Brute 23 wrote:
5S Cattle wrote:I was creeping some calves on first calf heifers but the hogs are getting more than the calves. Can’t afford to feed 20-30 of those bastards every night
I have caught my fair share of hogs with dogs right inside the creep feeder.
They are usually some slobs. They won't even look at a bay dog because they face is buried in the feed so far.
Brute back before I quit hog hunting with dogs I had a friend that had a pasture almost on the river banks. They used a homemade wooden creep feeder without creep gates. It had a stout pen built around with just one opening for the calves to come in and out. When you turned out the dogs you might get one or two if lucky. So we made us a trap door and attached about 100 yards of rope to it then ran it through some trees. We had night vision goggles so one real dark night we slipped in downwind and waited till there were about 40 hogs in the pen. Cut the rope loose and trapped them. Most were small but there were 8 or 9 that we wanted including one big sow and about a 350 pound boar. The old sow would run up to the fence trying to get to us so we held the catch dog over the edge and when she ran up there we dropped the dog. After the dog caught her we used the other catch dog to catch the biggest boar. Then we started tying them. You ain’t never lived until you’ve been in a pen full of wild hogs in the dark. Hard to focus on tying legs when 8-10 more are running around, into, and over you! We wound up putting 8 or 9 in the trailer that night. I used to love it but looking back I have no idea how some of us didn’t get heard or killed between the hogs, four wheelers, rivers, snakes and everything else. We done some crazy stuff and jumped on some big hogs. Just lucky I guess.