The thought of being able to use something as an attractant to lure wild hogs out easily and safely sounds too good to be true. And for the most part baiting hogs isn't automatically going to guarantee that you'll be walking back to your truck with some bacon. You always have to remember to keep a "that's why they don't call it shooting" attitude when it comes to this sport. Regardless, baiting for hogs can increase your chances at having a successful hunt.
Why make hog bait?
There's always different scenarios that you may encounter where knowing how to make hog bait could be beneficial.
For instance, let's say you've just arrived at a new lease and you notice typical areas where you feel hogs might congregate in. It may be a small clearing near a water source that you're thinking of placing a feeder. Sure you could just fill up the feeder with a corn and hope things go well or you could prepare some wild hog bait to entice them to come in for the first time before introducing them to the feeder.
Perhaps you notice a few nights out of the week a lone boar roams a hay field but never really settles in to give you a clear shot. You may need to make some hog bait to keep him around for those extra minutes giving you an opportunity to get a good shot.
3 Characteristics of Good Hog Baits
- Cost Effective - If you are either choosing store bought bait or making your own it has to be relatively cheap - especially in today's economy.
- A Hog's Nose Knows - If it doesn't smell like bait then it's just food. The purpose of bait is to lure and attract something towards it. Hogs will eat just about anything, but their love for sweet pungent smells keeps them focused in for longer.
- Easy to Make - We've all heard different recipes and methods for making bait but often times it's overly time consuming or ends of making a bigger mess than its worth.
Our Hog Bait Recipe
- 5 Gallon Bucket ($5)
- Feed Corn ($6)
- Fruit Drink/Kool-Aid Mix ($3)
- Yeast ($1)
How to Make Wild Hog Bait
- Fill up your 5 gallon bucket with roughly 15-20 pounds of corn.
- Add your drink mix and yeast
- Fill the bucket with water until its 1" above the corn
- Store in your garage for 3-5 days
Yes, it's that simple. You could add beer, but why waste it?
Plain Old Corn
There's no denying that hogs love your regular corn; but, in the essence of an attractant it may take time for wild hogs to find a feeder. This is especially the case if they've already found a plentiful food source and/or water source and keep their roaming down to a minimal. Plain corn is probably the most cost effective way of doing a feed setup for hog hunting. Whether its a automatic tripod feeder or a pig pipe that your hunting over, corn can go a long way. And that's where our hog bait comes into play, that sweet pungent smell will carry and hopefully that brings them to your spot.
Using Your Hog Bait & Hog Baiting Tips
As they say in real estate: location, location, location. As you should do with any hunt speculate the area. Make sure you feel comfortable knowing where things are including backdrops, water sources, pathways, etc. Be sure to make note of small things to - perhaps along fence lines where you see some worked up earth or where the wallows seem to position themselves in relation to nearby thickets.
Spread out your hog bait to intercept these paths with the majority of it going in an area where you plan to hunt over. Don't bother burying it as you want them to smelling and eventually tasting it.
Setting up a couple of hours before sunset is a good idea to minimize your scent after leaving (hopefully you sprayed yourself down prior to) and give them a chance to move in.
Depending on your feeder setup if you are using one you could use this bait directly in there. The corn tends to stay pretty firm and will take on the smell and color of the bait and it works wonders in pig pipes.
What do you use as bait for hog hunting?