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Has anyone been to superior game ranch for their Russian boar hunt? How was your experience there?
I have a friend that hunted there a bunch a few years back , and they shot great boars, I will check with him for some reason Im thinking something changed there>
Thank you. I'd appreciate anything you can find out from him.
I`ve killed some boars at "Bear Mountain" which is in the same vicinity. The area is not as large as Superior but they have some really nice Russians.
Thanks Franklin. Did it feel like a "canned hunt"? I am thinking of going with the bow. I know they are still in a fence but I dont want to spend money on something that will wat out of my hand.
Their tag line On the website is “the finest hunts grow here”
That should be an indication of what it is.
I did see that. I know it's a fenced hunt. Maybe I'm a little bit of a hypocrite when it comes to it. I'd never do a fenced deer hunt but dont feel an issue with a hog of any type. IF and only if it's not hog I can just walk up to. I still want a challenge but I really cant swing it to go to Europe to hunt the real thing.
Go. Have fun and don't look back
Those pure Russians are awesome!! Good luck wherever you end up going
I agree. Hogs and deer are very different. Go where they are and have fun. I have done a couple in Tennessee and it was a grid experience. Just don’t ask me to shoot a penned Texas dall sheep
High fence hog operations in Michigan have resulted in invasive hogs getting out of the pens. The DNR has asked hunters to shoot them on sight before they get out of control.
BB. If hogs have gotten out. There is no way to ever get rid of them
Those Russians are a handful inside or outside any fence. Bad attitude for sure
RK that's what I was hoping to hear. I dont want something that wants to be my friend in there. I think I'll try it. Worst case? It's not that exciting and I dont go back.
Exactly !! Go while it's winter. Coats are awesome and hopefully they will have enough age on them to have some good cutters. I never saw a European hog that wanted to be your friend :)
Report back if you get it put together and posts some pics!!
You may want to confirm that you will be hunting true Russian or European boars. It is my understanding that Michigan outlawed feral or wild hogs of any kind. I've seen several hunting ranches that used to have Russians that are now selling hunts for domestic pigs. That law may have been overturned as it's been a couple years since I've heard anything about it.
Thanks for the heads up. Something may have changed because I've talked to two places in the u.p. that say Russian boar.
Yes they do feel like a "canned hunt"....but like others have said it`s a pig hunt. We go in Jan. or Feb. when there is nothing to do. The area we hunted was extremely dense and it was difficult to get a good shot off, mostly through small holes in the brush.
The tricky part is getting on the best pig you can....if you are picky it can be enjoyable. The best hams I ever had came out of those boars....I had the local butcher do them up and I was pleasantly surprised.
Take the hunt for what it is and go have some fun....plus the mounts look awesome.
First of all I have hunted boars there. I have also hunted with guys who a physical disabilities etc and vets, there. The place is really nice. Her husband died of cancer, and I was there the year, before he passed. As a couple they hunted all over the world, and there game room is something. His gun collection was all on the walls, in custom made cabinets, and they could not have been more inviting and friendly. I am sure she has help now.... Our guide was great and pleasant, a retired police officer from Gladstone area.
Once the pigs were killed, they were picked up with gators, and the guides quickly skinned them correctly and got them chilled down. It was something to watch the ravens eat all of the pigs remains in a matter of minutes. Meat can be set up anyway you like, but ours went to the local butcher, who gets a lot of their business. His butcher shop is a first class run operation, and they cut and wrapped our meat, a very reasonable price.
The area of their pigs is about 600 acres. The fence they have is world class and even goes down several feet, under the ground. pigs are not coming out of there. I have a cabin in the UP. a lot of hysteria about feral hogs getting loose etc, and it was just a reason, for some and our hysterical dnr, to shut down game ranches like this, which did not happen.......
We stayed in the small cabin, that looks like a small log cabin, but inside it was all redone. It was and is spotless. TV and nice kitchen, and plenty of room, and you will like that. They also had a bigger trailer and some 5th wheel trailers there at the time, to provide for bigger groups.
They have a lot of land, and they also offer deer and elk in another fenced area. They also have wild land, their own, private land, which hunts are offered on. They have a first class rifle range at that time, plus pheasant hunting,, but I do not know if that is still going on.
Down the road there is also a great, bar and grill, friendly people, and very good food. We ate breakfast every morning, at her kitchen, served wild game and eggs and you got plenty. She also offered us lunch and dinner at no extra charge. Usually we hunted all day, so skipped lunch.....
As for the hunt, with a rifle, its not going to be an issue. I hunted with a long bow. It took me till the 3rd day to kill a pig. They have great noses, and when laying down, you could pass over them, like a rock..... On the second day, I found a big pig, breathing hard, and badly wounded. I notified the guide. He came there with me, and told me that a client from the day we came in had wounded but did not recover, a bow shot pig, from a tree stand. Well this was it. The guide, again a experienced police officer carried a 10mm semi auto on a chest holster. the pig got up and here he came. I was already behind a tree, but he, shot that pig dead at about 5 feet. that was a rush for sure. that meat would be donated he said.
He took my friend in his gator, who can not walk, on a hunt, and he just cut me loose. We had a ball...... While I was there I met a guy with MS, and another disabled vet, and this place was great for them.....................
I plan on going back.... I also go to another place, that Zebra killer goes too and that place is great too........... Have fun
You can hunt crosses in Texas, they are there, without resorting to a high fence and a 250 lb boar is very possible. Oklahoma also has some great big boar hunting but not as liberal regs on them. Contact the Stuart Ranch in OK for a big boar. Pretty easy to see the difference in the feral hogs vs the russian bloodlines. I don'tr know of any hogs that are not mean and nasty, they all have a bad attitude and the ones continuously hunted are vary wary.
Hysteria about feral hogs getting loose Michael..?? They already have in the lower peninsula and have become an invasive species. The Superior Ranch might have a good fence,,, But not all of the canned hunt operations do apparently....
Why are pigs different than deer? Why not hunt both in a pen?
If it requires a hunting license and is regulated by the DNR,,, Then it’s hunting and should be supported by hunting organizations.......
If no hunting license is required , And no hunting laws need to be followed in the pen....... Then it’s not hunting.
I have a friend that hunted there a bunch a few years back , and they shot great boars.
Why are pigs different than deer? Why not hunt both in a pen?
People that have to step on everyone else ALL the time to get attention I have come to learn are not all that much.
I agree Big Bear. That's why I have never been in favor of native Americans being able to hunt on tribal lands. No license and no rules
I would also like to point out that the first confirmed case of CWD in a deer in Michigan was in an enclosure.
I would recommend avoiding Superior Game Ranch. My experiece from spring 2018.
We booked with them to shoot two Watusi in May. We spoke in person in late February and confirmed by phone in March. In spite of multiple promises to hold them until early May, I found out a week before that they had shot them off. They lied about holding them and made no phone call to cancel. Thankfully I found out before traveling from Alaska.
Apparently, unless the animal is actually standing in front of you, you can't count on it being real. Conversely, if something is standing in front of you, its fair game no matter what they promised to whomever. Shameful way to do business. Be wary.
You can make reservations for specific animals over the phone ??
For those of you that were like me and said...WTF is a Watusi... Here ya go.
I had to look it up too Shug..... I had no idea that we have them in Michigan........ it’s a breed of domestic cattle........
Huntcell 's Link
Yea. Very old breed of cattle. African origin. Don't get killing them on a game ranch but whatever.
I don’t get traveling all the way from Alaska to kill one behind a fence, when they have free range cattle on Adak island to hunt. And those are some mean critters on Adak.
Hunt. They probably wanted to shoot othe stuff besides the watusi Critters that Alaska does not have. Or they wanted a Watusi instead of a Hereford
Pens are for thrill killing, not hunting. I am ok with it, but call it what it is.
I hated those Watusis',,, when I was there, them dam things came up upon me,,,,,, I stuck myself, behind a big tree, and they passed right by..... Dangerous dam things in my opinion
Might as well go and “hunt” a farmers angus....... lame.
BB don't discount wild cattle hunts. Not high fence hunts but wild cattle. Pretty intense. I don't know of one that does not require a backup gun for archery hunters. We used to do them on the Rio Grande on Texas border All spot and stalk. Never had an archer get one without the backup rifle. Great stuff. I think those Alaskan hunts are the same but I've never done that
Wild cattle hunts like the ones in Alaska are hunting.......
Calling ahead and reserving a Watusi in a pen in Michigan is not hunting.
Once again, pens are for thrill killing and commerce, nothing to do with hunting. I have no issue with it, just do not call it hunting. Kind of like calling a scoped crossbow and bolt hunt, a bow and arrow hunt.
I would go with both eyes open knowing full well that it is not hunting and have fun with it. Sort of like going pheasant hunting oops I mean pheasant shooting in South Dakota. Everything is furnished, lodging dogs and handlers. You do the shooting. One need not made their own bow and arrows and come home empty and tell people how to hunt or gather to enjoy one's self. If we all did it the indian way to the letter a lot of us would be dead from starvation. Would be even harder to do it caveman style but a the good news is death from starvation would be far quicker.
Its ok if you don't understand why I would do this. Hoytmax asked about Superior Game Ranch. I relayed my experience.
This is as close as I have found to a russian in the last few years feel free to PM me
the gentlemen asked for comments on peoples experience at superior ranch, not for haters opinions on whether high fence hunting is "real hunting". The bowsite trolls are what keeps new hunters from registering on this site.
Isn’t a watusi a dance from like 1940 or something ?
There is no existential difference between a hog and a deer.
Hancock..... Forget that high fence canned hunts are not hunting........
High fence operations brought CWD in deer to Michigan and invasive hogs that got out of the pens.........
Sorry..... I’m going to voice my opinion on anyone that supports high fence operations in Michigan......
No need to be sorry I'm just saying start a separate thread on how bad in general high fence hunting if you want to trash it. Don't hijack a member's thread & send it in a downward spiral when hes asking other members about there experience at this particular ranch. It's just makes less people want to post on here & help this member out.
No fence, low fence, High fence. I've done them all Guided, drop camp, semi guided. Done em all. DIY public land tent camp in 15 states too (95% of my many adventures). 63 years bowhunting now (I started in 1956). I "know" exactly what each is. A fun time. Hunters have their personal reasons on why or why not they do them. Sadly they ALL have their pros & cons. It's like weapon choice, not my place to condemn yea or nay. I know zero about this place.
. It's like weapon choice, not my place to condemn yea or nay
Wow, can this be spoken on this site???
Grant ... I originally thought Watusi was the green mustard that comes with Sushi