First Hog Trip Tips?

Discussion in 'Hunting Forum' started by GaryGlock, Aug 24, 2012.

  1. GaryGlock

    GaryGlock New Member

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    So later tonight me and my buddy are goin out to try to shoot our first hog, we have some scraps were gonna spread out at a few different spots an just walk an see what happens. Any advice for some newbies? Were in southern Fla an shooting 12 ga slugs I'f this helps. Thanks guys.
     
  2. Wiseman3

    Wiseman3 New Member

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    yeah dig a deep pit and call me when its done ;) Screw Red Robin, Wild Pig yummmmmmm
     

  3. GaryGlock

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    Well..no luck let. Been spending lots of time in the woods, walking lots of miles, seen a few nice deer. Finding tracks and were their routin up..no pigs.
     
  4. kryptar19

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    Hogs like wet, low lands so Florida is perfect. Try to hunt where the grass is thick and there are thick shrubs or fallen trees. Also, I suggest that you use T-shot. It kills the hell out of them, and it may make it easier to hit 'em when they take off running.
     
  5. hardluk1

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    So hogs like wet low lands??? They also like high dry orange groves and farm fields if they can get in them, palmetos and pine islands and back yards if they stumble into them. Wild hogs can travel many miles in a day too.

    GaryGlock Guess you live on the east coast of fl. Never hunted over on that side . But I have killed a pile hogs grow'n up and hunting in florida . mainly south florida, big cypress bear island and on private land and land now close to people hunting or doit anything but walking and sight seeing it seems. I learned hogs can and will be anywhere unless they have someone supplimenting there food to keep them near by. They will travel in low land but reather be around the edges where ground raise's . But mostly where your not it seems.

    You would be better off ride'n and cover'n ground, not stay'n around one piece of ground unless you make some kind of bait for them like corn in a 5 gallon buckets covered with water for a few days till it starts to spoil. If hogs are around they well come to that. Most of mine that were killed out in the field was with a 357 revolver and 180gr hardcast bullets while stalking hogs spotted but we made hog traps too. Concrete wire corral with a angled door and spoiled corn . Cut the boars and let go or cagged and and fat'n up for a week but many take'n out alive as meat can spoil to quick down there.

    It does not take a slug to kill them but it will work well. A well place .223 with a heavier bonded or copper bullet will do nicely. Don't make bad shots even with that slug gun. Let them run if thats all you can make.

    Read on another forum of a guy that had a "better hog feeder" 6" pvc pipe with glued hard cap on one end with a steel cable thru it to anchor to a tree and a screw on cap on the other end with a few small enough holes drill along it for that spoiled corn to get knocked out of when the hogs go to rutting it around.
     
  6. GaryGlock

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    Arite sounds good guys, and yes I'm on the east coast, a little north of west palm. I'll try baiting em up, for now I've been, uh I don't wanna say wandering through the woods but basically..ill find some tracks or some ruts an look around. I know its time and place just like fishing so I'm sure my time will come.
     
  7. kryptar19

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    Wet low lands are my experience in Arkansas, where I live. I suggested those areas because there seems to be more food for hogs. Anywhere that there is food you will find hogs. I was just suggesting areas similar to where I have always had the best luck.

    +1 on the .223 btw. Thats what I carry, I find that just about any type of load (sp, hp, bt, etc.) will kill a hog.
     
  8. drvsafe

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    Based on the title I thought you were takin your Harley and hitting the road.
     
  9. GaryGlock

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    Haha.. nope, no Harley. Not yet anyway I'm only 26. I'm here for the other pigs!!
    Edited to add I'm headed out for the 2nd time since this post tropical storm an all, wish me some luck guys.
     
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  10. powg

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    hog newbies

    find some fresh hog sign ,bait with corn ,soured or right out of the bag ,do this several times ,go in and bait and get out ,dont spread your scent in the bottoms.,hunt evenings only after they really start hitting the bait ,stay downwind of bait .......number 1 rule of hog hunting bring a thermocell or repel 40% deet mosquito spray!:D
     
  11. -06

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    "Fixin" to do some hog hunting also in NC. Bud who is the animal control deputy in the county tells me they are in the swamp behind a small town nearby. Appreciate the tips on the spoiled corn.
     
  12. powg

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    soured corn

    5 gallon bucket with lid ,shelled corn ,1 can beer ...put some corn in bucket , add a can of beer ,fill rest of way with water ...let sit in the sun til you can smell it ....bad , put lid on to transport...dont spill it on you lol:D
     
  13. hardluk1

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    In his area there is no tops!! darn near all low land only to change elevation a 1' to become high ground.

    Gary Glock How are you getting around. walking, atv, jeep?? Contact your Florida fish and wildlife officer in the area or go to the office. Think they use to be in palm beach and ask about an area that you can access. T hats worked for me in many states over the years. They allways seem to be able and happy to help direct a hunter, specialy with the hog populations growing. I know when it got a bit dry around the first part of the year hogs had easy access to new areas they could not get to in numbers because canals were down. See if they can help you.
     
  14. hairbear1

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    Pigs don't sweat so during hot weather you'll find them near water.Best time to hit them is just before dawn or late afternoon especially around dams,creeks or springs. Look for wallows and another time to hit them is during the middle of the day as they look to wallow in mud which keeps the flies,tics etc off them and the mud keeps them cool as will. Have a look around the surrounding area for any farms that have crops in and then go along the fence lines and see if there's any signs of the pigs burrowing in under the fence and hen if there is sign set yourself up on there early mornings or late afternoons or better still set up a game camera to check for pig movements,regards
     
  15. GaryGlock

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    Thanks for all the advice guys, for the most part its just wide open fla land, no farms or anything near by, after going out the other night I realized my best bet is probably gonna be day time hunts, ill be sure to hit those wallows an look were their bedding. I'll keep ya guys posted an thanks again.
     
  16. quadrail74

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    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.
     
  17. hairbear1

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    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
     
  18. quadrail74

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    Cool...thanks hairbear...I will be getting an AR15 .223 and ill also be getting a 50 cal conversion upper to switch out for the hogs.
     
  19. ineverFTF

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    May i interject?

    Get an AR in 5.56 then you can shoot both rounds out of one gun.

    You dont need a 50 anything for hog. The 5.56 with a good penetrating round will drop a hog if placed correctly.

    If you want something bigger than 5.56 thats cheap to shoot and good for hogs, get an ar-10. Same platform, but it the much harder hitting .308 round.
     
  20. Chainfire

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    Tip:

    Hogs are smarter than dogs and a wounded one can be mean as hell.