Posts Tagged ‘Feral Hogs’

We checked out a new lease about three hours south of here over the weekend: My hunting partner took a doe and sow hog over the weekend, I lost a hog to Gator Country (it managed to make it into a swap where we couldn’t follow it at 3 am, because the swamp was the edge of another property, and it was ‘crawling space only’ to move forward.  I don’t know about you, but crawling, in the dark, in a swap with alligators, doesn’t seem prudent.)

Still, great property, and lots of fun over the weekend.

 

I have to say, having never hunted hogs at night on private property before, that waiting, in the dark, (no night vision) for the motion activated lights to come on, can be a bit interesting. Especially dozing off in the blind, only to wake up as something tries to climb the stairs into the blind with you. (It was probably a raccoon smelling my snacks.)

It was very cold in the treestand this morning.  I’m from northern Ohio, and while people from places even further north can sneer about the cold there, I know about ‘being cold in a treestand,’ so when I say it was very cold this morning, believe it.

I sat in the stand, and over two hours, quietly added more and more Hot-Hands to my active collection. One in each boot, one in each thigh pocket, one in each hip pocket, and one in each jacket pocket.

Regardless, I have a reputation to maintain as something of a Sasquatch, so I’ll just say ‘it was very cold,’ and move on. 🙂

I saw a hog around 8:30 a.m., running back and forth along a fence line downhill of me, and the round little porker kept running the same trail, along the fence, then up the hill next to me, then back down the hill, then along the fence again, for almost an hour.

Finally, a larger boar came down the hill, and the first hog hauled ashes out of there for parts without a mean old boar to argue with.  I glassed the boar, and while I’ve never shot a feral hog before, I thought I’d let it pass and wait for something bigger.  The boar followed the sow down the hill, across the fence from left to right, but this time they both kept moving instead of turning around to come back.

There was a father and son team a few hundred yards further down the trail from me, and having spoken to them in camp the night before, I knew they had never hunted big game , so I was happy to hear a shot from that direction.   Then I heard two more shots, and thought that would mean that they were finishing off the boar, but to my surprise, the boar came back along the fence with a wound on its neck, just above where the guide said to shoot a boar for a certain, quick kill.

I don’t like wounded animals, and this one wasn’t going down with a flesh wound, so I shot it in the proper spot and that was that.

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The hunt was with Hog Wild USA, near Macon, Georgia.

My wife bought me a gift certificate to Hog Wild USA for Christmas.  Last week, I called and spoke to Tommy at Hog Wild, and we reserved a day next week for my hog hunt.

Because the rifle is new, I took my Mossberg Patriot .308 out to Advanced Bullets in Villa Rica last Saturday morning to make certain it was dialed in.

No worries, it’s shooting fine.

I’m not very happy with these photographs – the hog that left this blood got off of the property, and we didn’t have permission to follow it onto the property it crossed into.

The only consolation is this – this property has not, before now, had invasive hogs on it, nor does the property owner WANT hogs on it, and while I am deeply upset that I didn’t cleanly kill the hog and bring it home to my freezer, it’s not coming back to this stretch o’ woods anytime soon.

It’s time to apply for quota hunts again!

Go to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources website, click on ‘hunting,’ then ‘Quota Hunts,’ or click THIS LINK.

GA_DNR_Quota1 From there, use the upper right corner of the screen to log in, or if you don’t have an account, you can use it to create an account from the login screen.

Remember – if you just want to collect preference points, do NOT select a hunt, simply click on the type of hunt (i.e. Alligator, or Deer) and click ‘save application’ when you get into the hunt, this auto-selects you to simply receive preference points at the end of the selection period.

From the “How To Apply” section of the website:

 

 

 

About Quota Hunt – Instructions – Apply for a Quota Hunt

HOW TO APPLY FOR A QUOTA HUNT

  1. Log In to the system.
  2. Click on the Quota Hunt tab.
  3. Select “APPLY NOW / Open Applications” from the dropdown menu.
  4. A list of all hunt types that are open for applications will appear.
  5. Select “APPLY NOW” next to the hunt type for which you would like to submit an application.
  6. You will be taken to the actual application for that hunt type.
  7. If you have accumulated priority points, then select the number of priority points that you wish to allocate to your application.
  8. If you wish to submit a group application, then select Add Applicant (you can search by first name/last name or full SSN).
  9. When you find the correct person, then select them by clicking on their information and it will become highlighted. Click “OK”. Repeat this step until you have added all members of your group.
  10. Click “Add Choice” to select your hunt choices in priority order. Click on your first hunt choice and it will become highlighted. Click “OK”. Repeat this step until you have added all of the hunts that you want on your application.
  11. Click on the red “Save Application” button.
  12. This message will appear: “Your Application has been saved successfully. PLEASE CAREFULLY REVIEW YOUR APPLICATION DETAILS BELOW BEFORE YOU LOG OUT. YOU MAY MAKE CHANGES UNTIL THE APPLICATION DEADLINE.”
  13. You have successfully submitted your application.”

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March 6, 2013 – chriskoches – News – No Comments

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Our 4:15 alarm came early as we woke to a full moon and noise of frogs all around us.  The ranch was covered with morning fog, rugged terrain, creek bottoms, oaks and acorns of Mendocino County, Northern California.

The hunt was to be led by Connan Eagan, owner of Golden State Outfitters and his skilled team which ranks second to none.

The excitement for this hunt ran strong once the alarm sounded as this was to be the first time in over 30 years I was once again able to hunt wild boar with my brother and my father who turned 79. While some of you may want to hear more about the details of this hunt, I would rather share with you the greatest reward my brother and I received from this time spent hunting..

To us, more than the wild boar we were able to kill, the best part was seeing dad enjoy the camaraderie, scenery and energy of the hunt again.  Although time and Parkinson’s has slowed him down, his passion is still strong to share the experience of a wild boar hunt.

The last time I hunted with my dad as a kid, he made sure I was properly dressed, had the right gear and looked me over with a detailed eye. Fast forward and it is now my brother and I taking care of him; watching over him with pride and respect and most of all, with an appreciation for the outdoors and hunting.

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Danny and I hunted Allatoona WMA on Sunday, Dec 2nd.   It was a rough walk in, and a very rough crawl up hills too steep to walk on out.

We hunted all day – with most of the photographs being taken in the first half (I found a good spot and I wasn’t leaving it, I did see a flock of about 70 turkey, but couldn’t get a decent photograph).

 

(Note: Photos were taken with a six year old Fuji FinePix S700. Yep, it’s old, it’s only 7.2 megapixel, and I can’t afford to replace it right now 😉 )

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Ok – I’ve seen more than one article about how bad the hogs are in middle and south Georgia, and how farmers want the destructive critters off of their land.  Same thing with coyotes.

Except, I can’t find anyone who has a farm that wants hunters to take the hogs out. I’ve spoken to a few farmers, either directly, over email, or through a mutual friend, and in most cases, they have somebody who live traps the hogs already.

So, if you read this and know somebody with a feral hog problem that wants hunters to take the hogs out, contact me on the 323 Archery Shoot FaceBook page and I’ll work on getting a few of us down there to take care of the problem.  There isn’t any fee, we aren’t ‘for hire,’ we don’t live trap, and we’re willing to share the pork.  We can do that one of two ways, splitting the hogs up before we leave, or the farmer chips in for processing, so “I’ll take $X amount when it’s processed!” and we’ll get the hogs processed and bring the meat back when it’s done.

We can use archery or firearms – private property in Georgia is ’24/7/365′ for hogs.

Thanks

Niko

 

Ok, I live just outside Atlanta near Six Flags over Georgia. I have access to a FANTASTIC hunting property down in Taylor county, GA, but it’s a two and a half hour drive, not exactly something that’s great for quick hunt.  I have access to 40+ acres in Powder Springs, GA, but it’s mostly a farm, and there is only a tiny amount that can be hunted, which is surrounded by people of questionable hunting ethics.

I have been hunting Wildlife Management Areas in GA on and off this year, but honestly, almost every single one has different seasons, most of which make no sense when you first look at them. (For example, Nov. 17th-18th, then Nov 21st-22nd. Hope you have days off on those dates.)  Not only that, but EVERY time I’ve hunted a WMA this year, I’ve had issues with hunters walking right by my stand, smoking, yelling to each other, etc.  I like a bit of elbow room when I hunt, as do most of the folks I know.

So I started looking into leases and hunt clubs, and I’ve come to the conclusion that seriously saving money and finding a couple of hundred acres to BUY might be the way to go, since I’m not paying $1,500 to join a lease that has more rules than any major league sport you care to name. I have found a few hunting CLUBS that I may consider further, I’ve requested information from two of them, but even then, its another expense, and based on number of days of hunting vs. working on those properties, the net result ends up being pay $X per day to hunt plus spend time and money working on the property in the off season.

Don’t get me wrong, I grew up belonging to hunting and outdoor clubs that required all members to work on the club, I LIKE working on properties like that, but working, and paying a decent chunk of change and being restricted in several ways, etc. when I could save money for a year or two then buy 200 acres or so might be the better way to go.

I would LOVE to help some farmers out who are having crop damage issues from hogs, but so far, I haven’t found one.  Every farm I hear about that has hog problems, when I call or inquire, either doesn’t have the problem any more, or won’t allow hunting.  So, if you know of anyone who wants hogs gone, contact me on my FaceBook page, I can get several hunters to come help out.  Archery or firearm, depending on the property owner’s preference.