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#5980834 - 10/16/15 03:42 PM Why no pigs at the feeders?
Alim Offline
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Lots of hogs around, but in the past 2 weeks of hunting I've seen many deer, but zero hogs at the feeders. Saw a group of about 30 hogs one evening off in the distance, and the other morning a big boar trotted across the filed while a little buck was at the feeder. I'd love to have the additional action at the feeders. We have a good all year creek with deep banks, maybe I should put a pig pipe down there? It looks like a hog and deer highway.

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#5980853 - 10/16/15 04:03 PM Re: Why no pigs at the feeders? [Re: Alim]
East Offline
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acorns?
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#5980915 - 10/16/15 05:16 PM Re: Why no pigs at the feeders? [Re: Alim]
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Acorns.
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#5980948 - 10/16/15 06:10 PM Re: Why no pigs at the feeders? [Re: Alim]
flintknapper Offline
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Acorns.

Hogs, (like deer) will walk right past corn to get to acorns.

Acorns are low in protein, but high in fat and carbohydrates. Depending upon the type (some are large, some small) an animal can quickly fill it's belly with an easily digestible food source and not have to roam far to do it.

But the difference between Deer eating acorns and Hogs eating acorns is this: Deer will browse around, pick up a fair number of acorns and then move on. Hogs will stay right there until they 'hoover' up every acorn that isn't wormy or soured, leaving nothing behind for anything else.

Just another reason I find it so hard to find anything redeeming about feral hogs.

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#5980971 - 10/16/15 06:26 PM Re: Why no pigs at the feeders? [Re: Alim]
cabosandinh Offline
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yup, at this time they eat acorns

the sows are pregnant or in heat

my cams show less sounder and more boars

had one show up with long silver hair on his head/neck, like Fonzie's hair combed over

he's new and I am hoping he'll make that careless walk next to my
sow urine that I'll put out next weekend


Edited by cabosandinh (10/16/15 06:27 PM)

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#5981015 - 10/16/15 07:04 PM Re: Why no pigs at the feeders? [Re: Alim]
Vern1 Offline
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They are hitting the native pecans pretty hard right now also.
I just discovered one of my trees on the creek bottom with piles of pig poo under it.
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#5981090 - 10/16/15 07:57 PM Re: Why no pigs at the feeders? [Re: Alim]
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Up here, pecans seemed to have dropped already, but they sure do love them, don't they??
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#5981092 - 10/16/15 07:58 PM Re: Why no pigs at the feeders? [Re: Vern1]
flintknapper Offline
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Originally Posted By: Vern1
They are hitting the native pecans pretty hard right now also.
I just discovered one of my trees on the creek bottom with piles of pig poo under it.


Good post, had forgotten about those. I have only a few pecan trees on my property, but you are right, they definitely hit them hard as well.
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#5981244 - 10/16/15 10:28 PM Re: Why no pigs at the feeders? [Re: Alim]
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Unfortunate for me being deer season my hogs like corn more then acorns frown

I just don't have time to make a dent
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#5981459 - 10/17/15 08:31 AM Re: Why no pigs at the feeders? [Re: Double Naught Spy]
Vern1 Offline
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Originally Posted By: Double Naught Spy
Up here, pecans seemed to have dropped already, but they sure do love them, don't they??


OH Man, when the pecans drop, the pigs come out of the woods.

At our property in Bastrop, which is only about 1/2 mile from downtown, the pecans have been dropping for a couple of weeks.
One tree in particular that is less than 75 yards off the road and in the middle of a field is root plowed underneath with pig poo all around.
Here near Red Rock, the pecans just started falling this week and the grass under the trees is noticeably tracked down in a large circle.
I'm going to set up there soon and try my luck!
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#5981628 - 10/17/15 12:32 PM Re: Why no pigs at the feeders? [Re: East]
colt.45 Offline
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Registered: 03/16/12
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Loc: wondering about the woods
Originally Posted By: East
Unfortunate for me being deer season my hogs like corn more then acorns frown

I just don't have time to make a dent

2cents Each area is different... Here local dogs help keep hogs on the move... They follow the creek... Acorns were on ground when noticed 2 hogs coming inta half ice-cream pail of corn piled up 20yrds infront of a ground blind on cam... After blowing first sit, finally got unlucky for grill & chillen... Lucky went wee-wee all the way inta the brush... As the experts say: keep after em they'll be back... flag
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#5983168 - 10/18/15 08:17 PM Re: Why no pigs at the feeders? [Re: Alim]
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Fill your feeder with acorns. Problem solved
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#5983401 - 10/18/15 10:25 PM Re: Why no pigs at the feeders? [Re: Alim]
Beckett Offline
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Loc: Plano
They disappear this time every year when the acorns drop.
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#5984219 - 10/19/15 03:29 PM Re: Why no pigs at the feeders? [Re: Alim]
D-Box Offline
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Registered: 09/21/15
Posts: 38
I've also noticed the hogs disappearing from my feeder near Dime Box about a week ago. A buddy of mine mentioned the acorns and sure enough, they are all over the ground on our property.

How long does this slump in the action usually last? I've got some plans in 2 weeks to do some hog hunting and it would be great if they were back at the feeder. (I'm ready for some more smoked hog hams!)

This is what it looked like every evening before the acorns fell...


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#5988317 - 10/21/15 09:38 PM Re: Why no pigs at the feeders? [Re: Alim]
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If the big rains come this weekend you can bet they'll be pushed out of the creek bottoms and out of routine patterns. Rain should also spoil some of the nuts on the ground...... Ha, that last part just sounds funny.
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