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East Texas Hog Hunting

Old 05-02-2010, 10:03 PM
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Here is a hunt and write up I did a couple of weeks ago.

Annie and I had to take a ride to my parent's house this evening, and we made a little stalk through our bottom on the way just hoping that we might accidentally run into a hog.

I parked the 4 wheeler about a quarter of a mile away from my bottom food plot where I still have a game camera, and we walked in slow and easy trying to listen for any activity. As I got near the food plot, I heard what sounded like something rustling in the creek which is beside the plot, and I sat Annie down and made my way toward the bank. It took me about 10 minutes to cover maybe 20 yards as I was only able to take a step when I heard the rustling. As it was getting pretty dark in the woods, I finally made my way to the edge of the bank and was able to get my first glimpse of the hog which turned out to be a big black boar that will weigh around 200-250 pounds. The only shot that I have is at the body behind the shoulder shield, and I decide it is now or never.

My RAZ sights on my 9.3x62 Tracker barrel serve me well as there is still enough light to make them easily visible, and I sight in on the middle of the boars rib cage and squeeze the trigger. He takes off like a rocket up the creek and out of sight. Annie and I follow the creek for about 50 yards, and it starts getting to dark to see if I might be about to step on a snake. I make the decision to just leave him until tomorrow and let Annie do her thing.

Part II

My neighbor asked to go with me to track the hog, so we headed to the bottom about 2 hours ago. When we got to the spot where I shot the hog, there was no sign of blood or hair, but Annie acted like she smelled something and took off on the track. It is so thick in this part of our bottom that I couldn't keep up with her, but I tried to stay close enough to hear her. My neighbor stayed on the food plot side of the creek, and I waded across to search the opposite side. We went about a hundred yards and was about to quit when I saw Annie in the creek on a gravel bar. She reared up on the opposite bank and sniffed the air. I have tracked with her enough to know she had winded something. I was making my way toward her when she climbed the bank and cautiously approached what I would have thought was an old rotten log, but it turned out to be my boar.

My neighbor and I waded over to get to Annie and the hog, and we were both shocked by his size. I am not great at judging weights, but my neighbor estimated him to be well over 300 pounds. This boar had the best set of tusks of any that I have killed.

I killed this hog using my 9.3x62 Tracker barrel loaded with 285 gr PRVI bullets, 55 grs Varget, CCI 250 primer in Lapua brass. This is my first kill with the PRVI bullets, and even with a marginal shot, they sure did the job.

Here is a photo of Annie and I with the boar, but my neighbor was shaky and couldn't get a photo that wasn't blurry.

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Old 05-02-2010, 10:05 PM
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Here is another hunt from earlier this evening.

Annie and I were at my parent's house this evening, and of course, I had my 9.3x62 Tracker along just in case. As we started to leave, I decided to make a "stalk" through the pasture and down by the creek. I parked the 4 wheeler beside an old brush pile, and we started off through the pasture. As we got to where the creek makes a hard bend out into the pasture, I heard what sounded like hogs rooting in the creek gravel. The brush along the creek was too thick at that point, so I walked down to where I could get to the creek bank for a look.

Though it was still light enough to see out in the pasture, under the tree canopy along the creek it was nearly too dark to see my sights, but after letting my eyes adjust to the darkness, I was able to find the source of the rooting. All I could tell though was that it appeared to be a fairly large hog and was no more than 20-25 yards below me in the creek bed. I could just barely see my sights, but I aimed at what appeared to be the shoulder and pull the trigger. The hog started squealing to took off down the creek and out of sight. At the shot, three more hogs that I hadn't seen up the creek came running by and up the bank of the opposite side. With Annie beside me, we sat still for a while to see if one of the others might come back out, but I could hear what sounded like my wounded hog just around a bend in the creek. We moved back out into the pasture and down the creek about another 50 yards to a place where I could see a long stretch of the creek bed, but there was no hogs in sight. I could still hear them in the brush on the other side of the creek, but I wasn't about to go after them in the dark with no light. We stayed on the bank for about another 5 minutes, and I heard what sounded like a hog grunting out in the pasture behind us.

Annie got back out in the pasture just before I did and had already seen the four piglets when I came into the open. Before I could stop her, she took off after the pigs and chased them into the brush on the other side of the pasture. I called for her, but I knew that was pointless. She was having entirely too much fun now. I could hear them running out in the brush, and it sounded like they were circling back toward me. In a matter of seconds, Annie and one of the piglets came running back out of the thicket into the pasture about 50 yards away from me. Without really taking time to think, I had my safety off and was swinging out in front of the hog. Just as I pulled the trigger, I realized just how close Annie was behind this pig, and when he rolled up, she literally ran over him before she could stop. He thrashed a couple of time and was done. That pig weighed about 50 pounds and is now in my refrigerator cooling.

I have read on the internet about "driven hunts" and have never truly understood the attraction, but after tonight, I have seen the light. Having Annie chase that piglet out in front of me and killing it on the run, was absolutely the biggest rush that I have ever experienced while hunting.

I have to work first thing in the morning, but as soon as I get home, Annie and I are going back out to find the other hog.

Here is Annie and the little pig on the cleaning rack.
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Old 05-03-2010, 10:10 AM
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Annie and I just got back from finding the first hog that I shot last night, and it wasn't much of a track for her. It was a 100 pound sow that only went about 10-15 yards from where I shot her, but she was almost completely under water in the creek.

I wish I could have found this sow last night and cleaned her, but there are plenty more where she came from. I will try again tonight.


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Old 05-03-2010, 04:46 PM
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Nice Pictures!..........Thanks for sharing!
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