Funny... How everyone wants to hunt wild hogs. Or they would "love to have them on their place" to hunt. If they witnessed the problems first hand, hunters would NOT want them on their place. I can assure you.
I hunt river/creek bottom which is rich with cane thickets. It is 60% wooded 40% fields. No high fences of course. We don't run feeders or bait, because that is only a magnet for them. 12-15 years ago, you would be lucky to even see one. Now... They are thick!
You can sometimes see 30-40 sows and piglets running together. With that amount of receptive sows and young running around, then you see the "roamer boars" which facilitate the short gestation period. The boars are usually the ones I see and kill because they come bee-bopping through one of my whitetail setups.
One thing I Noticed this season with the bigger influx of pigs is... Of course, they compete with the deer (which I prefer) for food. The does moved off the usual haunts earlier than normal as the pigs moved off of the creeks in search of more food. They have also roto-tilled a lot of our fields, more than ever. This pig problem has become pretty bad.
This year, from now until late March, with the help of others, will wage war on these bastards. With the help of some of my local friends and hunting buds, we are going to bait them in... Dig holes with post hole diggers and pour in a concoction of corn, beer and whatever. Just need to contain them for a while. Might even set up a friends feeder. I know we can't kill them all, but we can make a dent. I'll post the results on his thread.
Here's a few I killed the last three months. This pig had notched ears. Which I was told was a marking for a pig that has been used for "hog dog" training. They do this for identification purposes. They are then released. Another problem, tresspasers.
We had a group of 12 on our farm. TWRA guy said not to hunt them because it will just smarten the ones you don't kill up. Instead, we fenced in a small area and put a trap door on it. We fed them for a week so they got used to the set up and would all go to one location and then we trapped them.
I'd like to trap them as well. If I can find someone that I trust that lives close by, I will do that. I'm not sure of the legalities of running dogs but I know it happens.
We were camped one night on our West side and heard dogs running something. Then minutes later we heard the blood curdling squeals of a pig as the dogs became louder and more intense. This barking and squealing went on for a good twenty minutes or so. We knew that someone was running dogs on the west side of out property. It's very remote and not much we can do. We're not going to get in an altercation over a pig. Landowner doesn't live nearby and wardens will laugh at you. So, all we can do is tell them they are trespassing and to leave. We have had to do that... Two o'clock in the morning and all four guys on 4 wheelers were packing heat. I was stern but I also had to use some tact. Especially when they drive up to your camp looking for their dogs. That's another reason I want the pigs eradicated.
There's an area on our North end that is remote also and we found a pile of pigs just over the fence. I was okay with that as long as they kill them. Just don't run all over our place and let the damn things go.
I agree Bowme, anybody that wants a bunch of hogs ain't ever HAD a bunch of hogs ! I use night vision , an AR with suppressor, and a golf cart. We have been fairly successful at keeping the population in check, but in East Texas, you cannot eradicate, only vaccinate ( with a 75 grain BTHP behind the ear ) ! Good luck !
"Funny... How everyone wants to hunt wild hogs. Or they would "love to have them on their place" to hunt."
Funny you make such an untrue statement. Most hunters are keenly aware at what feral swine can do, and DON'T want them around. Kansas probably has the smallest population of any state that's had pigs for 20 years, because of a federal eradication program, and we don't hear many hunters wishing we had more.
Lots of luck. You'll need to kill around 70-percent of the population, annually, to keep a constant number of pigs year after year...ain't gonna happen with sport shooting and most kinds of trapping.
It's not completely an "untrue" statement Writer. It's what I hear constantly when I post a pic of a hog I've killed. Funny you read between the lines. I never said everyone wants them around or MOST hunters are not aware of the damage they do. Im sure the vast majority are aware, I'm not blind.
Also, writer... Before you try to enlighten me on your vast knowledge of feral swine and what it takes to keep numbers constant, save your time and key strokes. I could care less. I'm just a small time Bow hunter from Oklahoma that likes to share with others. That was my intent. Sorry my initial statement wasn't satisfactory and you felt the need to take me to task with the "untrue statement" comment.
I lurk on here a lot more than I post and notice you attempt the same with other bowsiters. So... Save all of the big talk for the next guy.
I live in Texas and aware of your plight. I do alot of baiting with instant Kool Aid. I carry a small shovel into the woods, dig a hole and backfill while lacing it with the Instant Kool Aid. While rooting the hole they can taste, and smell it. They keep coming back because the they can still smell it. Just add more to the hole while backfilling. Cheap, and easy to carry. I think the sweetener is what keeps them interested.
Yes they are, Chris. I was with my wife today and we were putting i some "bait holes" for the pigs. We were driving in and drove up on some. I had my .223 just in case... Glad I did. I flanked them to get the wind right. There were probably 10-12 of them. Popped the first one in the head at 30 yards and another as they scattered at 40. One was a boar and one a sow. Pigs and coyotes I don't have any shame killing them with a gun.
We got the holes baited and will return next weekend for battle. :)
Used to live in n/e Texas and fought the damn things for years. Only thing I'll say about the holes you dug is I hope you put them in a place you wanted a small pond cause that is what you will have by next weekend. Please take some pictures of the baited spots, you'll swear someone came in with a backhoe.
I don't "read between the lines," I've read, and written, the lines for a lot of years. Like a lot of occupations, we sometimes get overly critical of others. Again, sorry.
I get especially passionate about pigs because I've covered them extensively since 1989 and have witnessed the huge changes. (From 19 states to 42) I'm stating facts because they're facts, not trying to prove intelligence.
Enjoy your hunts. Nice killin', no matter the weapon.
Writer, cruise around TexasBowhunter.com and read some of the posts. Lots of guys who don't own land and live in town think that pigs are a gift from God. I think that's what Bowme had in mind. If you have never had to " clean up " after these suckers, I can see how you might think that. They go to the woods, see no deer, and a hog comes in " saves the hunt ". I would as soon not ever see another one. I know you know this, but some folks don't think beyond their own interests.
Bowme, here is one way we concentrate and hold them in one place long enough to get a shot at them. Pig pipes !
A little better pic. Pvc pipe filled about half full of corn, cabled to a stake in the ground, with a couple 5/8" holes in it. Had to put tin over the holes 'cause they weren't big enough for the damn squirrels ! They kept trying to make them bigger !
Jack... I drag them out in the field and open up their guts. Coyotes and buzzards feast. I want them gone or should I say controlled? They are worse than ever.
Cazador... That's a good idea. We used some jello packets in our mix.
Scrappy... Yea, we've done this in similar fashion years back and they did make a good size hole. I'll snap some pics next weekend.
Drycreek... That's a good idea. My buddy loaned me his feeder for this project and might incorporate your plastic tube next time down.
Michael/writer... No worries. Congratulations on your January tom.
I do have a question for everyone... I have this hole baited with holes dug down deep with corn mixture and jello. (I hate even talking about baiting). Also a feeder set for morning and evening.
My plan is to let someone make a stalk and kill one or two, gun or bow I don't care. Also have guys setup down the creek in both directions to pick them off as they escape. My question is will they shy away from coming back to the bait station?
I don't know what your hogs are gonna do, but when we shoot them here, we don't see them again for a while. I've had my place five or six years now, and we have give them hell ! No matter what or when, we do not let a hog or coyote live if we can get a shot at them. Good luck !
Crestedbutte.... If I knew of some I would surely take them. But they would have to get them processed. Most processors won't Jack with them. I don't have the facilities nor do I want to jack with them. I want them dead.
I guess I could look into that, writer. As bad as the problem is in SE Oklahoma, they would probably laugh at me. But I'll look into it. I was also informed by an oil well operator this weekend that there are traps all around our borders. Also, there are no ag crops in or around my area. Cattle, hay fields, creek bottoms and hardwoods. That type of stuff. I could see the helicopter working in more open country, not the hilly and mostly wooded areas like we hunt.
If your goal truly is to eliminate the hogs, then trapping is by far the most effective means. For the price of a few cattle panels, t-posts and a trap door, you can eliminate dozens at a time.
By baiting the trap for several days while it is wired open, the hogs will get accustomed to feeding inside the trap. Once they get used to going inside, you set the trap and then catch the entire group at once. If you don't want to mess with them, the government trappers will do it for "free" ( our tax dollars pay for this service). A lot of folks don't know that there is also a market demand for feral hogs, and for quite a while they were bringing much more than domestic hogs. There are several buying stations in Oklahoma and Texas that purchase the hogs and then sell the processed meat in Europe. There is also a new domestic demand for grass fed, wild pork. Who would have figured that feral hogs would become the new yuppie food?
The only way a feral hog can be transported is with a license from the state of Oklahoma. The only place they can be transported to is a buying station, a slaughter facility or Sporting Facility. All of these places are terminal locations and the hogs are killed. Whether you chose to kill them yourself,or make money selling them is your privilege.
Yes, and thanks for that info. I have no plans to transport a live hog. I realize now that there are a lot of folks trapping around our borders and I assume they are selling them. So, we'll just try to keep the numbers down the best we can using whatever methods work best and that are within our budget. We also realize that we will never be able to completely rid the land of ALL of them. We'll just keep doing our part.
I bet if you put an offer to fellow bowsiters for free hogs, you'd get a bunch of guys that would show up and take them off your hands post-kill. If I wasn't on the left coast I'd offer to take a few right now. I don't even eat corporate pork anymore - don't like antibiotics in general and sure don't want via my meat.
Reason I like having hogs to hunt is it is year-round. Only big-game animal you can say that about. It definitely isn't my property though.
Also agree with a poster a few back that where I hunt if you nail one (or better yet several) the herd will be scarce in that particular area for a few months. Pigs are far from dumb, they know where Wilbur and Babe got nailed. Of course, if you're into different herds like it sounds like you are, that wouldn't wise them up. Agree with other posters that trapping seems the most effective way to get rid of a lot of them. Build the pend sturdy though. Also heard of a judas pig technique (sow with a radio collar) that lets you get onto herd after herd (just don't kill her).
Williamtell... Thanks for the info. I appreciate your input. I'd love to invite bowsiters out to hunt, but I'd hate for folks to have to travel in and put down their hard earned money, then us not being able to find the pigs. I don't have bait stations and its not high fenced. As most know, pigs are very nomadic and hard to find at times. With that said... If someone wants to lay down some cash to get here and get themselves a hotel room, I'd take them out for a couple days to go after them. Wouldn't cost them a thing except the hotel and travel. It's an open offer, so If someone wants to hunt them the hard way... Pm me.
My wife and I went to check the bait sight and even sat it on Friday evening. No pigs showed, but this dude as well as several others were on camera just 400 yards or so North of the bait area. Matter of time.
They get kinda smart-alecky when you put a little pressure on 'em don't they ? Just have to throw 'em a change up when the fast ball quits working. Try putting up a cheap solar charged motion light on a post at a bait site. Blast their asses at night enough and they will either move in the daylight or leave. You can rig that light up for about fifty bucks. I have two that have been in operation 24/7 for close to a year now, and still shining brightly. Even if you don't have night vision, you can still see 'em in a scope.
That is a problem, especially at my age. My sleeping habits and theirs are not compatible ! We have managed to stay up sometimes until two in the morning and pop some. Our favorite method is to slip up on the bait site from downwind using a golf cart. We can almost always get within 100 yd. and that's close enough with the relatively inexpensive night vision that we use. My buddy thought of a " cheat " that turns our Gen 2 night vision into a thing of beauty. We take some cheap IR lights, hook them up to a 12 volt feeder battery and aim them at the bait pile. The light they cast is invisible to the naked eye, but hit them with the night vision and it looks like an airport runway ! We have about $15 each in the lights and even a weak battery will run them all night. Then, the problem becomes, will they show or not ?