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#6461638 - 09/21/16 08:10 AM Length Of Time Pigs Stay At Feeder
Cooga Bear Offline
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Registered: 08/10/16
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So we've been tracking how long pigs are staying when they show up to my feeder. Typically over the last 2 weeks there's been about 12 showing up at a time either in the morning or at night, sometimes both. The average time they stay is something just shy of 40 mins. I literally missed them on 2 trips by 10 mins. The cell cam went off and I got in the truck and left only to get the last text message as I'm pulling in the gate. Last night a single pig showed up and stayed for an hour and then left. 5 mins later 2 more show up and stay for 40 more minutes. That's 1hr 45min total compared to the typical 35-40mins.

So I guess the question I'm posing is have others seen this same pattern? I'm assuming that with a lot of them together at one time, when one gets spooked or just decides it's full then they all go or could it be that my luck is just that bad? My buddy has a cell camera at his lease and we've gone out 3-4 times and busted a pig. His stay at least an hour, but it's usually just 1 pig.

My feeder goes off twice a day for 5 seconds in the morning and then 3 seconds in the evening. We did put 100 lbs of corn on the ground last week which brought in a ton of pigs and then I put another 40 lbs out Monday night when I shot one of them at a different stand on the lease. That's the scenario right now at the feeder. I'm planning on putting another bag out on the ground Thursday in hopes of hunting Friday or Saturday.

#6461675 - 09/21/16 08:27 AM Re: Length Of Time Pigs Stay At Feeder [Re: Cooga Bear]
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going by my game cam's , they usually stay until the corn is gone
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#6461691 - 09/21/16 08:36 AM Re: Length Of Time Pigs Stay At Feeder [Re: Cooga Bear]
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Registered: 02/19/12
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Loc: Houston and Kinney County
I've never paid attention to how long they stay when I see them on camera.

As for in person, they never seem to stick around under the feeder very long. rifle

#6461735 - 09/21/16 09:14 AM Re: Length Of Time Pigs Stay At Feeder [Re: Cooga Bear]
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If I'm there hunting, they don't stay long! But I've had pictures where they stay for 20-30 minutes, and even bed down under and around the feeder. I've walked up to the stand with them bedded down around the feeder waiting for it to go off. I don't think there is an exact length of time. It just depends on the pigs. But if you are hunting them and they come in, you generally have a long time to get on target and shoot one, if they do not wind you or see you.

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#6461745 - 09/21/16 09:21 AM Re: Length Of Time Pigs Stay At Feeder [Re: Cooga Bear]
redchevy Offline
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At our place often times they will show up eat all the corn then lay down and sleep all night right under the feeder. The feeder is like an alarm clock and a dinner bell all at the same time.
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#6461797 - 09/21/16 09:52 AM Re: Length Of Time Pigs Stay At Feeder [Re: Cooga Bear]
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It just varies. Your pattern may change at the whim of the hogs, weather, hunting pressure, food availability, etc. Sounds like they are there a long time right now. That means you have some good opportunities. Don't let them get away!
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#6462105 - 09/21/16 01:16 PM Re: Length Of Time Pigs Stay At Feeder [Re: Cooga Bear]
Cooga Bear Offline
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Registered: 08/10/16
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I couldn't make it last night or tonight otherwise I would have given it a shot! It takes about 35 mins to get to the lease from home and then another 5-7 mins to walk to the feeder. After seeing the trends on how long they stay as a pack vs a single pig I'm trying to decide if it's worth it to run out there the next time a lone pig is there. Hopefully they show back up on Friday when I know I'll be there!

#6462140 - 09/21/16 01:37 PM Re: Length Of Time Pigs Stay At Feeder [Re: Cooga Bear]
MoBettaHuntR Offline

Registered: 10/29/14
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Loc: West is the best...
I would make a feeder tube so you don't just keep feeding the hogs corn $$$ and time. Assuming your goal is to get rid of them?
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#6462332 - 09/21/16 03:07 PM Re: Length Of Time Pigs Stay At Feeder [Re: Cooga Bear]
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Loc: Keller
my experience is they stay as long as there is corn. If there are fewer pigs, it means they stay longer. if there are more pigs, they stay shorter. All on the amount of corn being consumed.

Once I see one pig pattern my feeder, it gets shot. I will make special trips out just to get that pig. I don't want them getting comfortable enough to make bed under the feeder, fortunately they don't last long enough to do that. Having cell cams makes it easier to see when they are patterning the feeder.

#6467038 - 09/24/16 11:21 PM Re: Length Of Time Pigs Stay At Feeder [Re: Cooga Bear]
DocHorton Offline
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The majority of the time mine stay about 10-15 minutes. However, last night they stuck around for about 3 hours. I literally had over 100 pics of the same hogs chilling at the feeder and rooting in my new food plot.

#6468657 - 09/26/16 09:39 AM Re: Length Of Time Pigs Stay At Feeder [Re: Cooga Bear]
Cooga Bear Offline
Light Foot

Registered: 08/10/16
Posts: 32
Last night a lone pig that is the biggest one we have on camera stayed for over 1.5 hrs. They typically do this when we can't go to the lease!

The other night we sat in the stand for about 5 hrs and saw a rabbit! So we get out of the stand and walk to mine then the other one since we were moving some cameras around. On the way back I had just looked up the road for anything and didn't see a single pig. As we get to the feeder a pig is standing on the side of the road we have cleared and walked out about 10 yds in front of us! Instead of just drawing my pistol I try to use the nightvision and he ran off. In a case like that I think a thermal would have come in handy compared to a digital nightvision that we have. Oh well, it was fun anyway.


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