Hogs and residual scent theories
A friend and I worked off and on the last two weeks building a new elevated enclosed hog/deer stand. I will post some photos of the actual stand later for those new to hog hunting who are interested in what other hog hunters are using for stands. The base is about seven off the ground and we placed an old lo-boy feeder about 40-50 yards in front of the stand. We also placed a trail camera nearby to monitor the activity. There was lots of hog sign in the area so I figured it would only take a few days for the hogs to find the feeder. Last Thursday a couple of friends went with me to look over the new area - we weren't going to hunt this site that day so we weren't worried about leaving our "scent." We all know that hogs and deer have a keen sense of smell and that most people highly recommend using some type of scent blocker in the woods. I do so routinely and I think it does help. However, in the back of my mind I always wondered just how long scent lingers around a site and how much does it scare the game away. I had to go back to the new site the next day to do some more work so I pulled the camera card. As you can see on the date stamping we were on frame at 3:39 pm and the hogs showed up at 3:30 pm - eleven minutes later - and stayed for about 2 hours, feeding on the corn. I'll continue using scent blocker routinely but I thought this was an interesting take on the theory of lingering residual scent and how it affects some animals.