6 Methods to Bait Hogs Quickly

Wild hogs have become one of the most popular game species in the United States. They are growing in abundance and are destructive to native crops.

This presents the perfect opportunity for hunters- a species that is readily available and that property owners want to go.

But there is a problem: wild hogs move frequently. This means you need an effective attractant that will not only bring hogs to your hunt site but do it quickly.

Why Bait Wild Hogs?

Wild hogs are omnivores which allows them to eat almost anything, even foods that other animals would avoid at almost any cost.

Although this makes them a blight in the eyes of landowners who must deal with ruined crops it makes can be used to a hunter’s advantage. Why? Because it makes them easy to bait.

But why would you want to bait hogs? Why not just pattern them and hunt them like you do other animals like deer?

Because they are almost constantly on the move, finding a food source and depleting it before moving on.

Although they may be in the same general area it would be almost impossible to determine when they might return to the same spot.

Baiting provides a food source hunters control and that hogs will return to regularly, often daily. 

Baits to Attract Hogs Quick

As stated earlier, wild hogs will eat almost anything. But, like any other animal, they do have preferences.

These baits play on those preferences to not only draw hogs to your hunting site but also do it quickly.

After all, who wants to wait days or even weeks, for hogs to find a bait site and decide they want to return?

Wild hogs have an extremely acute sense of smell. Each of these baits takes advantage of this by including scents that hogs can detect from long distances.

This will make your bait site easy to find and almost irresistible.

Each of these baits also limits the possibility that other animals will eat your bait.

Although corn is a common ingredient in many of them, it is also a favorite food for almost any other wild animal.

Adding these other ingredients increases their attractiveness to hogs while limiting the other species that will find them equally tasty.

Jello or Kool-Aid Drink Mix

6 Methods to Bait Hogs Quickly

Wild hogs are attracted to Jello and Kool-Aid like a kid who grew up in the ’70s. Although any flavor will work raspberry, cherry, and grape do seem to be more popular.

Supplies

  • Shelled corn
  • Jello or Kool-Aid drink mix packets
  • Water
  • 5-gallon bucket
  • Burlap bag

Mix corn, Jello, or Kool-Aid, and water in a plastic bucket at a ratio of approximately 1 packet for every 20 lbs. of corn and enough water to cover the corn by 1-2 inches. Now it is time to place the bait.

Filling a burlap bag and hanging it out of reach will allow the scent to disperse quickly and over a wide area.

Placing a pile of bait under the bag will provide the hogs with instant satisfaction and burying some under the pile will keep them coming back, even if the bait runs out.

For added attraction, you can also sprinkle some of the Jello or Kool-Aid mix on the ground around the site. The smell alone will cause hogs to root around looking for a treat.

Sour Corn

This is by far one of the most popular hog baits, used by hunters across the country. Although there are slight variations in the recipe the basics remain the same.

Supplies

  • Shelled corn
  • Yeast
  • Water
  • 5-gallon bucket
  • Burlap bag (optional)

Preparing the mixture is the same as the previous recipe – mix the corn, yeast, and water at a ratio of 1 packet of yeast to 20-25 lbs. corn and cover with water.

However, this mixture can not be used immediately. It needs to sit in a warm place (direct sunlight works) for 3-5 days to allow the fermentation process to take place. 

After allowing to ferment the mixture can be deployed in the same manner as the Jello / Kool-Aid mixture, or simply spread on the ground near your stand.

** TIP – if you do not have access to yeast beer is an excellent substitute.

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Sweetened Corn

This is a combination of the two previous recipes and takes advantage of the best of both worlds, a scent that is both strong and that plays on the hogs’ sweet tooth.

Supplies

  • Shelled corn
  • Yeast
  • Jello or Kool-Aid drink mix
  • Sugar
  • Water
  • 5-gallon bucket
  • Burlap bag (optional)

Prepare the mixture as previously instructed – combining corn, water, yeast, sugar, Jello, or Kool-Aid. Yeast and Jello / Kool-Aid ratios remain 1 packet of each for 20-25 lbs. of corn with the addition of 1 pound of sugar.

Again, the mixture needs to ferment so place it in a warm location for a minimum of 5 days. Longer fermentation will increase the potency of the mixture.

Again, this bait can be placed in several different methods. Hanging, bait piles, buried, or scattered about the area are all effective methods.

However, the scent must be allowed to disperse and some of the mixture be available for the hogs to find when they arrive.

I would caution against placing this bait in multiple locations within proximity at the same time. Doing so will risk drawing hogs away from one site to the others.

This mixture is a bit more complex than the other recipes and does require additional preparation time, but hunters who have used it swear by its effectiveness.

Some have even reported hogs following them to the hunt site or showing up before the bait site is completed.

Diesel Corn

6 Methods to Bait Hogs Quickly

Believe it or not, wild hogs are also attracted to the scent of diesel fuel. The extremely strong smell also makes it an excellent means of drawing hogs in quickly.

Although this is not the most environmentally friendly hog bait and not something you would want near a water supply, it does not appear to harm the hogs or negatively impact the meat.

Supplies

  • Shelled corn
  • Diesel fuel
  • Water
  • 5-gallon plastic bucket

Diesel Alternative

Mix corn, diesel fuel, and water in a plastic bucket. Only a small amount of diesel fuel is needed, approximately ½ cup for 25 pounds of corn.

Allow the mixture to sit for 2-3 days and place at the bait site. The strong smell of the diesel means you do not need to hang this bait to disperse the scent. Simply place a pile near your hunting location and wait.

A more environmentally friendly alternative, and one that might sit better with those wishing to eat the hogs they harvest, is available. It will still attract hogs quickly but does not involve them eating the bait.

Supplies

  • Diesel fuel
  • Burlap bag 
  • Fence post

Soak the burlap bag, or similar cloth material, in 1- 2 cups of diesel fuel. Wrap the cloth around a fence post near your hunting location.

If a fence post is not available a fake one can be easily installed but should be anchored solidly to prevent hogs from removing it.

Hogs will be drawn to the area by the scent and rub on the fence post and diesel-soaked cloth. 

Hog Wild, Wild Beast Attractant

Not everyone has the time to prepare homemade hog baits. No worry, there are several commercial hog baits or attractants available and many of them are equally effective.

Plus, they can be deployed immediately which makes them perfect for that spur-of-the-moment hunt.

One of the most commercially produced hog attractants is Hog Wild’s Wild Beast Attractant. This granular bait mixture uses a combination of crushed berry, molasses, and grain to draw in a variety of wild game species.

Simply mix it with shelled corn as per the instructions and place it at your hunting location. 

** TIP – unlike the other recipes, this attractant will draw in a variety of wild game including deer and bear.

Is Baiting Hogs Legal?

Yes, in most jurisdictions the baiting of wild hogs is permitted. Why? Because most locations consider wild hogs to be an invasive species that unnaturally competes with native species.

It is important to check local regulations before placing any bait, even for hogs. Some states prohibit baiting during the open seasons for other species, during specific times of the year, or in some areas such as public lands.

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