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Old 09-12-2006, 11:07 AM
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I am interested in trying for a hog. Does anyone have a place to suggest on Dawson Forest???
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Old 09-12-2006, 01:27 PM
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This is a subject of much debate. Some say they have seen hogs in Dawson Forest, but I've never seen them, or any sign of them in the 10 or so times I've been there.
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This is a subject of much debate. Some say they have seen hogs in Dawson Forest, but I've never seen them, or any sign of them in the 10 or so times I've been there.
Sorry to say neither have I. I am up there quite a bit and have never seen any sign on any of the 3 tracts that I go to.
Pine log or up in the mountains may be the only viable option.
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Old 09-12-2006, 01:52 PM
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Never seen any hawg sign on DF. But, there's a lot of land on that WMA. I've just never seen any sign where I have hunted, and when we hunt there, we walk and walk and walk.....
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me neither- never seen/heard any - it is a really heavily used WMA in terms of lots people driving thru, fishing, riding and struck me as generally trashy and not very well maintained, plus there's radioactive waste buried there.
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If you have designs on hunting in N. Ga. by far the best approach is to plan to hunt what is in season and not target any particular game.

To plan a hog hunt in the mountains and carry it out is most likely to end up in disappointment. On the other hand to approach the hunt with deer, bear, or hog in mind will enhance the possibility of greater success.

It is a mental thing. Do not think hog as your objective. Just go on a mountain hunt. It is a great experience.
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Words of wisdom...
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Old 09-12-2006, 07:15 PM
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There was some hogs on df back in the mid 90's. Have'nt seen any are heard of anyone seeing any in the last 10 yr's.
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o.k thanks for the info.....I've been here for 6 years and never hunted DF much but i had heard of them being on the WMA....
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me neither- never seen/heard any - it is a really heavily used WMA in terms of lots people driving thru, fishing, riding and struck me as generally trashy and not very well maintained, plus there's radioactive waste buried there.
I'm afraid I have to agree with this statement with regard to the city of Atlanta tract.
I have started to see some deer there finally.
Not a prolific amount of wildlife on there but it is close and if you know where to look they are there.
You just have to spend a little more time scouting out the decent locations that maybe too much work to hunt for the average hunter.
The other tracts are a little better IMHO.
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I'm afraid I may open a can of worms here and perhaps offend someone, but IMO, the City of Atlanta tract @ Dawson Forest is overused by folks other than hunters. There is a lot of traffic (horse, ATV, automobiles) up there that once again IMO has caused game to move on to more secure areas for them. I realize WMAs are public land, but it would be nice if these areas were "off limits" to anyone other than hunters during big game seasons.
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I saw 5 does, 5 turkeys, and a black bear on the Atlanta tract just last weekend.

And of course a whole mess of horseback riders.
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And of course a whole mess of horseback riders.
That is why i will stay out of the atlanta tract. It's just not worth it.
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I saw 5 does, 5 turkeys, and a black bear on the Atlanta tract just last weekend.

And of course a whole mess of horseback riders.
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Was it you that I was talking to up there about the 300lb bear at the sign in board on Sunday afternoon? I think you were in a white chevy trail blazer?
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Sure was. It was a white ford escape tho.

Me and Robk from this site were there.
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Wow..
Too funny..
What a small world!
Well, as I said Sunday..It was good to meet you both.
Hopefully, we'll catch up again soon.

Sorry about the 'Chivvy' comment
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Must admit I could swear it was 4 does, 5 turkeys and 1 bear though
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It WAS 4 does when I talked to you, saw another that evening.
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Sugar Hill you are absolutely right about it being underused by hunters and overly so by everyone else. Being a hunter AND a rider, my riding activity is seriously curtailed this time of year and stays confined to the farm or well-used roads. Riders who do not pay attention to the regs (ride only after 10am during any game season, only on road, and pick up after themselves/camp in horse designated spots) are some that can ruin it for everyone. IMO, they seem to have a little law enforcement problem in DFWMA, as many places I went the folks were so drunk I didn't even get out of the truck. I waited until a weekday to hunt/fish, there were very few folks out until around noon or so, was about 6 weeks ago.
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.... plus there's radioactive waste buried there.
Or are you just trying to keep the masses away?

I've never heard this before and would figure it would be marked/ fenced off.
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It is marked off and fenced but the isotope they were studying there in the early 50's only had a half life of 5.5 years and has long since degraded to a level not even noticable according to one of the area managers there that I spoke to there today.

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Most of the waste was taken by train to Savannah and dumped in the ocean from what I was told.
But yes, it was some form of Govt. testing ground, hence all the concrete bunkers.
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There is hogs on Dawson forest.I've seen em close but not on the atlanta track.They could have been in just mins.Tracks galore on the wildcat track where I hunted.My buddies Bayed a sow and little ones on the amicaloa track one night coon hunting a few years ago.Most sign is on the wild cat track.Its big.Very big and THEY WILL BE HARD TO PIN DOWN.
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Good Info, Dawg.
Thanks,
That is a pretty tract and I don't know it well at all. May have to check it out.
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