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

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

  1. psyopspec

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    With the corn arrow, there are no predictions; their fate is sealed.

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  2. Flintknapper

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    Not surprisingly, a hog took the stump completely out of the ground last night. Judging from the tracks present…I would guess it is a lone boar.

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    That would explain the lack of game-cam pics at the trap the last two nights. This animal will eat the corn on the trail.... to within 10-15’ of the trap then quits.

    Let’s play with this a bit and see if we can identify the hog and also get him/her to re-root the stump hole.

    I will go this morning and see if there is a suitable site to move the game-cam to. We will need to try to catch this animal on the trail leading to the trap.

    This hog is likely “trap shy” so pics will be helpful, that way we know what we’re dealing with. I would bet….it is a boar…and I bet he comes in late.

    If I can find some rocks nearby….I will place them over the rooted hole along with the stump and we’ll see if we can get some pics. My camera is set to take two pics, 13 seconds apart, then it does not take another pic until one minute has expired.

    I could set it on video mode…but at night it would only be a 5 second duration (daytime 15 seconds).

    If it turns out to be a boar….(and he is coming in late), he may be a candidate for a snare.
     
  3. Flintknapper

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    Uh….Oh.

    Looks like I was wrong, it wasn’t a hog after all.
    I went to go move the game-cam awhile ago…and walked up on this fella.
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    Who knew they were that strong? Thank God….he didn’t charge. :D
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    It got pretty “tense” there for a moment, but he finally backed down. ;)
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  4. MCgunner

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    Mmm, looks tasty. I could hit that one with my NAA mini revolver. :D If he's that strong, though, perhaps the 9mm would be the better option.
     
  5. TehK1w1

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  6. MCgunner

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    Hey, don't make sport. If it weren't for the secret service, President Carter could have been eaten!
     
  7. Flintknapper

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    TehK1w1 wrote:


    Yeah, not many get that close...and live to tell about it. :D

    I did have a telephoto lens to be honest, but I was still "sweating bullets". ;)
     
  8. Flintknapper

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    Just what I thought, a “Lone Boar”.

    Apparently, I left too much scent behind for this guy. I have this pic and another of his tail end…leaving a few seconds later.

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    Not a “big” boar…..but old enough to be cautious. When I re-bait the area today….I will apply a light mixture of Kreso-D to the stump and the rubbing trees in the area.

    Hopefully, that will be enough to partially mask any of my scent. I should have done that yesterday. “Laziness” will cost you….when dealing with hogs (my bad). :(
     
  9. paintballdude902

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    crazy stuff man i wanna come out there and do some hog hunting
     
  10. divenutt

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    Flint,

    Do you have any telephone poles near this area? I was out scouting for pigs in NE Texas earlier this month and noticed several poles where the pigs have rubbed off of them, completely removing the Kreso. Land manager thinks it helps them with the ticks. Thoughts?

    I set up my game camera and snagged 7 on the first night, and then nothing for a week. We checked the cameras every night and only had crows and coons. It seems they were travelling in a wide circle, only coming back to a bait station every week or so.

    Jeff
     
  11. DAVIDSDIVAD

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    This thread is just fantastic.

    Nothing more entertaining on THR
     
  12. Flintknapper

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    Well……this boar is being about as uncooperative as is possible.

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    I was hoping to keep him baited in one area to establish a “pattern” on him and possibly have him “back-up” his feeding times to something more acceptable (10 p.m. to midnight). I am willing to sit on a stand and brave the mosquitoes for that long, but NOT into the wee hours of the morning.

    If he would come in earlier….I could just shoot him…since he is never going to enter the trap (trap smart). Instead…. he is coming in even later than before….and to complicate things… has been joined by “spot” a hog that is off limits (long story).

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    This is going to be tough. IH8HOGS!
     
  13. Jmurman

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    tough yes...but imagine the satisfaction AFTER Big Daddy is down.
     
  14. Flintknapper

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    divenutt wrote:

    Hi Jeff,

    We do not have many telephone poles on this property, but some of the older creosote treated fence posts are common targets for the hogs. YES, there is no question that hogs utilize the poles to help rid themselves of parasites. More commonly, you will see "rubs" on trees where hogs have wallowed in mud (trapping the parasites) then they rub the parasites (and old hair) off on trees. But you can manipulate their movement to some extent.

    Here is what I do to encourage hog visitation into a certain area:

    Just use “Kreso-D” mixed 60:1 and apply to trees. I’ve been using it for many years and it works very well.

    http://stores.godwinsoutdoorinc.com/Detail.bok?no=222

    I mix Kreso-D a backpack sprayer and apply it to several trees in areas where hogs frequent.

    One can will make a lot of spray. I keep the trees treated all year round. Don’t apply just before a rain…and DON’T get it on you, unless you want to smell like creosote for the next few days.

    Once the hogs have worn a tree smooth, just start a new tree.

    Freshly treated tree:
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    Two days later:
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    A couple of weeks later:
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    Very common. Hogs are transient by nature.
     
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    Wow! Hogs use creosote to rub on themselves. Seems to me that might be a good way to lure some of them in.
     
  16. paintballdude902

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    too bad i dont live in texas or id go sit in a stand all night for you

    what will the the plan of attack for this boar? another snare?
     
  17. Flintknapper

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    paintballdude902 wrote:

    I don't feature this boar changing his feeding pattern....so that leaves three choices:

    1. Put in an "all nighter" on stand and shoot him.

    2. Place a couple of snares out.

    3. Use dogs to catch him.


    Problems:

    1. An "all nighter" on stand will involve copious amounts of heat, humidity and blood loss.

    2. Snares are non-selective....so if I catch "Spot" instead of the boar, life (as Flint knows it) will cease to exist.... when my Daughter finds out.

    3. I loathe using dogs unless absolutely necessary, also...there is a 50/50 chance they would catch "Spot" (see undesirability above), then if the dogs don't stop the boar...that will likely be my last chance at him.

    So.....either I wait to see if "Spot" breaks off from the boar (I think she has a litter of piglets nested), or I can cross my fingers and hope like hell the boar is "leading" the way down the trail. (snare scenario). :uhoh:

    It would only take a little "bad luck" for this to turn out all wrong. I mean....what are the chances that out of 9 hogs (former group), that "spot" would be the one to join up with the boar.

    Sheeesssh! Its of the devil.....I tell ya. ;)
     
  18. paintballdude902

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    haha well good luck


    anychances of catching spot with alive trap then keeping her for a few days while you trap the boar?

    the only problems i see witht that if you are successfull are 1. how do you keep a hog in a trap happy for 2-3 days 2. if the hog gets stressed will that lead to health concerns with the hog (not a normal concern i bet) 3. what if she has a litter? will she leave the piglets or will they die after 2-3 days (also not a normal concern)
     
  19. Readyrod

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    You better hope that litter doesn't have spots. If they do you are in big trouble.
     
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  20. Flintknapper

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    Readyrod wrote:


    Yeah, and I can't tell you how much that thought brightened my day.

    Thanks! :D ;) :D
     
  21. Dr. Tad Hussein Winslow

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    Try to catch Spot - I want to adopt him as a pet! :)

    It's pretty obvious you love them! :evil:
     
  22. ~z

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    I tried to adopt a few spotted ones myself. Gotta give them their shots before you bring them home though. DSCN1985.jpg
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  23. LWYM425

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    Can't wait to see the pics of all the new little Spots
    :neener::D
     
  24. Flintknapper

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    LWYM425 wrote:

    It shouldn't be long, since I figure her litter is about a week old now. Usually, they will begin to follow the sow on her forays at about 2 weeks of age.

    I set two snares this evening...in hopes of catching the boar. It was hot down there... and the humidity was about 700%. I left a generous amount of "scent" behind in the form of sweat.

    Maybe if we get a small afternoon shower...it will be alright.

    I'm kind of dreading going to "look" in the morning. The boar came in about 10:15 last night and "Spot" showed up about 3:00 a.m.

    If the boar comes in early tonight (and snares himself)...then I'm "home free". The commotion will keep "Spot" away.

    On the other hand, if "Spot" is snared.................:uhoh:
     
  25. SciFiJim

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    If "Spot" is snared, it may be time to practice the three S's.
     

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