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I would like to hunt free range hogs without going to a game farm. Any suggestions on which states to explore? Where would be a good place or state to try that has a Hog problem/ I would appreciate any suggestions.

JIm

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If I'm not mistaken, Wisconsin has free ranging hogs. Otherwise Texas is the first that comes to mind. I think there's also a small area in Missouri that has a hog problem.

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I went to Texas about five years ago and chased hogs. We ended up shooting one for every guy that went. The license was cheap around 30 bucks. I beleive you can run into pigs in most states south and east of here.

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Texas is a good place but Its all private and most charge you,Along the Red River is excellant in Ok,or Tex,Problem is its SO thick the hogs have a hard time movin.

In my opinion the San Joaquin Valley of California is LOADED with Russian blue boar,ferral hogs and mixed hogs, I dont remember the name of the town but most any small town just ask where ya can shoot hogs,By the end of the day farmers will be asking you to come out and shoot as many as you can.

A buddy and myselfs best day with a sharps 50 and a Hawkin 50 was 46 hogs,some people will take them but most say leave em lay.Theres no closed season and If I remember correctly no license required.

We were lead to a hillside sat in lawn chairs alongside a camper in shorts and tee shirts sippin brews and glassin hill sides while takin shots in range in chaperal scrub brush.

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In response to sparcebag's post just remember that areas of The Republic of Kalifornia are lead free. That means rifle cartidges too.

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Daytona,FL has hogs and most of them are on leased land. If you can find any outfitters they can assist you in free ranging hogs. I was down in FL around the middle of September and bow hunted for some and what a rush. I had some bed down about 50 yards from my stand and they can make a ton of noise, you know when there coming. So later in the morning I put a stock on a pair of boars that I couldn't see but by the way the brushed moved they weren't small animals. Long story short I wasn't sure who was hunting who and was scared for my life. They have a tendancy to charge and one did on my buddy that I was with. You can get about 10ft from them in the Palmatos (sp?) and still can't see them but run like a sawed off Barry Sanders and scare the living cr@p out of you. Never got one but was a rush of a life time for sure. Good luck and carry a side arm, it just might save your life!!!!

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I hunted hogs in Texas last year, first part of Jan 08. I was hunting private land. It was my first hog hunting experience and I learned a lot.

The area we hunted hogs, the hogs were TOTALLY nocturnal. Out of all the hours we spent hunting (we were down there 1 wk 2 days) and out of 4 of us, never seen a hog during daylight hours our whole time out there. NOT ONCE. The reason for this was, the hogs were still feeling the hunting pressure from the Texas whitetail season, and every Sam, [PoorWordUsage] and Harry took shots at them while deer hunting. So after day 5, we realized we had to hunt them at night, because we could clearly see they were out during the night time hours, from all the ruttin' they did, and all the feed was gone too. (It's legal to bait them in Texas) Getting other land to hunt on was fairly easy, almost every place we went, the locals knew we were from out of town...When they asked what we were doing, we told them hunting hogs...Which sparked their attention, and also brought hunting land opportunities at no cost. The locals wanted them eliminated from their property, due to the damage it does.

We were very close to hunting hogs with dogs, but it just didn't pan out. The guy that owned the dogs, his wife went into labor with their twins unexpectedly.

Licence was cheap.

I'd hunt at night again, but need to invest in an ATN or some type of nightvision scope, as that is legal there.

Hogs certainly aren't easy to hunt, from what I've read, researched & experinced...They are considered the 2nd smartest animal behind monkeys and their sense of small is so much greater than a deer. However, their eye site is very poor, so if the wind is in your favor, you can nearly walk right up to them, from what I was told.

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However, their eye site is very poor, so if the wind is in your favor, you can nearly walk right up to them, from what I was told.

But the question is, do you want to?

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Originally Posted By: Hunting_24_7
However, their eye site is very poor, so if the wind is in your favor, you can nearly walk right up to them, from what I was told.

But the question is, do you want to?

Easy question for me to answer! NOPE!!!!!!

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A co-worker went to Texas hog hunting and had a blast. He said he had one in site from about 10 yards away and was scared as he!! the hog was going to charge him. He did manage to get one while down there.

One other thing he did note is they smell really really bad. He said you could smell them before you'd hear them.

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If you look at the WI DNR web site it has some good contact info specifically about wild pig hunting. It's only $85 to hunt 'em in WI. I might have to drive across the boarder in the spring when I start getting the itch.

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If you look at the WI DNR web site it has some good contact info specifically about wild pig hunting. It's only $85 to hunt 'em in WI. I might have to drive across the boarder in the spring when I start getting the itch.

Don't bother. All the Wisconsin pigs are on private land and from what I've heard the landowners are sick of Non Residents who think they own the place and do whatever they want, where they want. Sad but true. Another case of a few ruining it for the many.

Though there are some pigs in WS permission to hunt will be non existant.

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I have hunted hogs with dogs in Texas a few times. Most recently in October in South Texas. Night time with a flashlight, curr dogs and american bulldogs. Quite intense and very cool. Sheath up a big knife and follow the sound. We got one good hog this October, my good friend's son was what you would call a hog fanatic. He has over 5 hogs that have weighed in over 400lbs.

I have a photo of the hog we got in October, I will have to find it and post it here. It is a true blast. South Texas is full of them. There are some places in Texas you really have to be prepared for snakes and such, but in other area's it is amazing and intense... did I say it was intense!!!!!

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you can actually shoot some hogs in texas for pretty cheap. there was a place that i was looking into and they had an overabundance of hogs so they put on a special hunt where its basically $1 dollar for a hog and you pay like 100 bucks for lodging for 5 days.If you would bring 10 or more guys you would be exclusive on the ranch and each be able to shoot 2 hogs each no extra charge. If anyones interested i can get them the site.

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This is something I've always wanted to do. Would need to be in the spring though so I could combine it with a turkey hunt.

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