Request Advice Locating a Hunting Area in Texas
I signed up for a weekend hog hunt in 2 weeks near Victoria TX. I'm doing a leisure drive through Texas, North to South, with the intent of finding an area where a long term arrangement could be made to hunt hogs with a landowner. I'm not interested in deer or anything else, at least for now. Going through Dallas/Ft. Worth next Tuesday, and taking a couple of days as I travel to the south coast.
In South Dakota we go and talk/drink coffee with the farmers/ranchers in the small town cafe, at the elevator, etc. Takes a little time but very successful in getting invitations to hunt Prairie Dogs and Coyotes.
How would you go about learning the hunting situation in a productive area of Texas, to make local contacts, get the word of mouth offer of a lease, or a place to hunt, trap hogs, etc? Any recommendations as to general areas to look, etc.
Wild Hog Hunter
Go to the feed stores in all of the little towns. Most of them will have a board where people post stuff for sale, lost dogs, stuff like that and put up something that says what you just said. "Looking for hog hunting lease, not interested in deer or anything else, just hogs". That would be the quickest and easiest way I can think of without you being local.
Good luck and good luck on your hunt. Where are you going?
Hey, Ponyboy! Thanks for your kind response. It's just like prairie dogs and coyotes in South Dakota, you have to spend the time to get to know the landowners and they need to get to know you.
I was hunting south of Victoria, TX with the group from Texas Predator Possee. The outfitter was Ryan Longer at LongersOutdoors.com. When I posted I was looking for general areas inTexas, where there is good hunting, as well as contacts. I found that the area around Port Lavaca, Victoria, and North and west of there sounds pretty good so I'm going to look around a bit in a future hunt.
I just boned out my hog, took it to the meat market to have made into bratwurst!
going to look around there.
I've fixed several meals of Bratwurst with a hog I brought back from the Victoria hunt, and it is just fabulous!
Awesome to hear. When you coming back to Tx for more hogs?
Thanks for your response, MVILL;
I'm all tied up with plans for Prairie Dog hunting in western South Dakota and getting into details of planning for an Elk hunting trip to Colorado this fall. Gotta take care of business, you know!
What's the best time of year to hunt hogs? I've heard that when corn fields are harvested, there's great hunting? The logistics of finding a place to hunt, etc is overwhelming for me right now, and can't afford to pay safari-like costs for a guide service. I'd like to link up with a hunting camp in Texas, I'm only interested in hogs. What do you think?
Wild Hog Hunter
We've actually done some hunting just outside of Victoria with our buddy Chris Lucci and they've got quite a few hogs that way. The soil down there is really sandy and it's perfect hog habitat.
When you say you want to link up with a hunting camp, what exactly do you mean?
My definition of a hunting camp is two to a dozen hunting enthusiasts that band together to hunt an area. In Texas I'd expect that they would pool resources that may include obtaining a lease, set up some rules to make everything work together. When I was in the Victoria area, I was offered a lease nearby for $5000/year. I'm not going to lease a place to hunt by myself for $5000/yr because I'm more sociable than that. I'd like to link up with a group in Texas and experience the traditions, shoot some hogs while we're at it.