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Have never had the opportunity to hunt wild hogs but would like to do so after the deer season and holidays. Any suggestions for some place within 200 - 300 miles of Rochester NY? I am about 20 miles south of Rochester in a small town.

Thank you in advance. Rol
 

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Rol Page: You have two places to go within about 1 hour travel of Rochester, ny. Both are game farms. One is the Basswoods Lodge to the east of Ogdensburg and is on the net. The other is Wild West Hunts south of Utica and also on the net.

One of our members, bubba, lives near the Basswoods Lodge and helps there during youth activities - bubba will correct me if I am wrong.

I like Basswoods - I have enjoyed good hunts there and the accomodations are fine with me (nice cabins, full kitchens, bathrooms, etc.) I hunt there mid-week so as not to encounter the weekend crowds, which can be large, and I have a great time (bring company or you will wind up talking to yourself, or the Geese....). I prefer their accomodations over what I saw available at Wild West Hunts.

Now, if you don't care for preserves there is always the 'now' (new??) concern in mid-state (south of you) about the pending doom of massive populations of feral hogs devastating the countryside. Foraging populations created by overly reproductive wild Russian Boar that have escaped from game farms that re-populate beyond control, mating with feral swine that have escaped from commercial pig farms, have fostered the concern of them creating a superior breed of hog death for crops and game animals that threatens to leave central ny a wasteland of ruint crops and no venison for the donation programs, thereby dooming neu yawk sity to starvation and deth. Awwww. But if you drop on down to the nys forum or even further down the topic list in this forum you may catch the article about some poor farmer to your south (Sullivan Cty area) who is, apparently, beseiged by this new breed of porkers and who sez they be plentiful. His location and name appear in the article so it would be a good place to start if you don't wish to hunt a preserve but, you won't know what quality the meat will be or whether it is free of parasites or infections and you will have to haukl it out of the field and arrange for butchering yourself.

Try and find the article to read what I am talking about and if that is not your cup of tea then consider preserve hunting.

Personally, I think this biznis about all the wild hogs running loose and eating everything, including small children, and the 'fear-mongering' going on about them is a bunch of media hype fostered by either peta types or liberals who don't like game farm preserves and game farm hunting, or who think all pigs should be given equal treatment at the trough. I would love to hear back from anyone who has been able to contact the 'farmer' named in that article and see if he really did shoot 8 of them with his trusty 8mm Mauser...... jmtcw.
 
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