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#6509616 - 10/24/16 05:29 PM Snared Boar....not too happy.
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Snared this boar last night....but I was a little surprised to find him very much ALIVE and not at all happy.



I set a snare at an obvious 'fence crossing' for hogs, got it all brushed in and have checked it the last couple of days. In this pic the 'brush' is all gone because the hog destroyed it while pulling against the cable, but this represents an excellent spot to set a snare...with low probability of catching a non-target animal.



As I approached the snare set...the boar which had been laying down (I couldn't see it) stood up, let out a loud, guttural grunt and ran straight at me! It caught me very off guard...because I wasn't paying that much attention as I walked up. I normally carry a 45 acp with me whenever I go to check snares, but the hog would/could of covered the distance between us before I could have drawn and fired if it had popped the cable.

The cable held and actually snatched him around 180 °. He went back under the fence line, pulling the cable tight and facing me again.

I use cam locks on my snares and when hogs are caught properly around the neck...it dispatches them quickly.

So I wasn't quite sure why this one was still alive. One thing I WAS certain of....was that I was going to go back to the house and get my RIFLE. The 45 on my hip wasn't feeling all that comforting.

After dispatching the Hog I found out why it had been so mobile. It had been caught around the SNOUT and not the neck.



Now...this isn't first time I've caught one by the snout, but its the first time I've caught one with the snout and lower jaw together. Usually they will have the snare around the upper snout. This happens when they push through the snare with their mouth open.

Anyway, it is clear by the position of the snare loop (cam lock on bottom) that this hog either tried to 'back out' of the loop as it dropped off the wire...or pulled back and tightened the loop after it had already 'fired'. A lucky catch actually.

But that is precisely the reason I double load my snares and rig the 'deer stop' so that loop can close down to 3-1/2" which will allow deer (foot caught) to escape...but still close down on a hog. Fortunately....I have never caught a deer.



So....one less hog in the local population. A few thousand more to go. cry
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#6509644 - 10/24/16 05:50 PM Re: Snared Boar....not too happy. [Re: flintknapper]
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After going back to house for something heavier, did you change your drawers?

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#6509670 - 10/24/16 06:16 PM Re: Snared Boar....not too happy. [Re: flintknapper]
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Where'd you obtain the knowledge to design your snare - your explanation is great as is your execution .

Good job
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#6509721 - 10/24/16 06:54 PM Re: Snared Boar....not too happy. [Re: Dalee7892]
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Originally Posted By: Dalee7892
After going back to house for something heavier, did you change your drawers?


No, it wasn't 'frightening' to me as much as I was startled/caught off guard. I left feeling a bit sheepish actually... because I know better than to casually approach a snare set.

I had looked ahead while I was approaching on the trail and didn't see anything, so assumed there was nothing in the snare though I wasn't yet close enough to see the loop on the barb wire or not.

I don't think the Boar was laying down because he was tired, I think he was trying to lay low in hopes I would walk by and not notice him.

I saw him right away when he stood up, you couldn't miss it. He came up on all fours at once, like his legs were hydraulic. Not the normal rear end first then front legs. BAM...he was just UP and coming.

I had some small trees nearby that I could have swung behind, but it bothered me that the hog had the drop on me because of my inattention.

I'm still in pretty good shape (for 62) but I'm not up for a 50 yard dash with a Hog on my Azz.

So it was an abject lesson for me.
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#6509746 - 10/24/16 07:13 PM Re: Snared Boar....not too happy. [Re: flintknapper]
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Originally Posted By: flintknapper
I'm still in pretty good shape (for 62) but I'm not up for a 50 yard dash with a Hog on my Azz.

Yep, I have no illusions about outrunning a hog.

We (my buddy the landowner and I) have an informal rule that we don't go away from the house (he has ~700 acres) without at least one rifle. The only exception is when I'm doing tractor work.

Nice going with the snare!
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#6509787 - 10/24/16 07:34 PM Re: Snared Boar....not too happy. [Re: flintknapper]
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Snared 2 yesterday, 150# sow and 200# boar. Both by upper snout. Both very annoyed. I somewhat expected them as the weather and moon were right. Glad to get rid of them. I don't run from hogs at 69 just shoot till they drop or ".........This is the time to get them before the deer hunters hit the stands. Good luck and hit them hard now. It's a long time till Feb.

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#6510058 - 10/24/16 09:32 PM Re: Snared Boar....not too happy. [Re: Caliche Kid]
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Originally Posted By: Caliche Kid
Snared 2 yesterday, 150# sow and 200# boar. Both by upper snout. Both very annoyed. I somewhat expected them as the weather and moon were right.


Yes, upper snout is how I've caught them before. With Boars the snare loop pulls tight right behind the 'whetters' and they have zero chance of getting it off.

Most of my hogs are caught right around neck just behind the jaws.In those cases they are dead when I find them.

The worst scenario seems to be when they step through the loop and get one leg in it along with their head, the loop ends up on their shoulder and they have full pulling power available.

In the end...you can only set the snare using your best judgment (pick a spot, loop size, how far off the ground, etc) and hope for the best.

Keep after them!

Flint.
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#6510242 - 10/25/16 05:56 AM Re: Snared Boar....not too happy. [Re: flintknapper]
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Good job, and I'm glad a potentially "difficult" situation turned out all right! We need to keep in mind, at all times when we're "hoggin'" that these beasts can be very hazardous to our health!

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#6510311 - 10/25/16 06:54 AM Re: Snared Boar....not too happy. [Re: flintknapper]
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thanks for sharing
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#6510407 - 10/25/16 07:58 AM Re: Snared Boar....not too happy. [Re: flintknapper]
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Cool stuff thanks for sharing. I figured a pig that size could just snap that cable in half.

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#6510871 - 10/25/16 11:56 AM Re: Snared Boar....not too happy. [Re: flintknapper]
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Good catch.

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#6514620 - 10/27/16 01:31 PM Re: Snared Boar....not too happy. [Re: flintknapper]
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That is great. You learn something new every day. Thanks for sharing.
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#6514636 - 10/27/16 01:47 PM Re: Snared Boar....not too happy. [Re: flintknapper]
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I always try catching them around the snout but around top and bottom... they usually just sit and wait for you to get there... ones iv caught around the neck/shoulder tear a fence in two lol
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#6514637 - 10/27/16 01:47 PM Re: Snared Boar....not too happy. [Re: flintknapper]
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That's a big boy cheers
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#6514648 - 10/27/16 01:56 PM Re: Snared Boar....not too happy. [Re: flintknapper]
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We ran snares on our old lease. We snared a boar a little over 200 lbs one morning. On the way out of the pasture we stopped to check the snares. I had my 54 Cal hawkin with me and I needed to shoot it off before we went home so decided to use it because it was loaded already. I got up within about 20 yards of him cocked it and fired, the cap popped and I had a misfire, but that hog went ballistic charging me hitting the end of the snare line... I couldn't get another cap on that nipple fast enough!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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