Got another sow out in Lee County Wednesday. As has been my routine for the past couple of months, I got up early and headed out a little over an hour before dawn in search of hogs. Lately I haven't been seeing them before daylight, catching them instead after dawn as they return to their bedding areas. This time however, I spied a sounder retiring early, but with the help of my trusty Photon NV scope I spoiled their plans.
I got to a pasture just before 6:00AM where I've shot several hogs this year. The moon was long down and the sky was dark, so I was using IR illumination when I heard hogs grunting and squealing. It took me several seconds to locate them, they were under some trees several hundred yards out. I could just make out their shapes, but from their size and movements it was clear they were hogs. I began sneaking along the tree line toward them, and made it to within about 50 yards of the nearest one, which I lined up on and shot. It turned out to be a sow weighing around 125 Lbs. TRUE CONFESSIONS:
I guess I could just show the photo of the bullet placement and claim that I'm Annie Oakley's offspring, but I think I've already admitted on a few occasions that I'm basically an average shooter at best. I would virtually never try for a head shot unless EVERYTHING was perfect AND the planets were aligned. So, I aimed for the neck and made a perfect head shot. I always say I'd rather be lucky than good, mainly because luck sometimes seems easier to come by.
Anyway, we're having some friends over for dinner in a couple of weeks and I know what's going to be on the menu . . .