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 Post Posted: Thu Feb 12, 2015 12:36 pm 
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HUNTING HOGS WITH A TEXASBOARS FEEDERLIGHT!
KEEPING IT SIMPLE
Photo illustration of how to hunt wild hogs with a feeder light.

USING GOOGLE EARTH TO PLAN AND ILLUSTRATE
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TRAIL TO SET UP - BAIT
HOG PROOF FENCING
**BLACK** BARB WIRE FENCE
EAST WEST SHOOTING LANES
The set up was not easy. There wasn't many choices in setting up because this hog removal was restricted to the backyard of residence. The hogs were rooting up the yard and making a mess of some expensive landscaping.
This rural VanZandt County Texas.
I was forced to hunt close and did not have the option of setting up an automated feeder in the backyard.

This is "HOG HUNTING 101"
I had about 1 acre to plan out the "set up" with houses nearby which would limit my shots.
The hogs entered the property from the south (following the "yelloow line").
My two basic choices for firing lanes were East and West:
:arrow: From East (right) firing West (to the left) I could set up on the damm of the pond at 50 to 60 yards. This provided a good elevated line of site and refraction for the TexasBoars Feederlights was excellent.

:arrow: I established that two groups of hogs plus two bachelor boar were had invaded the property.
Here is a video of a Hog Removal from one group using that firing lane.

http://www.texasboars.com/vids/rozekill.wmv

This worked well and and over a two month period I shot 4 hogs using this firing lane, the two bachelor boar, Lead sow from one group and a minion from that group. That group has never returned, they had enough and cleared out. Problem is, having survived several hunts, the big sow from the second group became extremely aware of this set up as well as the danger and she busted me on the 3 separate attempts by scouting the set on the damm from the edge of the woods. *Very smart". If you think they're dumb, you better start rethinking!
The more they are hunted the smarter they get.

here's a group photo, One very large sow and her group of 6 "minions" (and they all appear pregnant).

http://www.texasboars.com/forumpics/hogs/roz03.jpg

So, I had to change tactics. I cleared a lane from West to east under and thru the canopy of the hardwoods and used the damm of the pond as a backstop to prevent stray rounds. The steep rise from damm of the pond would, again, provide excellent refraction for the feederlights.
*Note, this "Hog Removal" process, from beginning to current reporting, evolved over a 3 to 4 month month period.

With 4 more additional weeks of daily hand baiting this set up the sow would never establish a set pattern, she was clearly being very clever;
:arrow: She never showed up on weekends.
:arrow: She never appeared for more than two consecutive nights.
:arrow: Rarely appeared for more than two or at most 3 nights a week.
:arrow: Rarely appeared on Monday.
:arrow: Rarely appeared on Friday.
SO, after 4 weeks I had a plan. She would appear mostly on Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday but rarely would she appear on any one day with certainty.
SO, after a ton of money and time the plan was put together. I would hunt Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday night regardless of weather or wind.
:arrow: This was getting personal! And expensive as well as time consuming.

Tuesday night I hunted till 12:30 AM, checked the camera the following day while re-baiting and the group came out at 1:30 AM! :!: :crazy:
Wednesday I came prepared with coffee and snacks fully prepared for could possibly be a long night.
With a strong north wind I was worried the hogs might wind me and never show up. I grew more optimistic as a steady stream of deer came in from the trail, none of them winded me.

HOG HUNTING 101!
BAITING. I always drove in and baited early in the day, between 11:00 Am to 2:00 PM allowing plenty of time for my scent to be irradiated away from the setup.
The lead sow is skidish, and would even retreat from the raccoons. They always made a stand and would fight for the right to the corn. They did NOT share. Raccoons would often announce the arrival of the hogs with loud chattering and scuffling.

Hunting, is simple, I do not complicate it. I sit in the driver seat of my truck and shoot off the mirror. The truck stays ready for action most of the time with guns, blankets, water, and some snacks. Just get in and go.

TEXASBOARS FEEDERLIGHTS are set up right beside the truck, turned "ON" at dark and left "ON" for the duration of the hunt.
Here's a photo from the "TrailCam" illustrating. You can see the far doe staring directly at me and the truck as I am hooking up the feeder lights (I got to location a bit late, but they rarely showed up before 10:00 so I didn't want to sit any longer then need be).

http://www.texasboars.com/forumpics/hogs/roz01.jpg

Here's the "TrailCam" photos as the hunt unfolds.
In the following photos the 6 "MINIONS" arrive. Time stamp is 10:22 (I think). You can see the glow from the feederlights, my 338 Win Mag is out the window and I am ready to "Mow Down" the "Lead Sow" and as many "MINIONS" as possible in one shot.
** To me, she was aware I might be there because she went over and scouted the damm of the pond!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I fooled her ***!!! This sow took a good 4 or 5 minutes scouting the damm and kept looking at the damm of the pond from the shadows of the cedar trees. This is clearly illustrated in the "time stamp". I am guessing she could probably hear me arrive down the white rock road from her bedding area? The white rock road winds thru the woods behind the pond and can be seen in the Google Earth photo if you look carefully. Previous photos always show her entrance with the minions with no delay. BUT, when I arrive to hunt her entrance is delayed :?: :clap: Smart!

http://www.texasboars.com/forumpics/hogs/roz02.jpg

http://www.texasboars.com/forumpics/hogs/roz03.jpg

http://www.texasboars.com/forumpics/hogs/roz04.jpg

The "Lead Sow" is the #1 Target. The "Minions" are secondary to the Lead Sow.
Problem is they won't line up. As the big Lead Sow shows up (5 minutes later) she clears them out taking over the bait. So there will be no mow-down on this hunt.
SECOND PROBLEM, about 3 or 4 of the group have split off and are now about 10 yards from the back of the truck.
I have been BUSTED! The "lead sow" keeps her butt-end towards me for 10 minutes with no shot.
As the little minions begin sounding the ALARM she raises her head and provides me one final opportunity before they all bust out of there.
The photos tell the story.

http://www.texasboars.com/forumpics/hogs/roz05.jpg

http://www.texasboars.com/forumpics/hogs/roz06.jpg

http://www.texasboars.com/forumpics/hogs/roz07.jpg


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 Post Posted: Thu Feb 12, 2015 1:59 pm 
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Now, we wait and see if the "minions", now with no leader, will return to the bait :?:
If they do, the Mow-Down will take place.
We'll see :angel:

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 Post Posted: Sat Feb 14, 2015 10:19 am 
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Let me make sure I'm getting this through my thick head correctly. You are entering the bait zone on foot the same day as the hunt?


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 Post Posted: Sat Feb 14, 2015 1:15 pm 
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Yes, I have to bait, by hand, every day.
I try to make it a point to bait around lunch time so the sun has plenty of time to irradiate my smell away and the wind rustling thru will help cover any noise I make. Plus, the activity of birds and squirrels thru the day will help also.
Now, this is not always the case for everybody or every set. Sometimes, going to a set the same day of the hunt is risky because it could result in jumping hogs from their bedding areas. When I make "SET" I make sure I can enter the area without jumping the hogs if at all possible. 99.9% of the time it is not a problem to do that. Because, Hog Hunting 101 is, you never enter the areas hogs could be bedding - stay out of the woods. So all of my sets or in pastures/fields near the main trails the hogs are using.
I hope that explanation makes some sense of the strategy.

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