Hog hunting in the dead of summer is usually to one extreme or the other; more hogs than you can shake a stick at or not a hog in sight for weeks. Wild hogs, by nature, are pretty unpredictable when trying to pattern. Making matters worst is the fact that wild hogs are usually crepuscular or nocturnal, one rarely has the opportunity of seeing them during the day unless it is in very dense wooded areas or at baited sites. May and June proved to be months that made hog hunting hard…even though hunters were seeing hogs, a few were killed and even a couple clean miss shots were taken.
July was just too busy and too hot to bother with hog hunting but that didn’t stop us from checking the cameras and filling the feeders. As most of you know, Rack Nine Outdoors has been raising a once-feral-now-domesticated hog, affectionately known as P.I.G. Which I like to think stands for Pretty Intelligent Guy (because he really is) but a few seem to agree that Perfect In Gravy is more suitable. Richard and I go over every other day to feed, water and walk P.I.G. He loves to go walking and loves to go fishing with Richard. He is in the middle of everything that you do and truly thinks he is a dog–so much so, he barks. Yep, no lie!
One afternoon I walked him out to the pond and across the dam and on our way back I noticed something moving down in the spillover. Hogs! All black and all sizes…I counted 14 total.
My first thought as I quickly found a place to sit and watch the hogs was “They are back!” With a vast amount of land to hunt at Rack Nine Outdoors, hogs seem to find hiding places that are extremely effective and they seem to cycle in areas–this may be their way of allowing forage and food supply to replenish or just their nature for survival.
The following week, game cameras were checked and not only were there hogs of all sizes, there were some pretty good size sows and boars; along with several VERY pregnant sows. These photos were taken at various times in the dark and even some in the daylight. Which is what RNO has been hoping for to film a few hog hunts.
As if the photos from the game cameras were not exciting enough, last week on one of our P.I.G. tending afternoons, as we were walking P.I.G. we found some HUGE tracks 250-300 yards from the lodge.
I not only found where this huge hog came into the field, I found where it bedded, which way it headed when it left and the trail it took.
If this doesn’t get you excited then you are not an avid hog hunter…I cannot wait for the Ladies in Camo hog hunt in a couple weeks. I have a feeling that some harvest photos will be shared. If you are interested in hog hunting, even if it is for the first time, you can’t beat this deal. Meals and lodging are included. Check it out at www.LadiesinCamo.com. Come join us for a memorable hunt.