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Old 08-12-2017, 10:41 PM   #1
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They are almost as thick at my other feeder too. One solitary deer on camera in 2 weeks.


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Old 08-12-2017, 10:42 PM   #2
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Same at my new hand corn setup.


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Old 08-12-2017, 10:45 PM   #3
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Maybe somebody else, might take a shot at it...
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Old 08-12-2017, 10:46 PM   #4
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Old 08-12-2017, 10:46 PM   #5
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You better start killing them, or u won't see any deer
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Old 08-12-2017, 10:48 PM   #6
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This whole poison thing may be our only hope...same at my lease
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Old 08-12-2017, 10:53 PM   #7
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Put up feeder pens where you want to see deer and shoot pigs at the others.


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Old 08-12-2017, 10:59 PM   #8
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Round pen. Sorry only thing I got.
FYI shooting them to get rid of them doesn't work.
We have blasted them all year in leon co. and they keep coming.
I built new two pens this year.
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Old 08-12-2017, 11:02 PM   #9
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Put up feeder pens where you want to see deer and shoot pigs at the others.


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Old 08-12-2017, 11:14 PM   #10
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man I wish I had some pigs on my lease
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Old 08-12-2017, 11:19 PM   #11
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You better start killing them, or u won't see any deer
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Old 08-12-2017, 11:19 PM   #12
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Invite friends to shoot and pen your setup. Problem solved
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Old 08-12-2017, 11:21 PM   #13
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Turn off feeder...they will leave



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Old 08-12-2017, 11:21 PM   #14
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Yeah, I think I'm gonna pen this feeder. I have a pipe feeder near it that gets cleaned out quick every time I fill it so I know there are deer in there. Got to take these two out next weekend though.



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Old 08-12-2017, 11:23 PM   #15
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There are more than enough people out here who would help you take care of these problem pigs. People who have families and would like to fill a freezer or two...
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Old 08-12-2017, 11:28 PM   #16
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^this... people rely so heavily on corn feeders for deer hunting.

Plus deer probably aren't hitting corn heavily right now anyway.

Having said that, Hog Panels worked really well for us in the past. Deer don't mind jumping them because they're low.
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There are more than enough people out here who would help you take care of these problem pigs. People who have families and would like to fill a freezer or two...
Problem is they never kill any. Remove reason for them to be there (food/feeder) and them will move on

Contrary to belief, deer can be killed without a feeder ......... or just pen them out and hope deer adjust

Hunting pigs to manage them is rediculous Just look at "skinny" he's killed 53+ hogs and still has dozens on camera in the day time even
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Old 08-12-2017, 11:34 PM   #18
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Find a deer trail.
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Old 08-12-2017, 11:41 PM   #19
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Problem is they never kill any. Remove reason for them to be there (food/feeder) and them will move on

Hunting pigs to manage them is rediculous Just look at "skinny" he's killed 53+ hogs and still has dozens on camera in the day time even
Removing the food source for a little while may help, but won't they just show up later when you put it back.

Why aren't the people who have tried to help killing them?

Maybe pigs are a different, but herd, flock, fishery, etc... management seems to work for many other species. Problem is there may not be enough people trying to maintain the population at once like deer season, etc...
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Old 08-12-2017, 11:59 PM   #20
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Build a hog panel circle with a trap door around that pen. Deer can jump in and out, hogs keep coming in but can't leave. You show up and dispatch 20 at a time. That's gonna help a good bit.
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Old 08-12-2017, 11:59 PM   #21
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Removing the food source for a little while may help, but won't they just show up later when you put it back.

Why aren't the people who have tried to help killing them?

Maybe pigs are a different, but herd, flock, fishery, etc... management seems to work for many other species. Problem is there may not be enough people trying to maintain the population at once like deer season, etc...
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Harvesting 66% of the total population per year is required to keep the Texas feral pig populations stable
It's rather hard to kill 66% of the hogs by any current legal means. And that's just to keep the population where it currently is.
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Old 08-13-2017, 12:01 AM   #22
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Pigs will be pigs. As soon as you start feeding again, they will be back that night. They are smart.

I would put up feed pens around my set ups.
If you really want to control numbers, find a professional hog trapper.
We are HF and shoot every hog we see. Our hog numbers have done nothing but gone up.


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Old 08-13-2017, 12:03 AM   #23
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Will happily help this the herd.


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Old 08-13-2017, 12:31 AM   #24
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1. 10 pounds of tannerite
2. Wrap ball bearings around container of tannerite
3. Get back 100 yards
4. Wait for pigs to show up
5. BOOM!





This method may also result in the need for a new feeder, but it would be awesome
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Old 08-13-2017, 12:40 AM   #25
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Pigs are very smart, I have them around every year under the feeder and just dealt with them. They tore up everything that was built to keep them out, yes that includes hog panel. I finally took my feeder down after this past season, I was feeding way too many hogs and only had one doe coming in regularly by the end. But it's not all bad I never hunted over the feeder, and have never killed a deer over the feeder I just liked having it up for the pics.

Tried doing hand corn and they find that after a couple days and clean up what the deer leave and keep coming back for days to check for more. I still catch some on camera away from where I hand corn passing thru but haven't seen a herd since I took the feeder down.

I think I will put one up again eventually and try again, but for this season I won't have one and will continue hand corning when I go pull cards and when I go hunt.
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Old 08-13-2017, 07:16 AM   #26
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No shortage of "help" around here !!!!! Hahahaha


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Old 08-13-2017, 07:43 AM   #27
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Old 08-13-2017, 08:04 AM   #28
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It might be a losing battle.
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Old 08-13-2017, 08:23 AM   #29
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Deer Season pressure will help. They will go nocturnal.
If your feeders are going off during the day and you're mostly seeing pigs at night. You're good. There are times of year when the deer just do "deer" and eat what is available. It's been a pretty green and decent summer in a lot of the state.

Personally, I'd be shooting them often!! Especially if you're a bow hunter. Great way to test your set up before deer season. Super FUN!!!!
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Old 08-13-2017, 08:23 AM   #30
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Hog panels.... We did this and pigs dont mess with the feeders.

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Old 08-13-2017, 08:37 AM   #31
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I just got on a lease last year that was infested with pigs and we were not seeing many deer. We decide that we had to get rid of the pigs, but was not sure the best way. We did some research and decided to buy the Jager pro trap. Last year we caught over 250 pigs. This year we have at least 10 hog panels around every feed station and we are seeing very little pig signs. No feed = no pigs. Last year I never saw a fawn, this year we see them all the time.
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Old 08-13-2017, 08:41 AM   #32
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They are almost as thick at my other feeder too. One solitary deer on camera in 2 weeks.


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Dang brother if I ever get a full weekend off I'll help you out with that.
Maybe next week end if we don't get rained out this coming week.
I gotta get up there and get feeders and stands up

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Old 08-13-2017, 08:55 AM   #33
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Last night I sat in my bow blind. I got out there way too early but it gave me time to do some walking around scouting. I also put my target under the feeder and took some shots from the blind so I'd have no question on what sight pin I needed. The hogs at that feeder had been showing between 5-6pm - I sat from 4 to 6:15 It was like Cool Hand Luke getting stuck in the hole. When your fingers sweat, you know its dang hot. (I did stay hydrated)
There are two young long legged boars that busted me in that blind 2 weeks back and sure enough, those were what showed at 6:15. I was almost at full draw when they bolted. So I got a nice sauna therapy session last night but no kill.

To all the offers for help, I'd gladly take you up on the offer but if you are not on our lease already, no can do. Sorry.
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Old 08-13-2017, 09:02 AM   #34
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Don't go walk around your feeder when you get there. Just go get in your blind. We never get near our feeders till after we hunt. If you get some scent around the feeder they either come up & smell it and run or never come in. We had a lease that we always shot pigs every trip, but some other guys would show up & feed or etc. Never saw pigs & complained they didn't have spots that pigs would come too. We told them to stay away from their feeders & they told us pigs aren't that smart. We just said OK & left them alone.
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Old 08-13-2017, 10:15 AM   #35
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Don't go walk around your feeder when you get there. Just go get in your blind. We never get near our feeders till after we hunt. If you get some scent around the feeder they either come up & smell it and run or never come in. We had a lease that we always shot pigs every trip, but some other guys would show up & feed or etc. Never saw pigs & complained they didn't have spots that pigs would come too. We told them to stay away from their feeders & they told us pigs aren't that smart. We just said OK & left them alone.
Yep, if you want to kill pigs with any consistency with a bow, you need to understand they are one of the smartest animals in the woods and have a incredible nose that puts a whitetails nose to shame. Because pigs don't see near as good as whitetails they use their nose as their #1 defense. While sometimes you can get away with walking through your feed area right before hunting, you will end up getting busted more time then not from it. I've had pigs bust my scent trail I walked in on several hours after I walked through.

Just looking at the picture of your setup, It looks like it's pretty boxed in with tree's and bushes and if it is, that is not good setup for pigs because the wind tends to swirl in area's like that and pigs will bust you most of the time, especially if they take their time coming in. When I setup a feeder to hunt pigs, I'm more concerned about how the wind will blow through the spot then the location because pigs will always find the corn and the more open the area is the less likely they will hit the feeder during daylight and the further you get from their bedding area the later they will come.

If you don't want the pigs at your feeder then put up a pen. Go with at least 10 hog panels and put T-Post at each end of the panels and one in the middle. T-Post go on the inside of the panels. Also make sure there are no big gaps between the ground and the panels they can get their nose under or you may have problems. Their are two reasons to make the pen big, one it keeps most or all the corn inside the pen and the deer are more comfortable in big pens. The more corn that is outside the pen the more pigs you will have come around to get that corn and the more pigs you have around the more likely you are to have them try to get in. If you make the pen big enough that no corn goes outside it then the chances of the pigs ever getting in are slim to none.

I had a 250 acre lease all to myself that the pigs were so smart that if I drove on the lease at all, the pigs would not hit any of my 5 feeders that day. I was the only one driving on the lease so they learned that if they heard a vehicle it meant I was hunting because I rarely ever went to the lease without hunting. If I filled a feeder at any time during the day it was pointless to hunt that feeder the same night because the pigs would not come in. I'm sure some people are going to read this and strongly disagree with some things I'm saying but that is OK with me because I know what works for me.

Another thing you have to take into consideration is the area your hunting. It looks like your hunting East Texas. While I haven't hunted East Texas, that area is well known for deer avoiding feeders, especially mature deer. The area I hunt, mature will hit the feeders but they seldom do during the season. This is why I hunt trails and use hand corn but that is also a problem because we have so many pigs that the pigs end up taking the area over and basically run the deer off. Because of this I don't hand corn the area heavily and I don't do it on a real consistent basis. One thing I'm going to try this year is to put of a big pen back in the woods and only hand corn it. Don't know how well it's going to work but I have a feeling it will work great. The only real problem I see is if the pigs can't get to the hand corn the deer may come mainly at night but that shouldn't really be a problem at my place because our deer move a lot during the day. I'm sure I will have some at night but I believe the majority will hit the corn during the day.

One thing is for sure, if what your doing isn't working, you need to try something else because if you keep doing the same thing your more then likely going to have the same results. I'm always trying different things even after 30+ years of hunting.

Good luck hunting.
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Old 08-13-2017, 10:36 AM   #36
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Put a corral trap around the feeders. Catch and and kill the pigs.
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Old 08-13-2017, 10:37 AM   #37
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Texican,
All those pens in goliad we built have never been breached.
But the pig hunting ain't as good.
Deer hunting has improved. TB has killed a couple real nice ones.
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Old 08-13-2017, 10:40 AM   #38
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Old 08-13-2017, 01:33 PM   #39
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Yep,

Just looking at the picture of your setup, It looks like it's pretty boxed in with tree's and bushes and if it is, that is not good setup for pigs because the wind tends to swirl in area's like that



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Those pics above are not where I'm bow hunting. When I do bow hunt there it will be from 20 feet up a tree. For now I rifle hunt it from 115 yards where I can sit and watch them for as long as I want.

This is where I got busted. I need a bow hanger in there.




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man i wish i had some pigs on my lease
no y o u dont
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Old 08-13-2017, 01:42 PM   #41
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Feeder pens and trapping, hope they move on
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Old 08-13-2017, 01:49 PM   #42
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If you live fairly close to your lease, start trapping them. Hunting them wont even keep up with them really. We built a trap similar to the Jager Pro system last year, and have caught a bunch of pigs already.
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Old 08-13-2017, 01:54 PM   #43
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Stop feeding corn year round if you don't want pigs. When my (few) feeders run out in winter I don't refill until September, and I have pens around them also. I still have hogs, but we shoot them regularly and there's no hogs laid up at feeders.
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When you have a pig problem, screw the bow......get out the guns and start taking them out.
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Old 08-13-2017, 02:13 PM   #45
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Get out of east Texas.
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Old 08-13-2017, 07:22 PM   #46
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Went to check cameras this afternoon, while walking to my last camera (closest to the house) I spotted a baby pig about 25 yards away thru some brush (probably weighed around 60 pounds). I listened and didn't hear anything else so I raised my AR and was about to shoot when I heard a stick snap thru some brush about 15 yards to my right, where I had just came from. I couldn't see what it was but after a couple seconds it started snorting and I took off, after about 30 yards I looked behind me to see a huge pig barely "jogging" behind me still snorting and I turned and never looked back. I guess he was just warning me or I ran like Usain Bolt, but that was the worst feeling I've ever had in the woods.

If you are wondering why I didn't shoot, I didn't think I'd be able to take it down with one shot from the .223 AR and didn't think I'd have enough time to get off enough shots to kill it. I've seen alot of hogs and shot quite a few, always heard how mean they are, but this is the first time I've ever been chased by one.

I've spent all afternoon looking at pig traps lol. I had a pic of him on one of my other cameras and I'll try to upload later.
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Old 08-13-2017, 07:36 PM   #47
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Old 08-13-2017, 08:10 PM   #48
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Went to check cameras this afternoon, while walking to my last camera (closest to the house) I spotted a baby pig about 25 yards away thru some brush (probably weighed around 60 pounds). I listened and didn't hear anything else so I raised my AR and was about to shoot when I heard a stick snap thru some brush about 15 yards to my right, where I had just came from. I couldn't see what it was but after a couple seconds it started snorting and I took off, after about 30 yards I looked behind me to see a huge pig barely "jogging" behind me still snorting and I turned and never looked back. I guess he was just warning me or I ran like Usain Bolt, but that was the worst feeling I've ever had in the woods.

If you are wondering why I didn't shoot, I didn't think I'd be able to take it down with one shot from the .223 AR and didn't think I'd have enough time to get off enough shots to kill it. I've seen alot of hogs and shot quite a few, always heard how mean they are, but this is the first time I've ever been chased by one.

I've spent all afternoon looking at pig traps lol. I had a pic of him on one of my other cameras and I'll try to upload later.
Brother, don't run from hogs... You're more likely to trip and hurt yourself than to ever have an encounter with a pig. We've dealt with some monster brave boars and never had an issue, bites are extremely rare. I would have pumped him with a full mag of that .223 around the head and neck area just for having the audacity to growl at me.
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Old 08-13-2017, 08:33 PM   #49
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We were getting 40 plus hogs at each feeder every time they went off. We setup two traps at the feeders and have killed 13 hogs in two weeks. Now they are starting to shy away. Have some huge deer coming in now!
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Location: Cypress
Hunt In: East Texas
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Newball, I had an experience a few weeks ago where I thought a whole sounder was gonna come at me. I couldn't see them through the gunch. One pig popped out and right back in. I didn't shoot having only 3 shells in the shotgun and thinking I might need them for something bigger. It makes you think, especially when in a place where nobody is gonna come by anytime soon.


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