Springtime in Georgia. The world is getting green there. And it’s time for some hog hunting. We recently visited Gum Log Plantation to do some serious hog hunting in Georgia with owners Cary Williams and his brother, Bland Williams. The place is huge and we have to admit, we were pretty impressed.
The plantation house, big guest house in other words, is absolutely beautiful and done entirely in local pine. Really gives that homey sort of feel to the place. I think it was 8 bedrooms or so and can easily hold groups in the 20 or so range. Not only is the actual property huge, but so is the house. Even with 20 people floating around, it’s not like you’re going to be crowded – trust us. Bland and Cary say that it’s more often smaller groups that come in and not necessarily the 20 people groups. Group hunts of 4-12 are pretty common.
When you come on to the property, you are struck by just HOW much space you have to work with. They say on their website that they have, I think, like 3000 acres or something big, but it doesn’t strike you until they start running you around the place.
Hop in the back of a truck and get the go-round of the property. Hunting stands around the properties. Feed fields – they do hog and deer hunting here so you have your choice depending on time of year. You can also do some fishing if you’re interested or inclined. Regular fields and a lot of forested areas. Just so much property. If you’re a hunter, you appreciate the outdoors – and you will not be disappointed here. You can roam around for days without seeing anything but nature if you want.
You can roam off by yourself if you want – particularly if you’ve been here before. Cary said they do have a lot of returning visitors year after year. Fathers and sons, families, corporate outings. He mentioned the guys from Glock come down here. A lot of folks from Raleigh. Cary owns another company started here in Georgia, Ocmulgee Concrete Services, that is now headquartered in Raleigh NC. Because of that, they end up with a number of groups coming down. As this is being written, their Gum Log plantation facebook page says that Pulte Homes was down visiting this weekend. It looks like they had a good time LOL.
The food is great. The brothers do some awesome cooking. If you have some luck out there, and most people do, they’ll be glad to cook it for you as dinner one night. Even without that, they put on the feed bag for visitors in a big way. We had some wrapped pork tenderloins. Delicious. Just good down home cooking.
Just can’t say enough about this place. Definitely worth a visit to their website. If you’re going anywhere near Abbeville GA to do some hog hunting, we really have to give a nod to the guys over at Gum Log. Give them a call and tell ’em we sent you from Centex!
Hog hunting is generally very difficult to accomplish, not because you cannot find a hog hunting place in Georgia, but on how to determine the pattern or behavior the feral hogs move. Several areas have already been marked by hunters on the best places to hunt for them, but there are private lands that are owned by whose hobbies fall on the same place. Below are a few guidelines on how feral hogs are being hunted and which places are considered best to hunt for them.
Private lands have no limits and no closed season. The feral hogs can be hunted at night with the use of a light, without any voltage restriction. This is not the same with other properties in which there are closed seasons and restricted guidelines on how many you can hunt, but this is common amongst deer hunting. The light should be affixed on a hat or the helmet, or it can be carried on the person. Some hunters buy belt systems that holds different gadgets to assist them during their needs.
You should use one so that you can secure the light in the belt system. Private lands mostly do not allow hunting from the vehicle, and using baits is not allowed, either. Hunting License resident is needed to be able to hunt for the feral hogs located in this area and the hunter should be 16 years old and older. This is not applicable though for families or hunters that owned the property. They can hunt on their own as long as families are responsible for their actions. For those who are non-residents, they should acquire non-resident hunting license.
For hog hunting place in Georgia that is outside of the WMA, such as those the national forest lands, the hogs can be used with archery equipment during the season for deer hunting. Weapons such as firearms used for deer hunting should be used, including those that are used for hunting turkeys, too. Small game weapons are also included in the list, but they are only allowable during small game season. Feral hogs in these areas can be hunted with dogs along, but these dogs must be trained appropriately.
Some dogs that had minimal training can be brought along, too, but should be accompanied with the right weapon restrictions. You can find a lot of the specialty hunts rules on hog hunting, as you will see the right dog training seasons and its rules. There are no limits to hunting in national forest lands, but no baits are allowed. Requirements for getting a hunting license should be met, too. For this kind of land, hunter orange is highly required during seasons on deer hunting and the ones used for primitive weapons and firearms.
You should also keep in mind on the rules about what are the proper handling of feral hogs once you have reached the hog hunting place in Georgia. It is illegal for you to release any transported or trapped life hogs into the area that is not protected or fenced around in order for these feral hogs not to escape the area. Any of those who are caught to such illegal acts are subjected to revocation of their hunting privileges up to 3 years. Possession and transport of the live hogs are regulated under the Department of Agriculture of Georgia.
If you wish to know more about such rules, contact the aforementioned department or the Animal Industry Division for more information. Keep noted that feral hogs have the tendency to carry diseases that are infectious to humans. To avoid getting infected, wear gloves designed for protection as you do field-dressing on the hogs. Wash your hands with hot water and soap immediately after doing this.