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#3151635 - 02/04/13 04:57 PM Big South Fork Backcountry Camping/Hunting Trip
BirdDog123
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My boss just let me take a few vacation days from work and my girlfriend is out of town. This means one thing: a much needed retreat to the outdoors!

I saw a few people on another thread talking about hunting Big South Fork. I would love to have some people join me on my trip. I have planned for February 21st-24th. I plan to bring my backpack and camp in the backcountry during that time but my main focus will be hog hunting. If anyone is interested feel free to shoot me a PM. Could meet a weekender on a Friday evening/Saturday morning.

It seems everyone has pretty tough luck at BSF. This won't deter me but I was wondering if anyone has had any success hunting hogs in this area? I am an experienced camper/hiker but deer/turkey hunting is all I know. What would be the best way to find these piggies? What I know so far is to try to find their rooting activities near creeks and shore lines. Any advice, words of wisdom, caution, would be greatly appreciated!

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#3151668 - 02/04/13 05:18 PM Re: Big South Fork Backcountry Camping/Hunting Trip [Re: BirdDog123]
cecil30-30
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I haven't been up there in a few years,but I can guarentee you to find some hog sign and alot of it down on bandy creek.It is always loaded with hog sign,but i've never seen a hog down there.There is even a old sign about 30ft up a tree at the creek crossing that says "hog pen" or something of the sort...Its just up from the station camp crossing.
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#3152863 - 02/05/13 01:41 PM Re: Big South Fork Backcountry Camping/Hunting Trip [Re: cecil30-30]
AT Hiker
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Been wanting to do the same trip, however I have plans on the 23rd. Keep us posted on how it goes.
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#3152876 - 02/05/13 01:54 PM Re: Big South Fork Backcountry Camping/Hunting Trip [Re: AT Hiker]
BirdDog123
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Will do.. so far my game plan is to enter near the zenith canoe launch and hike 4-6 miles along the North White Oak Creek.. It is pretty close to the Bandy but I am going to try the North White Oak since the terrain looks tougher and there is less chance of serious hunting pressure. Going to follow the creek until I find some fresh sign and camp out around 800-1000 yards from the location. Hunt early morning from 5a.m.-9:30.. come back and possibly nap gather firewood till 2:30pm go back out and hunt till dark.. come back start a fire and get ready to do it all over again teh next day
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#3152877 - 02/05/13 01:55 PM Re: Big South Fork Backcountry Camping/Hunting Trip [Re: BirdDog123]
BirdDog123
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everyone I have talked to/everywhere I have researched says the same thing: sign everywhere but no hogs.. most people have never even seen a hog there. after readin a LOT some people say that the population may be less than 500.. I am giong mostly for the enjoyment of the outdoors and some peace and quiet.. but I think the challenge has gotten me really excited for this trip. I will post pics and share any luck in the following weeks!
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#3152884 - 02/05/13 02:05 PM Re: Big South Fork Backcountry Camping/Hunting Trip [Re: BirdDog123]
ChippewaPartners
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Bring your lanyard of predator calls and have some additional fun!
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#3152940 - 02/05/13 02:57 PM Re: Big South Fork Backcountry Camping/Hunting Trip [Re: ChippewaPartners]
BirdDog123
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good point! Are there lots of Coyotes in BSF? I sure wouldn't want to call up a bear though lol
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#3153175 - 02/05/13 06:44 PM Re: Big South Fork Backcountry Camping/Hunting Trip [Re: BirdDog123]
ImThere
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There are hogs there brandy is the most well known destination for hunters and hogs. The hogs know it and are mostly nocturnal there. I wish i was able to go i would be there in a heart beat if work would let up a little. We went in at brandy last year and crossed the bridges and went up the cliffs on the other side we got close enough to them the poop was still steaming but never connected i have hunted there the last few years and i really enjoy it.

Its pretty there and loads of cool stuff!
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#3153269 - 02/05/13 08:06 PM Re: Big South Fork Backcountry Camping/Hunting Trip [Re: BirdDog123]
Buzzard Breath
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BirdDog123, I've got a big project due on the 22nd, but I could possibly finish it early and be easily coerced into a backcountry trip. I've got backcountry hunting experience, hog hunting experience (no expert, though), and I've called bears in close enough you might want to bring an extra pair of underwear. You can get my email from my profile. Send me some contact info for you and I'll make sure the wife doesn't have anything planned for me around then

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#3153527 - 02/06/13 07:43 AM Re: Big South Fork Backcountry Camping/Hunting Trip [Re: Buzzard Breath]
pseshooter300
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Where is big south what part of the state
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