|Encounter with big porcine herd leaves hunters, dogs, hogs all shook up
1186 Views - Posted: March 02 at 10:08 pm
Hunter Shepherd and a few friends were hoping to thin the local wild hog population around Pinewood when they ran into a huge herd of pigs last Saturday, Feb. 22. Several miles and shots later, two hogs were dead, one weighing in at over 350 pounds, and two dogs had been injured in the meeting with more than 30 porkers.
|Wild hog facts
101 Views - Posted: February 15 at 7:00 am
Wild hogs are not native to South Carolina or any part of North America; they are descendants of European domestic hogs that escaped or were released as far back as the early Spanish explorers. Closed-range or fencing requirements for livestock did not arise until the 1900s, and letting hogs “free range” was common before fencing laws.
Here are some interesting facts about South Carolina’s wild hog population:
• The first true pigs brought to the United States came with by Hernando de Soto’s expedition to Florida in 1539.
|D-I-Y European hog skull mount
80 Views - Posted: February 15 at 7:00 am
For hog hunters wanting to preserve memories of a hunt without the expense of a taxidermy bill, try this at-home method for mounting the skull.
• Get the hide off the head and cut away as much meat, membrane, tissue, as possible.
• Using an oversized boiling pot and propane burner, boil the skull in a solution of water, dish washing detergent, and sodium bicarbonate (baking soda). A low boil is best to prevent deteriorating the bone tissue.
|Encounter with wild boar leaves Louisiana hunter in hospital
1256 Views - Posted: February 10 at 6:00 pm
Chris Morris has been hunting Pearl River Wildlife Management Area outside Slidell, La., since he was 6 years old, and he killed his first hog there when he was 15. But none of that experience prepared him for his hunt Feb. 2, when a hog charged Morris and left him with serious wounds on his legs. “I never had anything remotely like this happen to me,” Morris told LouisianaSportsman.
|Pigs in a blanket - Extend your big-game season by adding wild hogs to your winter wish list
167 Views - Posted: February 01 at 7:00 am
Don Houck and another hunter crouched together just around the corner of a food plot and peered into the pre-dawn darkness. The full moon and high-powered optics allowed the pair to scan the far end of the green patch in search of the quarry.
“Just to the right of the corn pile,” Houck said. “It’s a big black ’bo hog. See if you can slip around there and get a shot at him.”
A little maneuvering, a little slipping, and the big hog was centered in the crosshairs, soon to receive a healthy dose of ballistic tipped lead. At the report, the boar shuddered from the impact of the .308 slug and charged into the undergrowth before mortality caught up with him and put him down just out of sight.
|SCDNR plans three dog hunts for hogs on North Island in February
1215 Views - Posted: January 23 at 8:26 pm
The S.C. Department of Natural Resources will continue efforts to remove and eliminate feral hogs from North Island in Georgetown County by scheduling three hog hunts with dogs next month – part of an overall hog removal project on the Yawkey Wildlife Center
|Keep traps active for feral hogs
184 Views - Posted: January 15 at 7:00 am
Trapping wild hogs an effective method for filling up the freezer with fresh pork, but trappers can often have trouble coaxing hogs into traps during the summer and fall when food resources are readily available. However, as January arrives and deer season ends, most natural foods are gone and hogs are out on the prowl looking for something to eat; that makes trapping much more effective than any other time of year.
|Wildlife Habitat Improvement Series: Twin Creeks Hunting Club
225 Views - Posted: January 15 at 7:00 am
Nestled between Big Fishing Creek and Little Fishing Creek in northeast North Carolina lies Twin Creeks Hunting Club. With more than 7,000 acres of swamps, timberland and a conglomeration of food plots under cultivation, Twin Creeks has the perfect mix of wilderness and prime wildlife habitat to produce a wide variety of game species. Beyond having a solid deer population, Twin Creeks has a huge flock of wild turkeys and just enough black bears for a member to fill a tag during the new season. But the whitetail deer reigns in these parts, and for good reason.
|Here, piggy, piggy, piggy
213 Views - Posted: January 09 at 9:00 am
The weather may seem very similar to December, but January is definitely a transitional month for outdoorsman around the Carolinas — especially the thousands of deer hunters out there. More hunters participate in deer season than all of the other game animals combined. But just because the season is over doesn’t mean the deer rifle should be retired to the gun cabinet. Hunters can continue hunting, targeting a different quarry with large white tusks in the front and a pair of country hams bringing up the rear.
|Florida man charged in accidental killing of friend on hog-hunting trip near Ninety Six
2507 Views - Posted: March 12, 2013 at 9:05 am
A Florida man hunting wild hogs in Greenwood County was shot and killed Saturday by a fellow hunter from Florida, according to law enforcement officials.
Sonny Cox, Greenwood County’s coroner, identified the victim as Robert Arthur Iselin Jr., 51, of Jacksonville, Fla. Investigators said Iselin died as a result of a gunshot wound to his chest.
Capt. Robert McCullough of the S.C. Department of Natural Resources said that Lucus J. Brickweg, 25, of Satellite Beach, Fla., was charged with criminal use of a firearm and hunting without a license.
McCullough said Iselin and Brickweg were part of a group of five hunters, four of them from Florida and one from Greenwood, who said they were hunting hogs.
644 Views - Posted: March 01, 2013 at 7:00 am
The Warden from Sportsman’s Communications is a remote trap monitor that sends a satellite-based message to the owner via email and/or text that the trap has been sprung. The notification even includes the trap location and the time it was triggered. This small battery powered device is inexpensive to purchase, easy to install and saves time in monitoring. A magnetic sensor cable and mounting bracket are included.
|A big-bore revolver hog hunt
811 Views - Posted: January 28, 2013 at 9:00 am
I was sitting on an East Texas pipeline, cradling my 7 1/2-inch Ruger Super Redhawk in my lap, watching a pile of corn that had been scattered about the area and trampled with hundreds of hog tracks.
My hand cannon was stuffed with 335-grain hard-cast bullets in .454 Casull, a potent enough load in itself, but this went the extra step. These rounds were manufactured by Cor-Bon — a company that found its niche in the ammunition market by producing ammo that pushed the envelope.
|End of deer season is no reason to quit hunting big game
2299 Views - Posted: January 03, 2013 at 9:30 am
Don Houck and I crouched just around the corner of the food plot and peered into the pre-dawn darkness. The full moon and high-powered optics allowed the two of us to scan the far end of the food plot in search of our quarry.
“Just to the right of the corn pile,” whispered Houck, “it’s a big black ‘bo hog. See if you can slip around there and get a shot at him.”
A little maneuvering, a little slipping, and the big hog was centered in the crosshairs, soon to receive a healthy dose of ballistic-tipped lead.
|To eliminate hogs, try trapping
774 Views - Posted: January 01, 2013 at 7:00 am
Wild hogs have been recorded in all 46 South Carolina counties. They are opportunistic feeders, and while not often thought of as predators, they certainly are; they are ominvores, eating both plants and animals, and they will eat anything from grubs to plant roots to live birds and mammals. Their keen sense of smell draws them to birthing areas of other animals, including domestic animals, where they will eat newborns and the placenta.
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