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Old 07-17-2012, 07:33 PM   #11
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I would use a fairly stout caliber. I have seen a .22 between the eyes bounce off like it was nothing. Pig just flinched & kept on going.
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CORN! CORN! CORN!
That is if it is legal where you live.
We hunt Texas a lot and God Bless Texas!

Also you can make a PIG TOY! Yep that is what I said!

Get a 5 ft piece of 6" PVC Pipe that is threaded on one end either internal or external thread.
Drill 5/8 or slightly larger holes about 30 to 40 of them all over the length of the 5 ft. pipe. Then use pipe glue and put a solid cap over end #1.
On end #2 that will be your filler end to put corn in. So it must be threaded on the inside or outside to put a filler cap on it. You will take the Threaded filler cap and drill a hole in it so you can attach an Eye Bolt to the lid. The Eye Bolt *Must Be Free to Turn in the Threaded Cap. You attach the Eye Bolt in the Cap to a cable that you can get from your local hardware. *Must be a steel cable! Then you attache the other end of the steel cable to a T-Post that has been hammered into the ground securely. You fill the PVC Tube with Corn and screw on the filler cap. Then stretch the cable and PVC Tube out away from the T-Post as far as it will reach. When the pigs come they will roll the PVC Pipe around on the ground to get the Corn to fall out of the holes in the tube! They will first of all make noise while doing this and they will return to the area to eat corn. Also they will have to work hard to get the corn so they usually stay quit a while!
There you go! A PIG TOY! Oh did I mention BOOOOOOM!?
Sausage on the Grill!

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We trap with soured corn but I've never used it as bait but do you think watermelon or cantaloupes would work BC some local farmers grow them around here and I can get some for free
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I would use a fairly stout caliber. I have seen a .22 between the eyes bounce off like it was nothing. Pig just flinched & kept on going.
I've got a .223,243,270,30-30...
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As you know a pig will eat anything. Regarding the watermelons and cantaloupe I would get with some of the farmers in the area and ask them if they are having major trouble with pigs in general. Not just sporadically! But a continual problem. If they are, then that would probably be a good offering to try on them. But if they do not have a severe problem with them then they are probably not that attracted to those items. And just eat them when it is conveinient and they can not find something else. I know, they believe it or not can smell corn a mile away. And especially if they start eating it once!
As the movie said "If You Build It They Will Come"! Also with that Pig Toy you can control the delivery of the corn by the number and size of the holes and it is not like puring it out on the ground. It normally lasts for several days depending obviously on the number of pigs in the area and in the pack. I know where we hunt in Texas the farmers had to stop raising peanuts several years ago because the pigs were literally bankrupting the farmers. They were cleaning out almost a whole field over night. So anything you can find that they prefer over normal forage it would work. As I stated I know corn works exceptional well.

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They love acorns as well.
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As you know a pig will eat anything. Regarding the watermelons and cantaloupe I would get with some of the farmers in the area and ask them if they are having major trouble with pigs in general. Not just sporadically! But a continual problem. If they are, then that would probably be a good offering to try on them. But if they do not have a severe problem with them then they are probably not that attracted to those items. And just eat them when it is conveinient and they can not find something else. I know, they believe it or not can smell corn a mile away. And especially if they start eating it once!
As the movie said "If You Build It They Will Come"! Also with that Pig Toy you can control the delivery of the corn by the number and size of the holes and it is not like puring it out on the ground. It normally lasts for several days depending obviously on the number of pigs in the area and in the pack. I know where we hunt in Texas the farmers had to stop raising peanuts several years ago because the pigs were literally bankrupting the farmers. They were cleaning out almost a whole field over night. So anything you can find that they prefer over normal forage it would work. As I stated I know corn works exceptional well.

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When the plants were small we had a farmer lose over 100 acres in one night to pigs and believe it or not the coyotes around here eat more watermelons than pigs, I work in the feilds and every day coyotes are there at 5:30 in the morning but I've seen a single pig track and that's it. so tonight five gallon buckets water and corn souring time ,gonna kill me some hogs!
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Believe it or not I have a Red Fox that comes here almost everyday and eats corn. Tilts his head up in enjoyment while eating like it is M&Ms.
Here is a picture of him. I have photographed him and his ancestors for several years. He or she is the third generation that I know of. Besides shooting and hunting wildlife photography is my other addiction!

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Put corn in a 5 gallon can ,fill with water, cover tell soured. 5 days should do. If stand hunting I like Sniper03 pipe trick. We used concrete wire and made trap door corals to catch several at a time.
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I've got a .223,243,270,30-30...
Any of those will work just take ethical shots an wala pork chops baby
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Wheat covered in molasses generally works a treat with pigs as well.Around here they also like windfall apples in the orchards during Winter and they also seem to like sorghum and oats as well.
As for calibres .243 would be as low as I'd go to be honest as a lot of pigs here in Australia generally seem to have a covering of mud on them from wallowing so any light projectiles will blow up on the mud or on their front shoulder fighting pads. I've shot pigs with a .22,.222 over the years as well(all I had in my hands at the time while fox or rabbit shooting) but after having to put a few rounds into them to drop them and finish them off I prefer my .270 or 30/06AI, 1 shot end of story,regards
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