Hog Hunting in Swamp Fun

Hog Hunting in Swamp Fun

By Ed Noonan

Besides being able to fish every day in shorts, T-shirt and no shoes just 10 steps from the back of our rented condo on the Inter Coastal Waterway for 59 days (February and March), I also manage to squeeze in a few days hunting, including squirrels and rabbits in February and hogs and turkeys (Osceola) in March.

Last Thursday, I went hog hunting with West Shore Outfitters in central Florida. They offer a number of outdoor adventures. In addition to hog hunting, they guide for freshwater and saltwater bowfishing (equipment furnished).

No license is required when hog hunting with West Shore, and the hunter has a choice of how to hunt — ground blind, tree stand or spot-n-stalk — and they have a 99 percent success rate.

Fees are always a factor, and having hog hunted on many preserves, West Shore prices are definitely impressive. For one to three hunters, the cost is $225 each; four or more, $200 each. Veterans and children have special rates.

There are no trophy fees, size or weight restrictions or cleaning fees (www.west­shoreoutfitters.com).

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