Saturday, December 26, 2009

Daily Deercam

First pig ever on any one of my game cams in five years.

He looks friendly. Fuzzy ears.

Lots of aiming black. Look at that tail.

For size comparison, here's a little doe at the same distance.

Not good. Not much corn was down but it was all gone. I thought the ground looked different but it wasn't remarkably so. Maybe he was just a wanderer. Fresh corn down now so we'll see....though the cam is inactive right now because the batteries I hauled over were dead. It's been a nutty year for hunting.

Update: The Unorganized Militia is on it!

Update: Back from overnight trip with the Redhead and going out to reset cam. I will certainly solve this problem the old-fashioned way...by SHOOTING it if I get the chance. The cam is located in the exact center of a pig war 20 years ago. I made them move by killing 37. Haven't seen a one from then until now.

Update: Fresh corn and batteries in place. I'd like to bait them in.......and kill some, especially this big werewolf looking boar.

7 comments:

Old NFO said...

That is a good sized hog- I'd guess 200+ lbs. If he's not a transient, he could be problems.

Anonymous said...

And this is how it begins. First a single hog smells the corn comes to it and feeds on all of it. If a deer comes near (not too likely) he will run it off. Pretty soon the only thing coming to the corn is hogs. Then the uptick in their diet has the prescribed response they get fatter and make more little hogs who can branch out and find other cornpiles. And hogs eat acorns too. Pretty soon the deer are pushed from their native habitat, not just the corn, and the hogs take over. A&M calculates that it costs $250 per acre to restore hog damaged pasture. This is the only real swine epidemic and nobody is doing much about it. These little critters are smart and very hard to catch in standard traps. It has begun.

Paul said...

I would agree with Anon. Shot it and soon or you will have a lot of them to deal with. In captivity they usually drop litters of anwhere from 8 - 14 with the high end more desireable.

Anonymous said...

Oh yeah and to make it more difficult for you notice that the pictures were nighttime shots. Hogs mostly move nocturnally when under pressure. Makes it that much more fun to hunt them. Recommend starlight scope on a suppressed weapon if direct action is required.

Traps can work. Also, broken clay pigeons work on an effective but not eclectic level and do so without harming non-target species and are legal to use. Look for the ones with the warning about hogs/pigs on the box. They're cheap too.

A.

Breda said...

BACON!

Anonymous said...

Ribs!!!

Gerry

Hat Trick said...

I'd agree with Old NFO, definitely 200+ lbs though he's got a shorter body length than the Yorkshires and Durocs we used to have. Nice muscling on the shoulders and hams should yield a good amount of meat just make sure to cook it thoroughly.