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Good and bad at the same time. #7784839 03/25/20 04:56 PM
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Petroleum Company is just getting around to clearing off a pad for a couple of new Gas Wells on our property.That's 'good' (extra income) but there will be a lot of activity for the next 5-6 months just a few hundred yards from my most productive (and comfortable) dedicated hog stand.

I have other places to hunt them of course, but not nearly as comfortable and usually not as productive as my favorite site.

This might also cause some of the hogs to take up residence on the neighbors property (for a time) and they don't hunt (anything) or take any measures to control the hogs. So....if that happens, they (hogs) will be able to multiply unmolested ....only to return to our property later when the wells are in and all the commotion has ceased.

I'll probably be covered up in hogs by late summer. frown

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Well.....maybe I spoke too soon.

Might have time to go knock off a few before too much commotion begins. Right now...there are still some hogs visiting my favorite Bait Site.




And one Boar coming late at night:



But they are just starting to doze off a pad site. Once the drilling starts (24/7) it will surely drive the hogs off. The bait site is just 300 yds. away. My house is a bit over 1-1/2 miles away and it will be noisy even there.



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Re: Good and bad at the same time. [Re: flintknapper] #7787064 03/27/20 06:39 PM
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Your other sites may become more productive as the pigs are pushed off of your best stand...


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Re: Good and bad at the same time. [Re: flintknapper] #7787069 03/27/20 06:45 PM
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I'm sure you'll tell us when you see firsthand, but corn is corn and a hungry hog is a hungry hog. I would bet it's not going to be as big of an impact as you're thinkin'. I think they'll get used to that activity pretty quick.

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Re: Good and bad at the same time. [Re: SnakeWrangler] #7787322 03/27/20 11:18 PM
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Originally Posted by SnakeWrangler
Your other sites may become more productive as the pigs are pushed off of your best stand...



Possibly, but the next nearest stand is about 3/4 mile from this one and the neighbors property (quite thick with plenty of bedding and water) is very close. My prediction is they will simply move over to my neighbors place while the drilling is going on and possibly visit my other sites late night or the wee hours of the morning. I've seen both hogs and deer completely ignore new disturbances (noise/activity) after a couple of weeks too...so that could happen. We will see.


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They'll stay around, it's inevitable

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Yeah, I don't think the hunting is in too much danger of going away, LOL. The hogs will get used to the commotion.


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Originally Posted by TKandMike
They'll stay around, it's inevitable



Already a group of four young boars at another bait site ( a few hundred yards behind my house). They 'lined up' real nice there for a moment. Wind is wrong this evening for that stand though. Maybe tomorrow night.



They seem pretty comfortable back there.




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I doubt they will end up very far away. Hogs just seem to me to be able to adapt to about any situation and make the best of it.

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Originally Posted by Old Stony
I doubt they will end up very far away. Hogs just seem to me to be able to adapt to about any situation and make the best of it.



You may be right. But even if they don't...it looks like I have plenty of others over at another stand.





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Plenty of targets.


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Originally Posted by dogcatcher
Plenty of targets.


Storm clouds and lightning ended my hunt early this evening. I can take a little rain...but I don't do lightning.

Maybe try again the next night or two.


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Hah, busted TWICE last night. Went and sat on a stand that I don't use all that often...but has activity right now by a group of hogs a pair of young boars. A cool fron t blew in the day before and dropped temperatures. It being the second day after the front...the wind was going to be calm to non-existent after dark.

Got on stand about 7:15 and not 15 minutes later I could hear the sounds of something crossing the creek which is about 75 yds. behind (and downhill) of the stand. Soon thereafter I could hear soft 'grunts' and the sounds of several animals working their way through the thick brush. These would be pigs....no doubt.

Trouble was....I expecting them to come out from in FRONT of me like the game camera videos had suggested they were doing. There wasn't any wind...BUT the temperature was dropping and creating a 'thermal' I could feel. And of course it was settling on the ground and flowing straight downhill to the hogs. They got within 25-30 yds. before stopping and I could hear several of them start sniffing. Then it got very quiet and I could hear them slipping away through the brush.

Oh well...you can't control their movement or where they might approach from, just go with your best guess. It still being early...I wasn't too discouraged knowing that another group or perhaps a lone hog could still show up.

Nothing but Coons and one rabbit until 9:45 when I heard hogs over on the neighbors property. Sounded like they were headed my way and this time would approach from in front of me (Upwind from the settling thermal). The stand I was on this time (one of two for that site) is just 25 yds. from the bait and I use a shotgun or pistol on that stand. I have a second stand about 90 yds. away for rifle use, but these pigs have been bunching up on the corn and I wanted to get several with one shot.

Anyway, the pigs continued to come in. I could hear them now (still in the brush) maybe 40 yds. out. I had already slid the safety off the shotgun and was waiting for them to come out and settle in on the corn. But instead...they moved off to my right and then went in BEHIND me (same group possibly)? Well CRAP...they are going to wind me just like before.

To my surprise, they kept coming toward the bait site but were directly behind me. They would stop frequently and sniff the air. Then a small 75 lb. hog popped out and went directly to the corn. It was standing there 25 yds. away.... all lit up, crunching away on the corn.

So...at this point I'm thinking maybe that hog will draw the others in. The rest of the group amazingly kept coming until several of them were no farther than 15 feet from my stand. They just stood there testing the air for probably 5 minutes. I couldn't move a muscle. Then... I guess the faint scent they were detecting (I always get squeaky clean before hunts) was too much for them. One the pigs let out an alarm grunt and the pig that was out on the corn trotted off into the brush. The others slowly and quietly slipped away.

At one point before the others got too close to for me to move...I could have shot the one pig (bird in hand), but I didn't want to pull the trigger on a load of 'Dixie Tri-Ball' to kill one small pig. I'll just have to let things settle down for a night or two and go back in there. If they continue to come in from behind me, I'll have to switch to the rifle stand.

So...last night the pigs won.

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That Dixie Slugs Tri-Ball would have put a smackdown on him no doubt.

Have you shot an animal with Tri-Ball yet?

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It doesn't take too long to drill a well in the sandy soils of East Texas and animals get used to the activity pretty quick.

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Originally Posted by LeonCarr
That Dixie Slugs Tri-Ball would have put a smackdown on him no doubt.

Have you shot an animal with Tri-Ball yet?

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Yes. A few hogs caught in my pen traps is all.

Honestly...it's just WAY too much for one hog. But good for shooting through several in a bunch (close range) I figure. But I have yet to prove that theory.

I usually hunt from stands about 100 yds. away and use either my .458 SOCOM or a 7mm-08. But this one stand site is perfect for shotgun or pistol (when you don't get busted of course). I've shot pigs with both pistol and shotgun (00 buck)...from the stand in the past, but haven't tried the Dixie Tri-Ball before.

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Originally Posted by Hunt Dog
It doesn't take too long to drill a well in the sandy soils of East Texas and animals get used to the activity pretty quick.


True, once they punch through the Iron Ore it will be mostly sand after that... until they hit the Shale Play (Haynesville/Bossier). But that will be at around 13,000- 14,000 ft. then they have to go lateral. So it will take awhile to put in two wells. But I agree....I've seen animals adjust to quite a bit of 'noise'. It's just that they drill 24/7 until it's completed and this will not be very far from my bait site. We will see. I have plenty of hogs right now at other spots, so I'll just harass those and see how it all goes.

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