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Got on my stand early, and right away heard groups of pigs behind and in front of me. Pretty much heard them all morning until I got off the stand. When I made it back to the buggy, a group walked out at 40 yards. I knew a put some old broadheads on for something!!

November 28, 2015 at 5:05pm

There is still question whether warfarin (Kaput) can pass from a dead pig to whatever eats it. Probably not in the concentration that would kill, but agree: until this question is answered it shouldn't be used. Bigger issue is how to keep non target animals from eating the bait before the pigs can get to it. A pig specific hopper has not been developed.
As far as letting hunters do the bulk of the 'eradication'. I believe in everyone's right to hunt and this shouldn't be limited; however, hunting is not going to get us to the numbers that we need. There is an estimated 700,000 pigs in LA. Hunters would need to kill 490,000 pigs just to maintain what we have now, and 630,000 to reduce the numbers. Last year hunters killed 268,000. Sorry, the argument for the 'hunting only solution' is dead wrong. Once a pig specific delivery system is developed, then a toxicant like sodium nitrite would be a viable option.

October 13, 2017 at 8:50pm
A comment titled: Re: organize in response to a report titled: organize

Canada Geese have stopped coming south??? Wonder what kind of birds those are at most golf courses in Baton Rouge?

January 20, 2016 at 9:43pm
A comment titled: Re: Ozonics in response to a report titled: Ozonics

I've never used one, but don't think I'd want spend 400 bucks on it. I will wash with scent free soap for a couple of days prior to my hunt, and wash my clothes in scent free soap, then hang them outside for a few hours and place in a scent proof bag. By doing this I've been able to sit on stand with deer downwind of me 20-30 yards without a problem.

December 02, 2015 at 9:13pm
A comment titled: Re: There goes the neighborhood in response to a report titled: There goes the neighborhood

Have you tried trapping at all? This time of year may be tough due to acorns/corn all over, but once deer season is finished, it would be a great time to trap. I would use a larger corral trap to try and get the group.
Good luck, hope you get them all!!

December 01, 2015 at 10:48pm
A comment titled: Re: Any suppressed deer kills yet? in response to a report titled: Any suppressed deer kills yet?

Agreed, a normal bullet is still going supersonic so there will be a crack as the bullet travels downrange, at least for large caliber rifles. So why use a suppressor if there is still going to be a noise? I've had a friend shoot a suppressed .308 400 yards from me, and I never heard the shot. For me this is a great reason for using them. If there are anti hunters or the like that would complain of hearing shots fired during hunting season, then this would help with that. I also find that it is easier on me as a shooter by cutting down on the blast noise, while also helping with recoil a little bit.

December 01, 2015 at 10:39pm
A comment titled: Re: hoggone? in response to a report titled: hoggone?

Never said they were not working on it. It is being worked on. What I said was that it is probably years from being registered with the EPA because of the delivery system issue (being pig specific). I also have no issue with hunting pigs year round. There is probably a closed season for dog hunting during turkey season so that those users of the WMA are not disturbed; their right to hunt also. Just a little give and take for all of us hunters, agree?
Hope you have a great hunting season and take some pigs!!

November 21, 2015 at 5:55pm
A comment titled: Re: hoggone? in response to a report titled: hoggone?

The poison that is being researched by LSUAgCenter is sodium nitrite...the same compound that is in all of our food to help preserve it. Only in this instance it is in very high concentrations. It is effective on killing pigs; but now the issue is finding a delivery system that is specific to feral pigs. the baits will not be scattered all over the place. But it should be understood that this bait is a LONG way from being approved if it ever is. So, the state is NOT throwing out poison. Please, look it up. there has been articles published about what the AgCenter is doing.
I would have to disagree with Huntr's comment that hogs are not a problem except on some public lands. I know of quite a few land owners that are having major issues with feral pigs damaging crops, pasture and other types of property. I've seen it with my own eyes. So, just because you may not have a problem in your part of the state does not mean there isn't major problems in another part. You may change your mind if you had to pay for crop loss or pasture repair.

November 18, 2015 at 8:36pm
A comment titled: Re: hoggone? in response to a report titled: hoggone?

#1. The disease issue is NOT mainly a livestock issue. They carry many diseases like brucellosis and leptospirosis that humans can readily get. Brucellosis acts like a major flu and if not treated promptly can be with you for life. leptospirosis is transmitted mostly by urine in the water and can destroy your kidneys. Also, carry E. Coli, salmonella, and trichinosis. My advice is to wear gloves when cleaning not only pigs but any wild animal. cook the meat thoroughly and wash utensils used to prepare meat with 10% bleach water. It isn't that it can happen, it has happened to someone in Evangeline parish.
#2. LA did not get $10 million from the federal gov to do pig work
#3. A poison bait would not be used if it could be ingested my any non target animals. Could not get EPA registration if it did. Research is working on this, but years from practicality.

November 17, 2015 at 8:38pm
A comment titled: Re: HELICOPTERS AND DOGS in response to a report titled: HELICOPTERS AND DOGS

More efficient that $800/hour? I guess it depends on the perspective. Lets say LDWF/Dept of Ag flies 6 hours and kills 300 pigs. The cost would be $4,800 which would be $16/pig. Now, here is where the perspective comes in.... How long would it take you to kill 300 pigs? How much corn would you need to buy if you were trapping? How much would it cost to feed your dogs? How much fuel would it cost you? If it took more than 6 months, now you are looking at another season of liters being dropped, so you just lost whatever headway you just made.

November 17, 2015 at 2:50pm
A comment titled: Re: All out war on the hog in response to a report titled: All out war on the hog

This is an older thread, but I am new to the forum and figured I'd comment. Bounties sound good when talking about tools to remove or control a nuisance animal; but they rarely work to meet the desired outcome. What usually happens is people figure out quickly that they can make money off the bounty and drastically reducing the numbers of animals goes out the window. Look it up, LA paid out 1.9 million dollars to the nutria bounty program last year and if you look it seems like the nutria numbers harvested have been consistent over the years. If the goal was to maintain the current population then I guess it is a success. If population reduction and marsh protection is the goal, maybe not so much.
When talking about pigs, now we are talking about the most reproductively successful mammal in the U.S. According the biologist, to maintain pig numbers 75-80% of the population has to be removed annually. LA's pig population is estimated at 500,000 so that means 375,000 to 400,000 pigs need to be removed annually, just to keep numbers steady. At $10 per tail that is 3.75 million dollars minimum. Unfortunately only about 160,000 pigs were killed last year so this is the reason more and more people are talking about pigs.
Don't get me wrong, I'm not against hunting. Hunt all you can, kill all you can, anyway you can kill them; go forth and slaughter! I'm just saying that a bounty system is not going to have the desired affect and will cost the people of LA, too much money for too little bang.

November 17, 2015 at 10:26am
A comment titled: Re: night vision in response to a report titled: night vision

If you are planning on driving around looking for pigs, night vision may not be your best option unless your looking in open flat terrain. If so, also plan on getting the best illuminator you can afford (~$200). Also look to see if the scope is white phosphorus or green. White phosphorus provides a bit more detail to the picture. Two scopes are the Nemesis 6X (GenII+ WP...$1990) and the Aurora 8010 WP ($4,850). The 8010 can be used as a day or night scope. Also keep in mind that like all things you get what you pay for. If you are planning on sitting on a stand over bait, then a cheaper NV scope would work well.

If you want to use a gun you already own, then I'd suggest getting some quick detach bases (such as the Burris P.E.P.R) for your day scope. You can remove the day scope, when you want to put on the NV, and put the day scope back on when ready for other hunts. Point of impact is not affected if you put the base back in the same slot on the rail. This would require you to fix a 6inch piccatinny rail on the gun. I have done this on my Remington 700.

November 17, 2015 at 9:35am
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