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Hog Hunting
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I kind of lost my taste for hunting the last 20 years but I am seriously considering going hog hunting in Fla or Texas this spring (if I can afford it) I think I would enjoying getting back out there and hogs are a real problem in Fla and Texas. I want to actually hunt the hogs though I dont want to go to some fenced in reserve. Has anyone done this? Any recommendations for a good place?
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I’ll be heading down to NC sometime this late summer or early fall. We’re staying with my friend’s brother (he rents out cottages) so that cuts our costs at the outfitter. All we’re doing is basically paying to hunt their property over their baited areas, it’s not fenced in so the hogs are free range and the outfitter makes no guarantees. Its $300 each since there is four of us going for a 3 day hunt, that doesn’t include license fees or getting ourselves there.
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You can also hunt on military bases. I am planning on going to Ft Stewart at the end of this month.

It's pretty inexpensive as you pay $15 per day to hunt on the base. The only PITA is you must register the firearms you are using on the base.
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P89;133613 Wrote:I’ll be heading down to NC sometime this late summer or early fall. We’re staying with my friend’s brother (he rents out cottages) so that cuts our costs at the outfitter. All we’re doing is basically paying to hunt their property over their baited areas, it’s not fenced in so the hogs are free range and the outfitter makes no guarantees. Its $300 each since there is four of us going for a 3 day hunt, that doesn’t include license fees or getting ourselves there.
That sounds like you have a good deal there. Are Hogs just has plentiful in NC has other places? I would rather drive to NC than fly or drive to Florida or Texas.
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I don't know all the details yet other than I have to drive and tow the enclosed trailer. Shrug Everyone else is on their own. We should get that figured out pretty soon. Tongue

It seems they have a fair amount of hogs in certain areas. There is no closed season, no bag limit and I could use my AR depending on several factors (which I still have to look into) but I have something else in mind if I go the semi route.

http://www.ncwildlife.org/Licensing/Othe...ermit.aspx
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It occured to us in our planning that we would need a way to transport hogs back home. There's four of us going and if we each get three hogs all of sudden that's a lot of pork! Sure we could have quartered them and filled all the coolers between us but then we are out of coolers for more important things like food and...um...beverages. We would also like to have a few whole hogs for roasting. The only solution we could come up with was build something! So we did...

   

It's not done yet. Our plan is to fiberglass the whole inside and resign the outside to make it water proof then paint it white. Most of the materials were free so we're not in it too much at this point. Size is 6.5'Lx4'Wx4.5'H with 6" of styrofoam for insulation. That should work!Big Grin
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P89;135620 Wrote:It occured to us in our planning that we would need a way to transport hogs back home. There's four of us going and if we each get three hogs all of sudden that's a lot of pork! Sure we could have quartered them and filled all the coolers between us but then we are out of coolers for more important things like food and...um...beverages. We would also like to have a few whole hogs for roasting. The only solution we could come up with was build something! So we did...



It's not done yet. Our plan is to fiberglass the whole inside and resign the outside to make it water proof then paint it white. Most of the materials were free so we're not in it too much at this point. Size is 6.5'Lx4'Wx4.5'H with 6" of styrofoam for insulation. That should work!Big Grin

When your done hauling dead pig, it that will make a nice double keg cooler. Nice work sir!
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Rik Bitter;135622 Wrote:When your done hauling dead pig, it that will make a nice double keg cooler. Nice work sir!

Double keg Huh I bet we can get six kegs in there! Big Grin

There's a guy at work who already said he would rent it for his Elk hunt. I guess he donates most of it now except for what he can get in his cooler.
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P89;135634 Wrote:
Rik Bitter;135622 Wrote:When your done hauling dead pig, it that will make a nice double keg cooler. Nice work sir!

Double keg Huh I bet we can get six kegs in there! Big Grin

There's a guy at work who already said he would rent it for his Elk hunt. I guess he donates most of it now except for what he can get in his cooler.
Looks like that will do a fine job. Good work sir.
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P89;135620 Wrote:It occured to us in our planning that we would need a way to transport hogs back home. There's four of us going and if we each get three hogs all of sudden that's a lot of pork! Sure we could have quartered them and filled all the coolers between us but then we are out of coolers for more important things like food and...um...beverages. We would also like to have a few whole hogs for roasting. The only solution we could come up with was build something! So we did...



It's not done yet. Our plan is to fiberglass the whole inside and resign the outside to make it water proof then paint it white. Most of the materials were free so we're not in it too much at this point. Size is 6.5'Lx4'Wx4.5'H with 6" of styrofoam for insulation. That should work!Big Grin

That's a heck of a cooler. Since you're talking about taking pigs home to eat, I figured I'd pass on a few warnings. Be VERY careful when cleaning feral pigs. If you can get someone else to do it at a reasonable price, I'd let them do it. The hogs can carry Brucellosis and Tularemia. I assure you that you do NOT want either. Brucellosis causes flu like symptoms like fever, aches and pains, back pain, poor appetite, night sweats, etc. It can also cause infections in the valves of your heart, swollen liver, swollen spleen, and swollen lymph nodes. It can be treated with antibiotics, but this does not always "cure" the person, and some of the long term effects that may stay with you for the rest of your life are things like infection of the CNS, liver abscess, chronic fatigue syndrome, fevers that just come and go, and joint pain for the rest of your life. You should definitely educate yourself on them http://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/bruce...ent?page=2 . That's just what goes along with Brucellosis, and doesn't include Tularemia (not quite as bad), but definitely not good. You can get Tularemia just from inhaling bacteria that is on the animal while skinning it. Feral hogs also carry some other diseases that can be transmitted to humans, although they're more rare. You CAN contract these illnesses through eating uncooked feral hog meat, so make sure all meat is thoroughly cooked to 165 degrees or higher.

Personally, I think most feral hogs taste quite gamey. I'm a hunter and eat all kinds of game meat, and feral hog is probably one of my least favorite. If you kill a hog that is much over 85 lbs, I wouldn't even bother with it. If they've been wallowing a lot, or it's near breeding time, they and their meat will outright WREAK!!! My philosophy with feral pigs is the smaller they are, the better they are. If using feral hog meat for food, whole cooking, or in sausage and other things, I much prefer the little 50-65 lb hogs. Part of the reason they taste so gamey is due to their diet, which they will eat almost anything; including each other. In tough times, or just mean pigs, they are cannibals and absolutely FILTHY. They're a lot of fun to shoot and kill, but that's all I'd rather do with most of them. If it tells you anything, I've set out dead hogs to try to bait coyotes to an area, and they would never touch them; even though I knew there were coyotes in the area. Whatever you do, just be safe, when cleaning them and hunting them. If you're going to be hunting them on foot, I would definitely recommend only experienced hunters with you, and sidearms or a big knife are never a bad idea for a backup. I HAVE had to use pistols on wounded pigs that charged. You also have to be VERY careful with your field of fire on wounded pigs. Once a pig charges and gets in the middle of even two hunters, you're in a world of hurt trying to shoot it and not shoot each other. If you are charged by a pig, the further out you can start shooting at it, the better. Sometimes dirt kicking up in front of them will change their mind on the charge, but sometimes you just need to sling that much lead into their bodies to slow them down or stop them. They are deceptively fast, and I've seen them run over 35 mph for what we'd consider pretty long distances (a mile), and on sprints I've seen them run even faster. If you have any questions, I'll be happy to answer any that I can.
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