I picked up a Yugo M48 not too long ago that someone had already drilled and tapped. It's got a Barska scope on it that seems to help the rifle perform pretty well. It's accurate to within a foot or so even at 400 yards.
I live in California and am thinking about checking the rifle as luggage, getting on an airplane, and flying to visit a friend who lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. I'm into wild hogs and have heard bits and pieces suggesting that the hogs are just out of control down there. I have not had much luck hunting them here in California and have heard they're easier to find and kill in the Deep South.
My friend hasn't lived in that area all that long and likely doesn't know any local landowners down in Louisiana. So, here's what I need to do - find someone near Baton Rouge who has access to private land - or some public land that allows hunting, I guess - and let me into the place / show me around.
Since I'm relatively new at this and have not yet killed a hog, I'd also appreciate some tips on what hunting behaviors yield success. I am a bit green just yet to just buy access to a ranch and have the landowner just say, "The hogs are over yonder. Good luck." No, I need someone who can say, "Follow me, I'll SHOW you where they are and where you should stand to get a good shot at one." I need a guide, not just permission to hunt.
And if it's not asking too much, I'd like the guide to talk me through the process of gutting and skinning one. I'd really like to do that part myself so that I can learn hands-on, but I need supervision from someone who's done it before and is willing to be patient with a first-timer.
As to what I do with the meat after-the-fact I really hadn't thought that far ahead. Maybe my friend will want it, maybe there's a way to ship it back to California at a reasonable price, maybe some local charity near Baton Rouge would accept it. That part isn't as important to me as is the act of killing and gutting the pig.
Here's the thing - I need someone who's reputable and honest. Last thing I need is to get out in the boondocks with some yokel who doesn't know what the hell he's doing, or worse...get out there, then turn around and find him pointing his rifle at me, because he's decided he'd rather rob me than do what I hired him to do.
Oh, one last thing...as I said I'd be an out-of-state resident, so I don't even know how this works, legally speaking, or how I get a Louisiana hunting license or hog tag, or if I even need one.
Speaking of my wallet, I AM willing to pay someone a fee for all this - it just depends on how much he's asking. I'd rather pay a bit more and get a friendly, seasoned professional with a proven track record.
If I can find a hunt within a few hours' drive of Baton Rouge, I won't need lodging near the hunt site - I can make it a day trip and just stay with my friend.
I tried looking around on Google, but it seems like all the searches turned up hunts in other nearby states when I'm specifically interested in southern Louisiana, or found websites that were designed so poorly that I couldn't even navigate the page. It seems like what I'm looking for should be relatively easy to find.
Can anyone help me out? I haven't yet decided when I'm going - so that's another thing: is one time of year better than another for this?
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