Every year it seems that I sit in our rifle and bow stands hunting white tailed deer and all I think about is hog hunting.
I know- There’s probably something wrong with that, but I really enjoy the challenge of “figuring” out what the hogs are up to on our property.
It seems to me that too many people move from deer hunting to hog hunting each season and don’t adjust anything about the way they are doing it. Switching over to hog hunting should be just like setting up for white tailed deer.
How much work do you put into your lease or property before bow season or rifle season each year? Now-how much work do you put into switching over to hog hunting?
You fill the feeders, or update the bait stations and sit in the same spots as you do for deer.
While there’s nothing wrong with that, you need to accept from the beginning that you will not see as many hogs as you have on the property. They have been avoiding these areas, and those times of day all season!
Yep- They’re smart buggers. So, most people’s game plan is to sit in the same place over the same feeder the same way they do for deer.
Why Hunting Hogs Like That Won’t Work
It seems pretty simple, right? You can’t hunt hogs the same as you do deer because they aren’t the same animals.
They don’t work, live, eat, water or move the same. Or for the same reasons. That, is what you should be keeping in mind when deer season is over-
So, make adjustments to your set up. Move your stand, your feeder and where you are hunting from when you really want to get after the hogs on your property.
Same Style = Same Results
If you are tired of not seeing hogs, or your property has too many and it doesn’t seem to matter what you do, then you’re probably not doing it right.
Throw away everything you think you know about hunting right now and start over when it comes to hogs.
Start with the basics- Scent-Feed-Water-Weather- and so on. Then rebuild your approach with that. From scratch.
After you do that, then re-visit your thoughts on where your stands are, and how you’re hunting hogs. Chances are that you are going to figure out that what you are doing is just the same old thing you’ve always done.
When was the last time you sat in the dirt at dark and sprinkled 1/2 pound of corn out to stop them dead in their tracks so you can thin them out?
When was the last time you did some spot and stalk hunting?
Change It Up
Sometimes changing it up will make a huge difference in how productive you can be when hunting hogs. It doesn’t take a huge change either.
The biggest change is usually in the mind of the hunter. When you can adjust the way you “think” about hunting hogs on your property, that is when you start to really understand how you “need” to be hunting them!
Here’s a little youtube video I put together to show how quickly you can change the way you hunt and your success rate when you accept that the hogs on your property are different than deer
I sat for 22 minutes on this hunt before I took this shot- Good timing? Maybe, but changing up where I was hunting from and how I was doing it certainly put some meat into the cooler on this day.
Good luck & remember to take a kid hunting!