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Heading to Shiloh Ranch
Just booked for June 14-15th with Shiloh Ranch. From all the threads I've read here it's gonna be a blast. It'll be my first time hunting hogs so if any of the vets have any words of wisdom about what to expect I'm all ears.
You will have a great time. Just listen to Matt and Cheryl and you will have a blast and see plenty of hogs! The ranch is a great hunting set up, and you will not meet better people! Have fun!
It will be a great time. Keep us posted on your hunt. Enjoy your first Shiloh experience. It won't be your last.
1. Listen to Matt & Cheryl. 2. Keep the wind in your favor. 3. Don’t let the feeders scare you when they go off.
You'll have a blast for sure . Watch the wind and like Buffalo 1 mentioned . Be ready when that feeder goes off . Wakes ya right up ! Lol. Post some pics and good luck ! Mike
I've been there a few times in June. 1. Bugs will be bad, spray everything with Permithrin (sp) and you will be thankful. 2. Thermocell is a big plus. 3. Hydrate, it will be toasty. 4. Matt & Cheryl & Les are great and they will steer you straight. 5. Everything will be green and the visibility will be low, listen closely to the woods to get a jump on hogs coming in. 6. Feeders will scare you when they go off. 7. Summer hogs eat well, kill a bunch. 8. Enjoy yourself, don't stress out about the hog movement and just take it all in. The hunts are over faster than you think. 9. Take lots of pictures. 10. Swing by Indiana and pick me up! LOL
Great info! Thanks man! So we should expect good movement while we're there? Does rain slow them down should I encounter any?
Hunt in the rain. The rain permits hogs to root better, so they may be moving all day. And don't ignore the stands that are not next to feeders. Rattlesnake Ridge is very productive, as can be the ground blind on the road to 4.
I've killed a number of pigs in rain pouring down so hard I could barely use my binos.
So stoked to go. Cant wait
All good info here, if this is your first hog, hunt remember lower and forward than you would shoot a deer. Can't stress low enough, I have literally seen arrow 1/4 inch up from belly and tight leg kill hog faster than any double lung on a deer. Way better to miss low than high
So Matt mentioned us being in ground blinds. My only goal for this trip is to take an animal with the struggle stick. My Tall Tines is 60" and I was wondering if the ground blinds will accommodate a bow of that length? I cant the bow slightly to the right when I shoot so 58" of clearance should be acceptable. Any ideas?
Also, when you shoot is that pretty much it for that sit or will the hogs trickle back in?
KSBOW nailed it, low and right up the leg! Rain, not a problem. Some ground blinds will be better than others. 3 should work, but 7 might be too small. Matt is a trad guy so listen to him. Best of luck!
Eric, all of our ground blinds are tall enough to accommodate a 60" longbow. We also have an elevated stand at each blind location.
Sweet, thanks Matt. Can't wait to hit the ground in OK!
Eric, Matt and Cheryl hunt traditional gear. They more than know what it takes. As per how the hogs act...no telling. If you drill one with your first arrow it won't make any difference.
If you think you've put out enough corn, double or triple it.
So the one pig per outing rule. I didn't understand the rule before Les explained it (some folks kill a little pig first, big pig second and lie about the order) but then he said that's the rule every outing afterwards as well. If I'm paying per pig/per pound why can't I shoot more than one per outing? Anyone have any insight? I'm having trouble wrapping my head around the logic on this one.
I think the logic is the owner makes the rules.
Thanks for your input, Greg! Unfortunately I was looking for an answer that was a little more informative from someone that has been there.
OK Bowjangles I qualify for someone that has been there, actually in spades
Let's first back up To quote "my only goal for this trip is to take one with the struggle stick"
That was a logical statement, prior to to getting into the situation that you got into at Shilo. And that was multiple shot opportunities with any weapon. Having never been in that situation before, instead of being thrilled to death with accomplishing "your only goal for the trip".. faced now with multiple opportunities you wish to redefine the rules of engagements. Classic, lived it seen it so many times.
Now let's follow through with your next problem. You have made the "perfect" shot on a hog so why can't I shoot another, or put another perfect shot on #2 or three or four??
Well who is to say it's the perfect shot? You? The hunter? exactly why the rule is in place. Sometimes it is the perfect shot Sometimes not so much
My suggestion is to enjoy the hunt. Enjoy the successes, enjoy what you have never seen before. And realize the rules are in place for lots of professional reasons, respect that and have a great trip
Aside from "enjoy the hunt. Enjoy the successes, enjoy what you have never seen before" I followed very little of that response. I'm having trouble understanding why a pay-to-play ranch holds you to one animal per outing and it appears I've come to the wrong place for clarification.
That being said me and the fellas are gonna have a hell of a time this weekend!
Pics and stories to come.......
You are the reason pay to play ranches have rules
What are you talking about? I asked a very simple question, you reply with a barely coherent response and now "I'm reason pay to play ranches have rules?" What?????
If you came to hurl insults at someone you don't know kindly exit my thread, sir.
You got your answer. Sometimes hunters have a hard time accepting the truth. It's all good No worries. Enjoy your hunt And safe travels
What truth?????? What are you talking about???
We will most definitely enjoy our hunt. Thank you!
Hunted with RK, hope to go back one day. All I can say is he knows what the hell most of us could ever hope to when it come to outfitted hog hunts. Never hunted with shilo,but enough good reviews about them to know, that if shilo and RK have rules, there is a reason for them. All I know is when I go on a guided hunt, I listen to the guide. Otherwise I wouldn't be on a guided hunt. Just my 2 cents
I wouldn't call hunting baited pigs on a fenced ranch a guided hunt. This is just a good time with buddies out of town and in the outdoors .
Of course there is a reason for the rule and I'm asking what that reason is. Yet all I've received are smart ass answers, incoherent responses and insults. Thanks fellas!
Again, it's clear I'm not going to get an intelligent answer so let's just leave it at that.
Bowjangles, you may have misunderstood Les. It is true, 1st hog is what ever size...no trophy fees for poundage, teeth or any other specific characteration. Since the 2nd, hog is by the pound, people could (and have) shot a larger hog and tried to swap them to pay poundage on first smaller hog. Seems the confusion is either with Les miscommunication with you or you misunderstood him. Either way, the rest of the hunt you may shoot more than 1 hog because the rest of them is by the pound. So, you are correct in that since. Just come have a great hunt! Hope this helps! :-)
Yep, makes sense, good rule. Kill your first hog and get it hauled to camp. After that fill the buggy if you want and pay the per pound price. Sure wish I was hunting and not reading about it. Been to Shiloh I think 12 times. Great hunting, and it is a hunt, do not expect it to be easy. Great camp and hosts. And, I have never encountered a rule that did not make sense. Have a great hunt and good luck!
That makes perfect sense Matt! I knew either or Les or I had not heard each other correctly. Thank you for clearing that up.
We’re all super excited to come out. It’s all we’ve been talking about since we booked! See y’all Friday.
Stay tuned for pics and stories!
Bowjangles have a great time and just let the hunt happen as it may. I have found out the last few times down there the ground blinds can be more effective than the ladder stands. It helps contain your scent better and the wind is your biggest enemy. The air currents can swirl in those oak trees like nothing I've ever seen. The breeze will be straight in your face yet if you use a puffer bottle or something to test it next thing you know it is wrapping around and right back at the feeder. Haven't been there since December and having withdrawals something terrible. Post lots of pics for us poor folks at work.
Thanks for the advice boothill! I’ll get tons of pics up.
Just for the record, I have hunted at Shiloh. Before you go out to hunt, you will attend a meeting and the hunting rules will be shared with you by Matt & Cheryl. It is also a time for the hunter to ask questions and to get understanding/ clarification on rules.
Shiloh is a very organized, professional and successful operation. You will have a good time and a great hunt. Everyone there will work toward you success.
Best of luck. Looking forward to your hunt posting.
Thanks Greg! I totally agree with your assessment of Shiloh. So far Matt and Cheryl have been fantastic.
I’ve never given much thought to hog hunting but now that I’ve actually got a hunt booked I’m down right giddy! I’ve gotta be annoying the buddies I’m going with as much as I talk about it. Lol.
We’ll keep y’all posted and thank you to everybody that shared your personal insights and opinions on how to hunt these things.
I look forward to the report and pictures. Enjoy every minute.
Been to Shiloh once or twice myself. One of my favorite things is walking back to camp in the dark, listening to the hogs in the woods. You will have a blast!
Good luck I found Shiloh on bowsite after looking for something to cure the off season blues. Now I have the off season shiloh blues. The most important thing I can tell you is have fun, and aim a lot lower and foward on a hog than you do on any deer you have shot. My firs couple of trips I shot hogs that I considered to be perfect shots, would have been double lung on a deer and dead in sight. Not so much on a hog, shot one last winter the arrow was literally 1/2" in the hog, tight to shoulder didn't make out of sight. Good luck and have fun!!
Thermacell will be a must!
Damn.....flying in to hunt pigs??? Y’all must want to kill one awful bad!! Good luck with it!
Might just as well rent you a car and head to Twin Peaks for lunch on I-40 West as it isn't far from the airport. That is the normal on the way home lunch spot for us anyway.
No pigs to chase back in VA so we have to head out of state. Plus it’s a good reason to get away from the wives for a weekend!
Good luck guys! Looking forward to your report.