Sure, the younger ones can be easy to bag around corn feeders but if you shoot a few in an area they go nocturnal and even then the biggest boars can be super-challenging to bag.
Mature boars, like trophy bucks, have the uncanny ability to sneak through the thickest of cover without making a sound. How many times have you been out there hunting and all of a sudden, you turn your head and there he is?
Well, there is a way to help this with your off-season hog hunting and it works just as good for whitetails.
Here is what you could do. The next time you are out shopping, pick up a motion sensor. I use one called the “driveway patrol”. It is one of the smaller ones and it works great.
These motion sensors come in two part: a transmitter and a receiver. The transmitter will pick up any movement and send a signal to the receiver. Usually, these receivers will sound an alarm that can be heard in three counties!
The one I have used also comes with a blinking red light when it receives a signal from the transmitter. I simply took apart the receiver and, using my vast knowledge of electricity, disconnected the wire that was attached to the speaker of the unit with my wire cutters. Consequently, when the transmitter sent a signal, the alarm was bypassed and only the blinking red light was working on the receiver.
Time to test this bad boy out. I set the transmitter outside and had a friend walk in front of it. In the comfort of my living room, I watched as a red light gave me notice of an intruder in my yard.
The cool thing about this is it works great for day and nighttime hunting. If you need to stay after hours to get that big boar, you can know when it arrives and exactly where it is.
The first time I used this was for whitetails and I carried it into a thick deer sanctuary. As quietly as I could I attached the transmitter, at around the height of a deer to the trunk of one of the small trees and faced it in the direction of a well – used deer trail. I climbed up in my stand, which was located just outside the heavy thicket.
From my overhead perch, I could see any deer that might head in my direction except for the deer trail in the thicket. I set the receiver on a branch near my stand and waited for the action to begin. It took a few hours before I spotted my first whitetail of the afternoon. I saw a few more does come out to feed on their way to the food plot.
Then about 30 minutes before sunset, my eyes caught sight of a red blinking light. Something was coming to me from the heavy thick brush. This battery operated pair of eyes worked perfectly. I was not sure at this point if it was a buck or doe, but I was convinced it was a deer. My heart was pounding right out of my chest.
The invisible deer only had to travel 50 yards or so before he or she would clear the thicket, but that seemed to take forever. My eyes were glued at the edge of the thick brush in search of any movement that might give the presence of the elusive deer away.
Finally, she poked her head out. It was not the buck I was looking for but my gizmo worked and it has worked numerous times since then.
Speaking of deer, which I do pretty much every day, I want to leave you with a cool trick that sort of symbolizes the kind of things to be covered in this column.
One Halloween I saw my friend’s spooky display. In that array of horrors was a dummy he filled with straw. It was sitting in a chair on his front porch. A light bulb went on in my head.
I went home and started my own “Halloween” dummy. The following summer my masterpiece was ready. I dressed him in camo and took him in the woods to my deer stand. I strapped my new hunting buddy up in the stand and left him there for the deer to see. They soon got used to seeing that dummy and on opening morning, a different dummy was up there. Only this one could draw a bow.
I hope you will enjoy this new column as much as I will enjoy writing it. Have fun and hunt safe.