Wild boar is the species with the largest spread in the entire European continent. Therefore the interest among the hunters is very high. While the common way of wild boar hunting is driven hunt, the bait hunt always produce the biggest trophies. I want to share today some tips and tricks that will help you to have some boars over your baiting points. From the beginning I want to underline the fact that baiting the wild boars is much more easier in the winter time. The animals need more food as they consume more energy in the cold days of the winter. If you respect few rules, this job is a piece of cake. At the beginning you have to check the entire hunting area where you can bait boars or at least big part of it. If the snow id present on the ground you job is even more easy. Fallow the tracks of the boars and place the bait in the areas with heavy traffic. It is very important to have old and fresh track, not only fresh tracks. This ensure you the place is visited often by the boars it is a routine trail. Corn is the best bait. Period. Don’t forget you have also have to shot them eventually, so a place where you can build a high place with good visibility is important. Put bait once every two, three days and plenty of it. Don’t hunt them until they come regularly and that’s it.
If baiting wild boars in the winter is a piece of cake, doing this in the rest of the year is not an easy job and requires a lot of work and preparation.
We have 2 situation here.
First situation: we need a quick result. We don’t have time or patient to build a long time strategy for baiting wild boars.
Everybody understand that during spring, summer and fall the food is plentiful. Wild boars are omnivorous animals and they can find food pretty much everywhere. In this case baiting points are much more than a place where you can put food. It is not complicated. In this case wild boar should come in the baiting place for much more than food. If in the winter parasites are not present in the skin of the wild boars, they are in warmer months. You can use diesel to paint the trees near the baiting point, or even better used engine oil. The boars will rub on those trees in order to get rid of the bugs. However we don’t like this because in the end the trees will die. Better to dig a cavity and fill it with diesel and/or used engine oil. The boars will love to bath in that pool.
And now the magical trick: fresh water source. Much easy to say that done. You can make another pool and fill it with fresh water but in the end the boars will bath in both pools ruining their fresh water reserve. So, what can we do? The best thing is to put a suspended pool with fresh water. Not very high, like 30 cm high so the small ones can reach the water too. I hope you get the idea.
All we need more is of course food. But sometimes another animals and even birds will eat the boar bait. So in the places where we have those baiting points, we bury, yes bury the corn in the ground, boars have a fantastic sense of smell much better than dogs and they will know exactly where to dig. More than that they love to dig with their long noses. Another feeding technique is to fill a metal pipe with corn and make holes all over the pipe. The wild boars will roll the pipe in order to eat the corn. And they will love it. Make sure you tie up the pipe, otherwise you will not find the pipe, not the boars.
Last but not least: We need to develop a permanent bait station for wild boars that we can use year around. This is a much more complicated subject I will write only the main ideas here as I will write a major article about this later next month.
We will start in building a permanent feeding place by buying or renting a small piece of land in the forest. The density of the wild boars in the area will dictate the surface of the area, More wild boars, larger surface. Minimum surface should be 400 square meters. This time we will not choose an area frequented by wild boar. We don’t need a quick result. First thing we do is to plant the turnips in the soil. Obviously we can do that only in the spring or in the fall. For those who doesn’t know what turnips are, you can google the Latin name Brassica Napus or Helianthus Tuberosus. Helianthus Tuberosus is better for wild boars but Brassica Napus is more common. Both will work. If the density of the boar is low you can leave the area unfenced, but if the density is average or high you should fence the area. After the first year you can remove part the fence as those plants are multiplying a lot, but always keep a small area fenced.
If you plant the turnips in the spring, you can unfence 1/3 of the total area in the fall. If you plant them in the fall you can unfence 1/3 of the area in the next spring. Important is that near the fenced to spread some corn. Not much, but very often. By doing this you will maintain the interest of the boars. The reason you have to fence the area is the boar will dig and eat the plants in first 5,6 night after they found them. The rest of the work is like in first situation. Make a fresh water pool and one pool where boars can loose their bugs.
I hope you got a general idea. For really interested read the next article for permanent baiting of the boar that will have much more technical details or send us an email with your questions. We will be more than happy to help. If you have more info or have different opinion, don’t be shy, leave a comment.