The hogs just keep showing up!
When I began hunting, roughly eight years ago, I made 5-6 trips out to the property for every time I actually saw hogs. Starting about 18 months ago the hogs just started appearing. Nowadays it's pretty rare that I DON'T see hogs. Now that the heavy rains have ceased in Central Texas, I've been able to get back out and hunt again. Last Wednesday I actually spotted four different groups (well, one was a lone hog).
I missed a shot at the first group. It was a sow with about 6-8 juveniles and they were in a pasture which provided little opportunity to sneak up close. I got up to the closest tree, which was still about 150 yards distant, and decided to use it as a brace and shoot from there. Missed!
About 7PM I called my wife and while we were talking a large, single hog came out of the trees no more than 100 yards away. Naturally I had put my rifle down to use the phone. I quickly hung up and walked slowly back to the truck, hoping that by moving away I'd not seem like a threat. No such luck, the hog disappeared back into the brush. I waited ten minutes and then called my wife back, and of course the hog then reappeared. He made another fast exit and didn't come back. Oh well . . .
Not more than 15 minutes later I spotted a large sounder across a pasture and started moving their way. It was a long stalk, probably a little more than a quarter-mile. There was a small rise between the hogs and myself (I started out on the top of a hill) so I used it. When I topped the rise the hogs were still over 250 yards away but moving across and slightly away from me. They weren't looking my direction so I crept closer to a cross fence that was maybe 120 yards or so from the nearest hog. Having missed the earlier shot I paused to catch my breath and calm down, then made a shoulder shot on a 150# sow.
I went back to the truck to put down the rifle and get my 'Hog Hauler'® AKA the two-wheeled hand cart. It took me a while to find the hog in the knee high grass, and by the time I got it back up the hill to the truck I was pretty winded. I paused to rest, and what do I see in a nearby field but another sow and more juvenile hogs. They spotted me and started trotting away, but I managed to grab my rifle and put down a 75# sow before they got away.