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corn - question from a Aussie

Discussion in 'Hunting' started by interarm, Nov 18, 2012.

  1. interarm

    interarm Member

    In Australia using corn as a bait /feed for pigs / hogs is not as common as in USA
    Do you feed it as whole grain or cracked / gristed
  2. a-sheepdog

    a-sheepdog Well-Known Member

    Plain whole corn, nothing special.
  3. Certaindeaf

    Certaindeaf member

    I think grits is usually prepared using boiling water. lolz
  4. interarm

    interarm Member


    Many thanks ,we usually use grains such as oats , wheat ect
    I want to try corn to see how it goes

  5. Patocazador

    Patocazador Well-Known Member

    If the deer aren't used to corn, it will take a while for them to develop a 'taste' for it if there are other adequate food sources.
    We tried growing corn for deer in Alabama where the local crops were soybeans and cotton. It turned out to be a bust. The deer preferred the higher protein soybeans and acorns over the corn.
  6. Texan Scott

    Texan Scott Well-Known Member

    ^^^ Probably very true. I'm not sure there's anything special about corn, except here it's cheap and they're used to it. If it's more expensive where you are, or not known to the animals, there's little point. Also, they get little nutrient value from it as they don't digest it much better than people do.
  7. MtnCreek

    MtnCreek Well-Known Member

    The good thing about corn is it's ability to resist moisture better than most other grains., but that's probably not a big concern in Australia. Around here, deer won't touch it when acorns are in or during the spring when all the tender sprouts are starting to grow. Right now (after the few frosts we've had), deer would just about fight a coon for some corn. :)
  8. interarm

    interarm Member

    HI Texan Scott
    Yes you would be correct ,they arent used to corn over here in Western Australia ,I bought 5 kilos the other day cost me $10 au
    so will go back to what I have used in the past successfully
    Oats,Wheet soaked in molasses and fruit, apples ,plums ect
  9. alsaqr

    alsaqr Well-Known Member

    My hog traps are baited with whole corn or, sometimes, sweet feed. Hogs can't resist corn that is sprinkled with strawberry jello.

    Last edited: Nov 20, 2012
  10. interarm

    interarm Member

    That trap is identical to mine in size and design !!
    I will give the stawberry jello a try ,I have used
    the raspberry cordial trick with success,by placing
    the bottle on top of trap ,with a small hole in bottom
    and letting cordial slowly drip down onto bait
  11. cowpoke

    cowpoke Well-Known Member

    Sour the corn first it will draw them in from further away.
  12. interarm

    interarm Member

    How do you sour your corn
  13. alsaqr

    alsaqr Well-Known Member

    To sour corn:

    Fill a five gallon bucket just over half full of corn. Pour water in the bucket to cover the corn by about 2-3". Sit in the sun. The corn will sour in about one week. Used sour corn for many years. IMO: Its not worth the trouble.

    We deliberately attract hogs by using feeders set to fed about 30 minutes prior to sunset. When the hogs are coming to the feeder; the trap is installed close to the feeder, baited with corn sprinkled with strawberry jello and left open to allow the hogs access. The feeder run time is cut back. This forces hungry hogs into the trap. When hogs are going into the trap, it is set.

    This scenario has worked very well for us. At one property the hogs won't enter a trap with a floor: So we cover the floor with dirt.

    Happy hog trapping.
  14. jmr40

    jmr40 Well-Known Member

    Corn isn't used everwhere. Illegal here.
  15. MtnCreek

    MtnCreek Well-Known Member

    I thought you were supposed to add yeast and sugar to it and keep it in the shade and stir it every day. That's how we always did it. :)
  16. H&Hhunter

    H&Hhunter Moderator

    Where is here?
  17. jrdolall

    jrdolall Well-Known Member

    Corn is illegal in Alabama but I have hunted over it in other places. In areas where there is plenty of natural food the deer will eat corn but the vast majority of visits will be at night. I use corn pre-season and put a game camera out to see what is in the area. I use it after the season to see which bucks survived and 99.99% of pictures are at night. In GA, where it is legal, I have never personally seen a mature deer eating corn in the daylight. I know plenty of people who hunt over corn in Alabama and they do not see any more deer than I do. Some use feeders and others just pour it out of a bag. We just have too many acorns for the deer to come running to a corn feeder. The ground is covered right now and they will fall for another 2 weeks or so.
  18. interarm

    interarm Member

    Why is it illegal ,is it because it is taking advantage of the animal or
    some other reason
  19. jrdolall

    jrdolall Well-Known Member

    The state has about 250 reasons that corn is a "bad" thing. Most of the adjoining states now allow baiting in some form or another and Bama will probably follow along soon.
    Unfair advantage? Easier for diseases to spread? All of the negatives are probably based on some true concerns and I am fine with the law. I know that corn really helps people hunting in planted pines as these areas are difficult to hunt unless you can somehow draw the deer to an opening. That is why it is so successful using corn in Texas.
  20. newbuckeye

    newbuckeye Well-Known Member

    You can't use bait of any kind in most western states.

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