Reader report: Mailman29680 takes down a big hog


This report comes from forum member Mailman29680:

The hot summer presses on and vegetation growth in the field is at it’s peak. The hogs in the Upstate are waiting near bodies of water a little longer until the night cools down to hit the fields. Ditches with water are key bedding areas. Bait spots closer to cooler areas with water are more productive.

Browsing is the preferred target now for hogs as they jump on any cut field for fresh vegetation. If you find a spot where the hogs are rooting, stay on that spot. The summer heat hardens the ground in the Upstate, and these key areas are few and far between. These spots can pay off night after night as the hogs prefer these areas to root because it is all that may be available. Cut wheat fields are also providing action night after night. I simply change up my hunting times as the hogs will be pushed to using these sights at different times. I rotate my properties and times to stay on top of hogs weekly.


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