Hog Hunting Is More About Timing Than “Hunting”
Well, it’s official, deer season is over in most places and that means it’s time to get out there and hammer some hogs for most of us!
I personally love this time of year. Looking forward to a new year, new things, new hunts, new friends… Spring is lurking out there somewhere and food sources are scarce
This time of year it’s best to adjust your feeders back a little in the morning feed and just keep enough dropping to keep a few deer and other mammals interested. I’m usually an evening hunter more than morning, so I turn up my feeder for the afternoon feed.
If I was feeding for a total of 10 seconds per day, I adjust the morning feed lower, and add that to the evening feed. This puts more corn on the ground just before dark and increases the odds of me picking off a hog or two from my tree stand this time of year.
The other thing I think is EXTREMELY important this time of year are the cold fronts! It is official this time of year….. Things have become VERY predictable when it comes to hog hunting. And that is VERY unusual!
Here’s my basic run down for the next few months:
I hunt when I feel like I should, but that does not always mean I am hunting when I “should”. When should I hunt… you ask? That’s easy- When your hogs are most active, and most comfortable!
This time of year I hunt during a dark moon first. Hunting during a dark moon will ensure that you are in your tree stand when your hogs are most comfortable and in the dark. During a dark moon your hogs will move earlier when you are hog hunting than when it is not. During a bright moon they will stay in the shadows and not venture into the open areas unprotected any more than is absolutely necessary. This means you will have a good shot earlier than normal since hogs don’t usually move until the moon is low and the shadows are long 😉
So, now we are hunting dark moons… the only other thing I do this time of year is to hunt directly in front of cold fronts. The weather change will make a huge difference and push hogs to your feeder early in the evening when a front is coming through overnight or early the next morning.
When you can hunt dark moons, and directly in front of cold fronts you will increase your odds of harvesting a great deal more than hunting other times during this “post deer season” time of year.
Good luck in the field. Please be sure to visit the forums to contribute and get more tips and tricks.
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