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Is there any hog hunters on here? I cannot afford to go on a trip now but some of these days I will. I worked for for over eighteen years and I lost my hearing in a loud plant. My hearing was already about gone but even with ear plugs it finished it. Hears my list of questions:
1.I use a coclear implant and was wondering if hog hunting would be safe for me?
2.Do you bait and with what?
3.Can you salt the hog and do you have to scrape it first?
4.I only wont a free rang hog and was wondering the best eating size?
5. At what rang are most shots?
I am trying to lose weight and get in better shape and I hope someday get to stick one. Anybody have any pictures?
01-05-2011, 09:14 AM
I regularly hunt and guide a few hunters here in southern OK. As far as the implant goes I am not sure about that. Most hogs here are taken from either ground blinds or my favorite is using ladder stands along heavily used trails. Either way they can be set up at ranges that the hunter feels comfortable with. Most of my personal kills have been from 15-25 yards and have not had any lost animals. As far as eating size goes I prefer them to be 275 lbs or less as they start getting rank once they start maturing and breeding. The skins can be tanned by stretching and salting although they will need to be scraped with a fleshing knife as the hides are really thick. You can direct any questions to me if you like. Also there is no license restrictions here either as they are considered a pest and not a big game animal like some states.
01-08-2011, 10:41 AM
I have three friends and myself that have been thinking about a hog hunt in OK. Could you send me some info on your guide service. Thanks Bill
01-08-2011, 06:21 PM
I do not charge anything to guide people to good areas to hunt. I mainly guide people that are interested in a DIY hunt on a large wildlife management area here in far southern OK. You can research the area by looking up Loves Valley WMA. I would be happy to help ya'll out in any way I can.
01-10-2011, 05:49 PM
We have never hunted hogs before, so I was wandering if they allow tree stands and baiting on public grounds there. Would that be the best way to hunt them ? What would you use for bait? What would be the closest town to get a cheap hotel ? I will probably have more questions as I think about this. Thanks Bill
01-10-2011, 06:57 PM
definitely sounds like a good time. Is there a time of year that is better than the rest for doing this? Also, I would be all about using my xbow, but my dad would possibly be interested in going. The catch is unless I can talk him into getting a xbow as well soon, he'd be using a rifle. Would that be an issue with you personally? If so, i'd tell dear ole' dad he's gotta stay home. Bill, maybe we could go down south together.. Dad's camper sleeps 9 & is completely self contained.
01-11-2011, 09:04 AM
can only answer your cochlear implant question.....my daughter has one...and she's been shooting with me...no problems...I'd talk to your audiologist first, though.....
01-11-2011, 10:27 AM
This time of year can be very productive as the hogs are coming out of the sloughs and into the winter wheat fields which can make them a little more patternable. As far as baits are concerned corn is probably the most cost effective although most deer type feeds work good too. Just place it near an active hog trail in range of your stand and wait on them. Tree stands and ground blinds are great although I prefer ground blinds whether the pop up kind or just natural vegetation. Firearms are permissable but most shots are less than 25 yards and sometimes more like 25 feet as long range shooting is near impossible. Just use a caliber that will punch through these tough animals and avoid a shoulder shot as that area is very tough to penetrate. There are motels within a short driving distance around the area. We have lots of deer so you need to learn the difference in hog vs. deer tracks. Hogs are more blunt and rounded.
01-22-2011, 01:07 PM
Feral Hogs are in 80% of the states in the US. here in alabama they are pest, and can be hunted year round no limit same as in tennessee. some WMA's have a special season after deer season where you can come in with guns and take Feral Hogs, the rest of the time you use what is legal for the game that is open. like for example squirrel season, you can use a 22 mag. or shotgun but no slugs, yet in deer season you can use what is legal for that season be it archery, or gun. Hogs are so plentiful here the DNR is begging people to hunt them. they even have special permits to allow hunters to hunt at night. as for baiting i don't think on a WMA here it is legal. private land i guess you can, it seems the laws are a little more relaxed here about that.
i hunt a National Wildlife Refugee and it has Hogs as well.... archery only.
i have seen the tracks, but not the hogs yet. but i have been really hoping to see and stick on this year. the deer season here closes on the 31st of Jan. so i won't be able to hunt the refugee after that. so it will be back to WMA's
for hunting hogs.
best of luck.
01-22-2011, 02:14 PM
OkieOutlaw, if my son and I could make it out there at the end of March would you be able to point us in the right direction for a DIY hog hunt at Loves Valley W.M.A. ? I don't mean to put you on the spot. Don't feel bad to say no !! I'm not sure if can afford it anyway !! Bill
01-23-2011, 10:53 AM
I think I could accomidate ya'll on a hunt in March. I work as a security guard at a casino nearby on second shift but it is only 4 days a week so I have lots of time to get you lined out on a good spot and can show you where the hogs are usually at. Keep in touch and we can get it all planned out. Also check with the state for proper hunting license required. Hogs are considered a pest here so no special license is required, I believe you can get by with just a non resident hunting license. Just keep me informed and we will get this thing rolling.
02-07-2011, 05:52 PM
I got the dates my son will be out of school . March 19-27 , would any of these days work best for you ? Also what town would be the closest to where we will be hunting ,so I can find a room ? Something cheap would be fine with us . Thanks Bill
02-09-2011, 09:28 AM
I will just have to work to accomodate your plans. It might possibly be that I just have to show you some good places and then check on ya'll after I finish work or something along those lines. Marietta will be the closest town and they have a small motel there with reasonable rates I believe. Depending on the weather I might also be able to set up my popup camper for you guys to stay in to keep you close to the area and save you some extra money too.
02-10-2011, 03:47 PM
Thanks for the camper offer,but the way the weather has been this year maybe I should get the room in town.Is it the budget inn ? Thats the only one I could find on line .I sure appreciate you helping us out like this . Your a credit to all hunters . Thanks Bill
02-15-2011, 04:43 PM
Some home repair things came up that I have to take care of , so I wont have enough money to come out and try the hog hunt. I appreciate all you have done and maybe some other time it will work out . Thanks again Bill
04-21-2011, 04:42 AM
A hog's kill zone is very different from that of a deer and many hunters make the critical mistake of shooting a hog as they would a deer. You have to be very exact. Make sure you are set up for the shot and that your shooting a little lower and more forward than you would for a deer.
08-30-2011, 06:07 AM
Most of my personal kills have been from 15-25 yards and have not had any lost animals. As far as eating size goes I prefer them to be 275 lbs or less as they start getting rank once they start maturing and breeding. You can research the area by looking up Loves Valley WMA. I would be happy to help ya'll out in any way I can.
11-03-2011, 02:15 AM
As far as eating size goes I prefer them to be 275 lbs or less as they start getting rank once they start maturing and breeding. The skins can be tanned by stretching and salting although they will need to be scraped with a fleshing knife as the hides are really thick. You can direct any questions to me if you like. Also there is no license restrictions here either as they are considered a pest and not a big game animal like some states.
01-09-2012, 04:37 PM
Well, hog hunting can be very challenging and rewarding.
04-02-2013, 03:57 PM
Thanks for the tips OkieOutlaw! I headed to southern OK to go after some pigs I'll do some research on that area you mentioned and see if your still hanging around to point out some good places to go get on some hogs!
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