“PIG TOYS” – USE WHAT ‘YA GOT!

While a PVC pig pipe is easy to make and works well for attracting and holding hogs, there are some disadvantages to this system. First is capacity. It is fairly easy for hogs to empty a pipe in one night, so unless you plan to hunt that night, you might miss them. Another drawback is that PVC pipe is not indestructible. I’ve had them destroyed by big hogs, and more recently had a tree fall on one and shatter it. I decided to replace that particular pipe with a roll barrel, which holds much more corn so it doesn’t need to be refilled as often.

This 30 gallon barrel holds more corn than a PVC pipe.

This 30 gallon barrel holds more corn than a PVC pipe.

For this one I used a 30 gallon black plastic barrel, with a marine deck plate installed in one end for filling. I ran a short length of chain through the original bung holes to attach a 20′ length of heavy cable with swivels on both ends. After being out a couple of days, it was already being rolled around by hogs.

I also decided to replace a short pipe that never holds the hogs long before they empty it. For this one I used an old boat muffler that was once behind a large marine diesel.Being of heavy, stiff plastic designed to be impervious to salt water and diesel exhaust, it is “hour-glass” shaped to slow the motion of the corn inside, and allow for a rope to be tied securely in the middle. I used a couple of different end caps fashioned from materials I had on hand. This one was also visited as soon as I set it out, but was not emptied in the three days before I got a chance to check on it – as the PVC pipe would have been.

This roll toy was once a muffler behind a big marine diesel engine. It replaces a much smaller PVC pip.

This roll toy was once a muffler behind a big marine diesel engine. It replaces a much smaller PVC pip.

I have also used an old swimming pool sand filter housing for a “roll barrel – only imagination limits your options.

About MikeH

Texas hunter and fisherman for 50 years, published outdoor writer since 1979, licensed charter boat operator from 1982 to 2013. Past Member, Board of Directors, National Association of Charterboat Operators, current member Environmental Advisory Committee to the DOE and the Strategic Petroleum Reserve. Married to Dorothy since 2000, one son, Michael who is recently married and living in Nederland, Texas. My wife and I live in Oyster Creek, Texas, near Freeport, and have a hunting property outside of Brazoria, Texas.
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