Summer Hog hunt near central texas


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biggiesmalls
July 12, 2007, 10:23 AM
***title should read "HUNT"***


any suggestions on a sweet place? i've looked up a couple of ranches but they're so pricey!

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mbt2001
July 12, 2007, 04:43 PM
Pricey for Hog? Did you call? Sometimes they have a lower price for hogs during summer. Anyway, if it is all the same to you, try East Texas. The biggest porkers grow there and the land is cheaper to hunt.

Deer Hunter
July 12, 2007, 08:44 PM
I second that. My dad's got a little one-acre stretch of worthless property next to a highway that just happens to sit right in between the borders of two of the best big-buck camps around the area, and he catches hogs in a little home-made trap he's got all the time. The only reason the big ones don't get caught is because the door isn't wide enough. A 350-400 pounder has been spotted around that area, and I know there are plenty more like that one around.

Titan6
July 13, 2007, 12:52 PM
A hog is one of the easiest animals to hunt on the sparse public land in Texas. You can find them in the swampy areas of the Crockett National Forest near Crockett Texas for $48. Some property owners will let you hunt them for free.

http://www.fs.fed.us/r8/texas/recreation/hunting.shtml

aguyindallas
July 15, 2007, 01:04 AM
Titan6 - I SURE WISH I could track down a landowner that will let me (and a buddy or 2) help control the hog population for FREE...

If you know anyone that is in need of a few respectful hunters, please PM me.

The_Shootist
July 16, 2007, 11:33 PM
I live in Galveston and have been thinking about a hog hunt for some time.

What would be a practical rifle? .243/25-06 calibre or would it have to be some flavour of 7mm/.308 etc?

trueblue1776
July 16, 2007, 11:57 PM
What would be a practical rifle? .243/25-06 calibre or would it have to be some flavour of 7mm/.308 etc?

depends on what size hog and where (on the hog) you plan on shooting him. I would feel good with anything 175+ grain going around 2500 fps or faster. But the average size hog in your area may be drastically bigger or smaller than my local 80-120lb average pig.

Everybody has a different take on this, I'm a meat hunter and want minimal disruption, so I go with a quality 185-205gr soft point or 165ish gr solid 7.62 to the high shoulder. .30 cal is a good compromise between safety and meat waste for me.

But if you don't think too deep into it and bag one with a .22 Hornet, then I say mission accomplished. Use what you feel comfortable with. And don't miss, you may not be able to kill it on the first shot, but if you wound him good, at least you can outrun him. ;)

Nathanael_Greene
July 18, 2007, 08:47 AM
If you're looking for a place to go where you'll see hogs, plus meet some great people, try Dos Plumas Ranch near Abilene (www.dosplumasranch.com).

I've hunted there a couple of times, had great success, and have really been treated like family.

Allen, the owner, has taught me a lot about hunting; every penny I've spent there has been worth it.

phantomak47
July 18, 2007, 10:43 AM
NG,

Are those rams/exotics year round hunting?

biggiesmalls
July 18, 2007, 04:21 PM
thanks for all the input guys!

augustus_01
July 18, 2007, 05:18 PM
See here:

http://www.affordablehoghunts.com

trueblue1776
July 18, 2007, 08:23 PM
Augustus, a 300lb (not dressed) pig would cost me $450. I could shoot the same pig by myself for $10 in gas and a $.75 bullet ($10.75 total).

Not dissing ya, just pointing out you can save a ton of money doing things yourself.

Nathanael_Greene
July 18, 2007, 11:47 PM
NG,

Are those rams/exotics year round hunting?

Phantom,

I think so, though Allen may put a hold on them during deer season.

phantomak47
July 19, 2007, 12:17 PM
NG,

What type of set up does he have in terms of land size, high fence etc? It didnt give that type of information on their website.


What did you hunt there and what was it like? PM me if you would rather do that?

Nathanael_Greene
July 19, 2007, 08:40 PM
Phantom:

I've hunted Dos Plumas twice; the first time for hogs (December 05), and the second time for turkey and a hog (April 07). I had 100% success both times, for a total of 3 hogs and a nice turkey (my first).

Allen has, if I recall, about 1500 acres, none of it high-fenced, except for where he keeps the high-dollar exotics.

Hog hunts are usually done from ground blinds near feeders, and believe me, it'll raise the hair on the back of your neck when you're sitting alone behind some brush and hear a bunch of hogs coming in *behind* you.

This past April, Allen let me do a spot-and-stalk hunt; he dropped me off in some brush and turned me loose. After about an hour, I walked up on and shot a nice eating-size hog, about 90 pounds (just had one of the hindquarters for dinner tonight, in fact).

Also, Allen will let you hunt predators for free while you're out there, and there are plenty of coyotes and bobcats around. We saw a bobcat while driving to a stand one morning, and I got off a shot at a coyote one evening. It had come running in to a cheap call I was using (I'd never predator-hunted in my life), and I was so startled when I saw it that I nearly dropped my rifle! He was headed right at me, and I missed about an inch to the right.

That was my best day of hunting ever. I had bagged a turkey in the morning, a hog in the afternoon, and damn near had a coyote that same evening.

By the way, here are some other reviews of Dos Plumas: http://www.huntinfo.com/reviews/outfitter_reviews.php3?outfitter_search=dos+plumas&state_filter=&submit_action=Go

phantomak47
July 20, 2007, 11:07 AM
NG,

Thanks for that info, I will have to check that place out, it seems to be a good place to hunt. What I am not looking for is high fence pens, as I am sure that you know about living in Texas.

Nathanael_Greene
July 20, 2007, 11:30 AM
Yeah, I know what you mean about that! There's a rather notorious place between Houston and Austin that I've read some pretty scary things about. Dos Plumas is nothing like that.

I'd suggest giving Allen at Dos Plumas a call. He's very easy to talk to, and very up-front about his operation. He's got a good thing going. He takes care of his clients, works extremely hard at showing them a good time, and gets a lot of repeat business because of it.

When I was just scouting out some places about three years ago, I dropped by Dos Plumas and Allen dropped everything to show my wife and me around for a couple of hours, even though he knew I was new to hog hunting and might not ever spend a nickel at his place. I was so impressed by his ranch and by him personally that I decided I'd go there before anywhere else. I did, had a great time, went back, had a great time again, and I'm hoping to get out there this fall for a third time.

phantomak47
July 20, 2007, 11:47 AM
Have you hunted Rams there? I don't know much about rams, but that looks like an interesting hunt. His prices are very reasonable for what you get, and I will have to check that out.

Houston area deer leases are somewhat expensive and hard to find, atleast a good one.

Nathanael_Greene
July 20, 2007, 12:57 PM
I haven't hunted rams, since I'm not sure I'd care to eat one and my wife has definitely forbidden me to have a ram's head hanging on the wall. (Deer, okay; turkey tail fan, fine--but a ram? Forget it.)

Of course, any exotic ranch will be high-fenced. Are you a bow or a rifle hunter?

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