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    I am new to pig hunting but it looks like my first opportunity to have a 3-4 day pig hunt is coming soon. I have never been pig hunting I have been deer hunting tree stand style in the states, but that won't work here. So what is the process for pig hunting in Australia. I live in Qld so if there are any specific laws involved please let me know. Questions like when are pigs out and about and how do you find them? Is it legal to bait them? you know if someone could just flesh out the process for me a little so I can understand it I would appreciate it. thank you for your reply s.
    "He got the whole nine yards" - as it happens World War II (1939–1945) aircraft machine gun belts (US 50 cal) were nine yards long.

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    i've found that 'on average', the best times to find pigs is in the first 2 hours of sunrise, and the last 2 hours of sunset.
    they'll be feeding near any water, dams, creeks etc.
    when they're not there, they'll be lying in the shade of low lying shrubs, trees, thick brush.
    if you're wading through these areas, walk a few meters, stop, listen for any movement or grunting/squeals etc, observe, repeat frequently.
    look for their track, turds, and areas they've been uprooting lately.
    they have a good habbit of being startled, then go crashing through the brush/shrubbery.
    so be prepared for a shot in self defence, if they come at ya.
    once they've been startled, they'll be full of adrenaline and can run a little while even if shot perfectly.
    where possible, position yourself on the higher ground, so you can see down into the scrub, rather than through it.
    once you hit one,.........they'll be on the run.
    hope you nail some.

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    • #3
      Another thing to remember is that pigs have poor eyesight , pretty good hearing and an excellent sense of smell. Use this to your advantage always try to be down wind, you'll be surprised how close you can stalk.

      Good luck & happy hunting

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      • #4
        thanks mate thats good advise there and I hope to find my share. ill keep you posted on how it goes after the trip which will be after christmas. should be fun, but I have to get those pesky written permissions first.
        "He got the whole nine yards" - as it happens World War II (1939–1945) aircraft machine gun belts (US 50 cal) were nine yards long.

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        • CE
          CE commented
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          It will be hot and dry(hopefully for you). The pigs will be close to water or mud to wallow in. Hunt into the wind near dams and water courses and listen out for them. Don't shoot the first you see...there are often bigger ones about so if you haven't disturbed them watch and listen for a while. Watch out for snakes...they also like these areas. Target feed areas at night and dawn and dusk.

      • #5
        Find out if you will need to spotlight. That changes things completely. On my hunt 2 weeks ago I neglected to ask the question and although my rifle had a torch what was needed, was a specialised spotlighting vehicle. Didn't see a pig in a 2 hour walk from 10 pm to midnight.

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        • #6
          Seems to be covered by others posts and you can use bait to attract them, pigs are attracted to pretty much anything but using a carcass will attract other feral critters like foxes.

          The main laws are that land owners are required to try to control them and you obviously need to follow firearms regulations while hunting which basically involves common sense and shooting with permission of the land owner/manager.

          There are also animal cruelty laws, but they don't seem to be enforced unless you do something that is intentionally cruelty. It is or at least was illegal to hunt with animals but never heard of anyone getting in trouble for it.

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          • Bricktop
            Bricktop commented
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            Originally posted by Chris" post=36033
            Seems to be covered by others posts and you can use bait to attract them, pigs are attracted to pretty much anything but using a carcass will attract other feral critters like foxes.

            The main laws are that land owners are required to try to control them and you obviously need to follow firearms regulations while hunting which basically involves common sense and shooting with permission of the land owner/manager.

            There are also animal cruelty laws, but they don't seem to be enforced unless you do something that is intentionally cruelty. It is or at least was illegal to hunt with animals but never heard of anyone getting in trouble for it.
            It IS legal to hunt pigs with dogs in NSW and QLD

        • #7
          this is more or less exactly what I wanted from this discussion thank you to all responders
          "He got the whole nine yards" - as it happens World War II (1939–1945) aircraft machine gun belts (US 50 cal) were nine yards long.

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          • fishphillott
            fishphillott commented
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            I don't know where your heading to but have been a few pigs getting around my place at the moment getting around at all hours of the night visible under the spotty

        • #8
          Get a close as possible, if there's a sow with piglets nail her first, the piglets will usually hang around mum instead of running off like the others.... After that first shot rings out, get on your feet and chase, try and get a couple more at distance if possible.... Yes this may sound silly as pigs are fairly quick but you may just pick up and extra one or two.... Then go back for the piglets....
          I throw sub-moa rocks

          If you heard the shot, you weren't the target

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