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Offline gregg dudley

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Hog Hunting Florida
« on: February 08, 2012, 11:08:00 PM »
Hog Hunting in Florida is the number 1 inquiry that we get on this conference from out of state hunters so I thought i would feature a thread on the topic.

OK, here goes...I know everybody watches TV and hears stories about hog hunting in Florida and thinks that pigs are thick as thieves down here so here is the skinny.  They is and they isn't!

Access is the key and it can be hard to come by.  MOST good hog hunting is on private property and despite what you may have heard about nuisance hogs, they are widely viewed as a financial commodity to be taken exploited.  Remember this is the SOUTH where the concept of leasing land for hunting is as old as I am.

I am going to break it down in terms of public land hunting and private land hunting.

On public land:
Public land is only open for hog hunting in conjunction with other open seasons.  There are very few exceptions to this rule.  Public land in Florida is generally in the form of Wildlife Management Areas (WMA).  There are 175 WMAs in Florida and the all have their own unique rules and regulations.  To explore information concerning public land hunting opportunities, got to myfwc.org and select hunting, then WMA maps or WMA regulations.

On private land:
The best way to assure yourself of a good hog hunting experience is join a lease that is geared towards hog hunting.  If that is not a practical consideration, the next best bet is to consider an outfitter that is known for hunting hogs.

I have NEVER PERSONALLY used any of the outfitters that I am about to list, but TBOF members who I respect have.

Archery Outfitters with Nikki Roth (very good to TBOF)

Osceola Outfitters with Hoppy Kempfer (if Don Davis recommends him that is good enough for me).

True South with Jim Dussais (Tarponnut here on tradgang)

There are others I am sure, but this is a good start.  If other TBOF members or tradgangers care to add to this list feel free to do so.
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Offline gringol

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Re: Hog Hunting Florida
« Reply #1 on: February 09, 2012, 08:42:00 AM »
Good post, Gregg.  Typically the hogs are thick were hunting is not allowed, e.g. the edge of suburban neighborhoods with conservation easments.  On public land (i.e. the WMAs) where hunting is legal, hogs are relatively rare and hard to spot in the daylight.  I primarily hunt public land, and have seen enough hog sign, but never a hog.  On private land managed for hogs, they can be like the tv shows.  If I were coming from out of state, I would go straight to an outfitter or find some kind of private land managed for hogs.

Offline Fisherking73

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Re: Hog Hunting Florida
« Reply #2 on: February 10, 2012, 08:03:00 AM »
Ditto. Public land has hogs, but you gotta know were to go. Easiest way is with an outfitter. I wish I could find an affordable lease for hogs, but as much a "nuisance" as everyone says they are, they sure do love trapping and selling them to outfitters.

Offline Rick Butler

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Re: Hog Hunting Florida
« Reply #3 on: February 19, 2012, 09:39:00 PM »
Thanks for the info Greg. My daughter lives in the Palm Bay area and I've always wanted to plan a Hog hunt around a visit.
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Offline tarponnut

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Re: Hog Hunting Florida
« Reply #4 on: March 20, 2012, 06:23:00 PM »
Gregg hit the nail right on the head!
On the WMA's I've hunted, the hogs are mostly nocturnal from the hunting pressure.Private land is the way to go for bowhunting, in my experience.
It has taken me years of trying to be able to finally secure a couple of hog leases.
I have heard good things about Hoppy's place mentioned above and have hunted Nickie Roth's place with success(he's a trad guy).
At True South Adventures, we are bowhunting-only(about 90% trad guys so far),free-range, no dogs or buggies.

Offline Greg Szalewski

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Re: Hog Hunting Florida
« Reply #5 on: April 03, 2012, 09:17:00 PM »
When I was in your neighborhood last month Dale and I went to a place just south of St Augustine called God's Country Outfitters. R.T. was real accommodating.  Although we didn't stay there he had a very nice camp built on the end of a pole shed. It seems most of his clients are gun hunters but he understands traditional bow hunters.  For $250 for a meat hog he also butchered it for me. It worked out real good for us as we stayed in St Augustine and our wives were shopping while we hunted. godscountryoutfitters.net
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Offline tarponnut

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Re: Hog Hunting Florida
« Reply #6 on: April 04, 2012, 11:06:00 AM »
True South Adventures Inc. is a Trad Gang sponsor and is about 90% traditional archers. We have nearly almost 100% opportunity on hogs this year(no dogs or guns).

I am a member of TBOF, and WTA (Wisconsin Traditional Archers).
 www.truesouthadventures.com
Thanks, Jim Dussias

Offline UrbanArcher1975

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Re: Hog Hunting Florida
« Reply #7 on: September 01, 2013, 05:35:00 PM »
Is True South Adventures still around?  I tried to log onto the webpage multiple times and wasn't successful.
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Offline JohnnyWayne

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Re: Hog Hunting Florida
« Reply #8 on: October 03, 2013, 08:29:00 AM »
They are around for sure, pretty sure he uses flash for his site so possibly an issue with your web browser?
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