Captain. Dan......help!!! No hogs!

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  1. joshb

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    I’ve been here a week, throwing pounds of corn out. All I get is deer! No hogs! What am I doing wrong?:eek::eek::eek:
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  2. Nick Caprinolo

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    Go to the closest market and go dumpster diving. You need some slop.
     
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  3. mousegunner

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    If you wanted deer then the hogs would show. Throw out corn for the deer instead!o_O
     
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  4. Ringostar

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    Throw out more corn, those little deer need to grow up!
     
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  5. Rsadams

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    Josh are the hogs coming out at night or early early morning..?
     
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  6. SPJ

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    Nice change of pace huh Josh ..
    You should be glad ya ain’t got no hogs.
     
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  7. McGraw

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    If you had a rock, I bet you could hit one of those deer!:p
     
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  8. Bc'z

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    Careful what you wish for
     
  9. jimcasey01

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    I had a hog problem for a while, they did many thousands of dollars of damage to my recently completed landscaping. I finally, at least for now, ended the problem with traps from Tractor Supply, lots of corn and constantly carrying a pistol. I shot them both in the traps and those not in the traps. I actually lost count of the number I got.
     
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  10. Bc'z

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    Good job!
    I've always wanted hunt wild pigs with a bow.
     
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  11. jimcasey01

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    I would want to be in a tree stand to hunt them with a bow. A 9mm Browning with HPs required multiple shots to slow them down. It didn't matter if it was a head or heart shot. A 40 S&W with HPs was much more effective, but did not stop them in their tracks with one shot. Both the 9mm and 40 S&W left an exit wound tremendously large.
     
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  12. Bc'z

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    I know they are tough creatures I think that's what makes me want to try.
    I've seen videos of some crazy ass rednecks drag em outta the bushes and plunge a knife in their heart.
    Not quite what I want to do, I'd be just fine poking them from 20 yards.
     
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  13. Oso

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    Josh - if you want pigs then go down to Academy in buy $10 bag of Big & O's hog bait that smells like cheese and if you got some water nearby put it there so that they'll form a wallow. You could also ferment some feed corn for a week or two... Pigs are tasty.

    My first pig hunt +25 years ago in Kerrville was with dogs and big revolvers. The pigs have been courtious and expanded their range and population so that the commute isn't so long.
     
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  14. Riesel

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    Wildlife cameras with good night IR capabilities along with "hog bait" will show you your hogs. Most are nocturnal and when hunted are rarely seen in the day. Check you game trails for tracks.
    Pig tracks and deer tracks are different and you can google that information on identifying tracks. Also, ride herd on your fences, you will find where they go in and out.
    If you're in Texas, chances are you got hogs.
     
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    I can't believe what I am reading.
     
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  16. Oso

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    Despite urban myth... they taste great ... even the 350 lbs boar. it tastes just like piggy from the food store, but much leaner. There are only 2 cuts of meat worth taking, which luckily saves yu the effort from having to gut and skin out the entire pig:
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    (1) hind legs to make ham (wet cur for 7-10 days)... this process is what make pork turn into ham, including the pink color and ham flavor that we love


    (2) Backstrap from hip all the way to skull, including Picnic (front shoulder meat behind shoulder blade)
     
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    Ya, we run the bees in Texas in the winter time. We bought a 40 ac place many years ago to use as home base on the road. At one time I thought it would be "fun" to have a few hogs on the place to hunt. Well...now we have them. The first time we went down there and saw the damage they did I thought someone had plowed up the pasture! Not kidding. Be very careful what you ask for!
    BTW, we are only about 30 miles from Capt. Dan's place. I was in his gun shop a couple of times long before I joined this forum. Good guy!
     
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  18. mousegunner

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    What! No ribs!?
     
  19. Oso

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    Unfortunately, wild hogs muscle distribution is different from farm raised pigs. There just isn't the amount of meat worth chasing for ribs, tenderloin or bacon. The hind leg (bones included) on a 250lbs hog is only 10-12lbs and a 350lbs hog's rear leg will only be like 15 lbs. Whereas, a farm raised/bred pig half this size will have same size hind quarter. The extra hassle of dealing with gutting and potential for bladder puncture isn't worth the additional work... especially after staying up most of the night and taking cat naps through the night in the blind. By morning I just want to efficiently harvest the most amount of meat with the least amount of time or effort. By sunrise I am just focused on getting warm, packing up and grabbing a hot breakfast and coffee in small town before starting my commute home.

    When I started out I would hoist up a hog and completely skin it out just like if it were a deer. It was a lot of extra work for marginal gain of meat. Pig urine makes deer urine seem like its Koolaid...you don't want that anywhere near your clean meat. Some of my views are result to where/how I am hunting. I am in river bottom land and the hogs are often muddy and there is no running water or power so I try to manage down potential issues. Ever skinned out a large hog using a headlamp and a box knife....not my choice and only did it once. The quicker I can harvest the meat the less chance there is that it will get contaminated/coated in debris from the dirty/mud matted onto the hog or from the forest floor. Now if I was doing this on a nice concrete slab with proper lighting and running water then I might feel a little more froggy and take my time to harvest everything... after taking a nice refreshing nap in a bed. Come on lottery!!!!
     
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  20. Oso

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    Here is a simple recipe for making fermented corn to attract hogs. Deer will eat it as well, and it won't cause them any issues. You will see people using diesel in hog bait, which acts as a deterrent keeping most animals (deer, raccoons, squirrel, etc) for eating the bait. However, hogs will eat corn soaked in diesel and actually seem to like it. Personally, since I plan to eat the hogs I do not want to feed them anything that I don't want to consume.

     
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