So far it has been a good year for me in the Sam Houston Natl Forest even though I have only been able to go on 3 hunts thus far.
1st hunt was really just my afternoon visit to set up my ground blind. After setting up my tree limb ground blind around my favorite tree I really didnt want to sit in it and scent it up till I came back looking for deer. So I found a nice log where I was hidden about 200 yards away and set up on what I thought was a fresh pig trail for the afternoon hunt. And sure enough about pig thirty I could hear the footsteps coming. I had a very small shooting lane since this one popped up a little farther away than I was expecting. And as that black body passed by I new instantly it was a shooter and I pegged him perfectly in the shoulder at about 80 yards. He ran in a circle and flopped down so I ran up to him and popped him again. Sweeettt!!! I love shooting pigs!
Trip # 2 was last weekend and I made it out to the ground blind and sat till 11ish and never saw a thing. It was windy and I never heard any other shots all morning so I am guessing they just werent moving. So i hiked over a mile or 2 to another creek and just kept walking and not seeing any fresh or good signs. So I went back to the truck and decided to go check out a new area I had been looking at on the topo map and I am sure glad I did. I walked about half of a mile and boom all of a sudden I am in an area with fresh wallows and fresh pig signs everywhere so I scope out the best "sitting spot/ground blind" and sit down about 3:15. At 4:30 I can hear them coming. She had about 4 or 5 smaller piggies behind her and believe you me I poured out some lead on them but only got the alpha. They were on a full trot and I hit the alpha a little high and in the back and spun her around on the first shot and just hammered her on the second shot.
2 for 2 !!!
So today I decide to set up in this same spot for the morning hunt and see if any deer are passing through this new spot in the mornings. I walk in just before shooting time and sit in my same "ground blind" and not much going on till about 9:30am. I have my hands cupped blowing in to them warming them with my rifle on my lap and I look up and low and behold I am staring at 2 does at 10 yards and they are looking right at me. I cant believe how they snuck up on me so silently. I just freeze. Not much else I can do because as soon as I go for my gun they are gone. Well guess what they bolt and I have no chance. However that was such a rush and such a cool experience that I was on a high all day long. I sat there this afternoon
for the afternoon hunt and nada.
So I didnt go 3 for 3 but I had a chance and that is all I can ask for.
I really have to credit the gun I put together and it really is the perfect set up for hunting in the woods of East Texas.
Upper is a 6.8SPC and was built by Blackstone Arms and it is DOBA "Dead On Balls Accurate"
I built the lower with a Geiselle trigger and thats all that really matters in a lower. The optic is a strike Eagle 1-6 with the so called Xmas tree reticle with a circle above it. This circle is absolutely perfect for moving targets and makes for super easy acquisition. I shot both hogs on 1X with both eyes open and I am convinced this is the most efficient way. Top it off with 120 Gr SST bullets and they just drop right there.
I am extremely happy with my set up!