Originally Posted by quadrail74
Lots of good info in this thread. I plan on goin hog hunting next year with some buddies. Is there a good/bad time of year to hunt hog? We plan on going to kentucky or tennessee.
Depends on how keen you are and if like the heat.
In Australia during Summer I find that if you hunt just before dawn or the last few hours before dusk or even just into the dark especially near water and crops you'll stand a good chance of getting it to them. During the heat of the day try and find water like dams or creeks with cover hear by and wallows as pigs don't sweat so they must wallow in water to keep their body temps down plus the mud acts like a barrier against biting insects and the sun. This is another reason why you need a reasonably decent calibre with a good projectile to penetrate the mud before you actually get to the skin.
I use a 30/06AI using 165gn Sierra GameKings and a lot of pig chasers here use anything from from a .243 with 87-100 gn pills upto .458 with the most common calibres being .243, .270,.308,.30/06,.25/06,7mm and there are some who use a .223(a bit light in my opinion) and .22/250.
During Winter you'll generally find pigs out most of the day as it's a bit more pig friendly on the sunny days and you'll find them rooting around in the soft ground.
Baiting wise here we use stuff like rotten/boiled wheat covered in molasses as a starter or a better deal is when the farmers start harvesting wheat as you'll generally find the pigs in the stubble eating the spilt wheat/oats and a good time to get into these is just on dawn or at night or find where they're coming through the fences and wait there for them to arrive,regards