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#7113293 - 03/16/18 10:02 AM The easiest wild game animal in Texas to stalk
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It's during this time of the year that I enjoy stalking wild pigs. It gives me a chance to do some post-season scouting and to look for sheds. The creek bottom where I hunt always shows a lot of hog sign, and with their poor eyesight and noise they often make while feeding and rooting, they're probably one of the easiest wild game animals in Texas that you can walk up and shoot.
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#7113305 - 03/16/18 10:17 AM Re: The easiest wild game animal in Texas to stalk [Re: Texas Dan]
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Yes, their sense of smell is great, but eyesight, not so much. Probably is second only to javelina. You can drive a truck up to them before they notice it.

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#7113361 - 03/16/18 11:44 AM Re: The easiest wild game animal in Texas to stalk [Re: Texas Dan]
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The very aggressive Urban Cougar peep

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#7113396 - 03/16/18 12:30 PM Re: The easiest wild game animal in Texas to stalk [Re: Theringworm]
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Originally Posted By: Theringworm
The very aggressive Urban Cougar peep


Any bar around 8pm....better to let them tranquilize themselves a little first...... cheers

Four legged.....cottontail..... 2cents
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#7113443 - 03/16/18 01:24 PM Re: The easiest wild game animal in Texas to stalk [Re: Texas Dan]
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Armadillos are pretty easy.

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#7113455 - 03/16/18 01:36 PM Re: The easiest wild game animal in Texas to stalk [Re: Texas Dan]
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I'd have to go with javalina myself. I stalked up on some a few years ago in 4 foot tall solid dead grass I could have heard me from a few 100 yards away and was able to get one with my bow at around 50 yards.
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#7113459 - 03/16/18 01:40 PM Re: The easiest wild game animal in Texas to stalk [Re: Texas Dan]
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Skunks are easy to get close to also.....Iíve had them see me and actually come towards me.....pretty much fearless little polecats....
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#7113489 - 03/16/18 02:15 PM Re: The easiest wild game animal in Texas to stalk [Re: SnakeWrangler]
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Originally Posted By: SnakeWrangler
Skunks are easy to get close to also.....Iíve had them see me and actually come towards me.....pretty much fearless little polecats....


Yes, I remember reading they don't see very well. A friend had caught one in his live trap and asked me to help him get it out. I also remember reading that if they start stomping their feet, run like hell.

We gently laid a tarp over the trap with an opening at the door. A minute or two after opening the spring-loaded door, the little guy walked out and never paid us any attention.
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#7113629 - 03/16/18 04:12 PM Re: The easiest wild game animal in Texas to stalk [Re: Texas Dan]
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It's during this time of the year that I enjoy stalking wild pigs. It gives me a chance to do some post-season scouting and to look for sheds. The creek bottom where I hunt always shows a lot of hog sign, and with their poor eyesight and noise they often make while feeding and rooting, they're probably one of the easiest wild game animals in Texas that you can walk up and shoot.


Hogs don't have poor eyesight. That is a myth. Hogs see pretty darned well. It is amazing how well they can run through the forest in the dark and not run into trees, a feat most humans cannot do.

People often confuse behavior with capabilities. Just because a hog sees you and does not run away does not mean that the hog is blind. It just means that the hog isn't fearful of you, that you are not acting in a manner that the hog finds threatening.

Glenn Guess speaks of his hogs being able to tell the difference between himself and a stranger at over 100 yards, wind not blowing toward the hog. Glenn raises hogs, hunts hogs, and has developed calls for Fox Pro and Convergent.
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#7113668 - 03/16/18 04:37 PM Re: The easiest wild game animal in Texas to stalk [Re: Texas Dan]
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hogs eyesight is probably the worst of any animal in the woods, down wind I could get fairly close before they knew I was coming with the feed.
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#7113722 - 03/16/18 05:41 PM Re: The easiest wild game animal in Texas to stalk [Re: Texas Dan]
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Cottontails are my choice animal for teaching a young hunter to stalk, using wind and cover. You could probably club them you can get so close. Using a 22 almost seems unfair.
Cows are pretty easy too.
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#7113726 - 03/16/18 05:47 PM Re: The easiest wild game animal in Texas to stalk [Re: Simple Searcher]
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Originally Posted By: Simple Searcher
Cottontails are my choice animal for teaching a young hunter to stalk, using wind and cover. You could probably club them you can get so close. Using a 22 almost seems unfair.
Cows are pretty easy too.
I agree with SS.

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#7113949 - 03/16/18 09:01 PM Re: The easiest wild game animal in Texas to stalk [Re: Texas Dan]
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Javelina.
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#7113969 - 03/16/18 09:24 PM Re: The easiest wild game animal in Texas to stalk [Re: Texas Dan]
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Hogs and javalina.
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#7114000 - 03/16/18 10:07 PM Re: The easiest wild game animal in Texas to stalk [Re: Double Naught Spy]
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Originally Posted By: Double Naught Spy
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It's during this time of the year that I enjoy stalking wild pigs. It gives me a chance to do some post-season scouting and to look for sheds. The creek bottom where I hunt always shows a lot of hog sign, and with their poor eyesight and noise they often make while feeding and rooting, they're probably one of the easiest wild game animals in Texas that you can walk up and shoot.


Hogs don't have poor eyesight. That is a myth. Hogs see pretty darned well. It is amazing how well they can run through the forest in the dark and not run into trees, a feat most humans cannot do.

People often confuse behavior with capabilities. Just because a hog sees you and does not run away does not mean that the hog is blind. It just means that the hog isn't fearful of you, that you are not acting in a manner that the hog finds threatening.

Glenn Guess speaks of his hogs being able to tell the difference between himself and a stranger at over 100 yards, wind not blowing toward the hog. Glenn raises hogs, hunts hogs, and has developed calls for Fox Pro and Convergent.


Not according to long term studies from sources like Texas A&M. They are not stupid. They have an excellent sense of smell.

They run through the trees in the dark because they use the same trails, not good vision. The only opinions you'll find in print giving hogs credit for having all keen senses are from hog hunters themselves that promote their hog hunting for a living and free thermal equpment.


Edited by Pitchfork Predator (03/16/18 10:07 PM)
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