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#5375417 - 10/23/14 08:57 AM Is hunting at your feeder a no-go 10 days out?
banderabound Offline
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Registered: 03/30/14
Posts: 340
Loc: Bandera, TX
I have a massive infestation of hogs now and want to blast one this weekend. However, with showtime next weekend -- I'm having second thoughts.

BTW - I have squat this year. Some baby 8s, more does than should be allowed on one ranch, and just hoping for a bruiser to come checking things out during the rut.

Seems like I should kill the hog, huh?

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#5375423 - 10/23/14 09:01 AM Re: Is hunting at your feeder a no-go 10 days out? [Re: banderabound]
jmh004 Offline
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Registered: 10/01/14
Posts: 386
I'd go for it. I seriously doubt shooting a hog will disrupt deer traffic at your feeder that much. And if the game plan is to hope for a mature deer to accidently walk by the feeder anyways, you'll be ok.

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#5375425 - 10/23/14 09:02 AM Re: Is hunting at your feeder a no-go 10 days out? [Re: banderabound]
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Registered: 11/19/08
Posts: 43778
Loc: Kingwood
I'd slaughter them with buckshot one night and push the survivors off the feeder coming into season.


Edited by rifleman (10/23/14 09:02 AM)

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#5375432 - 10/23/14 09:04 AM Re: Is hunting at your feeder a no-go 10 days out? [Re: banderabound]
stxranchman Offline
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Registered: 08/04/10
Posts: 52092
One I can almost guarantee is that if you don't kill those hogs you won't have many deer around your feeder at all this season. rifle then rifle then rifle and then some more rifle then reload and rifle rifle rifle rifle rifle rifle till you melt the barrel on them hogs. If you can't tell grin I hate hogs.
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#5375445 - 10/23/14 09:10 AM Re: Is hunting at your feeder a no-go 10 days out? [Re: banderabound]
Weegs Offline
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Registered: 07/27/13
Posts: 378
Loc: Round Rock
Ideally no shooting the week before opening but with the hogs already there you probably won't see your bruiser. There are hunters with more experience than I but I would suggest hitting the hogs hard this weekend with the hope that they will be somewhere else next weekend.

My $.02 worth!

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#5375457 - 10/23/14 09:17 AM Re: Is hunting at your feeder a no-go 10 days out? [Re: banderabound]
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Registered: 11/01/12
Posts: 6450
Loc: Lubbock, TX
Bucks will go anywhere for the poon. A week from now if a hot doe is at your feeder it won't matter if you were carpet-bombing the area, he'll show up.
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#5375458 - 10/23/14 09:18 AM Re: Is hunting at your feeder a no-go 10 days out? [Re: banderabound]
Texas Dan Offline
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Registered: 07/28/08
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Hogs will definitely encourage deer to not use a feeder, and I have seen deer activity increase (through photo tracking) at feeders after shooting a hog at one.

I say go for it for sure. Not only could taking a hog run the hogs away for a while, but you can also dry hunt for deer and watch any that show up.

Dry hunting feeders a week or two before the season opener is quite common.
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#5375465 - 10/23/14 09:19 AM Re: Is hunting at your feeder a no-go 10 days out? [Re: banderabound]
stxranchman Offline
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Registered: 08/04/10
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Or you could just buy 8-10 hog panels and some T-posts and fence the feeder off. up
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#5375544 - 10/23/14 09:54 AM Re: Is hunting at your feeder a no-go 10 days out? [Re: stxranchman]
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Loc: East Texas
Originally Posted By: stxranchman
Or you could just buy 8-10 hog panels and some T-posts and fence the feeder off. up


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#5375663 - 10/23/14 10:59 AM Re: Is hunting at your feeder a no-go 10 days out? [Re: banderabound]
Erich Offline
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Registered: 11/11/04
Posts: 710
Loc: Cibolo, TX
you likely will not see many deer anyways if the hogs are the first ones on the scene opening morning. I wouldn't go out there with a machine gun and dump a clip on them...but I would think getting out there and popping one or two so they know to keep their heads down would be a plus.

you get some hogs, and it interferes less with your opening morning hunt.

I hate seeing hogs first while I'm deer hunting...because it effects the hunt if they are there and I feel obligated to shoot them. but I like to end every hunt by busting a hog about 15min before I get outa the blind.
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#5375673 - 10/23/14 11:02 AM Re: Is hunting at your feeder a no-go 10 days out? [Re: Erich]
Texas Dan Offline
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Originally Posted By: Erich
you likely will not see many deer anyways if the hogs are the first ones on the scene opening morning. I wouldn't go out there with a machine gun and dump a clip on them...but I would think getting out there and popping one or two so they know to keep their heads down would be a plus.

you get some hogs, and it interferes less with your opening morning hunt.

I hate seeing hogs first while I'm deer hunting...because it effects the hunt if they are there and I feel obligated to shoot them. but I like to end every hunt by busting a hog about 15min before I get outa the blind.


My thoughts as well.

However, I will bust a hunt at any time whenever a coyote shows up.
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#5375707 - 10/23/14 11:22 AM Re: Is hunting at your feeder a no-go 10 days out? [Re: banderabound]
Erich Offline
Tracker

Registered: 11/11/04
Posts: 710
Loc: Cibolo, TX
I shoot the yotes too if its opportune to do so. I worry less about them than the hogs because they dont' hang around the feeder. they just come cruising thru. deer will look at them but don't otherwise seem to mind too much.

if its not deer season though, or late in the hunt and I'm not seeing much else...i'll shoot a coyote as quick as a hog.

I hate wasting .270 ammo on yotes though. when I see them I always wish I had my .223 on me. sometimes I actually do.
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#5375726 - 10/23/14 11:34 AM Re: Is hunting at your feeder a no-go 10 days out? [Re: banderabound]
MarkE Offline
Pro Tracker

Registered: 01/26/06
Posts: 1474
Loc: West Texas
Sounds like your going to be hog hunting regardless of when deer season is anyways.....you have to shoot them at every opportunity. If your lucky, they will go back to being nocturnal and give the deer a chance to come in during the daylight hours.

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#5375734 - 10/23/14 11:37 AM Re: Is hunting at your feeder a no-go 10 days out? [Re: banderabound]
hook_n_line Offline
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Registered: 01/20/12
Posts: 3929
I was overrun by hogs and about a week after trapping and shooting a dozen or so the deer returned and things were nice. I had deer early this year but the hogs moved back in and this week I will get rid of some hogs. I see deer but they do not get near the feeder they usually walk on the edge of the tree line. If they sense a hog they cruise on by.
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#5375766 - 10/23/14 11:55 AM Re: Is hunting at your feeder a no-go 10 days out? [Re: QuitShootinYoungBucks]
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Registered: 03/17/09
Posts: 441
Loc: Mesquite, Texas
Originally Posted By: QuitShootinYoungBucks
Bucks will go anywhere for the poon. A week from now if a hot doe is at your feeder it won't matter if you were carpet-bombing the area, he'll show up.


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