There are pure Russian Wild Boar populations in New Hampshire that originated from one of the oldest, selective, and secretive hunting preserves in America, called by the locals as “Corbin’s Park”. The land is owned and operated by the Blue Mountain Forest Association.
If you can’t score a membership… Don’t worry… Wild boar sightings have been on the rise lately in New Hampshire around the neighboring counties due to escapes from the prestigious hunting preserve.
Blue Mountain Forest Association - Otherwise known as “Corbin’s Park”, the Blue Mountain Forest Association is a fascinating hunting preserve that is over 123 years old. Shrouded in mysterious intrigue, the park was founded in 1890 by Austin Corbin, a bank baron that wanted a place where all animals could live harmoniously.
Land And Game - The park is over 26,000 acres and has a 12 foot high fences that runs the length of 36 miles! Stocked in the park over the years were many varieties of deer, elk, pure Russian boar, German boar from the Black Forest, moose, pheasant, and a variety of other non-native animals that didn’t survive very long. Today, only the deer, elk, and wild boar are among the non-native species that have survived the years. The park has two mountains, Croydon peak, and Grantham Mountain. There is also 2 ponds, Governor’s Pond, and Sumners’ Pond. The forest consists of Blue Spruce Trees and granite mountains.
Austin Corbin – A self-made millionaire, and known as the “Father of the Banking Industry”, Austin Corbin bought up land to create one of the largest hunting preserves in America back in the 1800′s. Previously, he developed Coney Island, and Manhattan Beach. He also created a railroad that transported guests from New York City to his well-known hotel “The Oriental” in Coney Island.
Escaped Pure Wild Boar - During the Hurricane of 1938, a section of fencing from Corbin’s Park was damaged, providing an opportunity for the wild boar and other animals to escape the confines of the preserve out in the wild. Because of the prolific breeding habits of the wild pig, the population survived, with a few sightings every year by hunters in Sullivan county. Looking at a picture from the shot pigs from the 1950′s, courtesy of Brian Meyette(Above,Left), you can see that the wild boars have an elongated snout and long legs, characteristics of pure blood wild boar! There are very specific regulations to hunting wild boar in New Hampshire by visiting How To Hunt Wild Boar In New Hampshire.
Blue Mountain Forest Association History - In 1944, Mortimer Proctor and a group of wealthy hunters took over Corbin’s Park, creating one of the most prestigious hunting grounds for the wealthy and rich. They are a very private group, limiting membership to only 30 members. Some of the famous guests to the park were Presidents Theodore Roosevelt, Herbert Hoover, Glover Cleveland, and Woodrow Wilson. Some other famous guests were Edward The VII, Prince of Wales, and baseball legend Joe DiMaggio. You can see a picture of Theodore Roosevelt visiting Corbin Park Down below, where he hunted a boar, had the head mounted, and sent back to his home.
Blue Mountain Forest Membership – Membership into The Blue Mountain Forest Association is restricted to 30 members, who are very secretive and private about any club doing’s, fees, or visitation to the public. One source says that membership is only passed down to family members, at $1 million, with annual dues of $250,000. This seems like a lot, but if your rich, it is a small price to pay for such a gorgeous hunting preserve. Of course, that hasn’t prevented the list from growing, with a several year long waiting list. The club has no website, and has a policy not to talk about the park. They don’t want to be in the public eye what-so-ever… For very valid reasons. Visit Brian’s Corbin Park Page for more information on that.
Tour Of Corbin Park - There have been several visitation requests in which the park charges $50 per visit. The $50 is to deter visits, but can be obtained apparently by calling the Blue Mountain Forest Association at 603-863-3250. Keep in mind that there is no chance of hunting during your visit, but it would be a cool opportunity to see a bit of the park history, and view some wildlife.