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Good deals

As our January hog hunt approaches it occurs to me that all in all a hog hunt to another state can be a great bargain of a hunt. Depending on where you go and stay, you still have the cost of your big game license to consider. This year alone I shelled out some serious $$ for out of state big game hunting licenses in Alaska, Kentucky, and Indiana.

Hogs, however are a different thing. Normally hogs can be hunted on a small game license and if your trip is only a few days to a week, then a temporary license makes good sense. For our trips to Georgia we get a three day license that costs us about $30. total.

That's not a bad deal, especially if you also manage to return with some fresh pork! Yes

 

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Great Idea!

That's a great idea there.

It's also a real option to consider for the guy/gal who has a limited budget yet wants to do something "different".

From the looks of things, we're soon going to be popping piggies almost anywhere here in Michigan.

Almost all of our counties now have feral hogs, and the DNR has opened them up to fair game for anyone with any license during any season with any weapon (almost gives you the idea that they don't want them around.  Yes

They are also establishing new guidelines for farms/ranches that have hog hunts as well as penalties for allowing them to escape into the surrounding area.

Thanks for the tip, tndeerhunter, I'm going to look into the possibility of an out-of-state hog hunt until our own population gets more sizeable.

 

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fantastic deal

wow! thats a real bargain.  You can't buy pork for that price.

I am really going to have to look into that.

Thanks for sharing the dollars and cents side of the hunt too. 

I had no idea that it was that affordable.

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Yea, it can be very

Yea, it can be very economical to hunt hogs, especially if you have them in your hunting area like we have. We can hunt them year round with no additional license. You just need a biggame license purchased from the state, same one used to hunt turkey, deer and bear.

The pork sausage is really cheap when you make it yourself. The most expensive part was the seasoning for 15 lbs of sausage at $4.50. Then just pennies to grind the meat and stuff the casings. Best of all, I know how it was handled and it doesn't contain anti-biotics. Tastes great as well.

 

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Thanks for the info

Thanks for the info.  The only time we made sausage we used sage and black pepper as the spice mix.  What do you use?

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We actually buy the seasoning

We actually buy the seasoning from the guy who used to process our deer meat in the past. As far as what is in the seasoning, I don't know everything in it, but he makes it in 3 stages of heat: mild, mild hot and hot. I'm the only one at camp who likes it hot so I don't have to worry about anyone taking any of my sausage. Hahahaha.

I'll ask him next time I see him what he puts in the mix, but I can't  guarantee he'll tell me. He's funny like that. I'll probably have to have him will me the seasoning mix and ratios. lol Yes

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Ancient Chinese secret!

ecubackpacker wrote:

We actually buy the seasoning from the guy who used to process our deer meat in the past. As far as what is in the seasoning, I don't know everything in it, but he makes it in 3 stages of heat: mild, mild hot and hot. I'm the only one at camp who likes it hot so I don't have to worry about anyone taking any of my sausage. Hahahaha.

I'll ask him next time I see him what he puts in the mix, but I can't  guarantee he'll tell me. He's funny like that. I'll probably have to have him will me the seasoning mix and ratios. lol Yes

Ahh yes a secret recipe! lol

I'm actually doing that custom blend thing with my jerky this year.  Some family members like it mild, others like it hot.  Some like it salty, some like it sweet.  So this week I have made four seperate batches of jerky as stocking stuffers. With any luck everyone will get exactly what they want.  And the best part is that I get to sample all of them

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Be Carefull

Wild hogs are NASTY critters. We hunt them year round here in Georgia. They don't bleed much (poor blood trails some times) and they often time can take a LOT of punishment and keep going.

How you going to hunt them? With firearms, night vision or dogs and rope?

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hog hunt

We will be mostly stand hunting (gun) on the edges of the swamps with a little still hunting down the old logging trails thrown in. I totally agree with your assessment of hogs and how they might soak up some lead. Nice hog there!!

Here's a pic of the one I whacked in Jan. '09. Took several good hits with a .44 mag carbine before he gave it up.

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