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First let me say this was my first time seeing hogs in the wild let alone getting to shoot at them. Now about the ranch it high fence and full of tame hand feedable elk,bison and other exotics. The hogs were the only thing hard to find.

First night i saw not while sitting in stands and watching piles of corn. second day got up early in the morning and did some stalking on the up portion of the 2000 acres. I again saw nothing but then the other three guys who were from arkansas went down into the river bottoms and came ack with a nice 180lb boar who was real health from all the good minerals fed to the exotics.We all decided to do the flush them out technic since they were not moving so we began to walk the dense ,dark ,scarey,wet river bottoms as the three walk toward me and i alone walk hogs there direction i heard shots and then them moment i have been waiting for,,,i could hear what sounded like 50 hogs busting threw the woods right at me but were only about 10 ,,i was tangled in the thicket and did not know weather to run or squat down but either way i knew they would smell the load i let lose out of fear so i ran into a clearing causing then to turn into the clearing only 2-5feet away.

remebmer im a first timer so i lift to shoot and forget that im suppose to look down the sights an miss they run for about 150 yards and stop then stay down into a creek bed one at a time. no im pretty sure of my shooting ability so i get my jammed up 303 brit unjammed and lay down to take a 200 shot i sight in on a 80pounder and pow!! i watch him spin and take off like the wind. I knew i hit him good im my excitement i run over and dont look for blood cause im sure he is only a few feet away from were i hit him but no hog. i walk back toward the others and see a hog about 100 yards away laying on the side of the trail hes hit lowin the chest and blown to pieces. i ask the others if they hit one and they say they threw one over on the side of the trail. i doubt its theres but i give it up cause its not worth the arguement since they claimed to have hit it at really close range and with a sks. but any way that was the end of my hunt. i head back to camp to find a guy up there that just shot an ORYX instead of the black buck he payed to shoot he forked out an additional 1000 bucks for that one and was nice enough to give me the ribs.


This ranch was ok for meat hogs only no trophy. I would no pay to eat there either since the meals were barley better than the hotdogs and pb and jelly i packed. the sleeping quarters were nice and the owner was really professional but the host was not very good he ended our hunt early and seemed to be very partial to some hunters over others.

This is my quick story or my first hog sighting ,,now im really ready since the first time jitters are gone.

hope you enjoyed the experience i had fun for the most part. but probally wont be back,

James
 

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sorry about the spelling and grammar my laptop seems to be on the fritz .
it bounces the cursor around to difference lines if i type to hard so some words are cut short and some have to many letters.

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cnh1294;

Sounds like you had fun, but a couple of things concern me. Perhaps I misunderstood your situations or what you said.

You were in a creek bottom at night driving hogs toward another group of hunters, or they were driving them toward you, and someone started shooting. Could you see those other hunters, or could they see you?

I'd be concerned about how safe it is to have two unrelated groups of hunters in the woods a night not knowing where each other are.

Second, you believe that you shot a pig, but you didn't follow a blood trail and bring him back out of the woods. You said that you think that it was the pig the other guys claimed was theirs.

That situation kinda rubs me.

And why did your "host" end your hunt "early"?

Good that you had fun, but something about the way you describe your experience make me say "Hmmmm.....".


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Yeah, I too get a creepy feeling every time somebody talks about "driving" game. First of all it raises an ethical question about hunting technigues. Second, everybody needs to be on the same page about who is going to be where and what direction the shots will go. Otherwise, its a perfect setup for a tragedy.
 

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I did not want to make the story any longer than it was so i left out some important detail...it was broad day and we all were orange from head to toe an we communicated direction as well. The hog i believe i hit and believe was mine was not worth confrontation no matter how much i knew it was mine. Yes it is dangerous anytime you hunt with people you dont know but you run the risk at any ranch you are only as safe as the safest hunter. If there were more than 6 hunters on 2000 acres then i think i would have been more concerned but we were all very informed. When you read these things its better to just assume the best if someone is going to take time to post.

i dont want to get started on the ethical thing...if im hunting for food ill run them over with my truck if it is legal. I hunt legally and use my priveledge to put food on the table. If i could shoot them in a cage and take them home let me know ill come and get them from ya!

PLease lets not get on the ethical thing that is way overly discussed and there are way to many different opinions and none can be called wrong unless they are illegal.
 

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Like I said, sounds like you had fun.

Personally, I don't like being in the woods when people I don't know and don't trust are there. There are plenty of places that don't mix hunting parties. Pick yer poison I guess.

My only "ethical" concern was about maybe leaving shot game in the field.

Sounds like that place has a patch of land.

How was the hog population?

You said that your host/guide didn't provide quite the service as you expected?

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Iknow about the hunt as i talked to James about it, first things first if ever hunting any land other than yours i feel communication is very important. When i have guided hunts i generally have a game plan and a back up plan. but who ever is involved will know exactly what is is going on. guiding and hunting a pay place can be tough and have both piositive and negatives. Hog hunting wheter done high fence low dence cage open range is never a giveme hunt i have hunted hunt n shloot where there are no few than 100 hogs per 100 acres and had a toyugh time getting my pig ethically. James is a newbie hog hunter and like all of us overlooked a few details. Im glad he finally got to see some pigs after trying several times. to me hunting is not about the kill but the hunt i have been skunked lots of times and have thousands of days in the woods and no game but have had awesome and memorable hunts. i think what james is trying to say is he may or may have not shot a pig we went to the location looked for the pig, no pig being a rookie pig hunter and probally so excited he got a shot at one he forgot to look for a blood trail. lol i have done it alot from shear excitement. the positive thing is that hopefuly next time james will find his blood trail and recover his game. if anyone has ever hunted alot they have lost game
 

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I am not good with explainations or tact but howie hit it on the head...
I have talked in detail with him about the hunt and have learned from it.
I did have fun and like i said i learned alot possiable at a hogs expense but will remeber the details next time
Thanks and as mentioned before the ranch was 2000 acres and not really for large hogs although there are some there but mainly just 80 pounds and under meat hogs.

James
 
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