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Not again.......! Feral Hog Control in East Texas

Discussion in 'Hunting' started by Flintknapper, May 13, 2009.

  1. NcongruNt

    NcongruNt Well-Known Member

    There's only two directions from the tank that they would likely come from, and every photo I've got has them coming from the same direction.

    The property is almost entirely wooded, and there are definite trails they frequent.

    I've tracked the trails back a ways, but enough of the property has thick enough brush that i need to take a machete to follow the trails until they leave the property.

    Big Ugly has been a no-show since his deput, but I had a sounder of 10, plus two boars come by this morning, 45 minutes after I left for work:



    Last time a group like this came through, they tore up a good portion of my tank shoreline with their wallows. Lucky for me, a cold front blew through this morning, so no wallows today.
  2. Flintknapper

    Flintknapper Well-Known Member

    John, those pigs are 'eating pretty good' someplace, they all look very healthy and have good weight.

    You can see in the pic that the Sow is still bagged up and nursing....but she won't be for much longer. Those boars will hang around just long enough for her to 'come back into estrous' (which will occur shortly after weaning)...then they will move on...once she is bred back.

    That tank is fairly close to your house isn't it?
  3. NcongruNt

    NcongruNt Well-Known Member

    I'm sure there's plenty of feeders on the neighbors' properties. There's something like 300 acres or so of wooded land in the direction they come from, and about that much on the other side of the road from me as well. They've got plenty of places to live without much worry of harassment.

    This particular spot is about 50 yards from my back door, yes. Unfortunately, it's not quite visible from the door. If the wind is right, I can lay prone directly across the tank and have perfect view of this area while staying downwind. Today would have been just such a day, had I known they'd be there.
  4. ldlfh7

    ldlfh7 Well-Known Member

    Just out of curiosity..where did all these hogs come from? I can't remember hearing about the hog infestation back in the day.
  5. JRH6856

    JRH6856 Well-Known Member

    1hog + 1hog = 5.6 hogs x 1.5 times per year. You do the math. ;)

    Or here is a pretty good article on the subject.
    Last edited: May 15, 2013
  6. halogrinder

    halogrinder Well-Known Member

    I am currently setting up a PSL rifle into a new cartridge called "510 reed wacker"

    It is basically a 650-750 50 BMG bullet put into a 7mm WSM cartridge around 1000fps.

    It will be the new pig gun for stalking. I'll be doing an AR15 in it as well with a 475gn bullet as well.

    Hopefully it will be together in the next month or 3, I'll update when I drop a pig with it ;)
  7. Patocazador

    Patocazador Well-Known Member

    With that much lead they probably will be knocked over backwards. My maxiball in a muzzle loader almost does that to them and it weighs 150 gr. less.
  8. halogrinder

    halogrinder Well-Known Member

    Whatever I can do to help them to piggy heaven ;)
  9. Tommy Medlin

    Tommy Medlin Well-Known Member

    Flint,I've never hunted hogs but this has to be the closest thing to a real hunt that I can imagine.We have some ferals here in Central NC ,and one of the comm. colleges in the next county over does guided hunts for around $50 for a night.You have given me the fever to try a REAL hunt.I have 243,Win.30-30 and 7MM Rem.Mag ,which one ? Thoroughly enjoy the reading,keep on plugging! Tom Oh, I forgot one,Rem.870 slugger 20" barrel
    Last edited: May 20, 2013
  10. Flintknapper

    Flintknapper Well-Known Member

    Good luck on your hunt Tommy, I know you will enjoy yourself.

    Of the weapons mentioned...I would probably pick the venerable 30-30.

    Please check back in and let us know how it went. It doesn't matter if you actually take a pig or not, we are interested to hear about your hunt.

  11. mwmjones

    mwmjones Active Member

    I am planning a TX hog Hunt and wanted to know what caliber is the most common? I was thinking either a 308 and larger.

    I have had friends even try usiing a .223, but has anyone tried using a 50 Beowulf?
  12. Art Eatman

    Art Eatman Administrator Staff Member

    A .308 will work just fine.
  13. JoeDorn

    JoeDorn Well-Known Member

    As to caliber, if you can kill a deer with it, You can kill a hog with it; .22lr not recommended.
  14. JRs12Valve

    JRs12Valve Well-Known Member

    I have shot hogs all of my life. I've used everything from .380, to .45 ACP, from .223 to 7mm mag, to .45-70.

    I have dropped hogs with a single .380 JHP to the ear, yet there has been a few hogs that have had three .45 Golden Sabre rounds to the noggin, and still tried to rush me. They are some tough, peculiar animals.

    The hog mentioned above (250 lb Russian), dad shot once in the noggin, it didn't flinch, it just had a hole in it's face, and every time it would exhale, blood would pour out of the .45 caliber hole. Two more shots, same result. I had to finish it off with a .270.

    I have also dropped hogs with a single shot to the ear, with both a .380, and a .38 special shooting wad-cutters.

    The last few hog's I've shot, I've used my .45-70 with 305 gr. hollowpoints, and my .308 with 168 gr. Sierra Matchkings.

    If I was going out to hunt hogs specifically, I'd use no less than a large bore revolver, or anything .270 Winchester or larger.

    Luckily enough, our ranch hasn't had any problems with hogs for about the past six years.
  15. 2zulu1

    2zulu1 Well-Known Member

    This is one of the best threads on the internet, so much to learn from. :) I live in a very rural area, high desert, near wilderness and mountain lion activity is prolific. In addition to black bear, this part of Arizona also has hog issues according to AZGF. Near my home a rancher had a dog tore up by a "large" boar.

    Came across this track on hard ground near an alfalfa field around Memorial Day, at 4.25" long, is this a hog track?


    I didn't get to see the dogs, but last Thursday evening, after a violent monsoon t-storm, a neighbor who lives about a mile away and near alfalfa fields, lost a Rottweiler and a second large dog. Owner states the dead dogs had no scratches on them and by time I learned about the attacks, heavy rain had washed out all tracks.

    To complicate things, 3:00AM the same Thursday morning, a very large black bear (~400#s) was seen running along a road about 3 miles from where the dogs were killed.

    This time of year deer/antelope come down from the nearby mountains to graze in the fields, it's common for lions and bears to follow them down.

    If the pic is of a hog track, do you have an estimate as to its size? Thanks. :)
  16. Patocazador

    Patocazador Well-Known Member

    Looks like a deer track to me. Hogs' tracks are 'squarer' (boxier), less elongated.
  17. 788Ham

    788Ham Well-Known Member

    Track looks more like a deer track. A bear that size could have easily dispatched the dogs, one swipe of his fore paw, deceased dogs !
  18. 2zulu1

    2zulu1 Well-Known Member

    I was thinking along the same lines, but thought I'd post to be sure, plus in the hog/dog encounter I wrote about, the dog had its intestines ripped out.

    A few years back a male lion took out a pair of Great Danes, before that a female lion t-boned a large mastiff out back at my place, snapping the mastiff's neck.

    What amount of territory will a boar travel? I haven't heard of any recent hog activity, perhaps a lion or bear took it out.

    Thanks guys.

    MOUNTAIN WILLIAM Active Member

    I'd bet that a Lion killed both dogs, a bear will usually try to eat at least part of whatever it kills. Same for a feral hog.
  20. Atom Smasher

    Atom Smasher Well-Known Member

    A friend and I from Austin, TX are looking to get into hog hunting. Is there a good ranch in the area that will teach us how to dress out hogs? I was going to pick up a Texas public hunt permit, since I don't know anyone with private land and the fees are crazy for leases (at least to my broke self). Are the ranch hunts worth it?

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