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#5782661 - 06/10/15 12:17 PM Got a couple of sows last week
der Teufel Offline

Registered: 11/16/11
Posts: 724
Loc: Central Texas
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! violin

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.

You can never have too much ammo — unless you're swimming.

#5782712 - 06/10/15 12:42 PM Re: Got a couple of sows last week [Re: der Teufel]
customcutter Offline

Registered: 05/04/15
Posts: 215
Loc: Florida
I smell bacon frying...
God Bless

#5782791 - 06/10/15 01:24 PM Re: Got a couple of sows last week [Re: der Teufel]
Hunter-Steve Online   content

Registered: 01/17/10
Posts: 743
Loc: Plano. TX
Thanks for posting... I'm having serious withdrawals since the rain caused all my spring time hunts to be canceled.

Great story and good shooting!
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#5782898 - 06/10/15 02:35 PM Re: Got a couple of sows last week [Re: der Teufel]
Espy Online   content
Veteran Tracker

Registered: 11/08/07
Posts: 2615
Loc: Eddy TX.
up good job

#5782959 - 06/10/15 03:10 PM Re: Got a couple of sows last week [Re: der Teufel]
Double Naught Spy Online   content
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Registered: 05/18/11
Posts: 4293
Loc: Forestburg, Montague Cnty, TX
Fine job! Those hogs look like they could be related.
Kill a Hog and Save the Planet
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#5783025 - 06/10/15 03:51 PM Re: Got a couple of sows last week [Re: der Teufel]
colt.45 Offline
THF Trophy Hunter

Registered: 03/16/12
Posts: 9369
Loc: wondering about the woods
cheers Awsome flag

i'm postaddic

#5783199 - 06/10/15 05:42 PM Re: Got a couple of sows last week [Re: der Teufel]
Beaubien Offline
Bird Dog

Registered: 02/18/15
Posts: 473
Loc: In the mountains east of ABQ

#5783398 - 06/10/15 07:47 PM Re: Got a couple of sows last week [Re: Beaubien]
458 Socom Offline
Green Horn

Registered: 06/08/15
Posts: 6
Loc: Lake Kiowa, Texas USA
Congrats...nice eating size.
"Happy Hunting"

#5783407 - 06/10/15 07:51 PM Re: Got a couple of sows last week [Re: der Teufel]
Chief Joe Offline
THF Trophy Hunter

Registered: 02/06/10
Posts: 6086
Loc: Fredericktown, Ohio

"It is the same boiling water that softens the rice, which hardens the egg." It's not always about the circumstances, but what you are made of....

#5784104 - 06/11/15 09:01 AM Re: Got a couple of sows last week [Re: der Teufel]
pkfergy Offline

Registered: 11/04/04
Posts: 103
Loc: Frisco
Looking quite healthy.... and not pregnant whcih is a good thing


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