Hog Hunting For Dummies
For the last few years hog hunting has exploded in popularity. It’s never been easier to hunt hogs or to find information about hunting hogs. The amount of information that can be found online now versus three years ago is astounding.
3 to 4 years ago if you wanted to learn about actually hunting a hog outdoors you had to join forums and submit yourself to being treated very poorly by the members that were more experienced than you were.
That is no longer the case. A large number of hunters,including myself, have created websites just like this one so you can learn how to hunt hogs on your own without someone being a jerk or banning you from any forum because you have a different point of view on how you do things.
I believe that this has created a whole new generation of Hog Hunter. Not just because of the internet, or people like me. I believe that the Internet has made it possible for people who don’t know how to hunt hogs or deer or ducks to learn how to do it very easily with very little effort, and in a way that is extremely productive for creating new hunters in the outdoors.
The old-school way of doing things was to join a forum and lurk the form for days and weeks and months until you finally get the courage to post something, and then immediately you’re shot down and/or ban. I’ve seen this time and time again.
So here’s a very quick and very short, very easy how to hunt hogs for you to follow for finding hogs, hunting them, and ultimately being successful.
#1 You have to find logs. Finding hogs is not difficult, you just have to look around and think like a pig. Hogs will not seek out a source of food like a corn feeder or other sources just for the sake of finding food. They are omnivorous. This means that a hog is going to eat just about anything it finds. The easiest thing to do is to find a trail or find an area where hogs are very active. That is obvious from the tracks in the wallows and watching the trails. Using game cameras is also a good way to tell if your trail or area is active with hogs. Do not set up your feeder, or bait until you have confirmed they are present. Not before you know they’re there. They will not come to your bait unless they are already in the area and stumbled on it by accident.
#2 Decide where you going to take the shot from. Taking a shot means different things to different people. Some people like to bow hunt, some people like to hunt with a rifle. Hunting with a rifle is extremely productive and can build a large amount of confidence in a young hunter. This is why you will find that I always recommend taking a youngster into the woods with a rifle to get their first kill or to shoot their first animal because it’s 100% success rate, if YOU have done your job correctly in training them. After you have decided where you going to take a shot from, set up your stand.
#3 Set up your stand. If you’re going to hunt with the bow you need a tree stand or some sort of tripod. If you’re going to hunt with a rifle you need to set up a blind or a ground blind, or some other way to set up your rifle and take a good steady shot. most of the time when you hunt hogs you, you’re going to be hunting at night. It’s a really good idea to have a good, high quality, hunting light that you can depend on. These days it seems everybody is inventing their own hunting light. It really doesn’t matter what light you use, as long as you use a light that works for you. I have my favorite lights, and I’m sure others have theirs. There is nothing wrong with this, and there’s nothing wrong with any of your friends loaning you a light or recommending one to you. The key is that you get outside you hunt hogs and you take good solid ethical shot.
Feeder lights are also very popular, and a very good for hunting hogs at night. Using a good, high quality feeder light will do a lot for your success rate when it comes to harvesting hogs. You can use just about any color feeder light that you want. Red, Green or even white will work just as well. The game will not spook from any of the lights given enough time and familiarity with the area it will not be a problem. The biggest concern that you should have should be getting enough light underneath your feeder so you can take a shot that is safe and make a kill that’s ethical.
Some people use brake lights for this. Others build special LED lights. Some people build special LED lights and use brake lights. Most feeder light systems are either 6 or 12 VDC, and depending on your situation you can have a setup with a photocell (dusk to dawn) or even use remote on-off switches. Feeder light technology has come a very long way in a very short amount of time.
The best recommendation I can make is get a light that you like, you can use, and it works for you. We have several to choose from in our store.
#4 Now it’s time to set your bait in your timer. One of the simplest methods I use for baiting hogs is a post hole digger. Using a post hole digger you can dig a hole in the ground 2 feet deep, fill it with corn and wait for the hogs to come to it. I highly recommend putting the game camera over the bait site so that you know what kind of activity you have without guessing when they will be there and whether you have hogs coming to it. I also use game feeders with timers on. This is a good way to set your timer so that you know exactly what time it goes off, and if you’re running a good game camera, you have an idea within a few hours what time that they might be there when you want to go hunt them. I always set my timers to run longer in the evening that I do in the morning. But, I always will drop a little corn for an animal that is a nice hog in the area that I want to hunt and he only comes in the mornings. How do I know that? I know this because I watch my game cameras and I am diligent comes to hunting hogs. And you should be too.
#5 Now you need to know what time you need to be in the stand in order to hunt your hogs. This is fairly easy in the spring or the first quarter of every year (in my area) to determine. I generally hunt around the arrival of cool fronts or whether changes in our area. People say this is good, but very few people actually do it. It is one of the simplest, most successful methods that I use today. So watch your cool fronts, watch weather changes, watch the temperature changes, watch for rain, just watch for anything that changes the weather or changes the barometric pressure in your area and then hunt it. By doing this over time, you will learn how to track when they are there. You can confirm when they are more active by watching your game camera regularly (please don’t buy cheap one they are not worth the headache). We also have these in our store if you need one.
#6 Now you have everything you need in order to hunt hogs successfully. Five steps in a very simple point of view you have located the area for hogs, decided where to set your feeder, decided how to set up your stand, and now you know when to be there at the right times.
Hog hunting isn’t for dummies. Don’t ever join a form or visit a website where you are treated like you do not know what you’re doing because someone talks down to you or acts as though you don’t have a right to do what they did. Hunting in the outdoors is open, available for everyone who wants to participate, and especially available for any youngster that decides that they want to do it. This should be the goal for every hunter.
As you can tell I still don’t agree with, or like, or participate in forums where users are restricted in what they learn and what they know and who they talk to just because the forum owner, or forum members are too busy trying to sell the members something.
In conclusion, be successful, enjoy the outdoors and do not ever let anyone tell you that you’re a dummy when it comes to hog hunting.