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    I am moving to Fort Jackson in March and I was wondering my hunting opprotunities in area. I would like to do must of my hunting on Fort Jackson so I was wondering deer quality and hog populations. I am an avid hunter moving from Kansas and would like to get my wife into hunting as well.
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    Ft Jackson
    I work at Ft Jackson but haven't hunted it in over years. Was considering hunting it again some next year. I hear they do still kill some nice bucks and there is a lot of acreage to hunt, just have to get thru all the regulations. Of course the racks and body size of the bucks here are generally much smaller than those in Kansas. Also there are lots of hogs in areas surrounding Fort Jackson and sure there are plenty on the Fort as well. I'm sure the MWR at Fort Jackson could give you more details. Let me know if you need any more specific info and I will try to find it out.
    Good luck
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    Upon Arrival
    I plan on visiting MWR when I show up to look at what is available to hunt. I am really excited about trying to hog hunt with a bow. I also am not too worried about the size of the deer as long as I can start hunting.
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    Hogs
    Well the hog population is exploding all over the state of South Carolina, so I don't think you'll have any trouble finding a place to hunt them. Fort Jackson is less than an hour away from the Wateree River, which boasts one of the healthiest populations of wild hogs in South Carolina. A lot of the land there is owned (or leased) by private hunting clubs, so you might want to check into joining one of those when you get here. There are plenty of deer there too. Night hunting for pigs is now allowed with some restrictions, so you're coming to the Palmetto State at a good time!
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    Thanks Brian
    Thanks for the 411 on the hogs in the area. Just one question, are these hogs the little 100 lbs pigs or the big feral's. The wife gave me permission to start hunting pig when I arrive to SC next month with my new bow.
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    Big Variety of Sizes
    You will find plenty of 100 pounders, but there are no shortage of big ferals either. Hogs in the 300-350 lb range are not at all uncommon along the Wateree River, and I know of one plantation that killed a handful of 500+ pounders last year.
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    Newbie
    Welcome! I was inducted in the USMC (U Suckers Miss Christmas) about 44 years ago at Ft. Jackson and didn't get back until recently. South Carolina DNR is dedicated to sportsmen and sportswomen pursing their time afield. I assume you are military as I, and you know from traveling about the good, bad, and ugly of the Fish and Game folks. I was in Florida and they cared about one thing...Fish. And, my hunting partner on many occasions was a ranking member in that outfit. I love you all in Florida and I said what I did to make the point that South Carolina's DNR is Top Drawer period. And, they put a bunch of work in to improving public lands for us.
    Again, welcome and once settled send me a PM and we will discuss places in more detail.
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