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Old 12-31-2016, 09:21 AM   #1
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Talking Smart a@$$$% Hog

I've seen a really big boar 4 times. Twice on the game camera and twice from my bow stand over a feeder. Both times from the stand he shows upwind, circles behind me in heavy brush and straight downwind. He then disappears. Both times there have been pigs and piglets at the feeder that I have let walk waiting on him. I have never seen him with another pig. I don't think he is winding me because the sows and the kids have come in downwind both times. Obviously he didn't get that size being dumb. Dang smart a@$$$% hog!
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Old 12-31-2016, 09:27 AM   #2
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Maybe scent checking for a sow in heat....
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Old 12-31-2016, 09:32 AM   #3
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Maybe scent checking for a sow in heat....
Yep ^^^

Generally, big boars are solitary, except to breed.
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Old 12-31-2016, 09:38 AM   #4
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Yep, he winded you. When one gets that way, the best way to get him is try to be there on a windy day with the wind from a direction you can approach the feeder from downwind yourself. Stay a safe distance away, then after it goes off give him time to work into the feeder, then slip in quietly downwind and you can nail him. I've done this several times. You WILL NOT fool his nose. If he gets downwind of you just a little bit, he's busted you. You CAN however fool his eyes and ears. The stronger (thus more noisy) the wind is blowing, the better. Or if it has rained and the ground is wet, it's easier to be quiet. Short of sitting off far enough away with a rifle so he circles between you and the feeder, that's about the only way you're ever going to get him.
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Old 12-31-2016, 09:54 AM   #5
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Yep, he winded you. When one gets that way, the best way to get him is try to be there on a windy day with the wind from a direction you can approach the feeder from downwind yourself. Stay a safe distance away, then after it goes off give him time to work into the feeder, then slip in quietly downwind and you can nail him. I've done this several times. You WILL NOT fool his nose. If he gets downwind of you just a little bit, he's busted you. You CAN however fool his eyes and ears. The stronger (thus more noisy) the wind is blowing, the better. Or if it has rained and the ground is wet, it's easier to be quiet. Short of sitting off far enough away with a rifle so he circles between you and the feeder, that's about the only way you're ever going to get him.
The man knows of what he speaks..!
Check out this video I took a few years ago that illustrates the point well. A big boar shows up at about 2:40.

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Old 12-31-2016, 09:55 AM   #6
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He winded you. Nothing you can do about it.
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Old 12-31-2016, 09:59 AM   #7
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There's one I've seen like that. He was a monster. Don't know what happened to him.
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Old 12-31-2016, 10:02 AM   #8
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I chased a Huge Boar on my place for an entire season with the longbow. He winded me over and over and would sometimes start growling this deep scary as hell sound from a pine thicket near me when he had winded me before I ever saw him. Talk about scaring the crap out of you on a calm quiet day.. Looking back on it he never came to the feeder in daylight and even at night would only swing by it for 3 mins max on the trail cams. I would see him from my stand over the feeder as he made a big circle down wind of the feeder while still being back in the woods.. If I had to do it over i would place 1 or 2 stands about 30 yds back in the woods away from the feeder and then hunt them depending on the direction of the wind. If I would have done that and hunted down wind of the feeder I would have eventually got him. He always came in down wind and just about 20-30 yds deep in the woods checking for sows and for me I guess..
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Old 12-31-2016, 10:06 AM   #9
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Yep, he winded you. When one gets that way, the best way to get him is try to be there on a windy day with the wind from a direction you can approach the feeder from downwind yourself. Stay a safe distance away, then after it goes off give him time to work into the feeder, then slip in quietly downwind and you can nail him. I've done this several times. You WILL NOT fool his nose. If he gets downwind of you just a little bit, he's busted you. You CAN however fool his eyes and ears. The stronger (thus more noisy) the wind is blowing, the better. Or if it has rained and the ground is wet, it's easier to be quiet. Short of sitting off far enough away with a rifle so he circles between you and the feeder, that's about the only way you're ever going to get him.
yep.

I've been watching a boar for a couple months. Seen him 4 times while in the rifle blind. Tried a bunch from the bow stand but he's way too smart even when the wind is right. Most of the time with the right wind I still can't get him to hang around when I'm 100 yards away.

Night time hunting I think they let their guard down more. Now that's fun for big boars with your bow and a red light. You can accidently get as close as 10 yards away from those suckers. Will scare the do-do out of you
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Old 12-31-2016, 10:08 AM   #10
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I chased a Huge Boar on my place for an entire season with the longbow. He winded me over and over and would sometimes start growling this deep scary as hell sound from a pine thicket near me when he had winded me before I ever saw him. Talk about scaring the crap out of you on a calm quiet day.. Looking back on it he never came to the feeder in daylight and even at night would only swing by it for 3 mins max on the trail cams. I would see him from my stand over the feeder as he made a big circle down wind of the feeder while still being back in the woods.. If I had to do it over i would place 1 or 2 stands about 30 yds back in the woods away from the feeder and then hunt them depending on the direction of the wind. If I would have done that and hunted down wind of the feeder I would have eventually got him. He always came in down wind and just about 20-30 yds deep in the woods checking for sows and for me I guess..
I'm NOT an east Texas expert but I'd bet the growling was not the big boar. What I've seen is the big boars smell you they silently disappear and you never know they were there.
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Old 12-31-2016, 10:24 AM   #11
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I'm NOT an east Texas expert but I'd bet the growling was not the big boar. What I've seen is the big boars smell you they silently disappear and you never know they were there.
There are boars at Brushy Hill and Lincoln Ranch that can/will/do and are growling, looking dead at you, and are just out of bow range. The first time it happens it will cause a person to soil their camo undies, second time is usually as bad as the first.
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Old 12-31-2016, 10:32 AM   #12
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There are boars at Brushy Hill and Lincoln Ranch that can/will/do and are growling, looking dead at you, and are just out of bow range. The first time it happens it will cause a person to soil their camo undies, second time is usually as bad as the first.
ok.

Seems like every time I watch them from a distance(usually hiding in thick woods) and they catch wind they just walk off. Makes me wonder how many times I've been within 40 yards of one and never knew it while bow hunting.

I do see the smaller boars growl and sows. I've seen the smallest little pig growl so loud I though hogzilla was coming to me until I saw it.
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Old 12-31-2016, 10:37 AM   #13
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My experience is that a sow will blow and growl more (primarily to alert her piglets/other hogs, but a big ol' boar will also do the same. This happens most often if he's in close. Far out, he'll just turn and trot off not makin' a sound. I've been huntin' hogs for near on to 50 years, and a big boar is a serious challenge even with a rifle, but a tough kill with a bow. The absolute easiest way is to spot and stalk in an area where you know they bed down when its raining. Hogs, even big boars get absolutely stupid in the rain. They don't seem to see, hear or smell very well when it's raining, especially if the wind is blowing pretty good too. That's also a great time to make that stalk on a feeder.

Good luck gettin him.

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Old 12-31-2016, 10:38 AM   #14
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They can and most definitely will growl at the sight and smell of humans. And after an arra has entered the chest cavity.
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Old 12-31-2016, 10:40 AM   #15
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X2..caught wind of you
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Old 12-31-2016, 10:42 AM   #16
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I'm NOT an east Texas expert but I'd bet the growling was not the big boar. What I've seen is the big boars smell you they silently disappear and you never know they were there.
Yeah, I watched him do it a few times. When I would see him and he does it I was not shocked but when I was just setting there with nothing going on and then bam 30 yds away this beast goes to making some God Awful Demonic sounds i will make you jump a little.. I mean if your not as tuff as me, I never flinched ........
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Old 12-31-2016, 11:10 AM   #17
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I'm NOT an east Texas expert but I'd bet the growling was not the big boar. What I've seen is the big boars smell you they silently disappear and you never know they were there.
Had one growl at me several years ago after I shot two of his girlfriends.

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There are boars at Brushy Hill and Lincoln Ranch that can/will/do and are growling, looking dead at you, and are just out of bow range. The first time it happens it will cause a person to soil their camo undies, second time is usually as bad as the first.
This is an accurate assessment.
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Old 12-31-2016, 11:24 AM   #18
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The smart ones are the fun ones to hunt. I have watched single older ones make small circles around a feeding area before coming in. I have cedar in the area I hunt and will cut up green limbs into small pieces around the area Im hunting for cover a sent. Then settle in for the wait passing on all the coons and oposums coming in for the bait after dark. It makes for a long sit but I usally get him. Nothing like seeing a large hog head silhouette pop out of the brush at 15 yrds in the middle of the night.
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Old 12-31-2016, 01:17 PM   #19
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Going down a brushy trail in pitch dark that low rumbling growl will put some spring in your step by golly.
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Old 12-31-2016, 01:43 PM   #20
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It has been my experience that sows and pigs are not as cautious as a big boar


Every hog that I have set out to kill and had to work hard trying to get has been a boar

They all circle in and get downwind before coming in

Rifle distance from feeder or set up a stand downwind of where they like to circle


I have invested many hours in trying to kill a few extra smart ones, most ended up beating me because I was too stubborn to shoot with a gun
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Old 12-31-2016, 02:00 PM   #21
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I chased this ******* for over a year with my bow.

Finally decided to break out the smoke pole. FYI, he was much larger than he looks in that pic



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Old 12-31-2016, 02:06 PM   #22
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I had one do that right at dark a cpl days ago. I could hear him circle the stand before stepping out into the field. He was on high alert when he eased out into the field to where the faint sound of the safety caused him to run and stumble (where hogs had rooted). If he was truly smart he would've turned to go back in the brush instead of trying to cross the field.
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Old 12-31-2016, 02:26 PM   #23
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I have seen some of the larger sows let the lil ones come in first and hang back. Some not come it at all just have to watch them moving around in the brush just out of bow range while the little ones eat. This year I had a wave of lil ones about 25 hit my corn. Im like cool come on mama's. I was about 20yrds off the neighbor's high fence and three large sows showed up on the other side of the fence watching the little ones eat. They had found a hole they could fit under but too small for the mama's. They were vacuuming up my corn so I stuck the largest in the group about 25lbs to run the rest off. He was not wasted ended up on the pit whole. I hate running a solid BH threw a baby pig.

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Old 12-31-2016, 02:41 PM   #24
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The big dominant sows in the group will circle a setup as well. They can be as slick as a boar.
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Old 12-31-2016, 02:49 PM   #25
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The absolute easiest way is to spot and stalk in an area where you know they bed down when its raining. Hogs, even big boars get absolutely stupid in the rain. They don't seem to see, hear or smell very well when it's raining, especially if the wind is blowing pretty good too. That's also a great time to make that stalk on a feeder.

Good luck gettin him.
There was a sounder in a different area where I had been seeing signs of them for about two or three years. Over and over they'd come back to root up the same property, but not during the daytime. Then later on they'd start leaving signs about a half mile away and always close to or adjacent to a large creek. Usually would be near a road. I was constantly watching for them during daylight hours.

Then finally during a steady rain one afternoon, there they were out in the open. Lots of cars going by and they didn't seem to pay any attention. Looked like they were completely focused on grubs and whatever else was coming to the surface because of the rain. That was the only time I ever saw that sounder and in the daytime.
Next time I saw anymore signs was in a large pasture close to halfway between the two points where they had been known to be at. Looked like a rototiller went thru there.
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Old 12-31-2016, 10:24 PM   #26
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i had a sow just like this that i hunted for 2 yrs before i shot her. this is what i ended up doing to get her:
i found the trail she was using the most to coming in on then i back tracked up the trail 50 to 75 yrds. i carried a climbing stand in 5 hrs before the feeder went off and climbed a tree off the trail but within bow range. climbed the tree with the climber and waited patiently. it was a long wait but in the end i was successful taking this smart sow. even to this day this animal has been the most challenging and fun to hunt.
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Old 12-31-2016, 11:11 PM   #27
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Watched one take forever to come in.
Jumpy and finally 10 minutes later he made a fatal decision to come to the feeder.
.270 did him in.

Big ones are nocturnal and extremely wary.
The young ones sometimes appear stupid.

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Old 12-31-2016, 11:15 PM   #28
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When I have a big boar coming in regular I'll hunt about 75-100 yrds down wind of the feeder and try to catch him making his circle. I didn't read everyone's post so this may have been covered.
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Old 01-01-2017, 06:24 AM   #29
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I agree. He smelled you. Just bc the sows didn't react to your scent, doesn't mean the trophies won't. Set up a long way off and wait until he comes in than move in on him.
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Old 01-01-2017, 07:06 AM   #30
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Wait till they stay in a brush pile a d let you walk past before busting out behind you. I have drivdn my general around in the pasture and drove past them in a brush pile then i see a part of hog and back up next to brush and thdy wont buxt and run till i shoot one. I know good and well they heard me comming in the general.....Andy
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