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Old 02-03-2017, 12:17 PM
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Hey folks,

I'm wanting to hit Pine Log in the next week or so for some hog. I've never hunted a WMA before and wanting to know if someone can point me to information/need to knows about hunting on Pine Log for hogs specifically.

Other than a WMA and big game license, what else do I need?

Thanks for the input.
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Old 02-04-2017, 07:33 AM
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Hey folks,

I'm wanting to hit Pine Log in the next week or so for some hog. I've never hunted a WMA before and wanting to know if someone can point me to information/need to knows about hunting on Pine Log for hogs specifically.

Other than a WMA and big game license, what else do I need?

Thanks for the input.
Wont need a big game license, just a WMA stamp and hunting license til Turkey Season........Small game weapon of your choice and no furbearer hunting, so no big guns.

There is a Dog hunt going on right now(this weekend) I was out there yesterday.............and had a tired dog sitting next to my truck when I got back. Owner got there in just a few minutes to pick him up, then took off to find a bayed up pig(hopefully).

Sorry, point is, many will think the dogs will chase them off, but I am inclined to think they will push them out of the thickest of thick place they have called home for so long. They have been getting pressured and have hidden in the places that pretty much only a Dog will go

Lots of pressure will make it tough hunting but they are there and you can get lucky, trust me

Get a map online, then go to Google maps or whatever Satellite photo you can come up with....match them side by side......use the topography map too.
You may find a NW wind will have you wanting to go in off of Stamp Creek Rd(there are lots of places to park). When you are driving Stamp Creek, go slow and look for the Yellow Boundary markers............. You can hunt there and not get your Car dirty if you want..........just park on the side of the road and go.
The gates have been open since the first Deer season so driving through is AWESOME, if you have a truck or SUV that can handle some rough road conditions(NOT Horrible though).

No need to go far in no matter which gate you go in.............Most of the sign I have seen lately has been off the North end; East Valley.......they are everywhere and nowhere at the same time! Thats pig hunting public land style
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Thanks for the info. You say no big guns (which I assume you're referring to rifles over .22) but what about handguns or shotguns? I've got a 10/22 but I'd feel better if I could pack some shotgun heat.

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Shotguns without buckshot or slugs but that won't take down a hog
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Shotguns without buckshot or slugs but that won't take down a hog
LOL
2 we dressed were full of bird shot this weekend.
Those hogs do not run and hide in thick stuff. That is where they live, hog sign you see is just that..............sign. Shows they been through area, got to go to their bedroom
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Hello all,
I know this thread is old, but I'm one of those poor fools trying to get a hog at Pine Log wma, too.

I went out this morning with my trusty 10/22 with high hopes of seeing squirrel and hog. Drove up the road from the check in station (just east of where Stamp creek crosses the road on the south side), hoping to drive the Grassy Hollow loop, but the gate to the loop was locked. I parked and went ahead on foot. I started to see some hog and deer tracks along Grassy Hollow road and found some fresh (I think, at least it was still soft) hog poop along the road (eating persimmon?).

Further up past where it forks off to Donahue Rd I saw more hog tracks and some bear tracks, too (in the flat area where Stamp creek runs between the two). And I could smell a wallow.

Now, I've never been there when the gates were unlocked so this is the furthest I've gotten in. Since the gates get unlocked at 10 am (If I'm reading the wma site correctly), I can make up to this spot around late morning.

Since I'm really new at this, I have a lot of questions about where to go from here:

I have no idea how old the tracks are, but I assume the poop was fresh, should I press on to find the wallows I smelled?

Should I assume that during mid morning that they are out foraging and look for persimmon trees?

Should I wait until firearm season so I can bring something more bear appropriate in case I see the bear that made these tracks?

Any and all good advice would be so greatly appreciated, like I said I'm new to this.

Thanks in advance,
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Brenski, if the gates are closed, then they'll probably be closed for the rest of bow season. Some WMAs do not open all the gates but they'll usually open more during the rifle hunts which Pine Log has 2 rifle hunts. During small game only dates most off of the gates will be closed at Pine Log including the one near the check-in station.

I have not had much luck sitting over just a wallow. I've seen hogs come by while sitting over a wallow but there is usually thick cover or a food source nearby. Hogs will leave alot of sign in the bottoms but many times that sign is made at night. I've had better luck hunting in the young cutovers at Pine Log for hogs.

Those look like some big bear tracks!
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Thanks Danny,

I good to know about the gates. It seemed a little random that only one gate still had a lock on it, but I was very pleased to be able to get further in to the wma than I have before.

I've read in a few of these threads how hard it is to hunt public land, and on top of that how elusive the hogs can be, even when lots of sign is found. I really appreciate you being generous with information.

When you hunt the young cutovers, do you have any advice on strategy? Do you spot and stalk in that situation?

I don't know how big the bear is, I don't have huge hands but I'd guess about 5 inches across. Anyway, bigger than I want to run into with a .22lr for certain.

Thanks again,
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2 we dressed were full of bird shot this weekend.
Those hogs do not run and hide in thick stuff. That is where they live, hog sign you see is just that..............sign. Shows they been through area, got to go to their bedroom
Unfortunately Brentski, this^^^^^^

And I dont plan on going into their bedroom unless a dog is already in there and is waiting on me

They are in the thickest of thickest thickets, Most of the time that we can be there..........that being said, they will come out in the open. IMHO, they come out especially during big hunts when there are lots of people out there and they get pushed.

I saw about 8 or 9 super fat looking pigs bout 100# each, run out on the food plots on the North end during the middle of the day...........shortly behind them were 2 horseback riders that no doubt pushed them out into the open.

Fresh sign is always good, but the wind is a must. Walk into the wind and go slow. They will show up at any given time(or not). I think the fun really starts when you smell them...........you know they are near.

Pinelog gets lots of pressure including dog hunts so they are about as tough as any pigs to get. But it sure is purtty out there..............I am ready for some cooler weather though.
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