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Recomendations for a DIY Hog hunting trip

Barnsey84

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Jan 15, 2019
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Chester county Pennsylvania
Looking to do a couple days chasing hogs like to do it on public land somewhere state doesnt matter just need some advice where to look or help from someone who has hunted them on a regular basis.
 

joesoup

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Dec 30, 2019
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There are a LOT of pig opportunities on public land WMA hunts in GA, AL, and FL. I have them on our hunting lease in GA and often run and gun for them.

They are way smarter than deer I believe. Once spooked a time or two that group will leave the immediate area. But the best way I have found them consistently is to go in at daylight in an area common to them. Listen for squealing for a few hours after daybreak. If I don't hear them and go to them I will start scouting and looking for very fresh sign. Hunt around it that afternoon.

Good luck!!!
 

Nutterbuster

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Where the skys are so blue!
Alabama has plenty of pigs. I usually have plenty in my backyard, but 2 years worth of floods have thinned them out. Up north of me about 3 hours is some national forest land that can be hunted year round. COE land all along the alabama and tombigbee river that is the same way.
 

EricS

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Florida has more than Georgia but not all areas in any state are created equal. They are pretty thinned out and nocturnal this time of year around me.
 

joesoup

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Guess I just need to cover all the southern states
Focus on river bottom or watery areas. That's prime feeding areas, especially those that flood during the winter and soften up the ground. If you find them you WILL KNOW it is pig sign.
 

jbogg

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Nov 26, 2018
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I have had a lot of luck finding them on Mountain WMAs in North GA. Chattahoochee National Forest is almost 1million acres, and we have a good number of hogs, and a lot of big ones. They can be hunted on National Forest as well as WMAs with centerfire unless specifically prohibited until the end of small game season on February 28th. Hogs do not thermo regulate well which means unlike bear they have to feed daily throughout the winter to generate body heat. Some of the best hunting is on those cold sunny days when it only gets above freezing for 3 - 4 hours in the afternoon. They will feed like crazy during that window, and I have killed a bunch by slipping up on a clover plot while they feed that time of day. On the other hand I haven’t had much luck finding them in a cold winter rain. I think they hunker down and wait for a break in the weather. If you come to the mountains of North GA bring some comfortable boots. Many of the best food plots are a couple of miles behind a locked gate.
 

kyler1945

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Dec 4, 2016
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Baton Rouge, La.
Texas is your best option. Plenty O pigs, and the most relaxed rules of any of your options. Trust me. I’ve chased em in Texas, LA, MS, AL and FL.

night vision, helicopters, Spears, knives, pick your poison. Cheap too
 

btsnhos

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Sep 17, 2019
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Location
North FL
There are alot on the WMAs in FL, look around Perry Florida but there are some weird rules on the different WMAs. The nice thing is that tags are cheap/non-existent where as in Alabama you have to buy a non-resident which is like $350 or something
 
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