Daylight Hog Hunting?


November 6, 2008, 12:49 AM
Hey everyone,

New hunter and thinking about feral hog hunting in NE Texas, and on public land it's daylight only. Everything I've read says the hogs are nocturnal and hunted in the middle of the night under lights or night vision.

Have I been misinformed? Is there a time of day that they are most active? Anyone know of daylight habits they have, like watering at sunset or anything?

All advice / thoughts appreciated!

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Harley Quinn
November 6, 2008, 01:16 AM
Early morning is good and sunset time, they are out during the day also. Lots of Texas hunters are road shooters, crawling around in the bushes is where it is at for excitment :what: Some use dogs some don't.

November 6, 2008, 04:17 AM
Remember that a hog doesn't sweat, so they lay up in cool areas during the day, and a damp spot is better than any. They need water by evening, when it starts to get cool. Find a water hole where there's been activity and wait. Ditto for morning.

Be careful though as these feral hogs can be one mean critter. Always keep a BUG with you. If you go after them in cover, have a exit planned out and keep an eye out for a tree if the going gets rough.

But you're in Texas, and with luck you can find them out feeding in a field somewhere and shoot 'em from 100 yards out....

November 6, 2008, 12:11 PM
My son and I have hunted hogs in Texas and several others states and we never hunted them at night.
Hunting hogs at night could get real dangerous real quick.
Hunt close to water. And have a partner with you.

November 6, 2008, 12:24 PM
On type 2 land make sure not to hunt at night during deer season. It is illegal. Mornings and evenings are generally the best but if you hunt a good water source and since it is cooling off up here there is no reason why couldn't see one in the day. They typically are nocturnal during the summer months because of the heat. Now that its fall they will start to move around in the daylight hours a bit more. Most of the times hogs are just as scared of you as any other animal. Just try not to corner one and don't get between a sow and her piglets and you'll be fine. If you do get between them just stay put and let either the sow or the piglets pass. By the way if this is Don I'll call you tonight about that spot.

November 7, 2008, 10:10 AM
I live in NE Texas and may be familiar with the area your hunting if you'll give me an idea of where it is. If it is a large area (over 500 acres) and has some good bootom land in it you will probably have a good chance. The easiest thing I've found is to track them. Start by following muddy creek beds and watch for exit prints that the water is still muddy in. Get on the trail and follow it up quietly. Other than that it will mostly be chance encounters.

November 7, 2008, 02:03 PM
Water holes and mud creeks. Rooted out fields nearby and rubbings on tree trunks. And the proverbial smell of wild hogs.

November 19, 2008, 08:11 PM
I usually don't see hogs out until after the sun goes down. I never seem to see them after day break.

November 20, 2008, 06:07 AM
We're generally on the stand about an hour before sunset. Some will come in about then, but most wait until it's almost dark.

November 20, 2008, 06:09 PM
Walked up on a hog asleep down by the creek at the ranch two weeks ago.

They're getting a little bold, it's a shame I didn't have my rifle with me. I'll fix that in a few weeks when I get a chance to go back down there.

Harley Quinn
November 20, 2008, 08:25 PM
Carry a knife, that will work :what:

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