Trapping hogs

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  1. Drycreek

    Drycreek Well-Known Member

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    I hope I can add to this thread often, because that will mean I’ve trapped more hogs. My box trap here at home has been mothballed for the summer because if you can’t check it every day in our heat you’ll be dealing with dead hogs of the rotting kind. I ain’t got the stomach for that ! I’ve caught three hogs this year in this trap, but didn’t keep pics of the first two.

    This box trap was kinda poorly conceived but I have it and it will catch hogs, but I think it also educates the ones who don’t get caught. Nevertheless, you use what you have.......
     
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    USDA hog trapper set his trap up on my place last week. Caught 17 one night. Two nights later, ten more including that big hampshire boar. He started shooting the boar first. Boar started banging into one of the trap gates. Shot it five times in the head by the time it finally tore the 1.5” square tubing gate out of the track and escaped. This is high dollar, well made trap.

    I would recommend anyone with hog problems contact USDA and find out if they offer this free program in your area.
     
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    Dang Swamp, that would smart ! My little box trap usually won’t catch hogs bigger than 125 lb or so, I think they’re too smart to go in. I normally kill mine in the box with a .223 from a little distance so that they don’t get too upset. They’ll usually stand up and stay still until you pop the first one. I shoot the high shoulder and they are immobilized. Less blood that way too. In my big trap I dispatch with whatever handgun I’m wearing, usually a .40, sometimes a 10mm. He must have been using a rimfire.
     
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    USDA furnishes a 10/22 ruger. The wire on the trap is really tight - would be difficult to shoot through it without hitting wire. They are pretty dang challenging to hit when they start bouncing off the sides of the trap.

    The first 17 had ten smaller pigs and seven bigger sows and boars. For four nights in a row - even with 16 ft gate opening, only the ten small pigs would go in. This was after prebait for a week. Most of these hogs have seen other hogs in a trap.
     
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    I just got a Hogg Boss gate with wireless brains, I put panels around it. I should have it going this week.
     
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    Keep us updated, please
     
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    Friend of mine has my two traps on his lease in south Montgomery county (aka swamp land). He lost the first batch due to Big Hog tearing down trap. They rewired and have gotten several.
     
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    As bow season has opened, and we finally got some cool weather, I closed the doors on my trap. I had to replant my bow blind plot which is pretty close to where my trap is and I’m disturbing the area too much with all the activity. I may slide in there later today and just move the trap and reset it somewhere that I don’t hunt.

    On a side note, but still hog related, my son hog hunted on his lease Saturday and had a little excitement. He had the opportunity to shoot two hogs with one shot so he took it. They were lined up so he tried to shoot through one and hit both. He was using a 7mm Mag with a cup and core bullet similar to a Remington CorLokt, a good deer bullet, but for shooting through two big hogs......not so much. When he got down a little while later and went to look for the hogs is when the excitement began. His lease was clearcut two or three years ago and most of it is very thick. As he was making his way through the brush, he heard a hog huffing and it was close. He stopped, trying to see the hog, then took two more steps. That was two steps too many and the hog came for him. The black boar hog got shot in the face for his troubles (at twenty feet) and the red sow that was with him started circling around to get in on the action. She took one in the ham that went on into her body and dropped her. Now, he shoots a TC Encore single shot, so there must have been some fast reloading going on there :D Post mortem revealed that she had taken the first shot behind the liver so that was not gonna be immediately fatal. The boar evidently had a little shrapnel in him and that’s why he was so pissed, not to mention his lady friend was being molested.

    This is not the first close hog encounter that they’ve had there. Last year his buddy shot a hog and walked down to pull him out of the edge of the brush. He had left his gun at the truck, but it all happened so fast it might not have done any good anyway. The dead hog’s partner, another boar, was evidently waiting in the brush, charged out and flipped Ray, rolled him around a little, and ran off. All Ray got was some scratches but it could have been much worse. ALL of those boar hogs on that place have big cutters, unlike some other locales in East Texas. It was funny to us after the fact, but Ray wasn’t laughing when it happened.

    I just relate this because I’ve seen some guys on other forums poo-poo the idea that hogs can be dangerous. That’s like saying cattle can’t be dangerous. Most aren’t, but it only takes one. If you’ve ever been in the dark, with only a bow and arrows for “protection” and had a hog huffing in the brush, you might change your mindo_O After having a standoff on a trail to my blind last year, with only my every day carry gun and a weak flashlight, I’ve taken to carrying my Glock 10mm with weapon light attached IN MY HAND on the walk in or out if I’m in the dark. I’d much rather not ever need it, but if I do, I at least want a chance. I’m too old to fight, and too fat to run !:)
     
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    FE31D754-EDC8-439C-A00B-72B9B0E99491.jpeg Hog problem ? Naw, we don’t got no stinkin’ hog problem !

    A friend sent me this pic today, I counted 26..........
     
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    It looks like you have a big problem. we have hogs on our place and I have been trying to kill everyone I can. I need to start trapping because the numbers are growing every year. My 80 acres has 1 mile of river frontage and they travel the river a lot. Seems like the more I kill the more that moves in.
     
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    Last year, I killed 83 hogs off 62 acres. Cant tell any difference this year. Just caught 35 in a three week period off the same place
     
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    Whoa. That's a lot of hogs. My buddy has my two traps. Caught several but sent this recent photo saying "this is our problem". Look at number of piglets. 42719.jpeg
     
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    some areas, the sows really pump out the piglets. Good or bad, my sows usually only have three or four by the time the piglets are a couple months old - even though they start out with eight or ten. I am convinced the coyotes eat them.
     
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    I just saw this on the news; Texas Woman Killed by Wild Hogs.

    Is it possible for hunters to be the answer to this problem and get the population under control? Maybe a bounty paid per hog would help? We don't have wild pigs so I don't know much, but I hear you guys talking about how tough they are to control.

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    I saw that hog attack report over on another forum. That takes a hog problem to a different level for sure.
    A bounty would be great but I don’t know how you could differentiate between domestic hogs and feral hogs for bounty payment.


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