Well, it’s been while since I’ve taken a few minutes to sit down and write a new post here. This spring has been busier than expected, and it just hasn’t come together quite right for an update.
The other day I was asked by a visitor to this site how to go about locating and hunting hogs on a property they have not hunted before.
Hunting On The Cheap
I say it like this because there are all levels of “cheap”. You need gear if you’re going to hunt responsibly. It doesn’t need to be expensive gear, but you will need the basics at least. Weapon, knife, flashlight and some sort of back up plan with gear if you get hurt in the field.
Now, that’s pretty basic but it just doesn’t really take a whole lot more than that.
You don’t need fancy hunting lights, a $1,000 AR or a super duper high end rifle capable of 1,000 yard shots at steel targets. Paper hunters and target shooters usually don’t do extremely well in the field from my experience. So, these things really won’t help you anyway unless you are a hunter first and foremost.
So, with all of that in mind, it never ceases to surprise me when I talk with someone and they follow up an entire conversation with “I just don’t want to invest a whole lot if there are not hogs on this property”. The basic things I have mentioned here are quite an investment on their own when you buy the type of items that can be used for years, decades or even be passed down to your kids and grandkids…..
Keep in mind, it doesn’t take an arsenal to get started. Buying a $10 chinese made tactical flashlight (and believe me they are all made in china in one way or another), and then bragging that you would trust your life to it just doesn’t make a whole lot of sense to me- Really. I think I need a light that would probably cost a bit more than $10 if my life depended on it- Just sayin’
In Texas, the cheapest way to hunt hogs is to—— Show up and hunt hogs.
You have to be on the property. Try to be there when hogs are moving, or game is moving. Try to take notes on the time of year, the seasons, the weather, humidity, barometer readings or whatever you can while you are on site.
Then, go back and do it again. Look around at the property. Is it level? Is it wooded? Is it wet, or under water?
Then, go back again and do the same thing. Can you see the pattern yet?
Learn The Patterns
There are patterns that evolve in our lives naturally over time. Most of them we don’t even realize are happening, but it is happening non the less.
Hogs and other game are exactly the same. They will do the same thing today that they did yesterday, the day before, and the day before that. They will continue doing this on one level or another until something changes that pattern.
Learn The Weather
Weather is a big factor in patterns. In fact, it is the primary factor when I look at hunting anything. Weather affects everything in the field. Animals, us, everything.
I try to use this as an advantage when I hunt. Not just wind direction, speed, temperature either. As a human we should be smarter than the game we hunt. Now, that is not always the case with some hunters, but I’ll say that they are the exception (I hope).
You see, I figure we have all of this weather radar and forecasting stuff at our finger tips that makes us a little smarter than the game we hunt. Why not use it to see how the game will be affected by the upcoming weather when I want to go hunt?
Work The Patterns
After enough time on the property poking around, you should be familiar with it in a way that will help you anticipate the movement or change in movement of the game on it according to the weather changes.
This is one way you can go about starting to see and hunt the patterns that move game. Finding your own set of “rules” for the property you hunt will ensure that you see more game and have more opportunities for shots.
It takes commitment, not equipment. If you’re a paper hunter, just go to the range. It’s cheaper and closer to home. If you commit to learning the property you want to hunt, you’ll be more successful than all of your friends put together, and you will be able to reproduce these results year after year without much work.
So- Go hunt—–