Feral hog hunting is getting to be more and more common. In fact in most areas
they are reproducing faster than rabbits. Most land owners want them eliminated
because they eat the same foods necessary for deer. Not only that they eat the
roots and the food does not come back up. They are a disaster in the making
because in some areas this competition for food is decreasing the deer herds and
reducing the quality of the ones left.
Feral hogs in the area
makes it necessary to put up substantial hog wire fences around any automatic
mechanical deer feeders. To help detour wild hogs to a different feeding area
and to set them up to hunt make up a feed using fermented corn. Start with a jar
of malt, add two cups of sugar and a packet of yeast. Finally add a gallon of
water, cover lightly and let sit until the fermenting scent is strong. Do not
tighten the mix we do not want a bomb here. Add the fermenting liquid to a
container with 50 pounds of corn. Stir and cover. If more water is needed to get
even coating on the corn add a little. Make a decision where you want the
hogs to congregate and make several three foot deep holes in the ground with a
post hole digger. Add enough water to the hole to moisten the earth nearby and
fill the holes up to about 6" from the top with the corn, then fill the rest
with dirt. water the top dirt to just moist and wait. Depending on the number of
holes made this will keep hogs busy for some time and they will continue to root
where they smell the fermentation and ignore the feeders.
encouragement of land owners have made hog hunting more popular however a
great drawback to killing a feral hog or Javelina is dealing with their fleas
while dressing and butchering. Some people douse themselves with DEET and put
rubber bands around shirt and pant legs but fleas can jump long distances.
have found that after killing a pig or Javelina that by carrying an aerosol can
of pyrethrum (extract from the African Daisy) based insecticide
that spraying all surfaces of the pig right after the kill and letting it sit
for a while the fleas either die or leave.
Pyrethrums are "Generally Accepted As Safe" and
are classified in the "Least Toxic" category by the EPA, the same as
table salt. In addition it breaks down quickly by sunlight and the skin is going
to be stripped off and discarded anyway. Of course wash the carcass before
storing, don’t eat the spray, and stand up wind while spraying.
Worried about Toxicity?
Pyrethrums are oily liquid esters, extracted from flowers
of the Chrysanthemum family commonly known as the ‘African Daisy’. Virtually
harmless to mammals and birds, this well understood, well documented, pesticide
acts on insects’ central and peripheral nervous systems by causing immediate
Once exposed to the natural environment, the Pyrethrum
degrades to leave nothing harmful to accumulate in the environment, the natural
food chain, or in our food supplies. This combination of lethality and
non-persistence makes it a near perfect insecticide. These features make them
good for use during hog hunting and deer hunting.
That out of the way another tip to hog hunting is, use a
rifle and try to get head shots. Most feral hogs are small and do not have a lot
of meat so a head shot saves the most meat. If bow hunting you might want a
bigger target so go for the lungs just behind the elbows.