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Old 01-13-2022, 11:58 AM   #1
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Smile Texas Sized Hog Trap - Round 4 started Jan 2022

Well, round 4 is starting off with a big boar hog. We've seen him on camera for a couple of weeks and while not as big as the last 4 we've shot, he's still respectable.



We added a 30 gallon feeder, close to the drop gate but the legs are 10' long, way too high. When the feeder gets close to empty, I'll be putting shorter legs on it.

The same trigger still works and I keep telling myself that eventually I'm going to put a wrapped steel cable up instead ... some day. That poly rope below, don't use that. It will stretch when wet and UV rays turn it to powder.






For those of you who may have missed the first 3 years, here's the threads:
Round 1 - 2019 We only trapped about 15 or 20, I think. I don't recall counting them all. The first set we trapped was the last time my dad and I hunted or shot together. 3 months later he was dx with brain cancer and passed soon after that. I might have to rename the trap to Daddy Trap or something. It was the only time I've seen my dad as excited as a 4 year old on Christmas morning.

Round 2 - 2020 We trapped 165 pigs in 2020 and made such a huge impact that my neighbors started giving me corn - but not enough to cover all of that cost.

Round 3 - 2021 was a bust - not much hogs last year. I think we trapped 20. But that's all that came on property.

Key points on why this has been working:
1. We used high tensile hog fencing. Why? Because a hog can run into at full speed and the fence will not break. It will throw the pig back. We added utility fencing (roll cut in half) to keep the babies from getting out. We also added cattle panels to round out the corners. The hogs will pile into a corner, making it very difficult to shoot them. Rounded inside corners keeps them moving.
2. The fences are so far apart, the hogs do not realize they are trapped and if they do, they do not stress about it. The plot is 1.5 acres, 100 yards long and about 60-80 wide.
3. The gate is 10' wide. Hogs figure out the narrow gates. 8 foot is desirable, but 10 lets me drive my tractor in there.
4. The trigger is 75 feet in. The majority if not all of the sounder will be in the trap by the time the bigger pigs push the tire. It is a standard pick up truck tire. Little pigs can't push it but their feeding frenzy bring the bigger pigs in.
5. There is plenty of cover for the pigs to take refuge in. Out of the sun.
6. Corn. Lots of corn. I typically dump a 50 pound sack and it will last 3-5 days depending upon how many deer show up.

Yes, we could put in a loading ramp to load out live pigs but the station is 45 miles away and just not worth the time and effort unless I think we are going to trap another 160 + pigs. My goal is to kill them all. My rule is no pigs leave the trap alive. Of course, that may change if I can't find someone to take them. Right now an old preacher takes them, cleans them and gives the meat to all in need. Rumor has it that he's selling it cheap, but I really don't care.

One design change I would like to make is to put in a gap for the ATV to drive through. Maybe this spring I'll have enough help to make that happen.

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Old 01-13-2022, 12:30 PM   #2
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Looking forward to thebody count this year! Get 'em!
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Old 01-13-2022, 12:31 PM   #3
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Old 01-13-2022, 12:32 PM   #4
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Excellent! I look forward to reading this thread every year. Good luck
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Old 01-13-2022, 12:37 PM   #5
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Excellent! I look forward to reading this thread every year. Good luck
I'm praying God brings us enough pigs to feed the community.
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Old 01-13-2022, 12:57 PM   #6
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Good luck this year, and the next, and the next, and…….
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Old 01-13-2022, 01:05 PM   #7
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I'm praying God brings us enough pigs to feed the community.
I’m praying that all mine will hitch hike to wherever you are………then we’ll both be happy !
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Old 01-13-2022, 01:40 PM   #8
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Old 01-13-2022, 03:33 PM   #9
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I’m praying that all mine will hitch hike to wherever you are………then we’ll both be happy !
Yes, we will be!!
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Old 01-13-2022, 03:39 PM   #10
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Great thread, in for 2022 pigs in 2022!!!
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Old 01-13-2022, 07:57 PM   #11
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Here he is. He's bigger than I thought- he's very thick. On camera I had him at 140-150 and when I shot I had him at 150. When I walked up on him I knew he was over 160. He weighed 166.

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Old 01-13-2022, 07:59 PM   #12
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Off to a good start! In to follow!
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Old 01-13-2022, 08:00 PM   #13
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Very cool. March on you...
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Old 01-13-2022, 08:06 PM   #14
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Glad to see this thread get started‼️
Lot of fun following along. Good luck!
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Old 01-13-2022, 08:08 PM   #15
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I’m praying that all mine will hitch hike to wherever you are………then we’ll both be happy !

Bwahahaha, me too


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Old 01-13-2022, 08:13 PM   #16
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Great job! I also use a tire for a trigger as it eliminates coobs and deer. Ibe tip, drive a pipe inside the tire opposite the trigger so hogs can root it around in a circle. When you set the trap, any rooting of the tire trios it.
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Old 01-14-2022, 07:23 AM   #17
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Actually, Steve, I put 2 rods next to the tire between the pull rope to force them to push the tire away from the pin and pull it out. A pipe in the middle doesn't seem to matter, but maybe it does?
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Old 01-14-2022, 07:33 AM   #18
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The cool thing about DIY traps is almost everyones is different. Especially the triggers. Most of the time I see a DIY trigger mechanism and I say "****, why didnt I think of that"


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I’m praying that all mine will hitch hike to wherever you are………then we’ll both be happy !
be sure to send yours to my place for some travelin buddies
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Old 01-14-2022, 07:36 AM   #19
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Send them all on a bus tour! I'm open for business!

unfortunately, I don't have anything on camera since Wednesday...
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Actually, Steve, I put 2 rods next to the tire between the pull rope to force them to push the tire away from the pin and pull it out. A pipe in the middle doesn't seem to matter, but maybe it does?
I didn't see the pipes in the pics. No,vou don't want it in the middle. You want it opposite the trigger but inside the tire. Sounds like you are doing basically the. same.

I also have a little 2.99 tractor supply pulley on the t post ahead of the pin so it always pulls straight on the pin regardless of which way he pushes the tire.

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Old 01-14-2022, 08:31 AM   #21
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I didn't see the pipes in the pics. No,vou don't want it in the middle. You want it opposite the trigger but inside the tire. Sounds like you are doing basically the. same.

I also have a little 2.99 tractor supply pulley on the t post ahead of the pin so it always pulls straight on the pin regardless of which way he pushes the tire.
Love seeing all the different type of traps and triggers. Please post pic of yours. Great threads!
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Old 01-14-2022, 08:38 AM   #22
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Gettem all girl!

The fish are biting, and there's hogs to be kill-t. Gotta go!
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Old 01-14-2022, 08:55 AM   #23
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If you want something a little more manageable than steel cable, you could buy some amsteel. Same rope that is used in winches. Will solve the flex issue while still being much stronger and easy to tie off
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Old 01-14-2022, 08:56 AM   #24
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Dangit Dusty. Now you got my wheels turning.
Have most all materials needed. Gotta find some time.
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Old 01-14-2022, 10:48 AM   #25
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Dangit Dusty. Now you got my wheels turning.
Have most all materials needed. Gotta find some time.
The size needs to be big enough to allow the pigs to roam. This big boar was grazing in the middle of the pen when I drove up. I cut off the tractor because he started running. When he couldn't see me I stood beside a tall post and waited. He calmed down and actually came back to the middle then trotted to the end of the pen. He looked around nervously but not totally freaked out. I could almost see him thinking, "where did that person go?" One shot with the 243 and down he went. I normally use a 223 but I knew this was a good sized hog.

And GarGuy - please post a picture. I'm having trouble visualizing this.
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Old 01-19-2022, 01:50 PM   #26
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How about a little excitement? It's been 5 days since I've seen or heard any pigs. I was beginning to think they are scared. I wonder why? Then I see this.



Piggies go in....
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Old 01-19-2022, 01:53 PM   #27
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I love this thread
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Old 01-19-2022, 01:54 PM   #28
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They made it to the tire trigger but the deer had already eaten all of the corn, so there was nothing to root out.

And then piggies leave...



So yesterday I went back and refreshed the trigger, raised the gate about 4 more inches, too. Last night I heard a bunch of squeals and with the excitement of a 5 year old the night before Christmas, I refreshed my cameras every 10 minutes, just knowing I was going to catch them!

But alas, the pigs and the deer decided not to return to the trap last night. Maybe with this cold front, they will.
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Old 01-19-2022, 02:40 PM   #30
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Have you kept count of the total number of pigs you’ve caught in this trap?
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Old 01-19-2022, 03:43 PM   #31
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Trapped in this trap?
2019 - 6
2020 - 138
2021 - 16 (we sprayed roundup and killed everything, driving pigs out)
2022 - so far - 1. Depending on how they move, we could catch a little or a lot.
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Old 01-19-2022, 09:52 PM   #32
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Look at this!

Texas sized raccoon!

The wind is really howling tonight.
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Old 01-21-2022, 09:41 AM   #34
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In my sexy voice: Hey, hey, big boy! We are open for business, come stay awhile!

The cameras are at about 30" high. This big one just showed up last night. There's still a sounder of 8 running around, but they haven't come back to the pen ... yet. We will try to remedy that tonight.

(btw - the times are correct - I have 2 cameras set up side by side because I was trouble shooting and checking on one. I'll be moving one camera tonight. )



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Old 01-21-2022, 11:45 AM   #35
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Dang that’s a big ol pig!

Keep up the good work!!!
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Your gonna have to raise the gate higher !!
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That fat sucker may have been cut
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Old 01-21-2022, 12:48 PM   #38
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That fat sucker may have been cut
Now that I look a little harder at it, I'm not entirely convinced that is a boar hog. Could be a sow. We had one hanging around that we referred to as the shetland pony.

This is her from 2020.
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Old 01-22-2022, 09:23 PM   #40
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Oooh! New customers!

Did they trigger it??


To be continued .......
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Old 01-22-2022, 09:46 PM   #41
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Push that tire.
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Old 01-23-2022, 07:28 AM   #42
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Nope but the deer are sure enjoying the set up.
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It is with some trepidation that I'm updating this thread. We have not seen any hogs in 6 weeks. I've seen them on my neighbors' places but no where near my trap. Perhaps with the numbers we took out they are staying off property, which is fine but I sure like trapping them. Plus my preacher neighbor has been asking for more hog meat - and raccoons.

Well we finally had a boar hog show up on camera. But, would he go in? Hmm. (note the time)




Yes, I think he will... but will he push the tire to drop the gate?




Well, how about that? It took him a while. It must have been that entire bag of corn i put out between the gate and the trigger.




While I did not weigh him, I'm fairly confident he was about 140-160. I'm getting pretty good at weight judging, especially in that range. I think he was an older hog, too, because he had ulcers on his gums from his cutters. Sorry, I didn't think to grab a picture of it.

Dropped him with one shot to the head with a 243. I love that Browning A Bolt.



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Old 03-21-2022, 05:21 PM   #44
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So this morning I checked the camera, not really expecting anything except deer.

Nope. Look at this bad boy! Come on in, Big Boy, Momma has something special for you!






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But alas, not today. You come back soon, Sweetie. I'd love to have you for the night .... and day.
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