Hunting Trails & Acorns
I love this time of year. Temperature, and weather changes make hunting much more comfortable, fun and productive. We’ve taken 19+ hogs in the last 3 weeks on a few outings. Very productive, but what do you do when they’re not interested in corn?
Move your stand. Move your set up. Buy another tree stand. You need to do whatever you have to in order to get in the “right” location to make that shot.
This time of year that means (in my part of the country) moving to the acorns. I set tree stands on trails, and in locations I know the hogs like to feed heavily on acorns.
You can try to fight the change, but they’re going to do it anyway. You always stand the chance of picking off that dominant boar that just isn’t going to leave your corn alone, but the chances are fewer and further between this time of year.
Most of us are okay with that since we prefer to hunt deer first and will take an unlucky hog that just happens to come in. If you’re concentrating on hogs, or that is part of your overall plan for hunting your place, or lease, then you should really consider moving to the best food source available this time of year. They’re feeding in there regular. I guarantee it.
Look for trails that are heavily traveled, signs of hogs bedding down. If you find hog droppings tread lightly…..they are bedding very nearby. One of the first things a hog does when getting up from bedding down is to relieve themselves. Alot of the time I can just smell that we are in the “right” area.
Back out quietly, find the water source, find the food source, and set a stand close to an area where you will have a good shot.
Let the stand sit for a week or so before hunting it, and set up a trail cam for monitoring.
You’ll be in the hogs (and deer) in no time. Acorns combined with these tactics make hunting hogs much more predictable this time of year.
If your place is like mine, your corn is still on the ground under the feeder. Get some early season action on deer and hogs by going after good acorn plots. After deer season the acorns will be soured, or gone and hogs will get super reliable at your feeders again.
Working diligently on your mental game and focusing on what the animals are searching for this time of year will make a big difference in your success rate.