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South Carolina Hog Adventure

Came back yesterday from a free range hog hunting adventure in the low country of South Carolina. Taking a free range wild hog has always been on my bucket list so I hit the road for the 11 hour drive to start a 3 day hunt. Iarrived at the lodge and met our guide for the week, Austin. After getting settled in, I took a drive with the guide to get a feel for the properties and re bait some stands. The hunting would be from a combination of ladder stands, box blinds, and ground blinds. Corn was the bait of choice to try to get the hogs out of the swamps during daylight hours.

Overall, the hunting was rather slow. No hogs were seen the first day. On the second morning, I won the coin toss to hunt the stand with the most activity. It wasn't till 8:30 that I caught movement far up the cut shooting lane I was watching. The first wild hogs I ever saw stepped from the swamp and began slowly walking my way. After 15 minutes of them milling around, I finally got the shot I wanted at 40 yards. I dialed in the HHA, settled the crosshairs, and let the arrow fly. At the shot, both hogs trotted back down the lane and I got to watch the I one I shot tip over. I almost got a shot at the other one before it walked back into the dark swamp.

I was elated to walk up and put my hands on my first wild hog. The black and tan mottling, long spindly tail, soft nose, big ears, and thick coarse hair made for a unique trophy to check off of the archery bucket list. The average sized wild sow dressed out at #140 pounds on the lodge scale. The perfect eating size according to our guide.

Day 3 was another bust for me. I sat for 27 hours over 3 days. Grand total for me was 2 hogs seen. Hunting these things, even over bait, is far from a sure thing in the southern swamps.
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hard to kill. especially this time of year with the high temps. good job, looks like some nice eating.
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Congrats dpms! Good hog right there. Guess you got a taste of why I love those swamps? Bad time of year though.
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Sounds like tuff hunting. I didn't know they hunt them this time of the year. Congrats on a successful hunt. See any other critters?
Thanks for sharing!

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Congrats. Good pics also.
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Congrats on the pig and the hunt!

Hunting these things, even over bait, is far from a sure thing in the southern swamps.
I would say that it's a difficult task anywhere. I've yet to kill a pig here, and have been at it for 12 years! Granted I mostly hunt deer, and figure eventually a pig will cross my path while out for deer, but it hasn't happened yet where I could get a shot. Even the year that I put in a lot of time specifically for pigs it didn't happen. Through the use of trail cams and corn, I had them patterned very well. They didn't show up every night, but when they did it was always right around one hour past whatever the moon rise time for that day was, even during the New moon when that time was during daylight hours. I spent many days/nights in the stand whenever the conditions were right, but still buying my bacon from the store.

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Conrats to you. I used to go to Ga. and do that except with rifle. One of the most fun hunts you can go on.
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