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California Hog Hunt coming up...Tips/Advice?

 
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Old 04-29-2010, 09:32 PM
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California Hog Hunt coming up...Tips/Advice?

I've been invited to shoot feral hogs on a ranch in California this summer. I think it is fairly near san luis obispo. If I spelled that right. My buddy says there are some canyons and stream bottoms that the hogs feed along, and some mesas that offer good vantage points. He claims you can shoot as far as you want to, which sounds good to me.

Never been to Calif. before, never hunted hogs before. Any advice, recommendations on equipment, etc? I'm taking my 300RUM and a shotgun. I think it will be mainly spot and stalk hunting, but I don't know for sure.
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Old 04-29-2010, 11:36 PM
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Re: California Hog Hunt coming up...Tips/Advice?

First of all you must use lead free bullets in that area. California law. So for get the shot gun. Hogs sometime are very easy to kill, make sure you have it set up well before pulling the latch as shot placement is very important. Be careful on trying running shot as they can move much faster than you think. As with a bad shot they will run forever and in that area the brush is very thick and it hard to track on that has a bad hit
Good luck on the hunt.
Charlie
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Old 04-29-2010, 11:39 PM
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Re: California Hog Hunt coming up...Tips/Advice?

First of all you must use lead free bullets in that area. California law. Forget the shot gun. Hogs sometime are very easy to kill, make sure you have it set up well before pulling the latch as shot placement is very important. Be careful on trying running shot as they can move much faster than you think. As with a bad shot they will run forever and in that area the brush is very thick and it hard to track on that has a bad hit.
Good luck on the hunt.
Charlie
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Old 04-30-2010, 08:55 AM
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Re: California Hog Hunt coming up...Tips/Advice?

As said before, you'll need an all copper bullet as no lead allowed, (condor range) so that may change from what you're already using. I believe Barnes makes an all copper slug now. Also if they are really just feral hogs they will be on the smaller side, but inter-breeding with wild ones will significantly make them bigger and tougher. They generally don't bleed much when hit behind the shoulder as they have a thick plating just under the skin so its best to try and put them down on the spot. A lot of times if they hit the brush or thickets they'll be really hard to follow. I would imagine in that area you'll be hunting open fields near thicker draws where they hide during the day. You also probably already know but if you're going to eat these critters, smaller ones taste a hell of a lot better than the big boars.......Good luck
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Old 04-30-2010, 12:07 PM
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Re: California Hog Hunt coming up...Tips/Advice?

I have hunted hogs in that area a couple of times and the one thing I remember is the ticks. At the end of each day strip down and look yourself over real good. You mainly get them walking through thick brush. Have fun.
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Old 04-30-2010, 04:15 PM
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Re: California Hog Hunt coming up...Tips/Advice?

Whoa, good call on the lead free ammo. Never considered that. (Do condors really eat bullets?) Thanks. I'll take some permethrin tick spray too.
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Old 05-01-2010, 11:43 PM
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Re: California Hog Hunt coming up...Tips/Advice?

I love California hog hunting. When I first moved out here I thought it sounded silly, hunting hogs. BUt it is every bit as hardcore and maybe more so than any deer hunt I have been on. I'm sold. They are smart, strong and will run straight up a canyon slope that will leave you in the dust.
Anyways, the Barnes ammo is great, don't think twice about using it. It hits hard and puts them down, its just damn $$$! Some of the Federal Premium ammo uses the Barnes TSX and I believe the MRX.

Bring water, keep hydrated, that area gets hot, even in spring. Be snake aware as well as tick aware.

The Condor thing seems to be a joke, most of the "range" was the historic range and there are no Condors in there in the first place. Last I heard there has never even been a condor that had died of lead posoning in CA. Its more of a speculation... Eeescchhh
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