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And like most worthwhile indevors requires time & effort.

When I hog hunted as a young man we used dogs. Hounds & pit bull crosses mostly. We shot the hogs or many times just used a knife to kill them. But when I retired and moved back on the ranch in centeral Florida I could not physically run with the dogs anymore.

There were a couple of old stationary hog traps on the ranch that were not really used but I mostly just spot & stalked them at first. My legs have fineally got to the point I can't walk like that, so my SIL bought a hog trap that was portable. We set it up various places and kept bait in it and the raccoons loved it. But the hogs ignored it.

Anyway I think I've fineally got this hog trapping figured out. And now I have hogs eating in my trap every night. It took a modified cubby setup, and tieing the door open until I got them used to feeding in it every night. I modified the trigger so the ***** can't set it off, with a trip line that runs over to my Florida room.

Anyway it was a learning curve and looks like a long one to me.
 

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As a 30-year long hog hunter, forum participant, and former (still current) Moderator of this Forum, your post is more appropriate here, the permanent link in the previous Forum will serve to send other members here too, and the dedicated and like-minded hog hunting GBO Membership will respond.


Where are you trapping hogs? I see you have a "Florida" room. When in Florida, where do you reside?


I am East of Central Florida, mainland and to the West of Cocoa Beach. Perhaps we can have coffee...
 

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LO,

8 miles east of Inverness is my retirement home.
 

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Inverness with its gadzillion miles of lake front property...a true Fisherman's Paradise. Citrus WMA looks inviting from the Google Map. My Mom and Dad (both now past) lived in The Villages.


I still have property in Mims, FL where the hogs are currently thin-thin-thin but used to be thick-thick-thick. I miss the trigger time shooting hogs. Wasn't too much to it. Set up a corn feeder. Spin out two handfulls of corn twice a day. Wait for them. Four or five at a time they come. Shoot two or three. Tomorrow there will be seven or eight.


There are a brazillion posts about hog hunting in this Forum. We've got a pretty sizable hog hunting population on GBO. The rest of "The Gang" will be along shortly. Enjoy!
 

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Hogs are plentiful here in North Florida Taylor,Madison and LaFayette counties. Unfortunately so are bears and they love to destroy all our feeders.
 

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I had a single bruin, now a sow and two cubs too. I quit feeding the corn feeders and took out the Trail Cameras too. I doubt they have stopped coming but the other wildlife that was mooching off of my feeders has had to go look somewhere else for that additional protein this past year. When I restart the feeders and reset the cameras later this Summer, I will know the score of bears, deer, hogs, bobcats, turkeys, racoons, armadilos, and two legged deer (I hope not) by the time I bush hog and plow up food plots for the 2017 Deer Hunting Season.






SOMETHING TO CONSIDER


There was a chemistry professor in a large college that had some exchange students in his class. One day while the class was in the lab, the professor noticed one young man, an exchange student, who kept rubbing his back and stretching as if his back hurt.

The professor asked the young man what was the matter. The student told him he had a bullet lodged in his back. He had been shot while fighting communists in his native country who were trying to overthrow his country's government and install a new communist regime.

In the midst of his story, he looked at the professor and asked a strange question. He asked: "Do you know how to catch wild pigs?"

The professor thought it was a joke and asked for the punch line. The young man said that it was no joke.

You catch wild pigs by finding a suitable place in the woods and putting corn on the ground. The pigs find it and begin to come everyday to eat the free corn. When they are used to coming every day, you put a fence down one side of the place where they are used to coming.

When they get used to the fence, they begin to eat the corn again and you put up another side of the fence. They get used to that and start to eat again. You continue until you have all four sides of the fence up with a gate in the last side.

The pigs, which are used to the free corn, start to come through the gate to eat that free corn again. You then slam the gate on them and catch the whole herd. Suddenly the wild pigs have lost their freedom. They run around and around inside the fence, but they are caught.

Soon they go back to eating the free corn, because, they are so used to it that they have forgotten how to forage in the woods for themselves, so they accept their captivity.

The young man then told the professor that is exactly what he sees happening inAmerica . The government keeps pushing us toward Communism/Socialism and keeps spreading the free corn out in the form of programs such as supplemental income, tax credit for unearned income, tax cuts, tax exemptions, tobacco subsidies, dairy subsidies, payments not to plant crops (CRP), welfare, medicine, drugs, etc., while we continually lose our freedoms, just a little at a time.
 

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We have selectively taken 6 hogs out of the trap. Turned the rest lose. Youngest grandson will be here next Monday for a 3 week visit. I've got the hogs coming again every night about dark. Me & the GS are going to make meat next week.
 

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Hi Pastorp , do you bother to neuter the male hogs before you turn them loose ? This used to be a fairly common practice in my younger days with young males that were surplus to our immediate needs.
 

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Yes Gas52 I do, cut many a young boar that we caught and didn't need for food. They sure grow fat and sassy when you remove the sex drive. Same as old men I guess. Man &hogs main goals in life is to procreate & eat.
 

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Grandson got in ytd afternoon. We baited up the trap. About 20 min after dark we had 7 hogs in the trap and a few outside the trap. So I let the GS spring the trap. This morning I'll let him shoot one of his choice. Then he will learn about processing a animal.
 

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Well my grandson did a fine job on his first hog. Picked about a 75 lb one and put his shot right between the eyes, from my 4" ruger SP!01 in 22lr.

Then I sent him in the trap to put the noose around his pigs hind hock. Then we drug it out of the trap and took it out to the barn for processing. Grandson was quite impressed at how much work there is after you pull the trigger. But he did real good.
 

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Congrats to you both
Him for the shooting,Grandpa for bringing another youngin into hunting
I remember how well my grandfather was at butchering it was very special too me.
When you took an animals life and turned it into food.
 

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Wonderful way to guide the young man into his adulthood. Will the remainder be pen kept until needed or turned loose?
We kept 2 LO, he shot one and I shot one. The rest were turned lose. The one I shot was very aggressive and kept charging the us while he was in the pen. So I removed him from the herd. He was also about the right size for a eating hog.
 

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Once, we caught five, each about 60#'s. Trying to get them out, one at a time, just about did us in. We stood there, bloody, sweaty, beat up (they are SO POWERFUL even as littl 'uns), and wondered aloud how true hog farmers did it, 'cause there would be no hog farmers in short order if they did it the way we did.
 

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We shoot the ones we want for meat. Then I get on top of the trap and pull up the gate. They run out. Years ago we had no traps the dogs would catch then. The boars we castrated and turned lose we shot or stick the ones we wanted for meat. But I'm too old for that kind of activity now.

Keit & I would cruse the ranch and find a heard of pigs. Usually with a sow leading then. He would ride in the back of the truck while I drove him close enough to reach down and grab the little boars by a hind leg. Pick it up and swing it into the truck bed. I'd stop the truck and jump in the back too. If you have one by both hind legs you can walk him wherever you want him. Or at least I could back then. Keith held the hog and I slit his scrotum and popped each testical out and cut the cord. Sprayed a little blue anti fly spray on him and turned him lose. Of course the sow was trying to get to us the whole time.

The old Florida crackers would grab a hind leg and pull the pig up beside their horse while they were in the saddle and cut them with one hand. I bet that would get very interesting with a high strung cow pony.
 

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We didn't get in the cage with them. We used a 6-foot piece of hollow EMT steel tubing with a looped piece of poly cord through it.


Loop the cord around a single hind leg. Pull the looped leg tight against the EMT Tubing. Hold on. Drag 'em out. "Do the Dance" until another person grabs both hind legs. Hog tie with duct tape. Tape the mouth shut too...but not too tight so it can breath and swallow OK.


In the time it took for the other person to grab both of the hog's hind legs, I was beat up, bloody, sweaty, and exhausted. "Dancing" with a scared 60# hog is TOUGH. Its fight or flight reflex is acutely honed from mature wild boar and sow encounters, testosterone, and adrenaline. Two dances is all I had in me. We let the other three go.


I once watched a 250# boar snout-whip a 15# piglet 5-feet in the air to land nearly 25-feet away. Impressive. Impressive still was the piglet's reaction to return to the fray as if nothing had happened. No fear. Maybe no sense either!
 

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I hope you Florida hog getters are OK. Hate it when the weather gets as bad as it is there right now.
 

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They sure grow fat and sassy when you remove the sex drive. Same as old men I guess.
Hmmm, I wondered why I have stayed so skinny.:tango_face_smile:
 

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I still trap hogs on my lease that is in Levy County FL, back in the 80's hogs were few, but over the years they have doubled in population. Now they scare the deer and I'm sure they take advantage of any ground nesting birds including turkeys. So in the latter part of spring the boars are selected in the trap, castrated, and I mark them by cutting there tails off so it'ts easy to see they are a barr rather than a boar. When you cut them within a several months they loose all that testosterone that makes the meat smell like musk. One good thing about feral hogs is that they make a great food when meat is too expensive at the store. Plus I like the flavor since it doesn't have all the chemicals pumped in to the meat.
 
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