Built a trap, caught some hogs a photo essay (of sorts)


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der Teufel
January 4, 2013, 10:43 PM
This was actually my second attempt at building a hog trap. The first one had too large a mesh and was somewhat small. I'll go back eventually and modify it, but in the mean time I decided to start from scratch. I bought the panels from Tractor Supply and, other than the door hinges, everything else was built from stuff I had lying around - mostly old bed frames.

I also made a feeder which I positioned over the trap. In the short term I've wrapped a feed sack around the varmit cage so that the corn will mostly drop directly into the trap. Here I've baited it with extra corn. Note the all-important corn arrow!

http://i104.photobucket.com/albums/m184/DarkField/Hunt-Shoot/TheCornArrow_zps4ed20a4d.jpg

I set it out in mid-December, and some time before Christmas the hogs discovered there was free food being delivered daily. I finally got out New Year's Day and set the trap. That night I caught two small hogs, but they got away.

The hogs showed up a little after 7:30PM, and less than five minutes later two hogs are in the trap:

http://i104.photobucket.com/albums/m184/DarkField/Hunt-Shoot/hogsinthetrap-2_zpsb171fe51.jpg

The sounder stayed around for two hours, then departed. The two hogs in the trap were left behind. As they rooted around in the cage, they dislodged the rod that I used for a door trigger, and eventually they shoved it and got it caught in the door. After more rooting they used the rod to force the door slightly open, and all the dirt they'd moved caused the door to stay slightly ajar.

Here one of the hogs is eyeing the door:

http://i104.photobucket.com/albums/m184/DarkField/Hunt-Shoot/Thehogseyesthedoor_zps41149f5d.jpg

Two minutes later he's out and headed for home. About two hours later the other hog also managed to escape:

http://i104.photobucket.com/albums/m184/DarkField/Hunt-Shoot/Twominuteslaterhegetsout_zps5db25fd2.jpg

BUT, I figured out what they'd done and I modified the trap to prevent them from pulling the same trick twice. The next night the hogs showed up a little after 10PM. At this point the doors on the trap are still open:

http://i104.photobucket.com/albums/m184/DarkField/Hunt-Shoot/02JanHogsshowafter10PM_zps4be2626d.jpg

And the little one waste no time in getting into trouble. Barely three minutes later FOUR hogs are in the trap and the doors have closed.

http://i104.photobucket.com/albums/m184/DarkField/Hunt-Shoot/Fourhogsintrap_zps1fda422e.jpg

And they were still there, patiently waiting for me the next morning ;)
There were two sows and two boars, each weighing ~50-60Lbs.

http://i104.photobucket.com/albums/m184/DarkField/Hunt-Shoot/FourHogsinTrap-03JAN13_zpsfb071a15.jpg

So this story had a happy ending. At least it was for me. I suspect the hogs might disagree, but I didn't ask them.

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7.62 Nato
January 4, 2013, 10:56 PM
Should be tasty. Don't forget to update.

Ms_Dragon
January 4, 2013, 10:59 PM
Fantastic work!

Good to see the all important corn arrow paying off.

MaterDei
January 4, 2013, 11:05 PM
Great job. Did you harvest them right away or are you going to fatten them up first?

der Teufel
January 4, 2013, 11:28 PM
Great job. Did you harvest them right away or are you going to fatten them up first?

They're already in the freezer. I guess it's time for me to peruse the recipe forum.

heeler
January 5, 2013, 01:05 AM
Most excellent.
Thanks for helping Texas rid herself of this parasitic plague.

alsaqr
January 5, 2013, 09:01 AM
Congrats for building a trap that works and the good pigs.

LeonCarr
January 5, 2013, 09:18 AM
4 down, 4.5 million to go!

Good Job,
LeonCarr

Blue68f100
January 5, 2013, 02:48 PM
Keep after them, good work. The trap I built a year ago worked good for my dad. I used a Horizontal door on mine. This allows more to get in but can't get out. I would add more t-post to secure the trap (1 to each corner) and keep them from lifting it. The larger hogs will root under so they cay try to lift it and get under. Don't be shy about securing it to the trap. The 200# my dad caught tried to beat the trap up and broke one set of wire holding it to the t-post. My dad said it would backup and just ram the trap at full force, repeatedly. My dad said it was pissed. The first blow was aimed directly at him. They can do some damage even in a confined area.

armedwalleye
January 5, 2013, 03:21 PM
How about some cross sections that onlt go half way across the width of the trap? Could allow for a larger trap with less room forthe piggies to pick up speed in the ramming attempt?

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