Wild Things is a property comprised of approximately three thousand acres of longleaf and loblolly pine upland, hardwood swamps, flood plains, creeks, and five miles of frontage on the Savannah River! Wild Things is uniquely dedicated to traditional bowhunters only!
I purchased the bulk of the property in 1987 from a large timber company and over the years have added several contiguous tracts. The entire property is rich with hogs, whitetail deer and turkeys! To me, being in the Savannah River swamp at daylight or dusk is almost a religious experience. The property has an extensive and well-kept road and trail system along with many small fields that are planted with high protein foods and will be planted year-round.
In the past few years, plantings have been few and many animals left for "greener pastures." Because of plantings and additional feedings we are already seeing many more hogs and deer! They are unhunted and unmolested until the first bow hunters arrive in autumn.
In the past hunters have normally stalked along roads and trails on the land. You can still hunt by stalking on the majority of the property, or hunt from a stand or ground blind in newly specified areas. I have approximately 700 acres dedicated for stand hunting only and elevated stands are situated on trails, food plots, or acorn flats ready for your use. All treestands are new Big Game Treestands, I am an authorized dealer so if there is a model you want to try out during your hunt please let me know ahead of time. Most stands are singles, but there are some doubles for couples, parent/child, and hunter/camera hunters. If you would like to use a double setup, or if you would like to have two singles in close proximity please let me know when you book your hunt.
Once an animal has been harvested, we'll pick up the animal and deliver it to the cleaning shed. We will clean it and hang it in the cooler. The animals will hang in the cooler until Sunday morning when they will be quartered in our indoor facility and packed in ice. Bring your coolers! There is no additional charge for any of this at Wild Things!
A South Carolina state license for a three day hunt is $40.00 and for a five day hunt is $75.00. Your license can be purchased at Wiggins Hardware in the heart of Estill, or you can get your license online here at any time. Bag limit at Wild Things is one hog per day, but no wet sows please.
The Hunts are all inclusive: all meals, lodging (including fresh sheets, blankets and towels), snacks, bottled water, transportation from camp to any points on the property, and the cleaning/butchering of animals!
Your meals will be prepared according to your wishes (as best as I can do). Large or small breakfast, brunch or lunch, in camp or afield. Flexibility to enhance your hunt will be most important. Supper (or dinner as some like to call it!) will be after the hunt is complete. Southern fare has been strongly suggested by many of you, but I will prepare any meal you wish (almost any) with advanced notice. Shrimp and grits, Lowcountry Stew, Pig Pickin', roasted oysters are all meals that we were raised on.
3 day hunts are $575, and 5 day hunts are $950. Your only additional expense would be your hunting license and your personal choice of beverage.
We will meet at Wiggins Hardware in Estill South Carolina at 6:00 pm Thursday for three day hunts, or at 6:00 pm on Tuesday for five day hunts. You will receive detailed instructions on getting to the bow camp when you book your hunt in case you can't make the normal rendezvous point. Hunts begin the following morning and conclude around midday on Sundays.
We have a maximum of eight hunters in our new guesthouse. We also have a remodeled cabin that serves as our social hub and dining facility.
If you need any sundries, Estill has a couple of hardware stores, groceries, etc., or let me know and I will be happy to pick up what you need.
Thank you for returning to Wild Things, or considering it for your next hunt. I assure you that it will be a unique experience!