Tips & Tricks For South Texas Hog Hunting
South Texas hog hunting is very popular and productive when you use the right tools. Hog hunting in Texas is gaining in popularity. Hogs are considered the top of the food chain the the woods here in Texas. There isn’t much that will back them down.
There are quite a few tips and tricks you can use to help increase your odds of taking some exceptional hogs on your next outing. Ideally you will want to stick to the “basics”. Don’t over complicate it. It’s kinda like golf.
Ever seen those silly gadgets they sell on TV to improve your swing? Of course you have. All that happens is you order it, use it 30 mins then stick it in the corner. In South Texas hog hunting doesn’t have to be that complicated.
Get yourself a good lease, or property to hunt with plenty of hog sign. Set up a couple of feeders on the property and keep them full of corn. You’ll need to find a good spot to hunt the feed spots from. Then you’re good to go.
Hunting Hogs With Diesel In Your Corn
Alot of experienced, people will add diesel to the corn they are feeding the hogs. This does a couple of things. First it will attract a passer-by hog because of the strong aroma.They will want to rub in it and cover themselves with the scent. They don’t mind the taste either.
Second it will keep the coons and other critters from stealing your hog corn. In South Texas hog hunting is usually done in conjunction with deer hunting. If this is the case and you want deer on your corn I don’t recommend the diesel additive.
Deer won’t appreciate it
When adding diesel to the corn for South Texas Hog Hunting outings, don’t add too much. It really doesn’t take alot to put the “scent” in the air. And make sure to be mindful of the environment.
Some people don’t take kindly to 5 gallons of diesel on 10 lbs of corn. Use this method in moderation. It really won’t take a whole lot of diesel to scent up your corn enough for hogs to find it enticing.
How To Sour Corn For Hog Hunting
You can sour your corn like you normally do, but this time add molasses to the mix. This technique is used with good success.
There’s a high probability that it will work well once the hogs find your bait because it is something new to them. Alot of the same old tricks get old and they become very wary around feeders as a result.
This one might work better than you think because very few people are mixing molasses with their soured corn when South Texas hog hunting. Be sure to sour your corn for a few days before you take it to the field.
Fill your 5 gallon bucket up with corn and fill it half way with water. Add some wine to the mix (something that will ferment) and fill it to the top with water. Put an air tight lid on your bucket and leave it in the sun for a few days. This will work in cold or hot weather, but souring corn for hog hunting works a little better when it is hot outside
Your corn will sour and the wine will ferment, making the entire mix just plain nasty.
DO NOT EXPECT INSTANT RESULTS!
This is an EXCELLENT method to use when activating a new spot for south texas hog hunting. It will take a week or more before the hogs get regular. Be sure to use your game camera to keep track of the game that is visiting the site.
You’ll be hunting hogs in no time with this method ;-p
Hog Hunting :: Post Hole Digger Method
Just about everyone has heard this one. but very few people actually do it!
Take a post hole digger and dig a hole to put your soured corn in. Or regular corn, it doesn’t matter. The idea is that it will take the hogs longer to get it out of the hole. This means they will spend more time at the feed station and hopefully, more often.
The other thing is that they will have to take turns getting the corn out. This all slows down the sounder and increases the odds of them hitting the feed station during the daylight hours, or at least more regularly. I’ve had hogs work these spots 2-3 hours at a time uninterupted.
All of this translates into increased opportunity for you to harvest a great hog. The boar in the picture was visiting a new spot I decided to try on a whim every single night. He was incredibly regular. I sat in the bowstand I put in there one evening and he walked right up under me. Sounded like a werewolf was in there with me!
This dude was tough, and we never did take him. But, as you can see, it wasn’t because the post hole digger method didn’t work on this South Texas Hog!
This is a surprisingly EASY way to experiment in a new area. In fact, it is so simple that I rarely use it, and I should. The hog in the picture above is EXACTLY why I should use this method more often on my places. It works, and it keeps them coming back for more. On top of that, they spend some serious time at the feed station.
The hog above was spending an average of 2-3 hours a night during the “same time of night” at this location. Enough opportunity for my son, me, and my brother in law to try to take this guy. And I sat 3 or more times and saw plenty of hogs in this area!
Don’t forget to keep it simple. It just takes corn, and hogs!
Stake Down Your Feeder Legs
Many hunters don’t put up elevated feeders because the hogs or cattle will knock them down to get at the feed that is in them. This usually happens because hogs will learn to bump the legs to knock corn loose so it will fall on the ground to eat.
They will do this until they knock the feeder over. Then you have 200lb of corn on the ground and its a free for all!
Get the gun out if this happens. The hogs will be thick as thieves! To prevent this you want to take a piece of rebar, bend a hook on it, and drive it next to each leg and tie the legs down. You can also drive t-posts next to the legs for additional support and tie the legs together.
This will help prevent this from happening.
Happy Hog Hunting ;-p HHG