Tips & Tricks For Oklahoma Hog Hunting
Oklahoma hog hunting is worth the effort. The hogs in Oklahoma rival their brothers and sisters in Texas. The Oklahoma Wildlife Department’s rules are easy to follow and very similar to the rules and regulations for hog hunting in Texas.
For more detailed information and requirements for Oklahoma hog hunting you can go to the Oklahoma Wildlife Department’s website.
Since you can’t hunt hogs (without special permission) at night in Oklahoma most of your hunting is during the daylight hours.
Your tactics will be very similar to what we use here in Texas, but you won’t have as much time to get it done. Try some of the follow techniques and be sure to check out the rest of my recommendations here. I’m sure you’ll find something to try next time out.
If you do have permission to hunt at night you will definitely want to invest in a good rifle scope, a good pair of binoculars, and a high quality feeder light or bow hunting light because Oklahoma hog hunting can be great at night. And you don’t want to miss that critical shot on a great hog.
Spot & Stalk Hog Hunting In Bedding Areas
This is something you DO NOT want to do IF you want to keep your hogs on your property.
IF the objective is to keep them off the property then go ahead. When you invade the bedding areas the hogs will leave the area for days or weeks at a time. You might get a lucky shot off, or two, but hog hunting will slow down for quite a while.
There are ways to do this if it is what you have to do. You can always tell when you are near a bedding area. Hogs will usually relieve themselves fairly soon after getting up to roam around looking for food. When you start coming across hog droppings, you know you are in an area that has been used, or is near and area that was used as a bedding area for some time.
The more fresh the droppings are the more likely you will see game in the area. Look for fresh droppings and be quiet. Work your way through the woods and it won’t be long before you’re bumping hogs all over the place.
Be careful, though….. You need to keep a sharp eye out for anything that decides to rush at you instead of away from you.
If you are setting an open top trap you will want to put a top on it for sure if you can. If the trap is too big for that then you will want to use 5′ panel if you can.
The cost adds up, but you have got to keep them from climbing out of the trap. The hogs will even climb on top of each other until they can get out. So make sure your panels are tall enough to help prevent this. Using the right type of trap door will help ALOT!
Stake down your traps!
A frustrated hog can move a trap 40yds or more in one evening by ramming the side of it. Never mind the repairs that need to be made because of it.
The worst thing that can happen is that they tip the trap over (with no bottom) and everyone gets out. Use a good t-post set up to stake down your trap and keep it from moving when you can.