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#6001646 - 10/30/15 09:35 AM Fearless Hogs???
A. P. Offline
Light Foot

Registered: 09/18/14
Posts: 16
Regarding hog hunting...

Have you ever had hogs that were not at all scared of seeing a human? I stepped out away from beside a tree on Wednesday evening at sundown, in order to run off a group of hogs, and even after yelling and waving my arms all they did was trot about 10 yds and stop. A few even started walking back toward me and the feeder. There was a huge boar that was 20 yds away that started growling and popping his jaws. I thought he was going to charge me and I knew an arrow would not stop him. It's like they have never been hunted and have absolutely no fear of man.

I am a traditional archer shooting a Howard Hill style longbow.

If you want the whole story of how it all played out I'll gladly provide all the details.

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#6001672 - 10/30/15 09:49 AM Re: Fearless Hogs??? [Re: A. P.]
wtjim Offline
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Registered: 07/18/12
Posts: 513
Please indulge us. You can kill that pig, Howard hill killed elephants with his bow. Wait for quarter away shot and slip your broadheadin behind the shield into the vitals...then post pics

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#6001750 - 10/30/15 10:41 AM Re: Fearless Hogs??? [Re: A. P.]
A. P. Offline
Light Foot

Registered: 09/18/14
Posts: 16
Here's what happened...

1. I mentioned the huge boar; initially he walked right in front of me, 10-12 feet away, and this guy was about 5 feet long, went about 250, and had tusks that were 5" long.

2. I'm on the ground (in full camo); no stand, no blind, no brush, logs, or sticks in front of me, standing beside a mesquite tree, on the elevated embankment of a stock tank. (Needless to say I'm a bit exposed and somewhat defenseless because an arrow ain't going to stop a pissed off charging hog.) So I let him walk right past me and he stopped about 20 yards away to my left where he turned and watched me intently. (He never did go to the feeder. There were 10 hogs in the group and 9 of them were at the feeder.)

3. I really didn't want to clean a hog since I knew I would be immediately heading home once it got too dark to see.

4. I came to the conclusion that I would shoot one and leave it laying. The buzzards gotta eat, same as the worms! Right???

5. Upon drawing to shoot at one of the smaller hogs under the feeder, the big boar started growling and popping his jaws then made a false charge of about 5 yds. I turned to face him while at full draw and he just stood there growling.

6. I let down, turned back toward the feeder, drew again (big boy started growling and popping again) and then I loosed my arrow at a 50-60 pounder.

7. And, from 15 yds, I missed!!! (Embarrassed to admit I shot low and went right under the chest of one.) I may have been a bit distracted.

8. The hogs kept right on feeding. Big boy kept growling and popping. I drew another arrow out of my back quiver (making quite a commotion) and the hogs just continued to eat 15 yds in front of me.

9. So I figured I'd just run them off by waving and yelling at them. The ones eating ran about 10 yds. then stopped. Big boy stood his ground. I slowly moved toward the feeder to pick up my arrow and 3 of them came trotting back toward the feeder. They stopped 5 yds away from me as I was under the feeder.

10. I guess I'm a p_ssy because I picked up my arrow and then slowly backed away from the feeder because the big boar was now walking toward me growling and popping. He stopped about 10 yds away from the feeder but I kept on going.

I've never seen wild animals act in such a manner. It was a bit disconcerting!

I'm thinking about investing in a stand of some sort and carrying my .44 Mag as backup.

What's your take???



PS. Sorry for the long dissertation. It is the truth and it was kind of eerie.

PPS. I know my arrows, at 715 grs each, and tipped with a Tuffhead broadhead, are more than enough medicine to pass through any hog assuming I do my part. But it won't stop 'em in their tracks!

PPPS. When, and if, I do kill this guy I'll be sure to post the photos.

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#6001761 - 10/30/15 10:50 AM Re: Fearless Hogs??? [Re: A. P.]
Wilhunt Offline
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Registered: 07/26/13
Posts: 2340
Loc: New Braunfels, San Saba county
I had a boar run away then return. Upon returning he came towards me then stopped and growled briefly. My 30-06 then sent him to wherever hogs with a bullet in the head go.
Thanks for sharing your story.

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#6001796 - 10/30/15 11:13 AM Re: Fearless Hogs??? [Re: A. P.]
MikeTX Offline
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Registered: 01/08/13
Posts: 177
Loc: San Antonio, TX
I've had them growl at me 20feet away through the brush...he just couldn't see me. I only had the bow, but I had trees to climb as my back up plan smile I don't think I would have stuck around with a large one like that growling at me.

One guy I used to hunt with would carry a pistol for that reason. After observing him and knowing his limited background, I just have concern for pistol skills when he is around me smile

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#6001806 - 10/30/15 11:19 AM Re: Fearless Hogs??? [Re: A. P.]
8pointdrop Online   sleepy
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Registered: 12/16/11
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Cool story and experience. I woulda slung an arrow into that sucker to see if it changed his attitude....

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#6001808 - 10/30/15 11:20 AM Re: Fearless Hogs??? [Re: A. P.]
colt.45 Offline
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Registered: 03/16/12
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Loc: wondering about the woods
cheers Awsome story... Had similar encounter at OSBWMA with hog dubbed Big Tooth ... i did have high-tech 70# compound bow, so a little more advantage than you... cheers Wish was out thar now, Thanks for sharing, stay Safe Best Wishes...
Edit: rofl just read the post under this one.... Have had ta do side step ta keep from getting run over.... 98% time huntsolo have had many strange encounters... When found THF twas hopen ta hook up with some hog hunters... Me health not what used ta be... Had hooked hp with some guys from DF area, cheers had some great times, always felt like 3rd wheel, bargded in on em.. People used ta lease hunt with, few passed on... R.I.P. Rest no longer hunt scratch except one, he's still on a lease we built a cabin on... We hit OSB from time ta time, for hog hunts & he has generously invited me ta lease several times... Again cheers Thanks for sharing rofl & good use of english... rofl i'm a rambling man when it comes ta talking bout hunten... flag
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#6001810 - 10/30/15 11:20 AM Re: Fearless Hogs??? [Re: A. P.]
A. P. Offline
Light Foot

Registered: 09/18/14
Posts: 16
If that boar would have charged me my only options were to climb a mesquite tree or jump in the stock tank.

Diving in the stock tank would have been my first choice.
Fighting off a crazed hog would have been my second choice.
And trying to climb that mesquite tree would have been the most dangerous thing in my mind. LOL

The way some people wield handguns definitely becomes a danger to any and all things around!

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#6001824 - 10/30/15 11:26 AM Re: Fearless Hogs??? [Re: A. P.]
A. P. Offline
Light Foot

Registered: 09/18/14
Posts: 16
I found it all pretty surreal. All hogs I've previously encountered would run like heck once they saw a person unless they felt cornered. But there was open ground and adequate escape routes all around and all these guys just kept hanging out. Strange!!!

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#6001842 - 10/30/15 11:37 AM Re: Fearless Hogs??? [Re: A. P.]
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Registered: 01/19/12
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Loc: 60 Mi North of DFW
Maybe they had never seen a human with sticks growing out of him. Thought you were a walking tree.
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#6001843 - 10/30/15 11:38 AM Re: Fearless Hogs??? [Re: A. P.]
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#6001863 - 10/30/15 11:43 AM Re: Fearless Hogs??? [Re: A. P.]
A. P. Offline
Light Foot

Registered: 09/18/14
Posts: 16
Blackcoal,

That was what I was thinking.

If my shooting ability is taken as a fear-factor measurement then I know I didn't give them any reason to be scared of man. LOL

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#6001892 - 10/30/15 11:59 AM Re: Fearless Hogs??? [Re: A. P.]
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Registered: 12/01/14
Posts: 515
Loc: Fair Oaks Ranch, Texas
I've only had Javelinas stand their ground with me when there was a clear exit. Hogs only charged or were aggressive when they were no escape routes. They will hit top speeds to get away when they see a truck or human.
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#6001932 - 10/30/15 12:17 PM Re: Fearless Hogs??? [Re: A. P.]
A. P. Offline
Light Foot

Registered: 09/18/14
Posts: 16
I guess these guys were either too dumb, or too arrogant, to run from this human. Since I missed with my one shot obviously I was no threat.

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#6001949 - 10/30/15 12:25 PM Re: Fearless Hogs??? [Re: A. P.]
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Registered: 05/18/11
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Loc: Forestburg, Montague Cnty, TX
Hogs really have no reason to fear humans unless they have learned to fear them. Many animals will avoid other large animals, not out of fear, but simply for the purpose of risk avoidance.

As noted, that hog may have had no experience with humans before. Or, it could have been ill or otherwise not of a normal disposition.

We tend to think of animals as having standard behaviors and then are surprised when one acts differently. Like people, animals do have personalities. Some hogs are much more docile than others. Some are much more aggressive. Thinking of animals as having standard behaviors is where people sometimes get into trouble.

I don't know if it was here or on another forum, speaking of standard behaviors, after deer season a couple of years ago, I had some deer that were at a feeder I wanted to fill. I approached and they did not run. A doe even snorted at me and stomped her front hoof like a bull about to charge. This behavior did have me concerned. I had to put down the corn and wave my arms and make noise before I was able to shoo them away and even then they didn't seem too impressed with me. Two weeks earlier and they would have been gone before I ever got to the clearing.
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