Hogs have left the area

Discussion in 'Hog Hunting Tactics & Tips' started by jglass, Nov 19, 2018.



  1. jglass

    jglass LSB Member

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    Update: Been 8 weeks and still no hogs not even a picture of one. Getting desperate I went to a Florida Wildlife management area,
    bought the $27 permit, took my revolver along. Didn't see any hogs but saw rutting and tracks as evidence. This was only a couple miles from my leased property. The problem with Florida WMA we can't use bait and can't hunt and night and issues with theft.
    May have to go with WMA until they return to my lease. I have hunted my lease 25 times in the last 8 weeks. I see deer, possum,
    raccoons, coyote but never any hogs. Particularly unusual is the lack of insects. Mosquitoes are normally vicious until and hour passed sundown but so far they are missing in action, what's up with that. I'll swat mosquitoes if I can see hogs from time to time.
    Local saw Florida has had to much rain causing changes in wildlife
     
  2. jglass

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    OK, figured out today why the hogs are not on my lease. I went to a Florida WMA and found plenty of wild hog signs. Walked through my leased property and found it was very wet and many areas flooded. Two weeks ago this area had 14" of rain so my lease is still flooded. Known fact hogs like water but not this much water. Hogs can swim but not sure about the piglets and food sources are also under water. The area is just to wet to attract hogs. Hogs could be afraid the water may rise further like it did two weeks ago.

    I'm retooling to hunt the WMA. The area I plan to hunt is much drier than my lease and there is plenty of rutting and tracks. The area is most likely loaded with wild hog and it is only 2 miles from my lease.
     
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    Jhop LSB Active Member SUS VENATOR CLUB

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    Go get'em
     
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    lonepunman LSB Active Member LoneStarBoars Supporter

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    You are wise to use your downtime to improve your situation instead of throwing money at new toys.
     
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    diggler1833 LSB Member

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    Yep! I am fortunate enough to have an "island" on the ranch where the creeks make it impassible to hogs after a series of rains for at least a week at a time. Or in this weather's case...It has just about been a month (minus one time where I caught them out with my 6.8).

    Makes for an easier time knowing where NOT TO waste my time when I go after them.
     
  6. jglass

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    My lease is finally drying out. Scouting I found major rutting away from my blind. Thinking I was finally back into hog hunting I put down some bait and came back at dark. Sat out there for 3 hours with my thermo imaging scope and saw absolutely nothing not even a mouse. Checked again today and the corn is untouched except for the soured corn I buried. Some animal dug it up and ate every bit of it but left no tracks. I think the hogs came a few days ago and left again. Unusual because I usually see raccoons and possums at night and deer 50% of the time but nothing the passed 2 nights.

    Did buy an electronic game caller by IHunt. Cool caller, works off my cell phone. Plan to use it on the public hunting areas so still buying more toys. Going to a wedding in Orlando so taking off a few days from hog huntin.
     
  7. jglass

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    After 3 months the hogs have yet to return to my lease. One guy I allow to hunt my lease managed to shoot 2 hogs over the 3 month period of time. He says the hogs just aren't out there. I found an area of hog rooting, put a camera on it, and saw only deer and raccoons. I think a loan boar may wonder through then leave. My guess is the lease was wet and flooded after hurricane
    Michael, the water flooded the food opportunities so the hogs left finding food opportunities elsewhere like the Wildlife Management Areas (WMA). A few days ago I setup tree stands in the WMA so will try out there. No bait, no centerfire rifles, no night hunting on WMA so It won't be easy hunting. Checked out some hunting guides and outfitters and they are just to expensive.

    Below is the only wild hog I have seen this year. Photo was taken from my car, through my thermo imaging scope, just outside a WMA. I know the hogs are in there

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  8. Pootie

    Pootie Santa Fe, TX LoneStarBoars Supporter

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    I finally had a lone boar show up on the camera every now and then a week or so ago and made the connection with him. A couple of boars getting fairly regular lately, and last night for over an hour camera was lighting up my phone with group pics of everything from over 200 # ers to fresh bacon seed. About time to crank up again!
     
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    I been hunting for packages of bacon seed for months! I'd LOVE to grow some of my food. :D
     
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