Where in Texas?

Discussion in 'Hog Hunting' started by JOHNNIE WALKER, Jul 21, 2014.

  1. JOHNNIE WALKER

    JOHNNIE WALKER Well-Known Member

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    After my planned antelope hunt fell through, I'm thinking I would really like to do a hog hunt. I have a little extra money and I still want to do something. I'm thinking eastern texas. But I'm having a hard time trying to figure out which ranch to go to. I've read some horror stories online that scare me. Actually the only time I've ever payed an outfitter, it ended in disaster, so I'm a little trigger shy.
    I'm really needing some advice, and maybe a point in the right direction. Though it would be nice, I'm not really to concerned about the long range thing. I'm a lot more worried about actually seeing something to shoot at.
    So, do any of you have any experience that might help? This would be around a 20hr drive, so I'm really wanting to have a good time. I don't really need anything fancy, or even someone to clean what I shoot. Trust me, I can handle that. I just really want to have a nice hunt, with out braking the bank.
    I have to use my vacation by mid-October.
    So, any ideas?
     
  2. Coy Franks

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    Don't know about East Texas hogs but West Texas hogs move more in cooler weather. Here they are nocturnal only now and you usually see them right a sunup if at all.

    So I would say the later you can go the better your chances.
     

  3. ntxshooter

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  4. TXshooter

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    I'm from Deep South Texas and manage a ranch in central Texas and hogs are a no brainer I would tell you to go to south Texas and you don't have to worry. My place and most the other places I've been around here in the West of San Antonio area hogs are everywhere. On my place I can shoot a hog every sitting. I don't have much experience on the other regions of Texas but I don't believe the populations are as good as the two regions I described and really the central Texas I'm talking about is right on the south Texas transition. If you want a goof pig hunt come to south Texas and find one of the ranches that do the hog hunt from helicopter now that's a good time
     
  5. JOHNNIE WALKER

    JOHNNIE WALKER Well-Known Member

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    I looked into the helicopter hog thing. It looked amazing!!! But it's just a little out of my price range. I'm a big fan of the do it yourself thing and was really having a hard time trying to weed through every bodies commercialized approach to this kind of thing. In my experience, states with limited public ground mean a lot of hunting pressure. And a lot of weird people in the woods. I was worried about giving somebody a couple hundred bucks just to wait my turn to sit at a feeder that might have something there. The other problem was I didn't want to drive 20 hrs just to hunt for 2 days and then run home. But keep in mind, being from Indiana, I have no idea how thick the hogs really are in texas. I ended up going with Prone Outfitters. Supposed to be north central texas, near the pan handle. They seemed like they were willing to offer something similar to what I wanted. I guess I'll find out in mid October. I'm going to take my 260 rem, and both 44 mags (rifle, and pistol) and see what happens. It's unlimited hogs, and I like pork, so we will see what happens.
     
  6. TXshooter

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    I'm sure it will be a good hunt. Texas is full of hogs. Where I'm from spotlighting and feeding roads or feed areas is your best bet. It's just to thick to have a chance at them. I'm not into hunting them with dogs but that's another popular way that produces pigs. If the place your going is like most places in Texas getting a good amount of Higgs shouldn't be a problem. Good luck I hope it's a good hunt
     
  7. JOHNNIE WALKER

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    I really hope it's a good time. Texas will be my eight state that I've hunted in. I've done very well at my do it yourself hunts, and all on a "working mans" pay check. The only time I've ever payed to hunt, it ended in disaster. Never saw what "we" were hunting for. The guide had more guys booked than he claimed to book at once. And there were other guides with clients hunting the exact same area we were. I was NOT thrilled. That's what makes me a little paranoid. At least on a do it yourself hunt you know going in that the odds are against you. But that never stopped me from getting a couple elk and some deer and a few other things.
    Like I said, I'll be down there in mid-October. I'm really looking forward too it. I'll post how everything went.
     
  8. Rockfish Dave

    Rockfish Dave Well-Known Member

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    My place is thick with hogs. I am in North East Texas.

    I archive my trail can footage on YouTube just search for rockfishdave. Neighbors that farm for a living love when I hunt their fields.
     
  9. Smoke51

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    Let me guess, it sucked? My Prone 'outfitters' hog hunt sure did. Sad
     
  10. Packrat 6

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    Johnny,
    Sure wish you had posted this back before November 2013 and we could have referred you to djones ("In the ear?, Really?") before he got addicted to snorting Milo (Sorghum) dust and drinking denatured alcohol. Used to be one of the best Hog hunters around and he could have told you right off the bat the best place to hunt hogs in Texas.

    Sadly over the last year and a half he has degenerated into the somewhat pathetic creature that he is now. He used to go out and nail 2, 3 even up to 6 Hogs at a time, but now he only posts pictures of Coy Franks and the Hogs that Coy gets! He has also become somewhat isolationist, but that is to be expected from someone that could light all his Birthday Candles with one exhale and a match........:D

    Used to be he could take down a Hog with usually one, maybe two shots and now his ratio of shots to hogs is approaching 14 - 20 shots to the Hog. In fact he has missed so much that the trees in one of his favorite hunting spots could be processed for lead and copper ore. It has also affected his eyesight to the point that he can't really tell one end of a hog from another. In fact, it's gotten so bad, he has had to buy bought 5 Horses and 3 Cows from his neighbors and no one in the family has a live horse to ride. The neighbors are starting to get a little leery of him going hunting since they don't know how much of their livestock is going to survive the hunt this time.

    Oh well, if you'd only asked sooner!..............:rolleyes:

    Packrat

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  11. JOHNNIE WALKER

    JOHNNIE WALKER Well-Known Member

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    What happened on your hunt with them? I had a pretty good time. Saw several hogs and brought a few home.
     
  12. snox801

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    Glad you posted back forgot about this thread. Good to hear it was fun another possible place to hunt.
     
  13. JOHNNIE WALKER

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    Yea it was a pretty good time. I saw a lot of pigs, and other critters. There's way more hogs in texas than deer. I would go back. My hunt with Prone was a good one.
     
  14. Smoke51

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    Only saw one pig the whole time. Property was over-pressured.