well, I am back and here is my story:
first - the good:
lots of hog activity in Twigg Co, namely right by Scoga rd and the railroad crossing, West of Hwy 16. we got a boar - I would estimate it at about 150 lbs and a sow, maybe 80 lbs
now - the rest of the story: I have been cheated out of lots of money by a scumbag that puts bad name to the whole hog hunting business industry that grows fast in Southern states.
I purchased a non-guided hunt for 3 people for 2 nights, $125 per person per night - it was agreed as non-guided. Later, one experienced friend cancelled and people that were coming with me never hunted in their lives, and I was by no means an expert myself. So, I called the guide, and changed it to a guided hunt - walk and stalk and sitting in the stands as well. The cost for that was bumped up to $200 a person a night. We discussed a proposed tip to the guides and agreed that it would be around $150 - not a fee, but a tip!
First thing after we arrived to the property where the lodge was located, the guy introduced himself and said that he wants to get the money upfront. Red light went on, but he had us hostages - we drove 850 miles, and were committed to hunt. I paid him the remainder of the hunting fee and told him, I will give the tip to the guides when we leave in 2 days. The owner told me that he is the guide and that he wants all the money including tip upfront and will not even show us where the hunting property is without it. Well, he got the money and we headed out to the property - 20 minutes’ drive. there, he gives me the combination to the gate lock, shows us 3 decrepit deer stands across empty feeders, throws couple dozen hamburger buns as bait and tells me that we are not going to do walk and stalk as "it’s too dangerous”. That was the last time I saw him….
It actually gets better. First night was not good. We had sighted only 3 hogs – both my friends missed and I had a misfire on my 44 mag leveraction - the stupid cross bolt safety was engaged! – first night hunting after driving previous night, in the dark, adrenalin and etc… we sat on the stands from 8 till 1 am, took a break, came back around 4 and saw nothing – the buns were not even touched, no traffic by the stands, but lots of tracks in the area that we scouted in the morning. At that time we already realized that we were taken advantage of and decided to get the best out of it.
We went to the Bass Pro, got some Deer Corn and some "PigOut” fruit based pig bait, mixed it up from reading on forums, pre-baited the stands in the early afternoon so the smell will get around – not a minute of sleep because of all that work!
Second night was very productive, lots of pigs came out, my friend got a pig, I shot a pig, my other friend managed to miss at the very close distance… by 3:00AM I went to gut and skin the first pig. Now, I never done it before and our agreement was that he will help me out and show me how it’s done first time. Well, calling him, first couple calls ring long and then go to voicemail, then it goes directly to the voicemail – the scumbag turned off his phone! I had to locate a rack, but could not start water and lights as could not find the controls. I had to do it first time in my life in my truck’s headlights while watching freaking youtube video! I cut myself in addition, had to go to ER to get 7 stitches on a finger, a tetanus shot and antibiotics. Finally the asshole decided to text me the info for the local processor who quartered the hog and also processed the sow we got later that morning.
I am thinking of reporting this guy to BBB, GA department of consumer affairs, and definetly will ask for a refund between guided and not guided hunts and if he will not refund the money, dispute the deposit that I gave him using my CC. I am usually not the high maintenance attention whore, but this person's total disrespect, inattention and cheating really pissed me off!
That’s the end of the story, now to the pics: