For the most part, they are excellent eating, and well worth the hunt, depending where you are. I wouldn't pay $1000 for one, which is what a guided hunt can go for out here, but if you can get one for cheeper, do it. Pig hunting is tough, and fun!
It's actually the most popular big game animal out here in California. There is a place up the road from Los Angeles that is 275,000 acres. No fences, so all wild critters. They have a hunt every few months for only $450. That's about as good as I can get anywhere. I will be headed out in December for them, hoping to bag my first!
Good. Have fun, and good luck! Some guys will tell you that a big boar will be pretty rank, others will say that they are not bad, you just make the bigger ones into all sausage. However, is you get a nice 100 lber, everyone pretty much agrees that's the best eating.
i've gone hog hunting several times. i know a guy in texas that runs hog hunts and he's a really good guy to hunt with. if you want, i can send you his contact info. i took two nice hogs with him in texas a few years back, and hunted hogs and gators in florida a few years before that.
i have eaten the meat from one of them, but the two texas boars smelled too strong for me to get fired up about. the first one i got was in ohio, it was cold out, and he tasted great!
I've gone several time now and it's definately worth the money to me. The hardest thing is finding a good outfit in my experience. We have killed quite a few but the overall experience has not always been that good but probably because I'm always trying to be so cheap. We usually pay about 500 each with food and lodging for a 2 day hunt. We will be hitting them in north Texas this year in November. The guy was great for deer I'm just not sure how many hogs he has in the area. But it's primarily a deer hunt we are going on with a couple extra days for hogs so we'll see how it works out.
As far as eating goes they have all been great just some of the larger ones a little tough. As Ca_Vermonster said making sausage is the best plan for a lot of them.
I live here in Ohio and we have wild hogs in the southern part of the dtate but I hve never hunted them either. I would love to go on a hog hunt sometime but I've just never taken the time to look into it and I don't know anyone with any orivate land down south that I could go to. I think I will definitely make some time for this in the near future though.
Hog hunting is a blast, there are some nice places down in Texas to hunt hogs. But be careful once you start hog hunting it's hard to stop. You can also hunt Javelina down there as well very cool animals to spot and stalk. Good luck to you.
Man of the Fall, I have hunted at Forest Meister Preserve in southern Ohio, south of Columbus and had very good hunts both times that I went. Very steep terraine, and a challenging hunt even if it is fenced in. The meat was delicious! I thought the price was quite reasonable at the time. Havn't been back for more that six years because i moved to Michigans' Upper Peninsula and there are much closer pig hunting preserves. I would highly reccommend that you check them out.
I have always wanted to go hog hunting just not have made the move to do so. I have some options open to me to hunt them in Texas and Oklahoma, just gotta find the time. I have heard they can be really good to eat provided they are not to big in size. Someone told me that the ones that weigh less than about the 150 pound mark are the best eating. maybe one day the stars will align and I will get out and get it done.
One of the most important pieces of equipment that you will take hunting is a good quality pair of optics and they take some care to give you the performance that you want. So here are a few tips.
Use some alcohol and cheese cloth to clean the lenses. I will usually pick up an extra cleaning kit from my optician when I have my eyes examined.
Don't touch the lens with your fingers. If there is a stick or a bug on them blow it off.
Use the lens covers. They are there...