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

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

  1. halogrinder

    halogrinder Member

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    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 ;)
     
  2. Patocazador

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    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.
     
  3. halogrinder

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

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    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
     
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  5. Flintknapper

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    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.

    Flint.
     
  6. mwmjones

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    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?
     
  7. Art Eatman

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    A .308 will work just fine.
     
  8. JoeDorn

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

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    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.
     
  10. 2zulu1

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    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?

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    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. :)
     
  11. Patocazador

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    Looks like a deer track to me. Hogs' tracks are 'squarer' (boxier), less elongated.
     
  12. 788Ham

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    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 !
     
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    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.
     
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    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.
     
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    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?
     
  16. Flintknapper

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    So Flint, how goes the hog war this year?
     
  18. Flintknapper

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    TW,

    I go and check on them once in a while. Haven't killed any great number of them this year.

    Neighbor's boys have grown up to the age (early teens) that they are having fun chasing them at night (riding around on 4 wheelers) occasionally hunting them with dogs.

    The effect has been:

    1. They kill VERY few hogs, but they are keeping them on the move.

    2. They are educating the hogs, but having a great time at it, (so that is fine with me).

    Another year or two, when they discover 'Girls', I expect the hog hunting on their property to come to a screeching halt and I will be inundated again.

    Until then....I am enjoying the lack of hog traffic.

    Flint.
     
  19. Flintknapper

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    Neighbor's boys have been 'slacking'..........!

    This group of young hogs (there are actually 7, not all are pictured), keeps coming through about every 3-4 days.

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    The neighbor’s boys have been pretty active on their property the last year and managed to keep the hogs ‘moving’, though they have killed very few.

    Just the same….it has been so nice not to have to hunt these vermin year ‘round.

    These hogs have been visiting the same automatic feeder off and on… for 3 weeks now.

    No older than they are….they already know not to go into the Pen Trap I keep baited out. Seems each generation gets a little smarter.

    Guess I need to check the zero on my rifle and sit on that feeder one night.

    With Deer Season coming up soon….I don’t need a bunch hogs hanging around.

    Flint.
     
  20. Twmaster

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    Choot'em! :D
     
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    If they are such a nuisance why can't you poison them? worried about it effecting other animals?
     
  22. black_powder_Rob

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    I believe poison would likely kill deer or even dogs indiscriminately depending on what you poisoned. Besides it would be a waste of meat, From what I gather Flint likes to donate the meat to those in need. (I believe that was mentioned in this thread somewhere, just not sure where) This has been an informative thread for me and has even garnered some reward following some of the tips with in. Thanks Flint and all others that helped.
     
  23. Flintknapper

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    Stressed Wrote:

    They are indeed a nuisance....and while the State of Texas is quite liberal with the 'means' by which they may be killed, poisoning (at present) is illegal.

    And....(as Rob pointed out), most poisons would be indiscriminate killers and likely leave 'residuals' that might also kill non targeted animals feeding upon the carcass.

    We will just have to dispatch them other ways. Its tiresome....but must be done.

    Flint.
     
  24. Trent

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    Ooh! Can't wait for the after action report. Been too long since I've seen Flint in action here. :)
     
  25. Twmaster

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    Same here. Awaiting the next tale of daring do!

    Besides, I'm gonna need all the hints I can get. We saw some Hog Signs yesterday on the land we shoot on. Time to tune-up the 6.8 SPC AR.
     

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