Cohutta wma

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Traveling down from michigan next Wednesday with my father in law to try our hands at spot and stalk hog hunting. Never done it before and although starting points/ tips would be nice, I'm really just looking for what not to forget.
I'm coming equipped with a frame pack,gps,compass,trash bags, skinning knives and all the essential items. We are bringing my f250 with a truck camper I built.

I'm looking more for the items people don't think of that would be extremely helpful. In Michigan I hunt , trap, fish and forage for wild edible mushrooms. I'm going to enjoy the change and the excitement of trying something new and not getting on a hog isn't going to ruin my trip. Heading down on the 13th.
Thanks Wayne
 
It's a really big place with very unforgiving terrain. That compass will be worth its weight in gold if your up for the hike. There's a little bit of logging goin on on some of the ridge tops outside of the wilderness area of course. Most of the sign seems to be low this year. Several new food plots in the West cowpen area. Not a lot of rooting. Enjoy the MTN and just consider a pig a bonus. They don't come easy on Cohutta. Keep us posted & good luck! Please post anything bout pigs but leave out bear, turkey, & deer info. Just p.m. me with that report 😁
 
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We will be staying at the conasauga lake camping area. Will be checking the lower areas for sign,, thanks!

How well does a garmin gps with topo map do in this are?

I will deff be posting on my trip, hunting success or just camping success!
 
You'll not get to Lake Conasauga until the first week of March. The gate will be locked at Taterpatch Mtn and also at the confluence of Mill Creek rd and West Cowpen. Can't go across the top this time of year.
 
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I found several large and active hog wallows during my 2 years of hunting up there. As strothershacker said, they were all in the lower elevations. Creek bottoms, deep shady draws. Between 1400 and 1800ft. Just my experience.
 
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You'll not get to Lake Conasauga until the first week of March. The gate will be locked at Taterpatch Mtn and also at the confluence of Mill Creek rd and West Cowpen. Can't go across the top this time of year.
This is what I'm trying to figure out ahead of time! Thank you very much sir. What would be my best bet for camping then if I'm coming in from the west side?
I found several large and active hog wallows during my 2 years of hunting up there. As strothershacker said, they were all in the lower elevations. Creek bottoms, deep shady draws. Between 1400 and 1800ft. Just my experience.
I will deff give the lower elevations my attention. Thanks
 
Honestly Cohutta is the last WMA I'd going looking for pork at. Its pretty and all but you'll be real lucky to even see a pig there in a week of hunting. Ft. Stewart on the other hand has a nice campground and you're likely to see pigs everyday if you hunt hard. Need to register your guns and follow the rules to the T but it's worth it. I'll still poke around on some of the other WMA's south of Stewart just to see if the grass is greener......It ain't.
 
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Come in on old hwy 2 go straight past the check station there's a big campground on the left before you cross the river.
Perfect thanks. That's where we will likely start!
Honestly Cohutta is the last WMA I'd going looking for pork at. Its pretty and all but you'll be real lucky to even see a pig there in a week of hunting. Ft. Stewart on the other hand has a nice campground and you're likely to see pigs everyday if you hunt hard. Need to register your guns and follow the rules to the T but it's worth it. I'll still poke around on some of the other WMA's south of Stewart just to see if the grass is greener......It ain't.
If I lived closer I would be all about it but the registration thing I know nothing about. Would love to trade some ice fishing guiding for some help figuring out this hog thing.
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Couple lake trout from today...Mid Michigan...
 

Rabun

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Those are some serious lakers! Hope you get a crack at a pig or several!! Something you probably will have but didn't mention is surgical gloves for dressing out your pigs...highly recommend. Oh yea...blue-emu for after you hike those hills (y)

Good luck!
 
Those are some serious lakers! Hope you get a crack at a pig or several!! Something you probably will have but didn't mention is surgical gloves for dressing out your pigs...highly recommend. Oh yea...blue-emu for after you hike those hills (y)

Good luck!
I will second the gloves. I always carry 10 or so pairs in my pack, along with a skinning knife, boning knife, and sometimes a small folding bone saw, and some cotton meat bags. I also hunt with a milsurp framed pack for carrying the quarters out. Packing your meat out is a game changer if you hunt more than 200 yards off the road, and even if you don’t, a short drag in hill country can really break you down.
 
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