Finally, there is the spotlight technique. The dog days of summer tend to find me hunting in this fashion. I place my corn lines as mentioned above, wait for the sun to set, and run my areas in the truck or buggy while shining the fields, trails, and pastures. Now I will disclose a secret for this particular method of hunting. Last year, we killed around 100 hogs while spotlighting. Some nights we killed 3 or 4, and some nights we couldn’t even get a glimpse of one. That’s hunting right? That’s what we chalked it up to until I recalled a conversation at a deer camp some time ago. There was a fellow there who swore by the Farmer’s Almanac. He followed it to the “T”, and wouldn’t get into the stand until the time specified by this holy book.
One unsuccessful night, over a late night breakfast at Denny’s, we began to discuss our tactics and what characteristics we could recall from our many successful hunts. The question of moon phase is asked again. A brief Google search yielded this web site: http://www.almanac.com/moon/calendar/TX/Houston/2012-07
Mike Daniecki. 29 Sept. 2011. 7% Moon.
I referenced the dates of the photos I had of all of our successful hunts by spotlight in the last 2 years. They all had one thing in common; little or no moon light. We had not killed a single hog when the moon was above 39% full. I now hunt by spotlight exclusively using this principle, and have not come up empty handed yet when using corn lines this summer. Foolproof? I’m sure it’s not, but I have not yet been able to disprove this to myself. I am also finding, (not as solidly as the spotlight moon phase) that the kills I have made in the morning time, have come after a full, or mostly full moon the night prior.
My son Michael's first hog hunt.12 Nov. 2011 99% moon the night prior. Killed at 8:30 a.m.
The necessary gear to hunt hogs is about the same as hunting deer. One thing that is a must is a sharp knife. I bring 3, and a sharpener. The hair on these hogs is extremely coarse, and will make a butter knife out of D2 steel that started with a razors edge.
Caliber selection for taking these critters is endless, and harshly debated. I’ve killed them with everything from a 22 WMR to a 7mm Remington Mag. The “ideal cartridge” I will leave to be figured out by the continuing and opinionated debate found on the message boards. It has been my experience that proper shot placement, (behind the shoulder or in the ear) by a 6mm Remington, shooting a 100 gr. Hornady soft point has never lost me a hog.
Happy hunting, good luck, and take a kid with you on your next trip afield.
I would like to extend a very gracious thank you to Mr. Duane Corley, for the access to his ranch he has afforded me, and the memories made with each trip hunting there.
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