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HOG HUNTING AT NIGHT
Whether you hunt with a rifle or a bow, you must first invest in a good feeder light such as The Kill Light® Feeder Light or The Kill Light® Motion Activated Feeder Light. The motion activated light is designed to illuminate only when animal activity is detected. The Kill Light® Universal Remote can also be added to either feeder light and will allow you to turn your light on or off without leaving behind human scent or disturbing the area around the feeder once you arrive at your stand.
Note: Kill Light® Universal Remote is volt specific, select the appropriate model (6 volt or 12 volt) to match your battery. Will not function with C - Cell batteries installed.
We also highly recommend a good remote control for your feeder, such as THE-REMOTE. By utilizing a good remote on your feeder, you will be able to draw spooked hogs back in for a shot, sometimes several times. Some hogs, once
spooked by shifting winds, can be charmed back in immediately or 30 minutes to
an hour later by sounding the dinner bell of golden nuggets once again. They
might come from a totally different location, wind direction or a whole new
group could move in on you while you lie in wait. Having a remote in hand will greatly increase your success rate.
If you really want to increase your odds of success, the use of a momentary target illuminator on your rifle or bow is recommended (Kill Light® XLR100, Piglet™, Kill Light® XLR250 or Kill Light® XLR252 Tactical Lights). This will help if an animal is out of range and not visible under or around the feeder light. When using a rifle or shotgun, simply depress the momentary switch to "light up" the animal in your scope and line up the crosshairs on the target area. If using a bow, once at full draw, press the pressure sensitive switch to illuminate your target. In areas with extra elusive boars or wary hogs and varmints, you may want to aim your target illuminator up in the sky and turn your light on. Then very slowly come down on the animal to avoid spooking them with a sudden blast of light in their face.
No matter how experienced a hunter you may be, hunting in complete darkness is very different. Being able to quickly and quietly operate your light and equipment while preparing for a shot is very important. Before setting out on your first night hunt, it is very beneficial to take several practice shots with your bow or gun outfitted with your light. Pay special attention to control switches and their location(s) as well as how your sights and/or optics perform in the dark. Doing this a few days before your hunt will help ensure all of your equipment is working properly. This will also help you get accustomed to preparing for and making a shot in the dark. It is also very beneficial, when archery hunting at night, to use a lighted arrow nock. The lighted nock will help you better identify your shot placement. Also, in the event the arrow does not 'pass through', the lighted nock serves as a beacon to help you visually track the animal's escape route and in some cases identify their location after they expire. In the event of a 'pass through' or errant shot, finding your arrow is also much easier.
When hunting any animal, proper stand placement is critical to a successful hunt but especially when it comes to hogs! Special consideration and attention to wind should be taken. Hogs are especially keen to human scent. As a rule of thumb, always try and keep the wind in your face whenever possible to increase your odds. Hogs are one of the hardest animals to hunt if you are not careful about your scent and wind direction. We have had great success when using the OZONiCS Ozone Generator
to help control your scent, especially when ground blind hunting. Camouflage is not necessary at night so you can wear whatever you are comfort-able in. Because we bow hunt, we set up tripods in an open field 20 yards or less from a feeder, and we wear dark colored clothing. When hunting with a rifle we recommend trying to get about 50-75 yards or more away to increase your chances of success since a hog's snout is very good at detecting human odor.
After you have successfully taken your shot, being able to visually track your animal in the dark can be the difference between recovery or going home empty handed. We recommend using a Shot Spot-R™ laser to mark the location you last saw the animal or where your bullet or broadhead made impact. Simply clip the laser pointer to a tree or blind and aim it at the location you have selected. When you exit your blind or get back on the ground, follow the red laser beam directly to the spot you marked and begin looking for signs of a hit. It is also very important to have a good tracking light such as the Blood Track-R™ adjustable beam light, an old gas lantern or spotlight to look for sign of blood or hair. Once sign is found, it is very important to mark the location in a manner that is easy to see. Our illumitacks™ magnetic LED trail markers easily attach to leaves, limbs or branches and provide you with a highly visible and compact light source to mark your path. Of course, you do not need all of these products to be successful, but through years of use we have found these items to be highly effective and huge time savers in the field.
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