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Dilemma......

Okay, here's the situation.  I am in the process of reviewing spots for my first official hog hunt.  My choices are:

-$450, no guide, 2 days of hunting.  Free camping, and I have a buddy who has killed tons of pigs there, and for a beer or 2, he will sit down and mark up my map with all of the locations that he knows hold hogs. Lots of hogs, but one massive ranch. Only a 3 hour drive.

-$200, no guide, one day of hunting.  Must add $75 for lodging, and it's 6 hours each way (gas money too). Lots of pigs, but land is broken into small parcels.

I am torn, because I hate to spend alot of money and not get anything.  That's why I lean towards the $200.  However, after lodging and gas money, I'll probably spend close to as much anyway.

I figure I may go with the $450 place.  There is another option that is only the cost of a permit, by draw, and only a 4 hour drive.  However, I can't seem to find many stories of past hunts, successful or not, at that place.

Ugh.... I hate this.,......

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After adding it up you really

After adding it up you really wouldn't be spending much different for the "cheaper" hunt. 275 if you only need one night in a hotel and 350 if you needed two. Add an extra 50 or so for gas and maybe more for eating out instead of cooking in camp and the cheaper hunt just ended up costing more. Plus you have a known situation with the more expensive hunt with a little pre scouting from a friend. Add to that the fact that you get one more day of hunting to enjoy in a more outdoor experience with a shorter drive makes the more expensive hunt a much better deal for me.

As long as you have the camping equipment that you need to make things comfortable of course. Sounds like a great trip to go on. Let us know what you decide and how it turns out. I had wanted to go to California to hunt hogs in the past but couldn't find any prices nearly that good so went to Texas instead with mixed results so far.

 

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Is that 450 per hog and two

Is that 450 per hog and two days hunting or two days hunting and fill up your truck with piles of bacon?

Either way get your pour buddy a 12 pac.  and go to Tejon.

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$450 is for one pig, whether

$450 is for one pig, whether you shoot it in the first hour or the last.  It can be anything, they just request that you don't shoot any lactating sows who are actively nursing piglets. 

Other than that, it's whatever you want.  No trophy fee for a big boar, nothing.

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hogs!

I am always for the looonger hunt!! lol. I'd likely try the more expensive place and two day hunt, taking my time to whack a nice, mountable hog. (if that's what you'd like). If you were to decide on place #2, I'd opt for two days there. I'd be very leery of making a one day hunt anywhere but a preserve, to be quite honest.

I will warn you..... You may just get hooked after going and being successful. As much as I love my deer hunting, I like free range hogs even better, I think! Those big old nasty boars are a sight to behold, believe me! For the record, a sow makes just as nice a mount as most taxidermists use synthetic tusks on any mounts and you simply cannot tell the difference. A sow is also just as nasty when defending piglets too.

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Well, I wouldn't really be

Well, I wouldn't really be into it for the mount.  I'm a meat first hunter. The only thing I might do, is if I got a nice boar, I may do a european mount with the skull.

Other than that, I'd get a hundred pounds of italian sausage, apple sausage, chops, etc.... Yum yum!

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Yikes!!!!  $450 for a hog.  I

Yikes!!!!  $450 for a hog.  I guess because we have so many around here that just sounds crazy to me.  Are there farms close to you?  You can probably find a farm somewhere that they are wreaking havoc on and hunt hogs for free.  Come to Florida and we will put you on as many as you like for free.  I know around here, yes I know we are about as far apart as you can get, farmers welcome you to come hunt them.  They are a pest to farmers.  Good luck with whatever you choose and post some pics of your successes. 

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I'd love to take you up on

I'd love to take you up on that Ganny, but not sure when I plan on going to Florida any time soon. Wink

That's just the cost of doing business out here in the lovely republic of Kalifornia.  It's a huge money maker.  $450 is actually cheap.  It's unguided, and a huge, game rich ranch.  If you want a guided hunt, it's anywhere from $750-$1000.

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If I had to choose, I would

If I had to choose, I would go with the $450. You are going to spend that much anyways and if your friends got a place and can show you some good areas, I would go with it.

I am so glad I live on a 300+ acre ranch that has lots of hogs. I do like to make friends though, and we camp out and hunt all the time =-) And I don't charge! (As long as my friends share the meat)

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And WOW! I am in California

And WOW! I am in California and I never looked into going anywhere but my backyard for a hunt...It's really that much out here? SO glad now that I know that! Have you tried Hunter Liggett?

http://www.liggett.army.mil/sites/fishhunt/hunting.asp

 

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You're in California, have

You're in California, have hogs, and don't charge your friends?  Need any new friends???? Wink

Welcome to the site!  Lots of info on here, and some good guys to shoot the bull with.  Throw up some photos and stories of your own!  And the $450 is not that bad for a hunt out here.  That's unguided, basically just an access/kill fee.  Guided hunts can be $750-$1000 out here in CA.  That's why I have not done one till now.

What part of California are you in?  I have not tried FHL.  I have had offers to go up to Vandenburg, but never thought about Liggett.  Always thought about lk hunting there. Also, the place that I mentioned originally in this thread for $200 was the Bryson Hesperia Resort, which I beleive is right in the backyard of FHL.

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