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Discussion in 'Hunting' started by MCgunner, Dec 1, 2007.

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  1. MCgunner

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    Didn't shoot anything. Went and sat in my stand with my SKS. I have a spotlight mounted on the scope powered by a 6V battery. Lens is painted red with a marks-a-lot. Also took a 1M CP spot with red lens. The scope is a lighted reticule, but you really don't need to light it for spot lighting cause the light mounted on the scope is good to a little past 100 yards. On a bright moonlit night, you can use the lighted reticule without a spot, though, which is kinda cool.

    But, tonight it was pitch black, cloud cover and no moon. I got on stand about 4pm and figured to sit until 7 or maybe 8. Well, about 10 til 7 I got a little bored and about decided to get down and come in. Just as I was reaching for the sling of the gun to sling it I heard "oink, squeal, grunt" and the pitter patter splash of feet in the water. Sounded like they were coming to my feeder! I got all adrenalized, had to calm the heart beat down a bit, waited about 5 minutes after I'd stopped hearing movement and grunts. I flipped on the light and, well, nothing. I guess they moved on.:banghead: I know if I sat out there the night, they'd come to the feeder eventually. There are dozens if not hundreds of hogs in that specific area, hogs all over the friggin' place. Feeder never has any corn around it and there's fresh wallows everywhere around it. But, I sat until something after 7:30 and came on in. Just got back.

    I'm going to start doing that more. A good full moon night would be a lot better. I couldn't see squat! Heck, I'm going to do this after deer season is over, give me an extended season. I set the trap again before I left. I'm going to head down there Monday morning. I'll let the trap do the sitting overnight. :D
     
  2. aguyindallas

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    Man...I am so jealous! I am going out tomorrow with 3Pairs12 to some public land....but darn, I wish I could get out there with you.
     
  3. TooTaxed

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    To maximize your chances, be sure to use both one of the "Scent Away" products on your clothes...there are similar products you can wash your underwear and hunting clothes in...a scent-hider on your boots, and avoid any smoking. You'll be surprised how much wildlife you'll see! Human odors are a real game warner.:)
     
  4. MCgunner

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    Well, I've never smoked. Got that one licked. :D
     
  5. MDHunter

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    Scent Killer

    To add to what Too Taxed said:

    The past couple of years I've used the Scent Killer product from Wildlife Research Center. In the past month, I've watched deer and a red fox walk right across my trail, without any indication of picking up any kind of scent, let alone human scent! Sometimes young deer can get careless, but that fox is a sly old feller, and when he crossed my trail last week only 15 minutes after I made those tracks, and didn't even flinch, that told me something. A couple of years ago I got lazy about scent, and watched him trot through the woods (I'd been in my stand for a couple of hours), hit my 3-hour-old trail, and IMMEDIATELY do a 180 and go back the way he came from.

    My buddy and I hunt from stands in the early morning - two weeks ago he watched 3 mature does walk right up my trail, again without any indication of noticing any kind of foreign scent.

    Michael
     
  6. .41 magnum man

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    Sounds like a blast, MCgunner. I have bow hunted a couple times for hogs. Still hunted them once in Georgia, and from a stand in Oklahoma. Never got one, but it was exciting. Especially the Ga. hunt. Saw bunches of hogs and even some fights. I just couldn't get the right shot. Taking a gun next time! Preferably my .41 Ruger. My neighbor has ken folk in Florida, and I am hoping to get to go around March for a hog hunt. Hey, if you get a hog post a picture.
     
  7. tydephan

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    To add to what MD said:

    I'm a new hunter this year, but I have a good mentor that has really helped me out while I learn the basics. He put a lot of emphasis on scent control, although I thought it was overkill at the time.

    But after seeing 22 deer on opening day, all of which walked down the trail and directly under my stand, I became a believer.

    We wash all of our hunting clothes in Scent control detergent. We pack all of it in a container that has been coated with scent away spray (this way the "house" smell will not contaminate the clothing before hunt day). This includes boots, especially. We don't wear our hunting boots until we get to the hunt property and take them off when we come out of the field after the hunt. This is so we don't inadvertently pick up oil or gas or something on our footwear. We put on one last "coat" of scent away spray on the soles of our boots and on our external clothing before entering the woods.

    I use scent away soap, scent away shampoo and scent away deoderant as well.

    I've been out 8 times now since the season started and I've seen a significant amount of deer every time. I even had a squirrel get the surprise of his life when he decided to play on a big RealTree AP covered leg. :D

    I've never hunted hog before, so I don't know if they are as smell sensitive as deer or coyotes.
     
  8. 1 old 0311

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    Isn't hunting with a spotlight illegal?
     
  9. Exmasonite

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    i don't think it is for hogs.
     
  10. MCgunner

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    For deer, yes. Hogs, predators, rabbits are not game species, not controlled, no seasons, no limits, no rules, at least in the Republic of Texas.

    I'm going to go out this evening unless the wife has other plans and will hunt a morning later this week.
     
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    Not in Texas for hogs and varmints, however it is illegal on publiic land durig deer season. Feral hogs on public land may only be hunted during daylight hours for the durasion of their season. Private property for hogs though anything goes.
     
  12. 3pairs12

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    Well good luck gunner and thanks for the advice last week as far as spotlighting goes.
     
  13. Rumble

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    I'm new at hunting this year, but like tydephan, I have a "mentor" who's kinda showing me and my wife the ropes. He said "it's about beating their nose, most of the time." He used the Scent Killer product, too.

    Unfortunately, my first day out I didn't see deer 1. But nobody did. Hafta try again, I suppose!
     
  14. skinewmexico

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    I found a magnetic light, with about 20 LEDs and a red lens, that works great for hogs. Stick it to the bottom or side of the feeder. I hunted on a place one time where they had red LED lights, hooked up to solar panels on the feeders. Perfect for hogs. All I need now is a 300 Whisper and a suppressor.
     
  15. MCgunner

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    The light doesn't scare 'em? Hmm, now there's an idea. Actually, all I'd need do is tape one of those head lights onto the leg of the feeder. Hmmm......
     
  16. jeepmor

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    Same for Oregon, no hogs here unless maybe in Southern Oregon in high desert land. There is a hoghunting outfit around Lassen area IIRC. No spotlighting during deer and elk season though I reckon, unless you like legal trouble.
     
  17. skinewmexico

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    If you leave it up all the time, they get used to it. And a red light doesn't bother them as much.
     
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    3pairs12,
    As invasive exotics, Feral Hogs do not have a season and may be shot year-round in Texas. :)
     
  19. oklahoma caveman

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    lucky. here where im at hogs can only be hunted during the deer seasons.
     
  20. MCgunner

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    Don't worry, the more they populate, the more the farmers will complain, and the more lax the laws will get. ;)
     
  21. oklahoma caveman

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    actually its the other way around. they populate and people go out and catch them and sell them to ranches. i live in the middle of a vast area of public land so they dont hurt the farmers to much. they were feral and legal to kill all year up untril 2 years ago and then they changed the law:cuss:. the local feed mill employees claim to run hundreds of hog off of the property every morning. tons of hogs around here
     
  22. MCgunner

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    Wow, something's screwed up in Soonerville. LOL I like having lots of hogs, but there's no more need to protect the critters than rabbits (similar natality rate and better survival rate). In fact, there's less need since they're feral, not native game, and hurt game habitat when they get so over-populated.
     
  23. oklahoma caveman

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    yea i dont know what odwc is thinking by implementing that law. doesnt make much sense 2 me
     
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    I use the descent and very good camo myself. But years ago it occurred to me that here I am worrying about how I might smell to a hog or whatever, while holding a rifle that has oil and maybe some gun powder residue all over it? Actually, I think that it's paying attention to the wind direction that helps more me more then the descent products?
     
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