Hunting in heavy brush, especially mesquite, offers many challenges as do the cold and wet weather. Let's just say the tree got in the way.
Made two approaches on these hogs after following fresh rooting across a field where we killed a couple coyotes only minutes earlier. We could not get a decent view on the hogs on our first approach, At any time 1 or 2 of us could not get a shot because of all the vegetation. After a few minutes of shots coming and going, we retreated, hopped a fence, and came around from another direction...only to discover yet another (noisy) fence and a pond blocking our approach and so we set up to shoot. It was still less than optimal, but now we could also see bedded cattle off to our right which limited us further. There wasn't going to be a third approach...
Good video and narration! Also some darned good shooting under the conditions you had. I would recommend a Euro mount for the tree you shot. I've got a couple of T-posts that I've taken out, and Euro'ed both of them. :-)
I would just like to point out that like hogs, mesquite trees are highly invasive and largely unwanted by the landowner. However, they are very low on our list of targets and given our time, necropsy was not an option as that would have required getting back to the truck for the saw. Maybe next time.
Your point is well taken, and from past experience, I can tell you that, unlike T-posts, mesquite trees normally take me more than a single shot, even if well placed, to put them down.
^^^^^^^^ Well....now you've done it. Someone is going to jump in here now and tell us its all about 'shot placement' or you didn't use 'enough gun'.
Or poor bullet selection given the velocity at which it left the barrel and the thickness of the limb of the tree in question and under fire. . . Suppose it had been a oak? And if so, what variety of oak? And then there's manzanita which is really tough stuff.