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Pig hunt 2017 - live from Venus Florida

BigDanSBigDanS Senior MemberPosts: 6,992 Senior Member
Sitting 20 ft up,40 yards from my feeder... waiting. Using my .300 AAC Blackout with some 2200 fps 125gr Amax’s. It is a beautiful 75 F and a light breeze at 3:43 PM...

"A patriot is mocked, scorned and hated; yet when his cause succeeds, all men will join him, for then it costs nothing to be a patriot." Mark Twain
Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.... now who's bringing the hot wings? :jester:

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  • shooter10mmshooter10mm Member Posts: 215 Member
    Update man update!!!!:popcorn:
    "You miss 100% of the shots you do not take!"
    "As long as there's Lead in the air there's hope!
    " -- Ralph Adkinson(Daddy) The original Marlboro Man
  • BigDanSBigDanS Senior Member Posts: 6,992 Senior Member
    Saw seven deer not one pig! There are seven of us on this hunt and we saw a bunch of deer and only two pigs. Nice area. One guy had a shot but missed. Up at 4:30 AM for the morning hunt.

    "A patriot is mocked, scorned and hated; yet when his cause succeeds, all men will join him, for then it costs nothing to be a patriot." Mark Twain
    Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.... now who's bringing the hot wings? :jester:
  • minnesotashooterminnesotashooter Senior Member Posts: 819 Senior Member
    I’m coming down to the Fort Myers area in January for a Hog/gator hunt, I can’t wait!!
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 27,916 Senior Member
    I didn’t think there were 125gr A-Max .30cal bullets.

    I know now there is a 125gr SST. Is that what you’re using?
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • Diver43Diver43 Senior Member Posts: 12,442 Senior Member
    Much better to be outside watching deer while hunting hogs that watching TV at home.
    Logistics cannot win a war, but its absence or inadequacy can cause defeat. FM100-5
  • earlyearly Senior Member Posts: 4,950 Senior Member
    Looks warm for November. Good luck!
    My thoughts are generally clear. My typing, not so much.
  • BigDanSBigDanS Senior Member Posts: 6,992 Senior Member
    Zee wrote: »
    I didn’t think there were 125gr A-Max .30cal bullets.

    I know now there is a 125gr SST. Is that what you’re using?

    You are correct, SST's...

    D
    "A patriot is mocked, scorned and hated; yet when his cause succeeds, all men will join him, for then it costs nothing to be a patriot." Mark Twain
    Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.... now who's bringing the hot wings? :jester:
  • BigDanSBigDanS Senior Member Posts: 6,992 Senior Member
    Update...

    Spent Saturday at 6 AM in the stand a cool 58 F for 4.5 hours. Saw lots of wildlife, including another buck and a big sow that startled once in range and my shot did not hit her.

    The seven of us got skunked, hunting on 2000 open acres, so plan B, a dog hunt on a swamp buggy. We chased down seven pigs in about four hours. No pictures because the pace was fast and furious. When my opportunity came, we chased an 80 lb boar for about 30 minutes before he holed up in a palmetto thicket. Rather than use my rifle, I had my Glock 22 with Winchester silver tips, approached him within 15 ft and did a double tap. Done.

    I think going on a swamp buggy hunt with six of your friends is about the most fun you can have hunting. Watching each get their shot and harvest their game is as exciting as it gets. We headed home about 6 PM and enjoyed a BBQ dinner in Clewiston, FL at Sonny's BBQ.

    A good hunt, but better with friends, I have about 30 lbs of pork on ice.

    D
    "A patriot is mocked, scorned and hated; yet when his cause succeeds, all men will join him, for then it costs nothing to be a patriot." Mark Twain
    Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.... now who's bringing the hot wings? :jester:
  • Diver43Diver43 Senior Member Posts: 12,442 Senior Member
    What outfitter did you use?
    Chasing them on a swamp buggy is fun
    Logistics cannot win a war, but its absence or inadequacy can cause defeat. FM100-5
  • BigDanSBigDanS Senior Member Posts: 6,992 Senior Member
    Diver43 wrote: »
    What outfitter did you use?
    Chasing them on a swamp buggy is fun



    Outwest Farms.

    Call me for details.

    D
    "A patriot is mocked, scorned and hated; yet when his cause succeeds, all men will join him, for then it costs nothing to be a patriot." Mark Twain
    Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.... now who's bringing the hot wings? :jester:
  • BigDanSBigDanS Senior Member Posts: 6,992 Senior Member
    And now for some better details...

    We selected Outwest Farms for this year's pig hunt, because they took good care of us three years ago. http://www.floridahuntingoutfitter.com/ We opted for an overnight hunt that gave us up to two pigs each, plus staying on premise for $450 each. We selected the Nov 17 2017 weekend, because not only was it a new moon. the moon set with the sun. The night was as dark as it could get.

    We drove the 2.5 hours from Miami to Venus Florida. On the way we stopped at Lake Placid, Florida for lunch at the Golden Corral. Lake placid is different, because it actually has a 100 ft elevation, and some small hills around it. Since I live about 20 ft above sea level, and it is flat in Miami, it was a nice change. The weather cooperated. It was a beautiful 75 F in the afternoon, and clear as a bell. Lake Placid is a really pleasant little town, and is known for its outdoor murals in its little downtown area. We toured the murals for 15 minutes before lunch, ate well, and headed to camp about 25 minutes from the restaurant in the middle of nowhere.



    Outwest Farms moved two years ago to the new location, that is on 2000 open acres with 14 stands. and a separate buggy hunting area. All the stands have feeders that are well maintained. The Owner, Lee Lightsy, is a well known local that takes care of his customers. We were greeted by our guides at the trailer and quickly escorted to our seven individual stands. We were all setup buy about 3:30 pm, and hard dark occured at 6 PM. Plenty of time to see something come through.

    Here are two views from my first stand, one regular and one panorama:

    The property is a mix of oak hammock, forest and fields. Each stand was in an area far from the others and very comfortable. the property is full of deer, including some atypical bred bucks with 12 point to 24 point racks that are spectacular. We were there for pigs, but saw a lot of deer. Here are two bachelors that came late to the feeder.

    Another small button buck came by and he was close to the stand. I could have taken him with a rock...

    Day one, the group saw only two pigs and had one shot. It was dark early and the guides built us a fire. The "cabin" is a trailer with decent beds, two bathrooms and a full kitchen. We made chili and ate well that night. It was a gorgeous clear night sky in the middle of nowhere, we could see the milky way and the stars were spectacular. All of us were exhausted and we planned to get up at 4:30 AM and go to the stands at 5:30 AM. Our guides were on time. We got up at 4:30 and prepped and had a breakfast of coffee, milk apple juice, pecan ring danish and bananas. We stepped outside to a slightly different view of the stars, with the big dipper, Orion, Venus and Polaris all clearly visible.

    My second stand was on an opposite side of the property near some swampy water. I was in the stand by 5:50 AM and sunrise was 6:30. A spike buck came in and scented me about 7 AM , and ran off quickly. I waited until 9:30 when a nice sow came through. She got in front of me, but either heard me or scented me and startled back. I had just enough time to get off one shot but missed and she was gone. Nothing else came through.

    Back to camp at 11:00, I had the only shot that morning. The guides were very apologetic at the lack of opportunity and put us on a buggy hunt in the afternoon. We got one pig each in about four hours. It is a hoot to travel in the swamp buggy with your friends taking turns chasing down pigs with a dog. My pig was holed up and I took him with my G22 and some silver tips.

    We came back to the barn, and the guides cleaned our catch, and we were done by 6 pm. Really a great trip , and fun with our friends. I can recommend Outwest Farms for the hunt. The cabin not so much ( $100 a night per person ). It is electrified and has water and cooking facilities, but the seven of us spent $700 to overnight there, and we believe we could have had much nicer accommodations nearby for less.

    D
    "A patriot is mocked, scorned and hated; yet when his cause succeeds, all men will join him, for then it costs nothing to be a patriot." Mark Twain
    Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.... now who's bringing the hot wings? :jester:
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