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#6180994 - 02/12/16 05:51 PM New hunter, help me out?
mikeygnzls Offline
Light Foot

Registered: 01/31/16
Posts: 17
Loc: Mckinney, Texas
I just now am getting in to hunting and just today got my license to hunt on lake lavon. Although since i am in college i dont have all that much money to spend on gear. So i guess my question is, what essentials should i have in order to go hog hunting (i already have my guns).

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#6181070 - 02/12/16 06:30 PM Re: New hunter, help me out? [Re: mikeygnzls]
Dalee7892 Offline
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Registered: 05/04/15
Posts: 1511
Loc: Denton County
Hunting alone or with someone?
Share cost on equipment. Light (night hunt-red or green, mounted on gun or handheld)
Snake gators - this time of year
Night vision or thermal (night)
Good knife

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#6181523 - 02/13/16 12:00 AM Re: New hunter, help me out? [Re: mikeygnzls]
mikeygnzls Offline
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Registered: 01/31/16
Posts: 17
Loc: Mckinney, Texas
i will be hunting alone, are there any other essentials that i may need besides water, snake, knife, scent cover?

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#6186974 - 02/16/16 11:21 PM Re: New hunter, help me out? [Re: mikeygnzls]
texashunter900 Offline
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Registered: 07/15/13
Posts: 513
Loc: Ennis, TX
Welcome to the addiction of hog hunting.

I have killed more hogs in a cameo shirt, blue jeans and boots than with scent cover and camo'd out. My best advice is find an experienced hunter with you and learn all you can.

If you are going to keep the meat invest in a good knife sharpene to carry with you.

Good luck on the hunting.
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#6186987 - 02/16/16 11:45 PM Re: New hunter, help me out? [Re: mikeygnzls]
txshntr Online   content
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Registered: 09/24/10
Posts: 34253
Loc: Mansfield, Texas
Most the essentials have been covered except maybe a compass or your phone so you don't get lost, the other stuff is just bonus or fun. Get out and enjoy it, you will figure the rest out in time. That is part of the fun up
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#6187956 - 02/17/16 06:03 PM Re: New hunter, help me out? [Re: txshntr]
Buzzard Breath Offline
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Registered: 03/15/12
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Originally Posted By: txshntr
Most the essentials have been covered except maybe a compass or your phone so you don't get lost, the other stuff is just bonus or fun. Get out and enjoy it, you will figure the rest out in time. That is part of the fun up

good advice. when you get out there and NEED something and you don't have it you learn to bring it next time.

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#6188241 - 02/17/16 09:43 PM Re: New hunter, help me out? [Re: mikeygnzls]
passthru Offline
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Registered: 12/05/06
Posts: 11075
Loc: Saginaw, Tx
txshntr makes a great point. I'm an older, experienced hunter. I have a pretty good sense of direction. Have hunted in several states, been on mountain hunts for elk and have always gotten back to camp.

This last deer season I shot a nice sow before dark. After finding a pitiful blood trail I started searching down the split off trails until I found the glowing Nocturnal about 100 or more yards from the feeder. The pig went another 100 or so yards before expiring.

There was no moon that evening. I fortunately had gone to get my cart before starting the blood trail and had a good light and my drag so I started back down the blood trail towards my stand. Until I got to the arrow still glowing. Before that I couldn't see a blood trail to back track on. So I went in the direction I thought the stand was in. Dragging a 120lb pig through the live oak thickets it's easy to get off track in the dark. However, at one point too hot and tired to drag her any further, I pulled out my compass and took a bearing then walked out to within 30 yards of my cart. Then I used my compass to meander through the oaks to wind up close enough to find my arrow I left stuck in the ground by my pig.

Having a good compass and knowing how to use it can save your life. Or at the least a lot of extra wandering around.
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#6188763 - 02/18/16 09:22 AM Re: New hunter, help me out? [Re: mikeygnzls]
603Country Offline
THF Trophy Hunter

Registered: 07/03/12
Posts: 5340
Loc: Central Texas
Yup...need a compass, and even when you disagree with it on direction, the compass is always right. Get a good one with luminous face and pointer.

Other things needed:

Toilet paper - good for marking trail and 'other' uses
Skeeter dope
Extra batteries for the flashlight

And something else that has come in handy often for finding pigs (and deer) in fading light is my rangefinder. Use it to range from your blind to where the critter was. Walk to where you think the critter was and range back to where you shot from. It really speeds up finding the blood trail if you are standing where the critter was.

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