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Hey guys, I am new to this site and to hunting as well. I am about to go on my first hunt this April for boar in TN. I have never been hunting before and figured that going on a guided hunt would be best figuring I can learn a lot from an expierenced guide. Well I just found out that the hunt I booked is on a preserve? I tried to stay away from these places as I have heard that they can be a little like hunting in a zoo. I spoke to the owner of this ranch and he ensured me that they are nothing like that. The preserve consists of 2000 open acres and all animals have been managed not pen raised. I just wanted to get your input on this. Is 2000 acres a true hunt? Any other views? Think

Location: Hancock, ME
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there are a lot of negative views on this kind of hunting. However 2000 acres is a lot of land. Sure is plenty for a hog to find some hiding ground. First time experience I would go for it.

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Thanks for the reply, I am looking forward to it. I just submitted my NYC paperwork for the NYC rifle/shotgun permit so hopefully I can register my gun from PA in the city and bring it with me. I think a 30-30 should do the job. Yes Anybody heard of The Wilderness Hunting Lodge? Or better yet have hunted there?

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Depending on the amount and type of cover and the terrain you could get a tougher hog hunt then you even want on 2,000 acres, fenced or not fenced. If they're truly wild hogs fences don't mean a thing to them and they will still come and go whenever they feel like it.

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I imagine "preserve hunting" will be our only means in about twenty years.

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e4c4ever wrote:
I imagine "preserve hunting" will be our only means in about twenty years.

with that attitude we will be.

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I am a big fan of surf fishing and lately we are loosing beaches to "conservation areas", basically no fishing zones. If we don't fight to protect our rights we may be left with only preserves and ponds.

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Never hunted hogs before...Hell Ive never even seen wild hogs...sounds like fun...Preseve or not I would still like to hunt them....I my self hunt DIY public land out west but as many people hunting there it's alot like a zoo already. I would also like to second the motion on the attitude towards presevers being all thats gonna elegaible in 20 years....with an attitude towards that being all thats left you will be the one who books right into hunting preserves. I will be done hunting period if that happens. But being the next generation I have serious intentions towards saving and preseveing hunting areas.

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Just my two cents.

But if I had to apply for a permit to transport my weapons through NYC.

I would just ship them by UPS Insured to the outfitter and then have them shipped back to me after the hunt.

The last time I shipped my $550 Browning Pump Rifle back to the factory, it only costed $15

A 30 / 30 should be more than adequate for hunting pigs.

I would lean towards the 170 grain ammo or one of the newer lever magnums that has came on the market in the last couple of years.

I would also imagine that they would either guide you through the hunt or they would just set you out beside a feeder in a blind and let you shoot as many hogs as you can afford.

My only advice would be not to shoot the first one that you see.

There ought to be some 400 - 500 lbs hogs in that bunch - with that many acres to hide in.

Tip your host or guide - if you feel that he did a good job and provided you with a quality hunt. Have a good time and do not place as much importance on getting something as on how good of a time that you had.

A bad day sitting in a blind in the rain is still better than a good day at work!

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"A bad day sitting in a blind in the rain is still better than a good day at work!"

Thats true but a good day killing hogs is better than a bad day sitting in the blind.
You will be in the right place to chase those hogs with hounds. I would leave the rifle at home. Pack a really big knife and go catch you a hog Big smile

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WeatherbyScott wrote:
e4c4ever wrote:
I imagine "preserve hunting" will be our only means in about twenty years.

with that attitude we will be.

It has nothing to do with "attitude", it has to do with reality.

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