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    Help me find an oinker

    Righto guys, after the HUNTS course, reading the Lentle books and various tips on here, I am pretty confident about being able to find goats and deer in the NZ bush.

    My next mission is Mr Piggy Shooting, not stabbing

    In general, what should I be looking for ?

    Same types of areas as deer and goats ? Dawn /dusk ?
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    im not sure about up there but down here its very hard to catch a big boar out in the open they tend to be cunning and hide. I cant really help with tips on stalking pigs since I use my dog or wait for them in the evening

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    Tinui got some pigs outa there in my younger days. Spouse it all changed? Past the old Tinui pub there used to be an old conc bridge with a 52 Skoda imprinted on it! Go right,down the track, into the back of Otahome Station, but back then you just needed a permit to access. Probably all in hay these days?
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    Macca, Tinui Station is/was up for sale Tinui Station Homestead and Homestay Cottages - Realestate.co.nz - bit out of my price bracket though

    What I am keen to understand is what type of terrain should I be focusing on. Best time of day etc ?
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    have you got access to a private block where you can bait them up?

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    Without dogs the best success I've had is late afternoon onwards , if they haven't been hastled they are happy to come out well before dark . Spring and summer is harder to spot sign ( digging) as they graze more .
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    Quote Originally Posted by ebf View Post
    Macca, Tinui Station is/was up for sale Tinui Station Homestead and Homestay Cottages - Realestate.co.nz - bit out of my price bracket though

    What I am keen to understand is what type of terrain should I be focusing on. Best time of day etc ?
    Anywhere out the coast, used to be good, or the pines round Tokaroa
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    Nope possumer, doc and regional council land, definitely pigs on the regional council land.

    Just for interest, what do you bait them with ? Carcass ? Any species better or worse ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ebf View Post
    Nope possumer, doc and regional council land, definitely pigs on the regional council land.

    Just for interest, what do you bait them with ? Carcass ? Any species better or worse ?
    Sheep and goats worked well when we use two bait them at lambing time,
    I'm sure you old use anything for a hungry pig, the like there dead stuff aged


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    any rotton meat works. they love goat sheep and cow. if you have spots with huge scrubby faces sit and watch for awhile. or try find their wallows in summer and sit and watch them. ive noticed at my block the main wallow gets used just before dark so we head up and see a pig in it most times
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    Doughnuts ??
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    Spuds, most to country I've got pigs in was fairly open, where pines had been cut from with rubbish,, re growth, soft ground
    Or pines steep banks, either side of vehicle track and running water, close country, but with dogs
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    Read Terry Ngaphiki's book, might have a copy you can borrow
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    Hopefully someone with some local knowledge can point you in the right direction, failing that recall any pig sign you have seen on any walks, do some research, even ask a pig hunter where your best shot with out dogs would be

    Also ask about , even drop an add in some sort of ag or local paper offering pig control without dogs, plenty of cockys are not so keen on dogs, especially around lambing, they will also be getting into maize crops during the season, could be worth ringing a maize contractor and ask if he knows of problem areas

    This time of year they will be keeping out of the heat and starting to get up and mootch about late arvo onwards, and hitting the more open areas just before or after dark
    South facing cool gullies/ valleys with moisture, springs etc, pigs will leave plenty of sign in areas they live in, from poo to nests, wallows, digging, nosing, hook trees, grazed grass, plucked seed heads etc
    Not sure of the berry types in your area, but in summer the berry drop will bring pigs out from the pines and thick rubbish to feed and also camp up if conditions are good

    Try some plucked possums for bait, 2 o 3 here and there, check them once in a while and add some more and also maize if you get them feeding on them, they cant say no to maize once they get a taste

    A game camera is worth its weight in gold too, saves a heap of guess work when you do find a likely spot
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    The Terry Ngawhika book is a good read, one of Kim Swans books, I think its Grunter hunters don't quote me, but it has a bit about diet, habits etc. quite informative rather than just storys - I will check it out I have it somewhere
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