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#5722905 - 04/29/15 09:36 PM What to ask before you go
Somebeach Offline
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Registered: 01/18/15
Posts: 51
What are the most import things I need to ask and look for when booking a hog hunt with an outfitter? I had a bad experience last weekend. Before I go blasting an outfitter on a public forum I'm sure I didn't do my homework as much as I should have and buyer beware applies. Again just trying to get my bearings as we are new to Texas and new to hog hunting. Any info would be appreciated.

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#5722926 - 04/29/15 09:50 PM Re: What to ask before you go [Re: Somebeach]
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T-Rex Arms

Registered: 09/24/10
Posts: 33685
Loc: Mansfield, Texas
welcome

Doing research and asking for referrals is your best bet. Find someone that has used a particular outfitter before or a forum that has reviews. Most google searches will show you what you need to know.

Know what to expect before you go and let the outfitter know your expectations so they can decide if their setup will accommodate your needs and expectations.

Ask about the style of hunting, amount of game, how long they have been feeding, what types of stands, who else will be on the property, role of the guide if there is one, distance to expected shot, size of expected animals, accommodations, and have them tell you what you should expect by hunting with them.

Good luck and hope your next hunt is better. There are some respected guides and outfitters on this forum that other members can vouch for.
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#5722967 - 04/29/15 10:16 PM Re: What to ask before you go [Re: Somebeach]
Beaubien Offline
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Registered: 02/18/15
Posts: 473
Loc: In the mountains east of ABQ
Ask what the success rates of the last five hunts were like. Not only pay attention to answer but how he gives it.

+1 on asking for references.
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#5722992 - 04/29/15 10:38 PM Re: What to ask before you go [Re: Somebeach]
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Registered: 06/30/08
Posts: 3822
Loc: Mesquite, Tx
I've had two great experiences and one bad experience all three were with forum members on this site. Do your homework (Google, Facebook or other social media) sites for reviews.

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#5723017 - 04/29/15 11:03 PM Re: What to ask before you go [Re: Somebeach]
colt.45 Offline
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Registered: 03/16/12
Posts: 9307
Loc: wondering about the woods
welcome ta THF... cheers like the handle, have a few of them days... Best wishes flag
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#5723185 - 04/30/15 07:17 AM Re: What to ask before you go [Re: Somebeach]
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Registered: 03/13/14
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Loc: Dallas, TX
welcome

Agree with what others have said above. good luck!

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#5723452 - 04/30/15 09:46 AM Re: What to ask before you go [Re: Somebeach]
Somebeach Offline
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Registered: 01/18/15
Posts: 51
Thanks fellas!

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#5723486 - 04/30/15 10:14 AM Re: What to ask before you go [Re: Somebeach]
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Registered: 03/16/12
Posts: 9307
Loc: wondering about the woods
Not an outfitter.. Certain parts of texas have more hogs than other parts... Hunting pressure plays a roll.. Years past put in deer food plot, then start corn feeder, hog's start showing up.. Last year on cam's , had pic's of bout 9-12 hog's on cam's every month... They move up & down creek... This year very few hog's on cam's... Best luck i've had is hunting public land, & not seeing the numbers their eather... Guys used ta meet for hog hunts, quit coming ta one close ta here... Not seeing hog's... With 24-7-365 hog hunting, NV, Thermal, lights at feeders & bigger hog traps... Lots of pressure on hog's, public land is day hunt only, & rifle hunts limited time... Hog's have less presure, & if ya hit the out of reach area's, its a blast... Work is getting em out.. One i hunt, whin first opened up, seen big numbers of hogs, big difference than last few years.. Best wishes.. flag
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#5723504 - 04/30/15 10:23 AM Re: What to ask before you go [Re: Somebeach]
cabosandinh Offline
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Registered: 08/12/13
Posts: 1156
Loc: Dallas, TX
Originally Posted By: Somebeach
What are the most import things I need to ask and look for when booking a hog hunt with an outfitter? I had a bad experience last weekend. Before I go blasting an outfitter on a public forum I'm sure I didn't do my homework as much as I should have and buyer beware applies. Again just trying to get my bearings as we are new to Texas and new to hog hunting. Any info would be appreciated.


important things to ask:
1. price
2. accommodations included
3. what to expect * this is very important

I run charity hog hunts on my place:

I tell folks how much up front
what's provided: sleeping food etc ...
then I tell them it's a hunting trip, I guarantee they will hunt
I do not, cannot, will not guarantee harvest or kill (that's not hunting )

if you're looking just to put an animal down, go to a high fence place
with maybe a few hogs already in the pen for the end of your trip

I have 40 new piglets and about 30 grown hogs on the place, but that
does not mean I'll see one every time. They move around, sleep late,
go shopping at other feeders on other properties

I have guests that leave with nothing but thanked me for a great time
... that's what matters, really

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#5723567 - 04/30/15 11:01 AM Re: What to ask before you go [Re: cabosandinh]
colt.45 Offline
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Registered: 03/16/12
Posts: 9307
Loc: wondering about the woods
Originally Posted By: cabosandinh
Originally Posted By: Somebeach
What are the most import things I need to ask and look for when booking a hog hunt with an outfitter? I had a bad experience last weekend. Before I go blasting an outfitter on a public forum I'm sure I didn't do my homework as much as I should have and buyer beware applies. Again just trying to get my bearings as we are new to Texas and new to hog hunting. Any info would be appreciated.


important things to ask:
1. price
2. accommodations included
3. what to expect * this is very important

I run charity hog hunts on my place:

I tell folks how much up front
what's provided: sleeping food etc ...
then I tell them it's a hunting trip, I guarantee they will hunt
I do not, cannot, will not guarantee harvest or kill (that's not hunting )


if you're looking just to put an animal down, go to a high fence place
with maybe a few hogs already in the pen for the end of your trip

I have 40 new piglets and about 30 grown hogs on the place, but that
does not mean I'll see one every time. They move around, sleep late,
go shopping at other feeders on other properties

I have guests that leave with nothing but thanked me for a great time
... that's what matters, really


cheers same thing i've said on THF bout hog hunting public land, only not as good English.. Might be why scratch most of the time i huntsolo ... up on the charity hunts... Edit: Just been looking for some one ta go huting with, get a hog for grillen & chillen... Health not what it usdta be... flag
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#5723575 - 04/30/15 11:06 AM Re: What to ask before you go [Re: cabosandinh]
Somebeach Offline
Outdoorsman

Registered: 01/18/15
Posts: 51
Originally Posted By: cabosandinh
Originally Posted By: Somebeach
What are the most import things I need to ask and look for when booking a hog hunt with an outfitter? I had a bad experience last weekend. Before I go blasting an outfitter on a public forum I'm sure I didn't do my homework as much as I should have and buyer beware applies. Again just trying to get my bearings as we are new to Texas and new to hog hunting. Any info would be appreciated.


important things to ask:
1. price
2. accommodations included
3. what to expect * this is very important

I run charity hog hunts on my place:

I tell folks how much up front
what's provided: sleeping food etc ...
then I tell them it's a hunting trip, I guarantee they will hunt
I do not, cannot, will not guarantee harvest or kill (that's not hunting )

if you're looking just to put an animal down, go to a high fence place
with maybe a few hogs already in the pen for the end of your trip

I have 40 new piglets and about 30 grown hogs on the place, but that
does not mean I'll see one every time. They move around, sleep late,
go shopping at other feeders on other properties

I have guests that leave with nothing but thanked me for a great time
... that's what matters, really



It is not about a guarantee of getting game or not. I have been hunting all of my life and understand that sometimes your the windshield and sometimes your the bug, that's just part of it. High fence operations are not my cup of tea, if it were all about the meat or guarantee, I could have bought a hell of a lot of pork for what it cost. It was about a birthday present for my 12 year old boy and spending the one on one time with bonding. That being said I would like the outfitter to at least not act like we are a burden. Everybody is going to have a negative experience, I think it's up to the individual to learn from it so you can prevent it from happening again as much as possible and move on. I appreciate everybody's responses and willingness to give a new hog hunter info for next time out.

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#5723660 - 04/30/15 11:44 AM Re: What to ask before you go [Re: Somebeach]
cabosandinh Offline
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Registered: 08/12/13
Posts: 1156
Loc: Dallas, TX
Originally Posted By: Somebeach


It is not about a guarantee of getting game or not. I have been hunting all of my life and understand that sometimes your the windshield and sometimes your the bug, that's just part of it. High fence operations are not my cup of tea, if it were all about the meat or guarantee, I could have bought a hell of a lot of pork for what it cost. It was about a birthday present for my 12 year old boy and spending the one on one time with bonding. That being said I would like the outfitter to at least not act like we are a burden. Everybody is going to have a negative experience, I think it's up to the individual to learn from it so you can prevent it from happening again as much as possible and move on. I appreciate everybody's responses and willingness to give a new hog hunter info for next time out.


if you want your little one to have a good time and another chance at hog hunting
send me a PM with your number, we'll chat

I am 2.5 hrs from Dallas, 650 acres in Eastland Co.
$125 day/ 2 hunters or 2 day min
and your payment goes to my scholarship charity

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#5727217 - 05/03/15 12:53 PM Re: What to ask before you go [Re: Somebeach]
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Woodsman

Registered: 01/03/12
Posts: 198
Loc: Nebraska
HUNTERS CREEK RANCH in Mt Vernon, Tx. All you need to know. No bad experiences there! I've been going there for the past 4 yrs. he's got high fenced are plus 1000's of acres of free range land as well

Check out their website..Bob and Doreen run a great ranch. Food and lodging included!!
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#5728680 - 05/04/15 03:14 PM Re: What to ask before you go [Re: Somebeach]
bornforit Offline
Bird Dog

Registered: 12/11/06
Posts: 268
Loc: Longview, Tx
I have never been on a guided hunt, but I have been on a lot of guided fishing trips. I am fortunate to say my work pays for the guides to take us and customers out. I can say without a doubt the worst trips are with an unfriendly guide. Some guides aren't in it for the right reasons or you catch them on a bad day. The best guides love what they do and can talk to anyone about anything. A good guide puts in the effort to make sure the customer leaves with a good experience no matter how the day went. I agree with what others have said and research. A lot of times local forums are the worst for good info, because of friends those guides have etc. As well as some pay for ads to keep the site running and comments disappear.

Don't take me as bashing anyone, because I am not. Just recently got back into hunting, and know nothing about anyone on here.

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#5729194 - 05/04/15 09:37 PM Re: What to ask before you go [Re: Somebeach]
Somebeach Offline
Outdoorsman

Registered: 01/18/15
Posts: 51
All good points fellas. I appreciate the feedback.

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