Hog Hunting in Alabama (#484) @GrowingDeer.tv
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Hog Hunting in Alabama (#484) @GrowingDeer.tv

August 11, 2019

GRANT: My friend, Andy Andrews, and his sons,
Austin and Adam, invited us down to hunt hogs with them. They hunt a property about ten miles from
the Alabama River in lower Alabama. GRANT: I love hog hunting and was eager to
spend some time in the woods with my friends; so I had two days, we loaded up the truck
and headed south. GRANT: It’s about a 12-hour drive from The
Proving Grounds to Andy’s camp, so when we got there, I was eager to get outside and
stretch. Even though it was dark, I wanted to shoot
my bow and make sure it traveled well before we went hunting the next morning. GRANT: We put a Morrell Target in front of
their equipment shed so we’d have some lights and I took a few shots. And after that, I was confident if a hog got
in range, we’d be bringing some pork back to Missouri. GRANT: Shoot in front of Austin; put a little
pressure just like there’s a pig out there; put a little peer pressure. GRANT: We put a couple Reconyx cameras out
just to see if we could get a quick pattern on hogs and see if they were moving in the
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and Redneck Hunting Blinds. GRANT: The next morning we headed out before
daylight to a small pine plantation just above the swamp. And in this pine plantation, there’s some
narrow food plots. It was ideal for stalking around and trying
to spot a hog. CLAY: (Whispering) Hey, hey, hey. Pssst. Hog. There’s a hog right there. It’s going this way. GRANT: (Whispering) February 22nd and I’m
in south Alabama with my friend, Austin. And I gotta tell you, it feels good. I’m kinda hot — may be sweating a little
bit. It’s been a cold winter at The Proving Grounds. GRANT: (Whispering) We’re chasing hogs today;
seeing a lot of hog sign, so we’re gonna use a technique Austin really likes to use
called stalking and then spotting. We’re just constantly moving really slow
— listening, looking, trying to catch up with the sound of hogs. Then, we’ll close in for the shot. GRANT: As we started sneaking around the pine
plantation, I was super excited at all the hog tracks. GRANT: (Whispering) Just trying to keep the
wind in our face and watch this a little bit. GRANT: It’s easy to tell a hog track from
a deer track because the front of their hooves are much blunter. It’s kind of rounded where a deer track
is narrow and sharp. GRANT: Another observation that’s easy to
tell we were seeing a lot of hog sign is a bunch of itty-bitty tracks and they’re not
small fawn tracks this time of year in Alabama. GRANT: Hogs are not synchronous breeders like
deer. Deer all become receptive at about the same
time, where hogs can breed throughout the year. GRANT: A lot of sows reach sexual maturity
at about six months of age and can have two litters every 15 months or so. And each litter, well, it can average six,
seven, eight hogs. So, it’s easy to see how hog populations
can build rapidly. GRANT: In most areas, feral hogs are extremely
nocturnal and mature boars tend to be solitary except when tending a receptive sow. GRANT: As we were standing there peering down
the trail and making plans, we spotted a hog at the other end. GRANT: (Whispering) It’s coming to us. GRANT: Hogs have an excellent sense of smell
and it was fairly still that morning but just a slight crosswind. So, we got on the side of the road where the
wind was in our favor; put some vegetation between us and the hog and started making
our way closer. GRANT: (Whispering) That log straight across
is 23. GRANT: At this point, I couldn’t feel any
wind. It certainly wasn’t a constant breeze. And I was afraid our scent was just swirling
in the area. GRANT: (Whispering) No. Don’t do that. GRANT: Even though we stood motionless, it
was obvious the hog detected danger and slid into the palmettos on the opposite side of
the trail. GRANT: I’ve used similar techniques stalking
hogs successfully in the past. But usually there’s a strong enough breeze
that you know the direction your scent is going. When the wind is still, you’re probably just
developing a scent cone and it’s tough to get a hog within bow range. GRANT: Going through the swampy area, I was
glad I was wearing snake boots. We were going in and out of water, and through
mucky areas, and stalking through brush. And we were in a big swamp and the Andrews
had told us about several encounters they had had with snakes. GRANT: The cover was perfect for stalking. Enough cover to keep a visual screen, but
just enough space between the cover so we could move through without making much noise. GRANT: This was beautiful, southern swamp
habitat and I was enjoying every minute. GRANT: (Whispering) There’s a (Inaudible). Yeah. UNKNOWN: Aww, shoot. GRANT: Hunting all game animals is challenging. But one of the reasons I like the challenge
is because of the nutritious, quality meat I can bring home and share with my family. GRANT: Wild hogs, like most wild game, have
an extremely wide variety in their diet. Hogs eat insects and even small snakes; all
kinds of vegetation; nuts and berries. And given this very diverse diet, they get
a full complement of all the minerals and nutrients to make their meat extremely rich
and nutritious. GRANT: Think about domestic hogs. Most of them are raised in confinement and
eat whatever is poured out of a bag. I’m not saying that’s bad. But compared to a wild hog, there’s some
big differences. For example, domestic pork has about 14% fat
in the meat; where wild hogs are 1.4% or 10x less fat. GRANT: There are many other values of wild
pork compared to domestic pork that’s favorable — a little bit higher protein level; much
wider compliment of mineral content. All in all, wild game is extremely healthy
because of their varied diet. GRANT: We noticed a lot of water rushing into
the sloughs. Clearly, the water level was rising. GRANT: We had seen a hog and had a lot of
action in a relatively small area. So we decided to return that afternoon and
put a ground blind up not far from the water’s edge. GRANT: (Whispering) It’s the first afternoon
of our hog hunt in lower Alabama. We’re set up thinking they’re gonna come
out of the swamp; feed up into the highlands. There’s a lot of rain; the water is rising
in swamps. Hopefully, they’re gonna come on out; hit
this high road as a travel route to go feed up in the highlands. GRANT: Before dark we spotted two hogs near
the water’s edge on the left side of the trail. GRANT: Large groups of sows and pigs are called
sounders. And when a sounder is going through the woods,
many of them are simultaneously very alert to any source of danger. They’re trying to detect predators early on. And this makes it extremely difficult to hunt
a sounder of hogs, especially at close range with a bow. GRANT: Soon, they were joined by several others. There was a sounder of hogs about 120 yards
from our blind. CLAY: (Whispering) That’s a good group,
too. GRANT: One of the larger ones suddenly leaped
a small ditch of water. I was surprised at how far that hog broad
jumped. I’ve seen hogs jump out of a hog trap before
and clear a three-foot fence, but I had never seen a hog broad jump so far. GRANT: (Whispering) (Inaudible) Oh my gosh. You should have seen that thing jump. He got it on camera. It was amazing. It was like an eight-foot broad jump. There’s one getting ready to launch. UNKNOWN: (Whispering) What’s he up to? GRANT: (Whispering) There you go. That one didn’t jump very much like the
others. The others really jumped it. (Inaudible) GRANT: (Whispering) We need him to come up here. Yeah. GRANT: (Whispering) That’s it. Be a good leader. GRANT: A time or two a few hogs veered into
the palmettos on the opposite side of the trail and I was afraid the whole sounder would
depart and go that way. But after a few minutes, those hogs would
come back and join the sounder. UNKNOWN: (Whispering) Thought that one would
get here. (Inaudible) dark. GRANT: Once again, it’s very still. There wasn’t enough wind to keep the mosquitos
down. And when the hogs got about 50 yards away,
I could tell they sensed danger. CLAY: (Whispering) I’m good. UNKNOWN: (Whispering) You sure? GRANT: It was a thrilling hunt, but we were
going to return to The Proving Grounds without fresh Alabama pork. GRANT: During a portion of the hunt, Clay,
Austin and I were standing behind some big trees not far off the trail. There was a ladder stand right in front of
me, but we opted not to climb it even though there was a safe line. But we didn’t have our harnesses. And I’m a big believer that no one should
ever climb a tree stand or ladder stand without being tethered to a safe line. GRANT: No single hunt; no hunting opportunity
is worth risking falling from a stand. GRANT: Remember — the biggest trophy you
can bring back from any hunt is returning safely to your family. GRANT: While standing behind a large tree,
there was some bark that was leaning off and I wedged my phone in there and took a time
lapse of the netting on that ladder stand. GRANT: I noticed the netting would blow one
way, be still and then go the opposite way. And it’s a perfect illustration of swirling
winds. GRANT: When the wind is light, especially
when you’re in a bottom and gets a little gust, it certainly goes one way. But it seems (Inaudible) structure like a
wall of trees or some land and almost bounced back the other way. GRANT: And you’re standing there hunting,
breathing the whole time. And I believe that scent is just washing back
and forth across the whole area. GRANT: But it doesn’t leave when it goes
back one way or the other. Scent molecules are being deposited on vegetation
and the ground the whole time, effectively making a scent cone all around you that can
alert critters as they approach within bow range. GRANT: While watching this video, imagine
you’re a hunter sitting in a stand. This video is about 20 minutes long. And think about how many times the wind whips
back and forth. GRANT: Now, you’ve cleaned your clothes
and you’ve taken the appropriate hygiene, but you’re breathing the whole time. And the scent from your breath is washing
around the whole area. GRANT: I’ve shared a similar video from
The Proving Grounds, but on a larger scale, watching fog wash back and forth across the
valley. GRANT: These illustrations are why I always
recommend landowners make food plots on ridgetops where possible. GRANT: I make this recommendation because
the wind direction is much more stable. No matter the wind speed on a ridgetop versus
anywhere below that because it’s not deflecting off trees or other land. GRANT: I didn’t bring any Alabama pork back
to The Proving Grounds, but I had a good hunt. I had a great time visiting with Andy, Austin
and Adam and I hope the lessons we shared about swirling winds helps you be more successful
when you’re in the field. GRANT: For more techniques and observations
that will help you have a successful hunt, please subscribe to the GrowingDeer channel. If you like this kind of information give us a thumbs up. GRANT: Whether you’re by yourself or with
family and friends, I hope you take time this week to get outside and enjoy Creation. But most importantly, take time every day
to be quiet and listen to what the Creator is saying to you. GRANT: Thanks for watching GrowingDeer.

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  1. Cant belive how smart was that hog in the end of vid. Crazy! How he spotted you and challenged you hunters to shoot him. Guess that hog wont become sausages in any case. Too expericed. Renembers me a hog that im trying to shoot till 2 seasons lol. Gigant female thats always one foot in front of me lol

  2. W-A-S-H there is no "R" wash! 🙂 haha, thanks for the video Dr. Woods. Too bad you didn't get to bring home the bacon! However, looked like a great time spent in creation, so I'd say a successful trip.

  3. Hey mr.grant my name is Trace luker my family owns a property on the tombigbee river In south Alabama I would like to invite you to go spring turkey hunting and summer hog hunting there

  4. Great video! I would love to go on a hog hunt sometime but I certainly don’t want them around where I live lol… I made some y’alls venison meat balls the other night that you have on your website and I just wanted to say they were delicious!!! Best meatballs I’ve ever had for sure and tomorrow night I’m making the venison taco pie! I’ve gotta put all my venison from this year to good use to make room for next year! Haha….God bless!

  5. Bring a rifle next time. I get the whole bow thing. But when it comes to hogs……. Got to smoke em' when you see them

  6. Grant your gonna have to get set for a shot a little quicker when your spot and stalk hunting. It's not like hunting on your property. Those deer you shoot are walking in a food plot and you can take your time and pick and chose (shop for the right deer).

  7. Glad to finally hear someone say that wild hogs ARE good to eat!!!!!! We hog hunt with dogs year around and all we hear is how they will make you sick or give you a disease!!! My whole family would have been dead generations ago!! Haha. They are very Intelligent that for sure!!! Every ounce as hard to kill sometimes as
    A 6yr old buck! Great video guys!

  8. As long as pigs are awake, they never stop moving. Ever.

    Use your rangefinder, and pre-measure your shooting lanes, so you know that as soon as they pass a marker, you already know the yardage and can be ready to make the shot.

    You've got to be prepared, and ready to let that arrow fly, as soon as they pause for a moment.

    I've had the same experience, many times over. Just as I'm ready to draw my bow, they trot off.

  9. I've had two doctors tell me that the wild hog, venison and other wild meat I eat is much healthier for you than the meat in the stores, and I think it tastes better.

  10. To much waiting around for the right moment to let it fly and to much talking that's what happens when you don't practice long range shooting and just spent a lot of time bsing get in and get done or just go on YouTube and see other people videos stop spending people time lmao

  11. Awesome video. Thank you Grant for pointing out the ladder stand and you not having a harness. Too many people throw caution to the wind! I shoot the Logic. Love my bow…extremely accurate and easy to shoot.

  12. Grant, what neighborhood or wildlife community did you develop outside of Montgomery? I've seen a video on it years ago, but never heard anything else about it

  13. It's obvious that the kill ratio with a bow is far less than with a AK-47 or AR-15 but I enjoyed the conversation particulars but not so much the wild pig hunting. Better luck next time.

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