Hunting Wild Hogs In Oklahoma (#325)
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Hunting Wild Hogs In Oklahoma (#325)

August 19, 2019

ADAM: (Whispering) Ready? We gotta go, dude.
We gotta go. ADAM: Well, deer season is officially over
for us but that doesn’t mean we’re gonna stop hunting. We’re down at the range today.
Got the Winchester out, we’re gonna sight it in cause we’re getting ready to do a
little hog hunting. ADAM: Well, during deer season we had the
guns sighted in with Deer Season XP. But now that we’re hog hunting, we’re breaking
out the Razorback XT. Deer Season XP is designed specifically for the thin coat of a deer so
it has rapid expansion. But the Razorback XT has a little bit of a delayed expansion.
That way it can get through the tough hide and bone of a pig, but still have great results. ADAM: Fire in the hole. ANNOUNCER: is brought to you
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Hunting Blinds. ADAM: The slow time after deer season and
before spring turkey season begins results in cabin fever for a lot of people. But this
week we had the opportunity to get back to hunting and also help a fellow land owner. ADAM: We were recently invited by our good
friend Martin Smith, to his property in western Oklahoma, to help reduce the number of feral
hogs on his property. Feral hogs are non-native, invasive species and it’s to believe that
they came to the Americas with the first explorers. Feral hog population has increased rapidly;
they are now in more than 30 states. ADAM: Feral hogs can do all kinds of damage
to habitat, often rooting through the soil, destroying food plots, commercial crops and
eating the native vegetation. This limits what’s available to the native species.
Not only do feral hogs consume their fair share of vegetation, they are often overlooked
as omnivores. If given the opportunity, they can consume the eggs of a ground nesting species
or a newborn mammal, like a young fawn. ADAM: Well, we’re out in western Oklahoma
today on our friend Mr. Smith’s property. Grant was here almost two years ago – developed
a management plan for this property – so Matt and I are out today taking a tour and
seeing how well it’s progressed. One of the biggest suggestions Grant made while he
was out here was adding the additional acres of food. And if you remember, he was standing
in almost in the same spot looking over this area that was mainly grass and other native
species and he said, “This is gonna make a great food plot.” And as you can see,
Mr. Smith has done just that. ADAM: One thing we are noticing about this
food plot – is another reason why we’re out here – hogs. We’re out in the food
plot now and you can see there is hog damage all around me where they’ve been rooting
around, eating the food plot – basically destroying the food plot. We’re seeing a
lot of tracks but more specifically small piglet tracks. That’s because feral hogs
reproduce at a very high rate. And that is how the population can become out of control
very quickly. This is a great looking food plot back behind me. We met our needs of adding
the additional acres for food plots but it’s gonna be important for us to control these
hogs before they do more damage. ADAM: But it’s still northwest wind? MATT: It was last night; we can check again. ADAM: So, if they are down in here, I think
it’s “thread the needle” but I think it will still work. MATT: Yeah. ADAM: We were told there was a large sounder
using this field and after looking at the pictures, we were blown away at how many pigs
were using this area. ADAM: So, pulled the card, probably on the
first. They were there at two o’clock. MATT: That’s that big girl. ADAM: That’s that big, big sow we’re after. MATT: Yeah. ADAM: Look at her. MATT: (Whispering) Oh my God. ADAM: I mean she stands a whole head taller
than the other big ones. I hope we shoot and she dies in sight and we don’t go crawling
off in the bushes for her. MATT: Because I’m looking around here and
it’s tall grass around there. ADAM: I don’t want to track a stinking,
wounded pig in tall grass. And aggressive like that. MATT: Well, yeah, I mean… ADAM: She is aggressive with the other pigs. MATT: …very. ADAM: I wonder what she would do with a two-legged
person. ADAM: Looking over the pictures, the biggest
one of the bunch was a big red and white sow. And she seemed to be the boss hog so that’s
the one we were after. ADAM: (Whispering) Well, it’s the first
afternoon in western Oklahoma on our hog hunt. Toured the property this morning, saw a lot
of great things but one thing we kept seeing was hog damage. Tonight we’re trying to
take care of that. We got a bow and a Winchester rifle in here. If they come in close we’re
gonna shoot them with the Prime bow, but if they hang out there we’ll shoot at them
with the rifle. Either way, our goal is to remove hogs – particularly sows. So, we’ll
see what happens. ADAM: We were hardly even settled in the blind
when the action started. UNKNOWN: (Whispering) Look! UNKNOWN: (Whispering) Oh my gosh. ADAM: This large sounder entered the field
to the south and they quickly closed the distance. UNKOWN: (Inaudible) ADAM: As the cloud of dust settled, we could
see that big red and white sow – right in the middle of the pack. ADAM: (Whispering) Ready? MATT: (Whispering) Yeah. ADAM: (Whispering) You good? MATT: (Whispering) Yeah. ADAM: (Whispering) You ready? MATT: (Whispering) Yeah. ADAM: (Whispering) I don’t think they are
gonna run off. ADAM: (Whispering) She’s passed through. MATT: (Whispering) Yeah, she’s slowing way
down. ADAM: (Whispering) They are gonna come back.
No, they’re not. What do you think? MATT: (Whispering) Yeah, I think they will. ADAM: (Whispering) I think they’ll come
back. That arrow zipped through her. MATT: (Whispering) Oh, yeah, that was no problem
for that arrow, was it? MATT: (Whispering) That’s a big ole hog
now. ADAM: (Whispering) Ahhhh. MATT: (Whispering) Oh my. ADAM: (Whispering) Wow. That happened fast.
It is 4:24. We’ve been in the blind…mah… MATT: (Whispering) Half hour. ADAM: (Whispering) …half hour maybe, something
like that. I don’t even know. MATT: (Whispering) Maybe 40 minutes. ADAM: (Whispering) And that is the pig we
were after. Big sow. Really big sow. Biggest one of the bunch. There are several groups
coming in here but I think that’s the main group that has been in this area. Big, reddish-white
hog. Got the arrow. You saw when they left, how dusty it was across that field so it’s
no surprise that the front part of the arrow and the broadhead is just, it’s just dust.
The broadhead just zipped through her. Um, there is a lot of blood on it but it’s hard
to tell how much because it’s just caked in dust. There is blood all around the vanes.
We reviewed the footage and right about the time she got to the Eagle beans at the other
end of the field her back end dropped like she was starting to lose some gas. And, ah,
she went over the hill really slowly so, we expect her to be just inside the wood line
or right at the wood line. We’re going to hang tight, hopefully those other pigs will
come back; we’ll pick out the biggest sow out of them and try to take another one out. ADAM: The next morning we went back to where
we found last blood and picked up
the trail. ADAM: (Quietly) I don’t know how I saw that,
but that’s a little bitty ole leaf. MATT: (Quietly) You can see it right inside
that. ADAM: (Quietly) There is blood right there. ADAM: Look what I see. MATT: Got her? ADAM: Got her. MATT: Oh my gosh! Holy cow. ADAM: Honestly, a lot prettier than I thought
she was. She’s really red, almost orange back here, then blonde up here in the front
and some grey. Really pretty pig. I kinda feel a little like, there’s no antlers.
(Laughter) I don’t know what she weighs. I’ll be curious to – I mean she’s in the
200s. MATT: Oh yeah, I was going to say she’s
easy 200. ADAM: You can see what the Striker did to
her. Let me pull her around here so you can see it, but definitely a lung-liver I’m
guessing. MATT: The more you roll her around the more
I’m thinking, “How are we getting her out of here?” She is huge! ADAM: Yeah. ADAM: The celebration soon turned to work
as we had to drag her out and take her back to process the meat. When handling feral hogs
and processing the meat, it’s important to wear gloves. They have been known to transmit
diseases to humans – so we want to take every precaution and use the proper gear.
Processing a hog is a lot like we process a deer, start out with field dressing and
then remove the hide. ADAM: With the pork chilling in the cooler,
it was time to grab the Winchester gun and head back for another hunt. As we left the
lodge, we noticed the large sounder already in the field so it’s time for us to try
and slip into range. ADAM: Here we go. ADAM: Looking over the lay of the land, we
only had one option so Matt and I prepared for the stalk. ADAM: The hogs were out in the wheat field
– the wind was out of the southwest – just to the east with a big, native grass field.
So we had to slip through the cedars, get into the grass field, slip up the fence line
and work our way into range. ADAM: With the wind in our favor, we crept
into the fence line and prepared for the shot. ADAM: (Whispering) What? I’m going to shoot
that black one. ADAM: (Whispering) Ready? We gotta go dude,
we gotta go. Easy. Ready? ADAM: Whoo! Three down baby! ADAM: After the last shot rang out and the
dust had settled, the Razorback XT ammo had lived up to its reputation because three hogs
lay dead in the field. Wow! This action was fast-paced but I’ve learned if given the
opportunity, you better take advantage of it. ADAM: Big ole sow. Big, it’s amazing how
like, the black pigs they just look, ah, jet black, just shiny. There is the first one,
let’s go check out the second one. Yep. Another big sow. I shot this one, yeah, right
there. This one’s got a little brown to it. Teeth are a little longer. This one looks
a little meaner than that other one. Another sow. ADAM: Come here. I’m gonna show you this.
Look, this is why we’re in here shooting these things. This is from today. Look at
this. I mean I’ll step out here in the middle; it’s a foot lower than the actual top of
the field. Being a tractor driver, I can tell you this is the last thing you want to run
into. ADAM: When Mr. Smith met up with us in the
field, we noticed that all three pigs were sows. That is four piglet producing pigs,
removed in two days. ADAM: I’ve got good news for you! MARTIN: What? ADAM: They’re all three sows. ADAM: When trapping hogs isn’t an option,
aggressively hunting them is an alternative. Focus on removing the big sows and pressuring
them. Once hogs sense danger, they’ll most likely move to another area where they feel
safer. ADAM: Feral hogs offer a great opportunity
to do a little hunting when you can’t chase deer or turkeys. We really appreciate Mr.
Smith’s invitation to come out to his property in western Oklahoma. ADAM: We’re continuing our tour of Mr. Smith’s
property in western Oklahoma today. Yesterday, we were happy to see that he had implemented
our plan of adding additional acres of food plots. We’re even happier today when we
see that he is already started removing cedars. ADAM: I’m in an area now where just a few
weeks ago, there was a large cedar tree – stumps back behind me. Of course there was nothing
below it but cedar duff. But just outside the cedar canopy – or where the cedar canopy
was – is lush, thick, native grasses. Now that the cedar has been removed, sunlight
and rainfall will be able to reach the soil and it won’t take long – it’ll be back
to its native habitat of grasses and forbs. ADAM: Yeah. ADAM: We moved out into a little open area
amongst the cedars. And this is just a great example of what we’re hoping will recolonize
the area where the cedars have been removed. We’re looking around, there is a lot of
different legumes. There is some ragweed, which is great for wildlife. There’s a lot
of clumps of little bluestem, just like this scattered out. It’s just thick. It’s great
bedding and habitat for wildlife. ADAM: I’d bed down here if I was a deer. ADAM: As is true for a lot of us, controlling
Eastern Red Cedar is a continued process throughout the years but we’re happy to see Mr. Smith
is off to a great start. ADAM: Hope you get a chance to get out this
week and enjoy Creation. Whether you’re chasing hogs or doing a little shed hunting,
remember to do it all for the glory of God. Thanks for watching GrowingDeer. MATT: Ugh. This is like a little tank you’re
dragging through the woods. ADAM: Yeah. MATT: Ready? ADAM: All right. Gotta get… MATT: Ready? ADAM: ….her nose up. We’re gonna inch
her right here. Look at those teeth. MATT: Here we go. ADAM: Yeah. We’re getting somewhere now. UNKNOWN: (Inaudible) Drag right here.

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  1. Spotted ur vid notification so rushed on to watch it. I wasn't disappointed, another great vid. Ty for sharing. Matt shoots southpaw, all the best people are southpaws ?. Keep em coming, God bless.

  2. I got my first buck this year great experience! Sure do enjoy yalls videos I watch yall vids as soon as I get home from school. Keep up the good work!! and God Bless

  3. Loved the hunt. I heard that in eastern TN that there was an 1800 pound hog shot. Maybe y'all should go after something like that??

  4. Great video . . . we're in the process of organizing a hog hunt for early next month, 6 of us from work . . . we can't wait! Me especially, I'll be trying out my new 7.62×51/308 Adams Arms toy . . . . I call her "The Hog Slayer" . . . LOL

  5. me and my dad do a lot of archery hog hunting. usally we go to the barrier islands of Georgia where we live or to a river bottom near our house and walk with the wend in out face and shoot them from the ground. and when you say hogs are also predators I know because I shot a hog one time and while tracking it we herd the other hogs finish it off and eat some of it before we got there.

  6. i might have to order a few boxes of that winchester razorback ammo thinking it might be good for black bears and even moose

  7. Good video but it would be weird for me to call my dad by his name rather than dad. I think you could just call him dad and we would all know what you mean. Keep up the good vids

  8. Long time watcher , first comment. Had to give you guys a thumbs up, Growing Deer Tv is an excellent program I've leaned so much from everyone on your team. Adam and Dr. Woods you are two stand up guys, keep doing what your doing

  9. Fun fact: it takes 6 weeks in the wild for a domesticated pig to turn feral hog. This is another reason why the population booms aside from breeding is if a domesticated pig escapes a farm, in just that short time it turns feral, growing hair and tusks. It's kinda freaky to think about

  10. Something I found useful with deer hunting, if you get a jar of peanut butter and take the top off, nail the top into a tree and screw it onto the tree, cut the bottom off and the deer will love it. But I jut checked trail cameras and a raccoon decided to try it as well. Lol I think you should give it a try and see how the deer like it in your area.

  11. If you're going to change your Winchester from deer season .243 to razorback .308, you might have to do more than adjust the sights.

  12. I am planning a hog hunt for the summer which state do you suggest I go and what should I look for when I'm looking at outfitters.

  13. Another wonderful episode fellas. I usually don't comment on Youtube videos but I felt the need to say how awesome it's been to watch Grant mentor so many people. It's been especially fun for me to watch Adam grow as a person and pass along his wisdom that he's learned along the way. Keep up the hard work!!!

  14. Dang, stinking boars. I can't stand them, darn things are pests! But hey, fresh hormone free bacon, so that sounds good to me. 😀

  15. Great video. Like Pigman says, shank them all. My question is, why aren't you using fully automatic weapons if they're such a problem? or multiple shooters?

  16. What animal would you guys recommend for an 11 year old? Pheasant, turkey, deer, or other ( if other please state what animal it would be)?

  17. Any hogs near or about Bartlesville Ok.? My daughter lives there and one of my sons would love to hog hunt when he visits her.
    Thank you. These hogs are a huge national problem. They destroy everything.

  18. The state I live and hunt in has faaaaar worse hog population problems than Oklahoma. I'm talkin bout Florida. They hogs run off the deer there non stop! It's very annoying actually.

  19. I feel so bad for the red white hog. I know it's a necessary evil but still, I feel bad for her. Poor little piglets. I've never been hunting before and I want you to go next year. I wanted to hunt feral Hogs because here in Oklahoma I hear they're a nuisance like this video says. But after watching this I don't think I could stomach killing a mother hog in front of her babies. So I think I'll hunt Buck instead. I think I would feel less guilty that way. That being said, it's good that you guys were able to kill those 4 female Hogs. I can only imagine the frustration Farmers have to go through with these pests.

  20. You accomplish nothing “hunting” wild hogs in an attempt to “control” them. Research has shown that hunting sounders has no impact on overall population control. Had you killed 75% of that sounder, you would see the same number reproduced again by the next year (and that’s just one sounder). The only way to control these animals is through effective trapping. They’re fun to hunt and good to eat, but don’t give people the false impression that hunting them actually helps control them. Call it what it is….just another good hunting video, and nothing more.

  21. I am here in Ardmore ok and you guys should really look at a Boar Buster trap we have used one and they are the way to go when needing to get rid of a pig problem!

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