That one time…

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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!