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South Carolina Wild Hog / Boar Hunting Print E-mail
 George Key with his bowkill boar
 Frank Kitzle with his pistol kill boar
Paul of Horton Crossbows shot this hog with the vision crossbow, Bone Collector carbon arrow, with a Shwacker Broad Head, right in low shoulder, it went only 15 ft and fell dead, with lots of blood trail

 After several years of trying to come up with enough good hog hunting properties, we feel we can now provide the same high quality of hog hunting that we have been able to provide to our deer hunters. With just over 3000 acres broken into a half dozen tracts of land to hog hunt we now can manage our hunting pressure to allow high success. Lesson one in our entrance to commercial hog hunting was a plain one, you have to have ground that is quiet and baited getting prime for the next group.You just cannot commercially hunt the same hogs day after day. We now have about 40 feeders running daily just for pigs, on several different properties. Some have been running for 9 years now.

Hog hunting is something groups can go off together and have fun doing after the local deer seasons all close. Building our hog hunting operation to provide a great off season hunt has been a great learning experience for us. The main thing we learned is that after you get after feral hogs they are quick to become nocturnal, even more so than the deer. They will come to the corn every night, but are very reluctant to show themselves in the day time. Minimized pressure is the only answer.

We have come up with several alternatives to make our hunters successful. We have shifted much of our baiting efforts to an auto feeding program, which allows us to corn every day at every location nearly year round. The feeders keep the game familiar with the area and pre hunt supplemental feeding by our corn trucks does the rest. Intrusions are minimized and stand sites stay active.

We actively use game scouting cameras to identify active daytime baits. Our cameras and hunters have confirmed with a little extra effort and technology we can focus our hunters on stands where it isnt just the sign that looks good, but the live hogs in your scope. So far the system is working with our hog hunters doing very well on both trophy boar and meat hogs. 

We have also been cutting shooting lanes in the hardwood river bottoms. These are placed strategically in high travel areas off known bedding/wallowing sites. A combination of being close and auto feeders have made these sites very successful and highly used during daylight hours.

By being able to offer turkey/hog combo hunts this 2010 spring, we were able to take several hogs, but not like the previous year. Now that the summer is heating up, we are seeing more daytime movement, and being able to get our hunters on more day time hogs than during the winter, maybe the cold weather attributed to this too. It is very hard to get a consistent pattern on the movement of hogs in the day time. This will be a limited opportunity to our turkey hunting clients.

We have now hosted groups from Virginia, Penn., N.C. and N.J. We have learned a lot from them and realized what an assett we have in being able to provide a place to come have fun, and kill some hogs. We are glad to have grown this new hunting interest with you and will continue to evolve our operation to maintain great hunter success on this challenging game animal. If you havn't hunted wild hogs yet, your missing out!

 08 PVHC Boar 
Bang I though I would drop you a line to tell you how much the guys enjoyed the their time at PVHC. They all stated that your organization treated them in a very professional manner and dedication to achieve their objective of providing us with he best hunt possible was obvious from the first minute we stepped into your hunting facility. The food was great, and the sleeping quarter was also very good (I wish I had a bottom bunk, maybe next time). Your support staffs, both the cook and guides are outstanding people. As for Tommy, you are right; he is both your right and left hand and an outstanding and expert guide. The thing that impressed us the most is that we all felt that we were not hunting with a paid outfitted but with close friends that really cared about each of us personally and did their utmost to make us feel at home. I personally would rate that as the number one attribute of the PVHC organization. On a personal note I would like to thank you for your invitation to hunt with you in the 17” trophy area. Although I was not successful I appreciated the opportunity. Thanks again.  In closing I again thank you and Tom for a great hunt and looking forward to seeing you at the Sportsmen show in February 2009. Best regard Ernie Gallo

Frequently asked Question on hog hunting 

Q: Are these wild hogs, wild boar, or feral hogs?

A: Hogs are not native species to South Carolina. As with all free ranging swine in America, these hogs have invaded our landscape through accidental domestic escapes. To be frank there are no pure "wild boars" such as a russian boar, but a fine counterpart in the form of feral hogs. These animals are long haired, multi colored, and every bit as wild as their famous russian counter parts. For more information on the history of hogs in America visit Wild Swine History in the US 

Q: What's the deal on the night hunt for hogs?

A: The state has made it legal now for us to hunt the hogs at night only with handguns, open sights only, 9" barrel or shorter, and with head lamps only. If the hunters will sit all night on the locations with feeders, opportunities will be really good.

 Q: Is wild hog hunting dangerous? 

A: Because of our main practice of hunting from elevated fixed position stands, our hunters are very safe from the popping jaws of a wild pig. While tracking wounded pigs can get exciting at times for our guides, our hunters can expect to enjoy a very safe experience while hunting pigs. 

Q: What kind of gun do I need to kill a hog?

A: Boar hogs possess a shield that covers the forward half of their vital area. This shield can be up to 1.5 inches thick, and can test the penetration of arrows and bullets. Proper shot placement to avoid it is needed but in most cases we find a well placed shot out of any caliber 243 or larger will do. Pistols, muzzleloaders, and archery gear are all suitable choices. You may find this article on shot placement helpful Where Do I shoot a Hog?

Q: Are wild hogs good to eat? 

A: Absolutely! While the larger boar hogs aren't always the finest eating, the younger boars 150 lbs or less are great eating as well as all of the sows. Living on a diet of fresh greens, acorns, grapes, our food plots, and corn, these animals are fed up finer than any pork you have ever had. Good eating to you, bring a cooler! 

Q: When is the best time to hunt hogs at PVHC? 

A: Hog hunting is open year round at PVHC.  We had some of the best hog hunts late June and July as the weather warmed up this past summer, and are expecting the same this late spring and summer. Seems the hotter it gets the more day time movement we are seeing. Hogs are notorious eaters and easily baited year round. However we are quick to recognize how quickly these critters adjust to hunting pressure. Our highest success rate to date was achieved this past summer with a true 70-80% success on opportunity. With neighboring pressure from hunting minimized due to the closed deer season, hogs are very susceptible to our hunters from May-Aug. Deer season also shows a respectable success on hog hunting with the winter hunt (post deer season Jan - early March) showing just a bit better due to another lull in neighboring hunting pressure.

 Q: How do you hunt hogs at PVHC? 

A: Most of our hog hunts occur in fixed position ladder stands suited for rifle hunters. Bait is provided on all hog stands and typically served by automatic feeders, or regular corn dumps by our corning trucks. We also bow hunt in ladder stands over automatic feeders. Most of the bow stands are two Ol Man lock ons, positioned withing bow range of the feeders. One of our bow hunters took a 250# boar this past week end, the last week end of June,with a rage broadhead, and it only went about 90 yards. We are seeing more hogs now duringthe hot weather than we did back during the winter when the hog hunting was supposed to be better.

 Q: How many hogs can I kill? 

A: Each hunter is allowed to shoot at, or take one hog per sitting, (two sittings per day, one each morning and one each afternoon). On any sitting while hunting with us, extra hogs may be taken for $50.00 each, if the fist one falls dead within sight of the stand, we just don't want multiple wounded hogs running off from the same stand. Wounded hogs count as killed hogs! No exceptions. We encourage you to take as many as you'd like in your cooler.

 Q: How many hogs can we expect to see on an average hunt? 

A: During the warmer months we have hunters see from 2-10 hogs in a sitting regularly. Not every hunt produces a sighting, and not every hunt is finished with a trophy hog on the ground. We hunt 100% free ranging hogs which means they are highly susceptible to hunting pressure and going nocturnal. Our staff and hunting plans revolve around supplying each new group with the best chance possible at seeing hogs. We routinely rotate our hunting pressure and feeding stations to improve hog sightings. Of course we will make sure you are hunting an active area, and have plenty of corn to keep em coming. 

Q: Who cleans our hogs?

A: We do not include the processing of your hog in the price of our hunts. It is your responsibility to clean , quarter and store you hog. Our guides will skin and quarter your hog for $45 additional and pack the quaters in YOUR ice chest.

Q: Is there a group discount available? 

A: Yes we do offer some discount possibilities for groups of 6 or more. Please ask Bang for more details. 

Q: How do I get my South Carolina Hunting license? Which license do I need?

There is a phone number that you can call and get your license. It is 1-866-714-3611. This line is 24/7. \ It is also available online at http://www.dnr.sc.gov/ You need a non resident or resident license to hunt hogs in SC. You may buy 3 day 10 day or annual licenses depending on your length of stay or if you intend on making a second trip.