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I have a large holding pen that originally was to be used as a portatable cattle pen/loading chute. Quite sturdy. Anyhow, I put a divider wall with a guilotine gate and have a continuous trap gate in the front section. If I was to catch a sow or two and keep them in the holding section, would it not attract bores when the sows were in heat? How difficult is it to catch the larger boars (225+ lbs) Should I be careful about leaving my scent in the area or using my bare hands to touch the corn ect...
 

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Bog boars are pretty tough to trap chances are sometime in there life they have heard a trap door slam if so they will be very leary, you have to be very careful about contaminating the trap with human scent, some may disagree but if you want a big one every advantage in your favor id do it Texas boars has some stuff that i bet would work called sow in heat so that may work
 

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It can be done! I spent 2 weeks trying to trap a big old boar using corn. He would root around the trap but not go in. Finally, out of frustration, I swithched to breakfast scraps from a diner. Grits, eggs, fried bacon, etc. Caught him that very night. 350lbs, 4 inch cutters. Took 4 men to lift one end of the trap and run him into a stock trailer. Tied him down & castrated him, fed him on corn for 4 months and he ate as good as any domestic hog I ever butchered. I always use scraps for bait since then.
And yes; sows in heat WILL attract wild hogs. It happens around my place whenever I have one in the feed pen. I've gone out to feed up and had more hogs than the day before. As soon as they cool down and get free groceries they tend to tame down a lot, but never turn your back on a previously wild hog.
 

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8) Try putting out feed/bait for a few days without the trap, then move the trap in and continue to put feed around the trap for a couple of days before putting the food/bait in the trap, after two-three days out the food in the trap only. This has worked for me on some hard to catch hogs. They get use to eating with no threat so they don't suspect anything when the food is only in the trap...........Course, if you miss him, its back to the drawing board.

If you have a bakery outlet nearby, try day-old bread, cakes, pies, etc. Sometimes they will give the old stuff to you. When I have one that gives me their old product, I usually drop off a couple of pounds of sausage for them to enjoy. And the deer loves the old bread/cakes too.
 

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Never thought about that sow in heat idea, but I have trapped a larger boar only once. I placed the trap where my electric feeder would spray in it twice a day with the door wired up. Then I set the trap one night and caught a bruiser. I killed him and was still leery about getting in the trap with him. I couldn't drag him out by myself, so I tied to his back legs to my truck and drug him out of the trap. Only big one I have ever caught.

I seldom trap anymore. My neighbors all trap and I use a rifle.

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I bought some sow in heat scent (commercial stuff) placed it on a cloth tied to a fence post....that very afternoon I shot a 375# boar BLACK BEAR as he was checking out the fence post! Could be I'm on to something here :lol:
 

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Don't worry about leaving your scent unless YOU are in heat. In that case, be sure and lock your doors at night! :-D
 
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