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So we headed out yesterday afternoon nice and early, since we wanted to stop by Cabela's on the way there. Spent a couple hours in Cabelas, which was pretty low stocked. They had thousands upon thousands of rounds of 7.62x39, but only about 100 boxes of steel .223 for about a dollar per round. Also, they had a limit of 10 boxes per person, but I passed on them anyway. They had absolutely 0 Magazines available for any caliber. That's right, an entire aisle just bare bones empty. Nonetheless, I made a few cool purchases. Then was off to the motel to catch some sleep. We stayed at the Blue Note Motor Inn. Not bad for the price ($55), plus it's only 7 minutes away from the boat ramp for the island. This morning we woke up nice and early and headed out. Took the boat ride to the island. It was FREEZING on the water this morning, so thank God that it's only a short ride. Get to the island, set up, and spread out like a deer drive. There were four in my hunting party plus two guides. This hunt involves a lot of walking, and at some points, the growth is very thick and challenging to walk through. About 45 minutes into the hunt, we see two giants up ahead just staring at us. My friend took one with a 12ga slug dropped him right where he stood, and my other friend took the other one (which was a freakin' tank) with a 7mm. It took him 2 well placed shots to drop this monster,who was by far one of the biggest pigs I've seen. The guides field dressed the pigs, and dragged them to the nearest shore point, where a third guide pulled up with a boat. Then we started walking again. We walked, and walked, and walked. Took about another hour and a half before we found the other pair. Again two very large pigs. My friend took his with a .308, and when the other one started running away, I hit him with the S&W 500. They dressed those two and loaded them in the boat as well. We went back to the house that's on the island where the guides cooked us lunch. While we were eating a bunch of the painted rams that inhabit the island showed up. After that, we took the boat ride back to shore,loaded up the pigs, and left. I know a lot of people don't like these types of hunts, but I had the time of my life. Everyone was super cool and friendly and really made sure we enjoyed ourselves. People complain that there's some garbage on the island, but that's only because whatever is floating in the river at high tide ends up on land at low tide. Sorry for the long post, but I know a lot of guys are looking at doing this hunt, so I wanted to give as much info as I could. I cant wait to go back again for a ram hunt!!

 

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It looks like you had a nice trip! The Island is a fun hunt, You do walk for your pigs though! That is a truck bed of fine eating!

 

Part of the garbage issue on the Island is from the flooding caused during Irene. The island captured alot of debris. I have a picture of a picnic table 8 foot up in a tree. One of the Guides told me the entire island was flooded. When we got back to the shack for lunch, the Guide showed me the floodline on the wall inside the shack, it was about 5-6 foot up the wall!

 

We stay at the Blue Note Inn when we go out, Not a bad joint for the money. We hit up Bass Pro Shop in Harrisburg when we go out for a hunt. This April when we go out we are going to go to the Troegs Brewery for dinner.

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Thanks guys!! Hammer, my brother in laws hog weighed a little over 400 pounds, and mine was just under 400. The other two were like 325-350. These things are HUGE. They get up and with each step it feels like a mini earthquake if you're close enough to them.

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Im not flaming you or anything of the sort. Are they domesticated pigs that are let go? OR born wild? your initial post says boar. Are they a boar/hog cross?

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Palawman, yes they are pretty much domesticated pigs. I keep saying boar hunt out of habit, but the pigs come from a few different sources, and some of them are definitely hybrid,if you google them youll see a lot of pictures of these. I was kinda hoping to get one of the more wooly/hybrid pigs they release sometimes. They release them a day or so before. They can't have them on the island for too long otherwise they'll swim off.

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Awesome story, I would enjoy that, would a Ruger .357 take one down? Don't hunt at all with firearms but dang I wouldn't mind taking out the pistol and letting go on a piggy.

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Awesome story' date=' I would enjoy that, would a Ruger .357 take one down? Don't hunt at all with firearms but dang I wouldn't mind taking out the pistol and letting go on a piggy.

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Sure a .357 would get the job done. I would go with a head shot with a .357. When I was out there last year a hunter had a .357 lever action, he pumped 3 or 4 shots into a pig and just ran off and had to be shot one last time in the head.

 

Just use your bow. I wish I would have brought my bow last year instead of a slug gun.

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That's pretty cool. How much meat do you get from a 400lb hog?

I'm not sure yet but I think a lot from the impressions the guides gave. I'll let you know when I pick up the meat next week

 

Awesome story' date=' I would enjoy that, would a Ruger .357 take one down? Don't hunt at all with firearms but dang I wouldn't mind taking out the pistol and letting go on a piggy.

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Absolutely, with a shot right behind the ear the pig would go down like a sack of potatoes. .357 is a cannon!

 

sounds like you had a good time..... but don't let Stevo see this thread:stirring:

Funny you should mention that! Stevo is actually interested in doing this hunt

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Sounds like a a lot of fun. What is the name of this place? Want to check out their website. Thanks

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Its called island exoctics. Island is only a mile long, not sure why you feel like you walked alot.ive done the island three times, always a good time. Its not really a hunt, more of a kill.

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Its called island exoctics. Island is only a mile long' date=' not sure why you feel like you walked alot.ive done the island three times, always a good time. Its not really a hunt, more of a kill.

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We went all the way up the left side to get the first two, then back down the right side going back towards the shack, then back up the left side about 3/4 of the way where we got the last two, then back to the shack for lunch. I guess they were moving or we didn't see them because we only had 4 guys (tomorrow they have 12 hunters going plus 3 guides), so we were a very small group. We walked close to 3 1/2 miles I'd say, and this winter hasn't been kind to me, I'm extremely outta shape lol.

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Glad you had a good time! When I went out there I took a giant pig with my recurve and a pure white Dall Sheep with a full curl with my muzzy.

 

The pigs are some hearty animals and I stuck 4 arrows in the heart and lungs with a 65 lb stickbow before it expired. Amazing!

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