This hunt was actually supposed to be a black bear and boar combo hunt, but I got super lucky and was drawn for a Maine moose tag the same year! Knowing the moose hunt was going to cost a pretty penny, I decided to “cut back” and just do a hog hunt with Bear Run Hunts in south Georgia. Jamie Steedley runs a really good operation at Bear Run. Lots of hogs, bears, deer and gators.
My 2 brothers and I made the 16 hr drive in one day. The drive wasn’t too bad other than the traffic in Atlanta. My cousin met us at camp the next afternoon, as he was flying in from Arizona. The first morning of the hunt was uneventful for me, but my younger brother had a few hogs come in close- he chose not to shoot because they were all football sized.
The evening hunt was a little different. I had a group of hogs a couple hundred yards down the swamp road making their way toward me. Slowly they came, eating and popping their head up constantly. It seems hogs almost never stop moving!! Always sniffing and munching on anything they come across.
One thing you MUST be aware of when hunting in the Okefenokee swamp is the insane amount of mosquitoes! They are absolutely terrible. A Thermacell is a 100% a must-have item. Take plenty of butane and pad refills and DO NOT run out. When you turn the Thermacell on the clouds of mosquitoes part like the Red Sea; it really is amazing.
Back to the hogs. Jamie said to make sure you DROP the hog on the logging road. The side we were on was private property and just on the other side of the road was Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge and obviously you cannot hunt it. As the group of 15 hogs scampered and scurried my way I took that into consideration. I let the biggest of the bunch get close to about 30 yards. Slowly, I clicked the safety off the Remington 700 in 338 Federal and settled the cross hairs right between the boar’s eyes. When the 210 gr Nolser Partition hit,the little piggy just sank straight down. Turns out it wasn’t just a little piggy, but a very nice 189 lb boar with really good cutters. The next morning I should have killed 2 more, but passed on the shots thinking I would have a better one and never did.
My older brother hammered a nice hog the last evening of the hunt, right at dark. My cousin missed a giant boar at about 300 yards the last day as well. All in all this was a really fun hunt. We saw deer, a lot of hogs and a bunch of gators as well! Next time I make it to South Georgia I am hoping to hunt bear/gator and hogs in the same week. If you are looking for a great hunt at a very reasonable rate give http://www.bearrunhunts.com a call, Jamie is a great guy.
If you are looking at going on a hog,deer, bear or gator hunt check out http://www.bearrunhunts.com
Now it’s product review time. The Thermacell works great and is pretty good value. During the hog hunt all 4 of us used the Thermacell and would have been in serious trouble without them. These run off small plastic butane cartridges that you insert in the bottom of the unit. If I remember correctly they ran for about 3 hours each. I ran out with about 30 minuets left one evening of the hunt and got hammered by mosquitos! I even use mine in the back yard when shooting my bow or just hanging out. I HIGHLY recommend this item. By clicking on the link below you help me fund this website and blog. I really appreciate it! If you have any questions or comments please feel free to leave those at the bottom of this page. Thanks!