Hi there Bibbore, from Mass are ya :wink:
Canned hunts can go one of two ways, test of human endurance, or,a gimee. On average, they land someplace in between.
You have to remember that Russians are by nature nocturnal. If nobody is pushing them they'll bed down during the day and not do much moving around. Now if yopu're in thick, and I DO mean thick cedar swamps, well your chances of even seeing a rooter are next to nothing.
Up there in Maine Scott willplay out the morning. If the pigs aren't moving by noon he'll pull out the pups and stir em up. Now you're after a different animal. If and when you see them, they'll be **** bent for leather. Range will be close, but you better be able to shoot fast and accurate on running game. You whack on of his hounds by mistake you owe him better than $2000 dependin on which one it is.
I hunted PA, where I took my first pair. One minute there was 50 pigs all around me, an by the time I figured out which ones were the biggest, they all took off. After that it was spot and stalk. On crunching snow, it was a horror show. Did get em though, nice hogs.
That place, can't remember the name of it now, was a mixed bag. They had swamps, opens, glades and meadows. Pigs could be about anywhere.
Guy that run that outfit was telling us about a big particular bad one, a charger on sight. Said if we saw that one to decide quick an kill it. I never saw it, buddy of mine did, and he near s&%$ his shorts. He didn't kill it, nobody did. For all I know its still there.
Give Scott a try, he's got some real nice pigs and he's WAY less froggies than the guys in VT.