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I'm looking for recommendations regarding places to go and/or guides to go hog hunting. I live in St. Louis, Missouri, but distance is not a limiting factor. I'm looking for a good hunt. I'm thinking about using a handgun and am wondering if a .45 acp revolver would be adequate. I'd appreciate your suggestions and recommendations. Thanks, Tom
 

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If you are close enough. I shot a small one with my Smith Govenor, .45 Colt round, at about 20 yards. That was the only thing I had in the pickup at the time I saw him. Lucky shot out the window. I use a .223 normally. I live west of Amarillo, Texas, and I haven't seen too many lately on that ranch I day work at. Most of our problem now is coyotes trailing cows that are having calves. We haven't lost any babies yet, but they are more after the afterbirth.
 

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I attached the link to where I went..great time and super hosts,..hogs all over the place..mixture of feral and wild boar ...no a 45ACP wont do on their size of hogs unless you get close enough to put it in his brain cuz most are over 2oolb plus and even then you have to have a square on shot because at an extreme angle , the bullet will just skid off his noggin..and the kinds of boars they have are so aggressive and mean you better have huge cojones to get that close for a head shot...I used a 375Winchester caliber Marlin and it dropped them without any further argument from the pig
 

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What CalvinMD said. I've been to the Buck & Boar a few times. If you want to kill one with a spear they will make it happen if you are crazy enough. Always had great fun stalking them in the morning. Mike
 

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Go down to Texas and shoot em from the helicopter....Look it up on youtube. Gotta be the funnest thing to do I have ever seen....bucket list for sure.
 

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I've used my 41 mag to drop a 200# hog.. I've not tried it but I have friends who hunt them with bow. If you want big.. FL is not the place to come hunt!!
 

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There was a ranch in Western Missouri that had Hog hunting as well as a few other animals. Problem is, I can't remember where it was. A local bow shop owner had went and hunted several animals with his bow and a pistol. If my memory serves me correctly, it was off of I-70(not that it narrowed it down any). It's been 6 or 7 years ago when he went and he has since moved away or I would find out more for you. It was a private ranch with all sorts of hunting.
 

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I have a 45 ACP revolver too, and I would not consider using it for deer or bear, muchless hogs, even with performance bullets.
 

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about 30 years ago I wanted to go to tennesee to shoot a wild hog. I called and since I figured they were better eating than domestic pigs, I asked. The owner said "well you can eat them but they are not very good." I never went.
 

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They are not bad at all Oz..its in the prep after you kill them that makes the difference..the boars have scent glands etc..just make sure to go after a sow specifically...the ferals that ravage cropfields are as good as any storebought piggys...in Texas we intentionally went after piglets 30lbs and under using light loaded 30-30s with lead hardcasts at 1350 to 1400fps..you could eat everything but the hole...we'd put three on a 7ft stainless spit arranged nuts to butts and slow cook them for two days mopping them with BBQ concoction...best meat ever
 

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my next hunt will be with www.underthesonoutfitters.com in florida
look on face book,, nice people,,, and that makes the hunt
 

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California is full of hogs. We owned a ranch in NorCal and would kill a half dozen per weekend. Most shot with 30 cals.. Shot a few with a Python. You can see sows running with 2-3 different litters in tow. Some of the ranchers catch babies and raise them. The little critters look like chipmonks until they get to 10lbs ish. Not alot of huge hogs. Probably 150-250.

100 lbs is a good eater. Lots of sausage.

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I can't stand the smell so I don't butcher them. The vultures and coyotes on my ranch don't seem to mind recycling them for me. Shot this one near the ear with a 17HMR. Dropped like a stone! Rick ... Texas

 

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Shot a Russian boar @ 250 lbs. about 10 years ago near Hemmingway, SC with a .257 Weatherby. A great Pig roast was enjoyed by about a dozen of us. He was tender and delicious.

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