Hey Buzzard, Get Away From MY Hog!!!
Feb22

Hey Buzzard, Get Away From MY Hog!!!

After deer season is over, hog hunting is in big demand  at Deerfield Plantation,  St. George, South Carolina.   Like deer hunting, we hunt in stands, typically near the swamps and creeks.  With unusually high temperatures expected to climb to the upper 70’s, this February morning starts out cool and comfortable for hog hunting.  Getting settled in the stand by 5:45, there was plenty of time to “get quiet” and prepared for the hunt.  Fog had rolled in giving a misty view of the woods and food plot.  I brought a Thermacell just in case the mosquitos start to act up, thinking they are not aware that it is still winter!  Immediately, I noticed evidence of hog activity – my stand overlooks a good size food plot and and it was clear that the hogs had been rooting in the field. As I settled in my stand, the cool breeze is in my face so I am not too worried about giving up my position,  since hogs have a great sense of smell and more than likely would be coming from an upwind position.   The darkness slowly gives way to dawn,  with each minute that goes by, and the view to the woods at the far end of the food plot is more visible.   I can see a lot of motion with hogs running back and forth as I ready myself, knowing that first light is the best time to hunt hogs.  As I focus on the the wood line, I am surprised to see hogs running into the middle of the food plot.  The action is very fast as hogs move around a lot.  It was a few minutes after 6:30 so my vision was good enough to take a hog and I concentrated on finding the biggest hog.  There was one in particular that stopped and looked in my direction.   Hogs don’t have great eyesight, but she obviously was alerted to my presence probably with her strong sense of smell.  Hogs have a way of bolting as fast as they appear, so I knew I had to take the shot.  I did and she dropped there in the middle of the plot.   My husband was in a stand in the same swamp area  and surely he heard my shot.  Luckily, texting worked well in this location, unlike some areas that don’t get any reception, and I told him I got a good sized hog and was excited about the activity so far.  He was not as lucky, only seeing a couple of does. As the time passed by, around 9:30 AM, another big...

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Deerfield Plantation
Sep04

Deerfield Plantation

Deerfield Plantation,     Female Friendly Hunting Destination St. George, SC. Turkey, Quail, Whitetail Deer, Hog Hunting!   You are guaranteed  to be taken back in time when you arrive at this beautiful hunting lodge.  World class hunting best describes this historic plantation and the  original plantation home has been  beautifully restored and updated and is ready to accommodate  the serious game hunter.  The large dining room  seats about 18 people and is flanked by a roaring fireplace and  beautifully displayed  trophy mounts are sure to inspire you.  You will be served a true southern style meal for both lunch and dinner.   Women hunters are welcomed and the owners are excellent hosts as well as their guides and cooking staff.   Novice hunters are pleased with the instruction provided by the guides.  Our guide, Kevin keeps us entertained with his great stories and amazing hunting tips.   Many of the hunters who you will meet are return guests who come every year to enjoy the well managed hunt facility and the beauty of the property.  You will feel like part of the family.   What I love best is you have an option of staying in their charming hunting cabin equipped with 2 bedrooms and 2 baths, living room  with a fireplace, and full kitchen.  It is cozy and perfect if you don’t desire to stay in the lodge with your fellow hunters.   My husband and I  look forward  to our stays in the cabin on our many hunts and we return every December to celebrate our wedding anniversary.   We became members and have had successful turkey, quail, and deer hunts.  Gotta get the hog next!! Share this:FacebookTwitterPinterestGoogleRedditLike this:Like...

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My Big Fat First Hog Hunt Adventure!
Sep04

My Big Fat First Hog Hunt Adventure!

My heart is still pounding! This hog hunting adventure is fresh on my mind months later and here is why… It was another amazing day at Deerfield  where my husband and I are members and have had tremendous success with deer, turkey, & quail hunting. This was my first experience hog hunting. We were very excited about this upcoming hog hunt trip as deer hunting comes and goes leaving us with that lull of waiting for turkey season.   It was a bitter cold morning with night temps of 27 degrees. My guide put me in a fantastic stand with the swamp on one side and a food plot on the other.   The food plot was 60% torn up already by hogs so there was little doubt they would be in the area. As I settled in my stand, I heard owls screeching in the blackness of the pre-dawn hour. Then, almost immediately I heard the hogs in the swamp snorting, grunting, and squealing so I was very excited with anticipation.  When dawn finally broke, I saw movement in the densely treed swamp… a rust and a black hog, both about 100 lbs each, and probably a dozen piglets were running back and forth quickly.  It was so thickly wooded I never felt like I had a clean shot, so I held up thinking I would get a better shot but it never happened.  If I had known I would not get a clean shot, I would have taken one. I put that in my head for the next time… take the shot! The morning shoot came to an end around 11 am and I was already thinking about getting back in the stand for the afternoon shoot. At 2 pm, after a great lunch, we got back in the stands and my guide put me in the same one as in the morning.   I set myself up thinking my shot would be towards the swamp, but my swivel chair allowed me to look 360 degrees so I frequently checked every angle for hog activity.  For nearly 3 hours it was completely quiet; hogs typically get active in early morning and late afternoon hours. It was now approaching 5 pm and the window of opportunity approached as the sun set over the swamp. I waited with great anticipation, when from out of nowhere, I heard the most incredible sound in the swamp. It was like a storm was rushing through the woods. It was literally a stampede with vivid sounds of crashing limbs! My heart started beating fast and I knew my opportunity was coming. I set up my shot...

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