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#6993067 - 12/12/17 08:55 AM Busted and disgusted..
JCCinOhio Offline
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Registered: 08/27/14
Posts: 65
Had always heard that pigs are always on the move.. well not this time. Big one was laying in some sage 'grass' (that really dry, coarse crap) out in this field... right where the deer always lay.. so I didn't take a good look at it... because it was just laying there for like 10 minutes. Well as soon as I got more upwind (I was walking to a feeder) of it, it lifted its nose. By the time I got the gun off my shoulder it was off into the plum thickets.. I was maybe 50yds from it.. I'm gutted... would have been my first US pig.. Shot a nice one in the Black Forest of Germany a few years back.

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#6993132 - 12/12/17 09:43 AM Re: Busted and disgusted.. [Re: JCCinOhio]
Double Naught Spy Offline
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Registered: 05/18/11
Posts: 5227
Loc: Forestburg, Montague Cnty, TX
Yes, it is hard to imagine, but just like all the other animals, hogs do rest from time to time. Most hunters don't catch them resting or nesting, however. If they are up on their feet, then chances are, they are moving and that is how we usually see them.

You'll get another opportunity. You didn't scare him off as much as pushed him off. It will be back.
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#6993859 - 12/12/17 05:25 PM Re: Busted and disgusted.. [Re: JCCinOhio]
Dalee7892 Offline
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Registered: 05/04/15
Posts: 1885
Loc: Denton County
JC, good luck on the next one. Don't wait so long next time, shootem where they lay, stand, walk or run. Keep huntin.

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#6993872 - 12/12/17 05:38 PM Re: Busted and disgusted.. [Re: JCCinOhio]
der Teufel Offline
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Registered: 11/16/11
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Loc: Central Texas
Identification if important! You did well by not shooting before you were certain what it was.
Sometimes they get away. As DNS said, you moved him off but he probably hasn't left the area.
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#6993909 - 12/12/17 05:59 PM Re: Busted and disgusted.. [Re: der Teufel]
Marc in Bastrop Offline
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Originally Posted By: der Teufel
Identification if important! You did well by not shooting before you were certain what it was.
Sometimes they get away. As DNS said, you moved him off but he probably hasn't left the area.


Agree
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#6994753 - 12/13/17 10:59 AM Re: Busted and disgusted.. [Re: der Teufel]
Vern1 Offline
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Registered: 09/13/11
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Originally Posted By: der Teufel
Identification if important! You did well by not shooting before you were certain what it was.
Sometimes they get away. As DNS said, you moved him off but he probably hasn't left the area.


Good advise - and don't worry, there are plenty more out there!
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#6995815 - 12/14/17 08:01 AM Re: Busted and disgusted.. [Re: JCCinOhio]
VAFish Offline
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Registered: 02/09/15
Posts: 214
Loc: Fairfax, VA
Think how disgusted you would feel if you shot the farmers cow because you were too quick on the trigger. Think about how you would never be allowed back on the property and how you would be making a bad name for all hunters.

You erred on the side of caution, you learned something about the hogs on the property. And by not firing a shot he didn't get an education. I wouldn't be surprised if he is back there in a couple days.

Don't beat yourself up, it was still a good day.
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#6996488 - 12/14/17 03:36 PM Re: Busted and disgusted.. [Re: JCCinOhio]
ifearnodeer Offline
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Registered: 12/13/17
Posts: 8
Loc: Garland, TX
Agreed with all above posts, have to id that target, just how it goes sometimes. All good though, it's Texas, there are crap tons of em about. Lots of other chances.
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