Feral Hog Removal - Wild Pigs
There are two types of hogs that people may be wanting to catch, the domestic hog that they raise on their own property and the wild hogs that can be running around out in the country. A wild hog is rough and hard to catch. Trying to catch one of these animals can really be tough and the animal can fight back. The wild hog can be very mean and bite. This is something that some individuals think as a lot of fun. However, the only safe way to catch any hog, wild or domestic is to set up a trap for it.
A hog trap must be sturdy and stable, as it will be expected to catch an animal that is large and fast. Wild hogs take the same predictable paths every morning to find and eat their food and then return via the same path in the afternoon. By doing some scouting, the hunter will no doubt learn after a couple of days what path their wild hog takes and can set their trap accordingly. Set up your trap with the food that will attract the wild hog, which is just about anything at all. Let the hog get comfortable with the trap, getting in and out of it several times before you attempt to trap it.
After the hog has gone in and out, let it go in and get comfortable with the food Most of the time you can silently sneak up and close the trap door cage. If you cannot sneak up on the pig, then setting the trap will take more practice on your end, and much more patience and time. For some unknown guy type reason, some men love to try and catch a hog just for the sport of doing so. This can also be dangerous, but many hog farmers do this any time they must corral one of their hogs back into the right pen.
Catching a domestic hog is not easy either. If you have seen a pig or a hog, it is a fast creature and loves to run away from humans not toward them. One way to catch or trap a hog is to put out corn for the hogs. Once the hogs are used to the corn, put up a section of fencing. Put down more corn and let them get used to the free corn and the fencing. After this occurs put up another section of fencing and put out more of the corn. Let the wild or domestic hog get used to the second section of fencing and then put up a shorter piece of fencing making a u shaped fence. Put out more free corn and let the hogs get used to the new piece of fencing and they will become accustomed to it, because, after all, you are giving them free corn and they love it. Once they are used to the fencing, put up the final section that will have a gate included. Open the gate, and lay out the corn. Once they are used to the fencing, put up the final section that will have a gate included. Open the gate, and lay out the corn. The hogs will come into the fenced area for the corn and once they are in, you can shut and lock the gate, keeping all of the hogs inside.
Some people try to use ropes as a lasso to try and rope the hog. However, this is not a good practice unless you are an experienced roper and can throw the lasso to catch the critter. If you have the expertise it may be something to try out. However, there are numerous other ways to trap a hog and it is a good bet that if you use food, you will have no problems trapping or catching a wild hog or even a domestic hog. If you continue to have problems, you could try and enlist the services of a professional to catch the hog for you and save your arms and legs and patience. This is a great move to make if you have no experience with trapping a larger animal and you are a bit nervous.
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