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Old 12-13-2011, 01:39 PM   #1
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I want to put a good light on my ar to hunt hogs at night. I was looking at the ND-3 by laser genetics but the reviews said the hogs ran off after they were lite up with light. Also they said the light would not function in cold weather. What do you guys use or reccommend for your bows and riffles to hunt hogs at night?
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Old 12-13-2011, 01:42 PM   #2
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Any color of light shined directly onto a pig will spook them. They get educated real quick. Most of the time you can shine a red or green up in the air and slowly bring it down till you have enough to shoot. Works better than white doing it that way.
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Old 12-13-2011, 01:43 PM   #3
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I use a green light on mine. I don't know that red or green really spooks them. What I've noticed is that if its pitch black and you just cut on the light, they get spooked. I simply turn on the light hovering over them and slowly lower it. Seems to work ok.
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Old 12-13-2011, 01:43 PM   #4
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Whatever color you use, don't hit 'em with it all at once. Shine to one side of the hogs and move the beam of the light over on to them. Red has worked for me, but that's just from limited experience.
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Old 12-13-2011, 01:44 PM   #5
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I use a kill light....which has green and red light... They dont seem to be bothered by it at all. Its not like a white light for sure. Its like they notice it but are not bothered too much. Look at your game camera. Mine have a red and green light. They see it, but not too bothered. If it where white light it would. JMO
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Old 12-13-2011, 01:46 PM   #6
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I've used a solar powered feeder light over the hog set up I have. Attach it to a tree or post angle the lights where you want them then wait them out.
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Old 12-13-2011, 01:50 PM   #7
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What they said.
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Old 12-13-2011, 01:52 PM   #8
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I use a white light while bow hunting, and have not had a problem yet, but I don't hunt much at night.
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Old 12-13-2011, 01:53 PM   #9
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Cast and Blast...you lost me with hunting with a light in the daytime? huh
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Old 12-13-2011, 01:54 PM   #10
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I have white solar motion sensor light attached to the feeder to let me know when the hogs comes in under the feeder. It works on sunny days. It doesn't last all night.

I use E.W.T. Feeder Kill Light (green light) attached on the bottom of the varmint guard, when the motion sensor is low on battery during the overcast days, or if I am hunting all night.

I have Destroyer Light that I rarely use. I plan on using for Varmint Hunts only.

Good luck on your endeavor when Hog Hunting.
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Old 12-13-2011, 01:55 PM   #11
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Save your money and get the kill light that ND -3 is alot more expensive !!
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Old 12-13-2011, 01:56 PM   #12
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What the first couple said. Turn on pointed in air and slowly lower it. I've heard has something to do with seeing a shadow all of a sudden but dont know if that s true.
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Old 12-13-2011, 02:01 PM   #13
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Green or red are your colors. like stated above just don't hit them with it all at once.

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Old 12-13-2011, 02:32 PM   #14
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I use a green light!
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Old 12-13-2011, 03:33 PM   #15
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What are some of the good lights out there?
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Old 12-13-2011, 03:36 PM   #16
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My green laser on my AR spooks them so bad, I don't even use it anymore.
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Old 12-13-2011, 03:37 PM   #17
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We hit a hog this past weekend with a green laser mounted on a scope..and it darn near jumped out of its skin...
Up until that moment in time, i thought the green and red were out of their visible spectrums...
I have flooded a feeder with a q-beam red filter before and never had any of the hogs spook..
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Old 12-13-2011, 03:39 PM   #18
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Green spooks them.


Red Doesnt.

This is just what I have seen from ALOT of time in the field.
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Old 12-13-2011, 03:40 PM   #19
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I use 3 solar spot lights mounted on poles shining under my feeder. I left them white, they come on at dark and stay lit for several hours. Works great.
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Old 12-13-2011, 03:48 PM   #20
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just buy nightvision they wont spook at all
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Old 12-13-2011, 03:53 PM   #21
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I use red and I've been busted with it lowering it on them and I've also been succesful using the same technique.
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Old 12-13-2011, 03:58 PM   #22
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I use a night hunter red light.. Works great.
Like they said, you have to be slow with them
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Old 12-13-2011, 04:15 PM   #23
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I shot one this weekend using a white light...they spooked but still was able to get a shot...I used the lowering technique above and had mixed results with all colors of lights.

I shot one before that using a white light and they never spooked and I was on the ground walking up to them at the feeder. I can't figure it out.
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Old 12-13-2011, 04:41 PM   #24
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I played around with this while on the blind with deer and hogs. I could flash the my flashlight(1-2 seconds) and they wouldn't get spooked at all. then increase time it was on slowly. I guess if light flashed they assume it is a game camera. If I just turned it on and left it on they bolted.......FYI stuff
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Old 12-13-2011, 04:45 PM   #25
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Hogs can see any color light you can see, they just see it a bit differently than we do. Every hog is different in how it reacts to each color of light. I've shot 100's of pigs at night with Red, white, blue, green, and amber, Red works best for me. I used to be a big fan of slowly lowering the light on the pigs, now what I do is flash the light on and off as quick as I can and judge their reaction( you will need a switch on your light that doesn't make any noise for this to work correctly). If they spook a little, I let them settle back into eating and then flash them again. I will do this until they don't react to the light. Then I will draw my bow back and get on them and turn the light on. With this technique I have got a shot every time on over 100 in a row. Most of the time they don't react at all to the red light and I can leave the light on them for long periods of time. One of the most important things is to let the hogs come in and eat and get comfortable for at least 5 minutes before I ever attempt to put the light on them. Pigs know they get hunted around feeders and will spook at the slightest thing when they first come in. I always have enough corn out to hold them for at least 20 minutes.
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Old 12-13-2011, 04:57 PM   #26
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Hogs can see any color light you can see, they just see it a bit differently than we do. Every hog is different in how it reacts to each color of light. I've shot 100's of pigs at night with Red, white, blue, green, and amber, Red works best for me. I used to be a big fan of slowly lowering the light on the pigs, now what I do is flash the light on and off as quick as I can and judge their reaction( you will need a switch on your light that doesn't make any noise for this to work correctly). If they spook a little, I let them settle back into eating and then flash them again. I will do this until they don't react to the light. Then I will draw my bow back and get on them and turn the light on. With this technique I have got a shot every time on over 100 in a row. Most of the time they don't react at all to the red light and I can leave the light on them for long periods of time. One of the most important things is to let the hogs come in and eat and get comfortable for at least 5 minutes before I ever attempt to put the light on them. Pigs know they get hunted around feeders and will spook at the slightest thing when they first come in. I always have enough corn out to hold them for at least 20 minutes.
Very interesting Rob! I will try this.
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Old 12-13-2011, 04:58 PM   #27
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Old 12-13-2011, 05:26 PM   #28
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Old 12-13-2011, 05:31 PM   #29
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in my experience brightness is more important than color. just enough is perfect, any more not so much. anyone remember the rambo stabilizer, point at the sky twist it on like a minimag bring it down slowly shoot fast.
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Old 12-13-2011, 05:39 PM   #30
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I use the BowLite, can get it with rifle and bow mounts all in one package!
Mine have red and green lights
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Old 12-13-2011, 07:25 PM   #31
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I've been wondering about the red/green light and hogs. I built one of the hog lights by DarrelS on the DIY forum with green LED's. It's set to come on Monday through Thursday at 6:15 pm for about 15 minutes and Friday and Saturday night from 6:15 to 8:15. Until I put out the light we had hogs on the game cam at 8:00 every night. Now we have no hogs coming in. Deer don't seem to mind the light at all. I've had to run them out of the pen to work on the feeder with the light on.

The feeder pen is probably 40-50' across. The light is bright enough to shoot anywhere in the pen. From what I've read here I need to reduce the brightness or change the LED color to red and perhaps the hogs will return.
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Old 12-13-2011, 07:55 PM   #32
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been wonderin same thing
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Old 12-13-2011, 07:58 PM   #33
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Very interesting Rob! I will try this.
I'm gonna have to go with whatever Rob says as well!!
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Old 12-13-2011, 08:04 PM   #34
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had green lasers on my bows and they did spook 'em, but if you turn it on while pointing it up and bring it down onto the target, all the while not hitting any other hogs in the face with it, it worked pretty good. quartering away shots seem to be the best, as they are looking away from the beam. as far as not working in cold weather; i have a foam pipe wrap(camo of course) with a hand warmer pack inside of it wraped around the laser unit to keep it warm, but it has to be really cold (25 degrees or less) before i need to use it
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Old 12-13-2011, 09:49 PM   #35
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They don't spook when I use my green Hawglite Marauder! Works in rain, cold, etc. I actually have a 2nd one that i use as my flashlight for camping and fishing.
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Old 12-13-2011, 09:57 PM   #36
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Pigs see all and hear all. Don't think for a minute that wild game can't see red, green, etc. Look at your trail cams etc that use the red lights and how many animals you have spooked using the green and red led lights going to and from your stands.

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Old 12-13-2011, 09:57 PM   #37
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Go... to... the... light... little piggie!

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Old 12-14-2011, 08:54 AM   #38
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The ones in navarro county can!, they don't seem to notice red as much, but certain ones seem to get a little uneasy by it, I believe some can see certain spectrums of light others can't, just depends if they were born with that color blindness or not.
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Old 12-20-2011, 10:59 AM   #39
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Forget using a light. If you want to hog hunt at night, jerk your peep sight out replace with a kisser button), install a tritium pin for 20 yds. and hunt by moonlight. If you want to hunt small hogs a light will work ok - for a while, until they get educated. Almost every big hog I ever lit up with a light spooked; and I tried multiple brands and colors. So, I went back to the way I used to do it, as I described. I do A LOT of night hunting for hogs with a lot of success. Yes, you are limited to about a week per month when the moon is really good but that sure beats the frustration that lights cause. I have a lot of clients that come to the ranch and try to use lights and I hear more more frustration than success from them.
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Old 12-20-2011, 11:00 AM   #40
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Not when they are texting
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Old 12-20-2011, 11:02 AM   #41
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Old 12-20-2011, 11:02 AM   #42
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Ha! I get it... but you might stir the pot with that one!
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Old 12-20-2011, 11:04 AM   #43
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Ha! I get it... but you might stir the pot with that one!
hehe I was wondering if anyone would catch that
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Old 12-20-2011, 02:56 PM   #44
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I think it has more to do with light being too bright all at once. I have hunted with red light on the bow, have a solar landscape light on the feeder (white) and just bought green and blue lights and will be trying them out soon
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Any color of light shined directly onto a pig will spook them. They get educated real quick. Most of the time you can shine a red or green up in the air and slowly bring it down till you have enough to shoot. Works better than white doing it that way.
Good advice!
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Old 12-20-2011, 03:55 PM   #46
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[quote=kmitchl;4655456]I've been wondering about the red/green light and hogs. I built one of the hog lights by DarrelS on the DIY forum with green LED's. It's set to come on Monday through Thursday at 6:15 pm for about 15 minutes and Friday and Saturday night from 6:15 to 8:15. Until I put out the light we had hogs on the game cam at 8:00 every night. Now we have no hogs coming in. Deer don't seem to mind the light at all. I've had to run them out of the pen to work on the feeder with the light on.


Never had any problems on our property. They come in hordes with white and green light on, eating away like the light weren't there. They don't come in skittish either.

Strange to hear of this. Maybe its the brightness but I doubt it. Maybe theyve moved on and come back later when theyre in the area?
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Old 12-20-2011, 04:13 PM   #47
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Old 12-20-2011, 04:22 PM   #48
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Old 12-20-2011, 04:27 PM   #49
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Green spooks them.


Red Doesnt.

This is just what I have seen from ALOT of time in the field.
Had a green light under the feeder and the pigs quit coming--I think it was too bright and they could see their shadows (at least that's my theory). I used a red light mounted on my scope but regardless of how I put it on 'em--either directly, lowered slowly, raised slowly, or from either side, when the red light hit their eyes--away they went. That was in Gonzalez County--in La Salle County, nothing spooked them until the rifle went bang--so go figure? I suspect it may have something to do with hunting pressure.
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Old 12-20-2011, 04:33 PM   #50
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I use the nd3 on pigs and have no problem at all never had them run from it. The deer get kinda spooky with it they don't see the light they look and are scared of their shadow dont ask me how that works....??
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