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I am thinking about taking my boys on a trip in 2017. The idea is to make it a Christmas gift. I usually set a limit of 3-400$ per kid. I think this should get me close to a Hog Hunt. I would like to keep it less than an 8hr drive from NW PA.

I would also consider an out of state turkey hunt.

Any ideas on public ground or an outfitter?
 

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I think i would take them to a place like Tioga boar preserve.

I personally never went to one of these fence hunts but I wish I would have taken my son when he was little. maybe if I did he would have liked hunting. I did take him out for doe hunting & squirrel hunting, but we never harvested anything and he lost interest.
 

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Try Big Buck Down in Ohio. He has night Boar hunting over bait. These are free range hunts. 2 nights of Hunting for $400 person. 1 Boar per person. Near Logan Ohio.
 

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If you don't mind driving a little further you could go down to Georgia. My son and I went to this place a few years ago. We weren't successful, but had a good time. We took food for our own meals. This was about the most reasonable hunt I could find. This is no fence, wild hogs.

http://www.happyacresexpeditions.com/ratespage.html#hogdeer
 

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I would look at a spring gobbler hunt.They can be booked cheap and nothing is better to keep a kid's interest than turkey hunting.You may be able to find a decent hog hunt in Tennessee or some placer like cspot mentioned.
 

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I agree on the happy acres. Been there a bunch of times, took my daughter when she was 17 always a great hunt and I've told a bunch of guys the same info and heard nothing but great things about Gary Frye
 

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I am probably out of line, but I would think you could put a young hunter in front of deer, turkey or small game and be successful (get a shot) on a first hunt in PA. Cost = a little time.
 

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The boys will be 13 this fall. Gage has been very successful over the last few years killing 2 5pts and 4 doe. He has also taken pheasant and squirrels.

Aidan, my stepson has only hunted for 2 seasons. But he has gotten his first deer last season.

For the record, they put alot of time in each fall.

Just thought a weekend trip would be a good experience for them.
 

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I took my son to Mohr's (the island) when he was 7 years old for ram. For a 7 year old, it was fun, and we had a good time. For anyone over the age of maybe 10, it would be a joke. The pigs are definitely barnyard animals. I'm surprised they didn't have collars with Wilbur name tags.
The rams were a little more tricky, but still a 100% hunt and you would be done by noon. There is no fence, but the pigs don't run away. These aren't boars - they are pink farm pigs.
 

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The pigs don't run away, they swim away!! Wait to you have to go a mile down river after one once then have to haul it back!! Or have a 750lb hog chase you while your buddies are laughing too hard to shoot it! Is it "hunting" NO! Is it a fun day with family and friends where you get a chance to fill your freezer, 100% YES! And his hogs used to be bred with Russians until most would swim from the island!
 
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