEVER go near the feeder, rubber boots, approach from down wind, etc.

    If you have a regular corn route, or feed the roads, oil field trucks, ranchers, etc. duplicate what is normal. But driving around in the mule with the blue tooth rocking and diggin holes under the feeders will tip the pigs off. I have plenty of family, they always say "we never see anything and we didn't go out in the field or mess around".
    Oh, wait, does the Ranch Fairy have trail cameras? Yes.....and if you, oh family member if the "homo sapien" flavor happen to walk under the feeder, or drive the mule full of kids near the feeder......do cameras discriminate.....NOPE!

    I have some absolutely hilarious pictures, literally minutes before the feeders go off with trucks full of people and beer. That's ok, just don't complain.

    That is my Ranch Fairy "Tip of the Day".
     
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    I've seen pigs suddenly spook and trot back into the trees when they come to where I'd walked an hour or two before. Just hiking boots on hard ground. Seems like the hotter the weather, the quicker the scent "burns" away. If it's cool outside, the pigs will probably smell where you walked for a good number of hours. When hot maybe a couple hours. It's not good/safe to walk around the hunting area in the late afternoon and then come back to hunt it after dark. Your scent will likely still be there. How much it bothers the pigs depends on how much they care to be concerned.
     

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