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Old January 22, 2013, 05:10 PM   #1
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What ate my pig - last night?

So yesterday, just about 10 minutes to 6 pm, a medium sized hog walked into range and I dropped him on the spot. I'll guess he weighed about 100 to 120 pounds. It was time for supper, so I walked on back to the house with plans for the morning to drag the recently deceased to a spot where I'd use him for coyote bait. This morning, the wife dragged me on a shopping trip, so I didn't get around to dealing with the hog till about 2 pm. The hog was gone. Not there. Big pool of blood where he had been and another big bloody spot about 6 feet away. I walked around for a while and I found most of his tail and a few bones (rear leg bones I think). That's all. Completely eaten up. What would you think ate my pig? Coyotes? Other Hogs?

Next one I shoot goes in that same spot and a game camera will be pointed at it.

Sure hope the heck that I don't pass out back there some evening. Geez!
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Old January 22, 2013, 05:28 PM   #2
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my guess is coyotes.
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Old January 22, 2013, 05:54 PM   #3
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I'd guess hogs.
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Old January 22, 2013, 06:25 PM   #4
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Coyotes heard the shot. Dinner bell....

They will make a dead animal disappear.

Although pigs will do the same thing, could have been a combination of both. Coyotes came in and tore it apart until they were satisfied. Hogs came in and ate the rest.

Were there any tracks or other signs of animals around the spot?
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Old January 22, 2013, 06:49 PM   #5
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Let us know if you find out
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Old January 22, 2013, 07:15 PM   #6
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Hogs would have ate it where it fell. Could have been coyotes first tho.
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Old January 22, 2013, 07:18 PM   #7
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Although not the time of year for them, buzzards will finish a pig in less than a days few bones will be left if dogs and yotes don't get the bones.
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Old January 22, 2013, 07:34 PM   #8
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Thirty years ago, around here, it was common practice if you were unsure of your hit and the air was cold to leave a deer lay till morning. Especially if it was right before dark(as in bow hunting). Nowadays, between the 'yotes, wolves and bears, you best not let it lay for more than two hours or the hind quarters will already be gone and by morning all you have left is hair and bones.
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Old January 22, 2013, 07:53 PM   #9
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BIGFOOT?
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Old January 22, 2013, 08:09 PM   #10
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I looked for tracks, but it's a grassy area and no tracks were evident. I've got one of those new Moultrie Trail Cams that you can set for short videos. Next hog I get (unless it's a nice sized edible female) goes in exactly that same spot, with the new camera pointed at it.

I put a camera over a dead hog a few years ago, and it was coyotes doing most of the eating, but the best camera shot I got was a coyote looking right into the camera lens while taking a dump. You don't think those guys have that much intelligence, do ya? I'd show you the pic, but somehow I erased it a year or two ago.

So probably it was coyotes, but geez...how many coyotes does it take to eat 120 pounds of pig in such a short time? That's a lot of meat and guts.
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Old January 22, 2013, 08:57 PM   #11
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Red Dog,

It could have been Bigfoot, but here in Florida we call him the Skunk Ape
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Old January 22, 2013, 09:12 PM   #12
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I figure a combination of yotes..pigs..and buzzards....I piled up 3 biguns a few years back..ans found 2 leg bones and lots of hair the next day....
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Old January 22, 2013, 09:19 PM   #13
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Chupacabra :-)
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Old January 22, 2013, 10:41 PM   #14
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603, I would not take a nap while out on your stand if I were you , LOL
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Old January 22, 2013, 10:53 PM   #15
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Probably coyotes and hogs.
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Old January 28, 2013, 09:11 AM   #16
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On our lease we have a designated place to do our cleaning deeds of deer. It has a small creek that runs across it, and gives us a good water supply to clean up any knives and utensils we might use.

We always leave the entrails at the same place, so that the scavengers can easily find them, and within an hour, they will be gone. This is an area just below a tall ridge that I like to sit on and watch what happens. Generally the yotes find them first, and eat everything except for the stomach, then the hogs come in and finish the stomach off, probably because they are always full of acorns and the like. I have never left a whole animal at the spot, but I figure the yotes get there first. If 5 or 6 yotes get there, it wouldn't take them very long to eat all they want, and carry the rest off.
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Old January 28, 2013, 09:44 AM   #17
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I watched a National Geographic show last night about African predators....If one of em died..they became cannibals..lions..hyenas..etc....
I have always heard pigs would....
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Old January 28, 2013, 11:04 AM   #18
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It took a couple of days, but the first hog I killed was close to 300 lbs. and it disappeared in 2 days between the yotes and buzzards. What was funny was the game came images of the coyotes, 5 of them, dragging the carcass away.
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Old February 2, 2013, 12:01 PM   #19
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Not positive, but wouldn't hogs push yotes off a kill?
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Old February 3, 2013, 02:32 PM   #20
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Thought about this thread yesterday as I passed a deer carcass along side the road. Sitting on top of it feeding voraciously were two mature Bald Eagles.......
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Old February 3, 2013, 03:34 PM   #21
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i often hunt on a very large piece of tightly controlled federal property. Hunters must be off the range NLT than one hour after sunset. Sometimes that does not leave time to drag a pig or deer out of the woods. A few times i have left field dressed deer and hogs overnight on that property.

If it becomes necessary to temporarily abandon an animal; my coat is thrown over the animal and i also urinate on the animal. Never had a kill disturbed after doing that.

Try setting up on the gutpile after field dressing an animal. i've killed a lot of coyotes that way.

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Old February 3, 2013, 04:50 PM   #22
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I hope you're urinating on the dead animal and not on your coat.
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Old February 3, 2013, 05:09 PM   #23
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I ate your pig.

I am very glad that you, unlike thallub, did not urinate on it.
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Old February 3, 2013, 05:45 PM   #24
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hogs most likely.
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Old February 5, 2013, 05:47 PM   #25
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He is now one of the walking dead.....
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