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 Post Posted: Sun May 31, 2020 9:45 pm 
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Just curious of the average shooting distance from stand to feeder. Some hunt in woods, some in semi-wooded areas, and some in wide open pastureland. Many variables, of course, but would like to hear about your set up(s) and what guns you use.

As for me, I hunt in the woods mostly, where 60 yards will usually be the longest shot. I use a 35 Whelen - scent, of course, at this short distance becomes a major factor. I know that those shooting longer distances will shoot a flatter trajectory bullet and not have to worry so much about wind direction.


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 Post Posted: Fri Jun 05, 2020 6:56 pm 
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Hi Troyo, I usually dig holes with hole diggers and pour corn in about 2’ deep with some spread out at 100yds & 200yds. The bears will eat some but don’t dig like the hogs do, so this works well for me. Currently I don’t have a flash hider but am in the process of getting one, which will help at night. If the wind blows towards the hog trails leading in they won’t show unless I use the heater. Scent going towards the bait will stop the hogs coming in at 200 yds where I hunt.
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 Post Posted: Sun Jun 07, 2020 8:36 pm 
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Last visit to check cams had multiple pics of a bachelor group of 8 young boars, sow with piglets, one razor back boar about 150 lbs. There’s an area on our dirt road that appears to be an intersection with these hogs going thru. There’s no stand there but I can sit in the cart on any wind direction and view this area. Atvs and trucks use this road/trail as well as loggers. I’m going to set up here and dig bait holes to kill some of those hogs. Would be an ideal spot for that 35 Whelen. I’ll take the BAR and 12 Ga Auto 5. Maybe thin some hogs here. Shooting distance at this spot could be 75 yds max & min 25 yds.


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 Post Posted: Thu Jun 18, 2020 2:16 pm 
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I'm seeing LOTS of hog sign lately but I am turning the feeders off, they will not come to either feeder and I am tired of feeding deer and raccoons. Hogs root all around within yards of feeder but when I go I never see any and my last camera went on the blink. I shower beforre going hunting but maybe they still smell me, or, maybe they stir late after mid-night - presently trying new stand locations - haven't killed a hog in over a month this is insane!


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 Post Posted: Thu Jun 18, 2020 4:55 pm 
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Hunted the intersection twice, saw 2 deer, no hogs. I think we are at the edge of the hogs travel area. I’m sure that’ll change soon when the population expands.


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 Post Posted: Thu Jun 18, 2020 7:29 pm 
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Ronnie wrote:
Hunted the intersection twice, saw 2 deer, no hogs. I think we are at the edge of the hogs travel area. I’m sure that’ll change soon when the population expands.
I am seeing a LOT of baby and medium size pig tracks - haven't read about the survival rate but if they all make it there will be hogs galore! I've found a track a good 2.5" wide so I'm sure he's a 300 pounder - hope I can get him!


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 Post Posted: Wed Jul 08, 2020 10:53 am 
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troyo wrote:
I shower before going hunting but maybe they still smell me


I am not an expert on this subject, but I would not and do not shower before going hunting. They are sure to smell the soap that you use in the shower.


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 Post Posted: Wed Jul 08, 2020 10:59 am 
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troyo wrote:
Just curious of the average shooting distance from stand to feeder. Some hunt in woods, some in semi-wooded areas, and some in wide open pastureland. Many variables, of course, but would like to hear about your set up(s) and what guns you use.


I hunt from a ground level stand, shooting slightly down hill, across open hay field. I use a pig pipe to keep the hogs in the target or kill zone. The distance from my stand to the pig pipe is 75 yards. Because I am shooting across an open hay field, I have a berm behind the kill zone to stop any stray shots. I use TexasBoar feeder lights, red spotlight and shoot a 30-30 with scope.


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 Post Posted: Sun Oct 11, 2020 6:10 pm 
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Down wind, 50 to 80 yards if possible. Elevated if possible. Around here, mostly S winds with N in winter (check weather forecasts.) The closer you are, the higher you need to be to increase the chance of your scent staying above the hogs. I shot a 10.5 lb 30-06 for 30+ yrs, an 8 lb 30-06 for around 10 yrs. The old version of this forum got me to test Hornady's 160 grained Levevolution 30-30 ammo out. The past 5 yrs, I've been 'test' shooting a 1950 Marlin 336A 30-30 rifle that shoots that store bought ammo into a 1.5 MOA @ 100 yds. I like the reduced recoil and wait for a good target. I used part of my 'virus' money to buy a couple hundred bullets and LVR powder to see if I can get it to group in 1 MOA or better.

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 Post Posted: Mon Oct 12, 2020 3:53 pm 
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Sounds right - I think I place my stands too close to the feeder - will experiment at a farther distance and keep wind direction in mind. No doubt they depend on their noses for survival


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 Post Posted: Fri Nov 06, 2020 4:37 pm 
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My feeder runs normal corn but when I'm actually there to hunt I'll mix my own hog bait and put it out under my feeder which is about 30 yards from the deer blind. I mostly bow hunt hogs which is why I keep it so close but sometimes I'll shotgun them down too. Here's a good hog bait recipe I've found: https://outriggeroutdoors.com/blogs/nig ... attractant

It has a strong smell to it, I think it's the anise oil. But it works.


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 Post Posted: Wed Jan 13, 2021 8:45 pm 
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Sorry I'm late to the conversation. Distance from stand to feeder really depends on what weapon you're going to use, and the terrain, and the setup. One key to success, is being to get in and out of your stand undetected. That means you have to be able to get in without the pigs having any idea your there, at all. If they have a hint your there, you won't see them. You'll see sign, cause they will go there when you're not there, but you will not get any shots at them.

I do a lot of crossbow hunting for hogs. So, the stands I hunt are typically set up so they're no more than 20yrds from the feeder. They're also set up so I can get into the stand without crossing any of the trails the hogs will be using, and I don't have to step anywhere near the corn feeder or bait. I slip in, get in the stand, and kill pigs. The stand also has to be set up with the prevailing wind in mind.

No matter how good your scent control is, you can NOT fool a hogs nose. Hunters think they can all the time, but you can't. You can try to mask your scent, and that helps a bit. I use noscent soap to wash with. Even with all the scent control I go through, if that wind switches in their favor they are gone.

For the past couple seasons I've had the privilege of hunting a ranch that is virtually unhunted, except by me and a friend. And, we only use crossbows. The pigs were crazy on this place. Every time I hunted there were pigs coming to the stand, and in broad daylight no less. I've got a lot of video, and pics of 20 plus pigs less than 20yrds from my blind. I used a pop up blind no less. Makes for a fun season.

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 Post Posted: Mon Jan 18, 2021 6:18 pm 
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mley1 wrote:
Sorry I'm late to the conversation. Distance from stand to feeder really depends on what weapon you're going to use, and the terrain, and the setup. One key to success, is being to get in and out of your stand undetected. That means you have to be able to get in without the pigs having any idea your there, at all. If they have a hint your there, you won't see them. You'll see sign, cause they will go there when you're not there, but you will not get any shots at them.

I do a lot of crossbow hunting for hogs. So, the stands I hunt are typically set up so they're no more than 20yrds from the feeder. They're also set up so I can get into the stand without crossing any of the trails the hogs will be using, and I don't have to step anywhere near the corn feeder or bait. I slip in, get in the stand, and kill pigs. The stand also has to be set up with the prevailing wind in mind.

No matter how good your scent control is, you can NOT fool a hogs nose. Hunters think they can all the time, but you can't. You can try to mask your scent, and that helps a bit. I use noscent soap to wash with. Even with all the scent control I go through, if that wind switches in their favor they are gone.

For the past couple seasons I've had the privilege of hunting a ranch that is virtually unhunted, except by me and a friend. And, we only use crossbows. The pigs were crazy on this place. Every time I hunted there were pigs coming to the stand, and in broad daylight no less. I've got a lot of video, and pics of 20 plus pigs less than 20yrds from my blind. I used a pop up blind no less. Makes for a fun season.
Truth here - I hunted "big boy" for over a year - camera showed he always showed up an hour or so after I left, no matter what time I got there - I thought one smart hog, he's patterning me - finally killed him one night when he came from a direction I never expected - now, I KNOW it's because he was using the same trail to the stand that I was!!! Same location with another big one I'm after now, only I discovered what Kevin called a "pinch point", and am in the process of movig my feeder & stand to that point where I can approach stand from a different direction from where his trail is. Hope to get him soon!


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 Post Posted: Tue Jan 19, 2021 4:23 pm 
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Pinch points always help funnel the hogs to a place where they have to go, and you're able to catch them slipping.

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