Bonus: Pound More Feral Hogs with Souped-Up Attractant

Despite being a blast to hunt to keep your bow or gun skills sharp, feral hogs are a scourge of deer hunters, landowners and wildlife agencies for myriad reasons.

Feral hogs are a problem throughout much of the Southeast, giving landowners, hunters and wildlife agencies fits about how to control them. This one fell to a Mossberg FLEX shotgun and slug in Texas.

Hogs have been around for hundreds of years, first believed introduced by European explorers in the 1500s. Thanks, Spanish explorers! Can you take back, oh, a few million of them now and make some delicious cured meats with them? Hogs are prolific breeders, tear up agriculture fields and food plots, and are carriers of some diseases we humans can get but definitely do not want.

A few years ago while hunting with my pal Barry Estes, we drove by a small overgrown food plot. Giant holes were turned up in the Alabama dirt and I remarked that it looked like someone got a tractor stuck pretty badly. Estes laughed and said those were made by hogs rooting and creating wallows. They were at least the size of the small swimming pools you get for summer fun with the toddlers.

I’ve hunted hogs in Alabama, Florida, Arkansas, Texas and South Carolina, and doggone if it’s not tremendous fun. They’re tough, mean, wary and provide ample targets, not to mention great pork for the table (depending on the size; I prefer smaller hogs for eating). Some of those hunts have been stalk-spot-shoot, some have been over feeders, some were while deer hunting.

Trapping is the best method for managing hogs, without a doubt. I love to hunt them and support hunting them with whatever legal means available. Modern Sporting Rifles with multi-round magazines are the best gun to use, and if you’re able to use night optics then that’s even more fun.

For those who think it might be cool to transport hogs and release them, don’t. Just don’t. You’re asking for a boatload of trouble that you don’t want. 

Baiting — where legal — is a plus, too. Some states have restrictions on bait and attractants, along with requirement of permits and other laws or regulations. Check your state’s wildlife laws and regulations about these before using anything.

If you can use bait or attractants, check out this press release from BIG & J about their hog products and give them a try. 

BIG & J hog attractants are designed to lure feral hogs and keep them returning, which is great for hunting and management of these pests.

Everything is better with bacon, and if you want to bring home more of it, you need BIG&J’s PIGS-DIG-IT™ and HOGS-HAMMER-IT™ super-long-range pig attractants.

BIG&J, makers of the world’s most effective long-range attractants and supplements, applies the same rigid standards for quality and aroma to its pig products that made its whitetail line the envy of the industry.

When it comes to attracting pigs, the nastier the better, and PIGS-DIG-IT and HOGS-HAMMER-IT are as nasty as it gets. Grandpa’s feet can’t even come close to the rotten old cheese smell of these pig magnets, and they’re a lot easier to get to the woods.

PIGS-DIG-IT is a granular formula that can be poured directly on the ground. The super intense scent starts working immediately, and it doesn’t require a long discovery period before it starts bring in the pigs.

HOGS-HAMMER-IT is a liquid version that can be poured onto stumps, feed piles or directly on the ground. A proprietary refining process creates the HOGS-HAMMER-IT stinky old cheese smell that is so strong even humans can smell it from far away.

PIGS-DIG-IT is available in 5-pound bags, while HOGS-HAMMER-IT comes in half-gallon containers. Make sure to clear out some room in the freezer before heading out with either of these products, because you’re going to be bringing home a LOT of bacon.

To learn more about PIGS-DIG-IT and HOGS-HAMMER-IT and the entire line of super-long-range deer and pig attractants, visit