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The Ultimate Hunting Hide

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So many years ago I started off on this bush pig hunting story and started off with a pallet in a tree…

 

Unlike many bush pig hunters, I don’t have the luxury of a hunting concession close to where I live, getting permission from farmers and land owners is quite a tricky affair, and most of them are very hesitant.

I have a friend with a nut farm some 180km away from where I live, he doesn’t hunt or shoot for that matter and has no real means of controlling any of the pigs that damage his trees. So we got involved.

Initially we simply put out some bait and placed a pallet in a tree and would sit up there whenever we could get down to the farm.

It soon became evident that driving down on a Saturday afternoon and sitting in a tree on a pallet til early hours of Sunday morning and then driving back was both fruitless and tedious.

So….

We set about building a hide to make life a bit more comfortable – enter hunting hide version 1.0!

The pic shows it before the roof was installed.

Not too long after we built this hide, which allowed us reasonable comfort during the nights out did we realise that it was definitely not going to be a long term solution. About a year later the trees had grown to the point where we could only down the rows and not across anymore, we had replaced the roof a good few times due to damage from branches falling out of the trees above, and we were spending more time out on foot than actually in the hide because the game was not really too active in that area.

So…

We set about moving this hide and modifying it – enter hunting hide version 2.0 (hunting cabin version 1.0)

This hide was substantially upgraded to include a sleeping quarters, a small kitchen area, solar powered lighting and cell phone charger as well as an absolutely incredible view…

 

This in our opinion is the ultimate hunting hide… And we are always adding extra bits and pieces to improve the experience. For now we are completely self sufficient for how ever long we decide to stay, we simply arrive with a backpack and our rifles and live there for a while without interfering with anyone else on the farm…

Just recently we set about building a wood fired water heater and cabin heater – which still need to be installed. It gets fairly cold out there in winter and when you have been walking around all day and getting dirty, some hot water is appreciated just a little more than the view!


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Feed sites

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How to choose a feed site…

 

There are many ways to pick a site, none are right or wrong, just some work better than others.

First thing to do is work out where there is activity, whether it be crop damage or trails in and out of thick bush.

 

The one thing that has been determined for a successful feed site is natural bush, if you can find an area with natural bush surrounding it to build your site in, it will have a better success rate than if you placed in an open field, create a sense of security for the pigs and they will come.

 

Also feed regularly to keep them coming back.


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Pig Bait Recipe

A lot of people have their own trail mixes and bait concoctions. But here at the armory we came up with a bait mix that we seem to think work really well!

All hogs have a fantastic nose, and the sweeter the smell the faster they come to find it.

Below is the Wild Boar Armory’s very own hog bait mix:

  • 5 kg’s of corn (can be bought from your local agri store, or some Pick n Pays even stock 5 kg bags at a much higher price though)
  • 750 gram Sorghum home brew mix
  • 500 gram brown sugar
  • 2 litre pineapple drink mix

We like to use a 25 litre plastic drum with a screw on lid for mixing our bait in, this way when you take it out to your bait site you can seal it up nicely and keep that smell under wraps.

Method:

  • using warm tap water, put 5 litres into a separate bucket and add your sorghum home brew mix. stir it up well making sure that all the powder is dissolved into the water.
  • add the 2 litre pineapple drink mix to the sorghum mix already made up and stir in well.
  • place the corn into the plastic drum
  • mix the 500 gram brown sugar into the corn with a spade
  • pour the pineapple sorghum mix into the plastic drum ensuring that it covers the corn by 50mm or so.
  • stir up the contents of the drum with the spade
  • Leave the lid on loosely to prevent it from exploding and leave it outside to get some sunlight to ferment nicely.
  • Every second day or so stir the contents up with the spade.
  • Always make certain that there is at least 50mm of liquid above the top of the maize to prevent mold from growing.

After about a week of fermenting the mix is ready to put out at your bait station.

Happy hunting!!


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That one time…

One of the most memorable encounters with a pig has to be the one where I was not looking for pigs…

Wondering around a nut orchard looking for monkeys and other small vermin, armed with a shotgun containing two #8 shotshells and a sidearm loaded in snake shot shells after encountering a few a Rinkhals in the past few trips out on foot.

A troop of monkeys was spotted in the lower side of the nut orchard and attempting to work with the element of surprise, using the nut trees as cover made perfect sense. So here I was walking along the rows, climbing underneath the trees and sliding down the furrows into the next row as I got closer and closer to the troop.

On about the third furrow, as I slid down and sat up to regain composure I came face to face with a warthog scoffing nuts!

Here I sat, a shotgun with rounds that are only going to make him mad, and a handgun with nothing better in it…

I sat there what felt like eternity as the pig snorted, looked me up and down and eventually ran off into the surrounding forest…!

From that day onward, I always have heavier rounds available at a moments notice!


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The Challenge

Boar hunting is as much of an adventure as it is a challenge.

Those who don’t hunt pigs, or don’t hunt at all fail to understand the attraction of that elusive bush pig!

Many people have a look and say things like;

  • “you forever building pig feeders.”
  • “how much money do you spend on feeding those things?”
  • “how many hides do you really need?”
  • “every time I come visit you, I see you working on something different for pig hunting…”

Yes…

Those are the ones who have not experienced the lure of wild boar and the challenge of hunting them!

For me, is about experimenting, trying something different, building something – a blind, a feeder station, whatever.

Its a wholesome activity, not just a hunt! And that is what I try to explain to people, try it, come along and experience it…

You will see, boar hunting is not about shooting a pig, its about a lifestyle and a respect for the challenge leading up to shooting that pig…

Loaded up to go out and install an automated feeder!


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Trail Camera’s

So you have purchased a trail camera… Awesome!

 

Now what?

 

How do you go about setting it up? Where do you place it?

So to answer those simply, here goes…

 

Lets start with placement of the camera. Where? Anywhere really!

What are you wanting to monitor? a trail, a water hole? a frequented bedding area? or a bait site?

If you want to monitor a trail, find a tree just off the path to place you camera on, make sure that it is free of surrounding bush and has good clear view of the trail you wish to monitor and capture.

If you want to monitor a “static”position like a bedding area, water hole, bait site etc, find something close by, again free of surrounding bush (this messes with the flash in the dark) and obviously with a clear view of the area you wish to capture.

 

Next, setting it up.

 

Mostly, the factory default settings in your camera are sufficient. The ISO, frame rate, trigger settings etc are all good.

The position is whats more important here. We have found that for pigs especially, 1 metre off the ground and 2 metres back is the perfect postion to capture the best pictures. For deer, you need to raise the camera up a little, 1.5 – 1.6 metres off ground and maybe 2.5 metres back from capture area as they are simply bigger animals.

 

You may want to adjust your trigger settings, so that the camera is not triggered by wind for example if set to sensitive trigger, but this is trial and error on your part mostly.

 

And that is simply what it is to run a trail camera successfully…

Enjoy the images! And do share!