A Utah Easter Hog “Hunt” – Hog Hunting in Utah

Hog hunting in Utah you ask? Well, kind of…

Hog Hunting in Utah
For the past few years we have gone camping with my wife’s family in Utah during Easter weekend. Our traditional Easter camping spot is about a mile or so away from a big ranch loaded with exotic game including Russian Boar and I’m intrigued every time we drive down to camp. Our itinerary usually includes paint-ball wars, Easter egg hunts for the kids, hiking, riding four-wheelers, fishing and shooting clay pigeons. Just your average good ‘ole redneck-type fun. As you know, the weather this time of year can be marginal at best and this year was no exception. While we were staring at each other over the fire in the rain we naturally started talking about hunting, and that led to talk of hog hunting and since I almost always travel with my bow, before I knew it we were lining up a hunt. Hog hunting in Utah…. Works for me!

Now I’ve always been a fair-chase, wilderness archery elk hunting type of guy. The thought of chasing something around in a pen and shooting it isn’t hunting in my mind, so I had no illusions as to what I was getting into. My line of thought went about like this: It’s raining, cold, and I’m tired of sitting around. There are some great big, cool looking pigs just over the hill. I have my bow with me. I like to eat pork. Boar tusks are cool. Let’s go!

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We loaded all the kids up, went and lined things up with the neighbor and went hunting. The pigs were running in a huge area and the hunting was fun but the best part about the whole thing was letting all of the kids join in on the blood trail and help with the whole process. They got a kick out of that.

In conclusion: I don’t really have a problem with people who hunt behind fences, I’m not sure that it’s for me, but if you want to hunt that way… go for it.

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    Comments

    1. Susan Catt says

      Why not just walk out into a pasture and shoot a horse. I hope to get a javelina with a bow, but it will be tracking him down in his habitat, find a decent shot and hope for the best. It wont be following a pig around a fenced area until he gets unlucky.

      ;)S

    2. Will Holmes says

      High fence hunting is not “hunting” the way I think of it. Hunting is tracking, spotting, stalking and shooting animals who can go where they want.

    3. Hawk says

      Cory, I agree that high fence in most cases is not relly hunting.. However having studied this controversial subject for an article of mine. Here are the facts.. most high fence operations are designed for the rich lazy shooter who wants to easily fill his trophy room. But there are some huge ranches with high fences who own tens of thousands of acres, no matter who you are or how good of a hunter you have become, harvesting a whitetail deer or red stag with a bow on fifty thousand acres is a real challenge.. This being said I believe that it is up to each individual where, when, and how he or she hunts. The hunting experience is unique to every individual and should remain that way. I know you hunt with honor and integrity and commend you for your efforts to keep the hunt alive for future generations. I like to hunt wild game and only do according to fair chase, but a high fence hunt for a kid in a wheel chair of with a terminal illness is and will remain fair chase.

    4. Dan Lamoreux says

      All high fence hunting is not necessarily the same. Frankly, it’s not my cup-o’-tea but I know several folks who’ve had good experiences on very large properties. I once thought poorly of those who hunted behind hounds — until I did so for wild hogs in south Texas. After having done so, I realize that everything has its time and place.

      Some folks chase game behind fences, some use bait, some use hounds, some sit in a tree stand while others spot & stalk and still others “drive”. Some use bows, some use handguns, some use long guns, in Texas I used a knife for my first hog! In my book, though we may have varied preferences and styles, we’re all cut from a similar cloth.

      So long as we recognize the realities of where we are and what we do, we should support the sporting community in all its forms.

      If it’s legal… it’s okay with me!

      That’s the view from here.

    5. @hunter480 says

      What`s to think….doesn`t matter how much land is enclosed, inside high fence isn`t hunting, it`s shooting. Nothing to debate.

    6. @Outdoorsshooter says

      High fence hunting? Man…now that’s a can of worms. I got no problem with it…with a camera.

    7. gary says

      I’m with Dan and Hawk on this one. I love wilderness hunting like no other, but to pigeon hole every other form of hunting (?) generalizing the circumstances in which we hunt is totally splitting the hunting community. We have a high fence elk farm not to far from us and one year they knew they had a 412 bull elk in there and in three months of hunting pressure no one even laid an eye on him. Not my bag, but its reality and we can’t afford all the righteous indignation floating around.

      Back to your Hunt (?), shooting(?) or what ever. You listed the positives. I too think it would have beat sitting around a fire in the rain, done that and it isn’t a great deal of fun. Involving the kids, having the meat, great. And you listed the negatives, not much else can be said. Now that you’ve scratched your itch, you know, whereas before you just wondered. Shoot, I’m still wondering.

    8. Tom Sorenson says

      Hey Cory – not a bad exchange on the trip though…kids get to watch it happen, family gets to eat lots and lots of pork.

    9. rickybuck says

      Its not for me,Its kinda like my friend payed $12000.00 to pay for this elk hunt on this fair chase ranch in Utah, he shot a bull that scored over 400,with a rifle,then he realised he had no room to put the trophy and offered the cape and antlers to me as a gift, I tuned him down cause I want my own Bull on the wall, and i want to use a bow. Different strokes for different folks, I’m fair chase only. @Rickybuck

    10. Dr. Taylor says

      I am a handicapped individual. To hunt to me now is the thrill of spotting and taking legal game to fill my table. Before I was handicapped, or after… the HUNT is still the same. To be able to GO and feel like I used to – it is just as exhausting – just as much of a hunt for me- I feel useful as a person, I relive the times when I walked in and packed out. IS IT THE SAME? no…you would say no way I would say in a lot of ways it is. I paid for my “Tag” just like you…I shot it just like you… I eat it just like you. I do not have any racks on my wall I always hunt for the meat … Me, just because I could never afford to have someone stuff it. But through it all I did it MYSELF. If I could change places with anyone of you hunters, who can get up and go hiking over the mountains, follow the trail, stock and take… and/or pick up and just draw a bow again, well that would be so cool! I wish ALL people could see things from each others perspectives. Most days I am so very grateful that I can just wake-up and feel useful and not a burden on someone else. It really hurts me to see and hear about those whose minds are so black and white! May all of you …for or against… “ranch” hunts; for whatever reason find and have a great full life and be able to take your sons and daughters out into the field to spend time together! And may God bless each of us to find the meat on our tables and be grateful for that which we have!

      • Cory Glauner says

        Dr. Taylor,
        Thank you for putting in your 2 cents. I’m glad you have found a way to still get out there. I in no way fault you for that, what I meant in my post is that it’s just for me. Not in my current situation at least.
        Cory Glauner

          • Cory Glauner says

            Joel,
            It is on a private ranch and the only way I was able to get access was because my father-in-law knew the owner. If you want to hunt hogs let me know and I can hook you up.

            • Gary Sanderson says

              Cory,
              I would really like to take my boys and do this. I haven’t been able to get them out. email me me if you could. I think this would be alot of fun for us.
              thanks!

              • Cory Glauner says

                I’ll send you an email Gary. We have some great places to take kids on their first hunt.

            • joel says

              I would love to know where to hunt the pigs. Are they Russian? I just finished a European pig hunt on may 9th in twin fall Idaho, and would like shoot another just a little bigger.

              • Cory Glauner says

                Joel,
                This guy has both European and Russian boars, but he doesn’t have a place to hunt them. We bought the boar from him and put it out on the ranch a few months in advance. If you have a place to hunt, I’ll get you his contact information.

              • Travis Adair says

                Hey Joel how was the Idaho hunt? I’ve been thinking about taking my wife on that ranch and was wondering about the quality of the boars.

                • joel says

                  The hunt is very fun. I am actually going again march 1st 2011. The boars average about 250lb. We hunted them on one of the last week they were open last year. This year we have the first day they open booked. We should get bigger pigs this year. We seen a few with big tusks, but they ran into the safe zone. The others we shoot had about 2″ tusks. I would take your wife. She would enjoy it. We took bows. Guns would be a lot easier. Let me know if you need any more info. thanks

    11. Cassandra says

      first off the only people who talk crap on hunting behind a fence are the ones who cant afford it.. most ranches you go on the try and make it as real as can be.. i hunted a ram and stood out in the cold for 3 hours before i even got a shot. so before you talk about hunting behind a fence get some knowledge on your different types of animals and learn hunting is hunting!!

      • Warren Mitchell says

        3 hours!!!! Wow must have been exhausting. How cold was it down there in Texas? lol I’m sure I would have a great time on a private hunt, but 3 hours…really.

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