(Not Big Pig)
Almost didn't go hunting tonight because it has been so hot and humid all day long.
But I've had this Boar hog coming into a bait site right behind the house for almost a week now and at almost the same time each night (about 8:30 pm).
I REALLY hate sitting on this particular stand because it is in a swampy area and the mosquitoes are really thick until we get cold weather.
They are SO bad...we call that stand the 'Blood Donor'.
Anyway, I decided that if I put on pair of thick sweat pants and hooded top, I could keep most of the little blood suckers off of me. That worked pretty well (except for my hands) but my gawd...it was HOT!
Right after dark a raccoon came in under the hog light and started picking around at the corn I had scattered about. I like having coons under the lights when I am hog hunting because they make good sentry's.
He stayed about 30-40 minutes, looked around a few times but never alerted or got nervous. He finally walked down to the creek and disappeared. I sat there listening to the 'night sounds' and just let my mind wander. An hour passed before I knew it and it was getting close to the time the pig had been showing up.
Out on the very edge of the light I thought I could see some movement down in the creek. In an instant the hog popped up out the depression, slipped under the barb wire fence and was right in the middle of the light pattern. It kind of caught me by surprise because he didn't enter from the direction I thought he would.
This put him not upwind or downwind of me but directly inline and parallel to my scent cone. The only thing working for me...was that there was 45 yards between us. BUT this bait site is down hill from the stand and the cool evening thermals settle to the ground and carry your scent with it.
I knew I'd have shoot quickly. I didn't let him stop walking or even get to the corn, I just settled the crosshairs high on his shoulder and pressed the trigger. The 405 gr. soft point slammed home and he went down like one of those ducks in an old time carnival arcade.
Had to drag him about 60 yds. up the hill and out of the swampy area where I could get to him with my truck. Not a big pig (heart girth 41 inches) but he was 'punctual' (came in right on time) and I like that in a pig!