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This past season, my buddies and I did pretty well hunting hogs down at the Atchafalaya Delta WMA during the bow season and in particular during the gun season after bow season finished. Each year we seem to learn a little bit more about how to hunt hogs, what works and what doesn't. We have learned that baby hogs for the most part grunt almost non stop at certain times. The volume can be quite loud and will lead you right to their location. In almost all instances, the mother is very near and possibly other adults as well. If you check out the pictures I provided, the single baby hog looking to the left, had a companion with it. I trailed them for 30 minutes hoping to hook up with a full grown hog, only to find they were traveling alone. We saw them on four different hunts. Apparently the mother was killed (not by us) earlier in the season. I shot a big sow late in the season and a group of 10 little ones stayed around me for several minutes (some are seen in the above photo), even when I began to field dress the sow. The bottom line that we learned, is that when you hear repeated grunting, it is usually baby hogs, but that can still provide you with a good chance to take an adult if you proceed cautiously using the wind to your advantage.
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   bullcoon
Evidently hogs are not a problem where you hunt....Seeing how you let 12 potential breeders survive....I thought they were a problem in this state and this is why....If you have fenced in area and you want hogs I see no problem with that but remember the nutria!!!!!!
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OK Bullcoon I will take the bait. I hunt on a WMA. I enjoy hunting hogs and always have. I eat everyone I kill. I do not shoot 5 to 10 lb baby hogs. If I wanted to eat them, I would shoot them, but I do not choose to do that. I look forward to hunting them every season and have no desire to see them eliminated. That is my choice and as a licensed hunter in Louisiana my right as well. I am very comfortable and satisfied with with my methods of hunting hogs as I am sure you are with yours. We will have to agree to disagree my brother!
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   bullcoon
Nothing to disagree about...I know not of your area you hunt...I don't much hunt any more and from what is posted by others I thought hogs are a problem....I guess not where you are...I know where my family lives in north La. there would have been 12 roasted piggies...Or the buzzards have to eat too...
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   lanco1
Paradoxically shooting small hogs and big boars on WMAs may be essential to the future of public land hog hunting. Since the current big game managers at LDWF have declared jihad on hogs hunters will need to show that they can aggressively control hog populations to limit the departments desire to use areial hunting and poison to eradicate them. For my part I don't find that hog rootings destroy the marsh the way nutria do. We have areas of three square that get chewed up each fall only to grow back each spring. The LDWF has interpreted the fact that hog kills have exceeded deer kills to mean that hogs interfere with deer populations or hunting, I think it just means most guys pop a good hog and then call it a day so the deer see less net pressure. And really feral hogs are more versatile as table fare so many will shoot them preferentially at times. I won't shoot pigs smaller than 35-40# personally.
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Thanks Bullcoon, glad to know you're looking out for my best interest by killing every pig you see. Your service is invaluable to the delicate future of our environment.
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I am glad to see we stimulated a little conversation. Some of my best hunting buddies will put down a little one like those in the pictures. I have no problem whatsoever with them doing that. As I said each of us should hunt as we see fit as long as what we do is legal and ethical. I would welcome more debate on both sides of the hog issue. Conversation is a good thing, sometimes we even learn a thing or two…or three. Thanks guys for participating and voicing your opinions, that is what makes our website a good one in my opinion.
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