Posts Tagged ‘wild boar’

Went back to the hogs-only property for a few hours yesterday to scout a new area. Saw more deer (4-6, they were a couple of hundred yards away in high grass) and thunder chickens, an actually saw some decent hog sign, but I didn’t spot any hogs.

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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.

(Cross-posted from Americanhunter.org)

By Doug Howlett

Going Hog Wild

In case you haven’t noticed, it seems hogs are everywhere these days. If you’re one of the lucky ones whose land hasn’t been visited by them yet, just wait. If you’re one of the unlucky ones (or maybe lucky, depending on your perspective), then you have been given one heck of a hunting opportunity. Wild hogs are now found in at least some parts of 35 states, with the epicenter of hogdom being found in the South where an estimated 2 million feral pigs are believed to be rooting around and destroying the land. Like the spread of the coyote, hogs are expected to expand their current range throughout much of the continental 48 states sooner than later.
Because of their destructive tendencies—a rooted up food plot or crop field can look like it has been hit with mortars—few landowners want hogs around and are more than eager to have hunters come in and remove them. Hogs may be the last great knock-on-a-landowner’s door to gain easy permission to hunt opportunity. Of course, outfitters throughout the South have been quick to seize on the growing interest in killing a big hog, and many now offer hunts that are among the most affordable of any guided hunt.
A Perfect Opportunity
“A hog hunt is about the cheapest hunt a person can go out and do,” said Mike Tussey, owner of Osceola Outdoors. “It’s a cheap way to go out and hunt and it’s a fun hunt because there are so many hogs, it’s almost guaranteed that you’ll get one.”
For roughly $250 a day, a person can hunt hogs, compared to a $1,000 to $2,000 for a three-day turkey hunt or even more for a trophy deer hunt. The affordability and likely success, makes hog hunts great for corporate outings or groups of friends who want to share in a hunt. The species is also great for first-time hunters.
“I think there is definitely a mystique to them,” Tussey said. “It’s an animal that can actually put a hurting on you if it came right down to it, so there is that sense of adventure. There’s also that trophy appeal as well when hunting for one with big tusks. Everyone wants one for the wall.”
And for the slightly unsure new hunter, hogs are an easier kill since most people can relate to and enjoy eating ham, bacon and sausage. Because of their appearance, you don’t get some of the hang-ups newer hunters might have over shooting something like a deer.
Tussey points out that in most places, one exception being California where hog hunting is regulated, the animals can be hunted year round, providing a great pre-season tune-up for archers and gun hunters alike. Hogs are also a great way to double up the action when traveling out of state on hunts for other critters like turkeys and deer.

Read the rest at American Hunter.