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#7078940 - 02/14/18 08:29 PM pistol or no pistol while stalking hogs?
Bigfoot Offline
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Registered: 08/06/14
Posts: 1216
Loc: Galveston Bay
Im thinking about safety since I do hunt solo on National forest land and Im usually a mile or 2 from the nearest road. I have a dedicated rifle Ive set up for this type of hunting in an AR platform. I havent really seen a reason to carry my 45 since I have a bad [censored] AR in my hands already. Should I rethink this? Typically it is just extra weight and something else to deal with when trudging through thick cover so I havent carried a pistol. What say the THF crowd? Who carries and who doesn't?
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#7078946 - 02/14/18 08:32 PM Re: pistol or no pistol while stalking hogs? [Re: Bigfoot]
SapperTitan Offline
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Registered: 11/17/10
Posts: 26676
Loc: Killeen/Ft Hood, TX
I never carry a pistol on private land when stalking hogs and not allowed to on Ft Hood even when bow hunting.
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#7078975 - 02/14/18 08:48 PM Re: pistol or no pistol while stalking hogs? [Re: Bigfoot]
bigjoe8565 Offline
THF Trophy Hunter

Registered: 06/30/08
Posts: 5510
Loc: Mesquite, Tx
I also carry a pistol when hunting. Don't expect to drop them in their tracks unless you shoot them in the head.

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#7079160 - 02/14/18 09:59 PM Re: pistol or no pistol while stalking hogs? [Re: Bigfoot]
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Registered: 12/01/14
Posts: 578
Loc: Frio Town, Texas
A couple years back, I was taking a hunter and his buddy to the stand and had a big hog present a shot on the way there. He knocked the hog down and the two guys started to high five each other and before you knew it, the "dead" hog was coming full steam our way. The California hunter took off running with the only rifle away from the hog with his buddy close behind, and I was able to draw and shoot before it got in my lap but it was close. I happened to just throw that pistol on as a last minute decision that morning and glad I did! I never go out without one now.

Also, one of the guides was tracking a wounded deer several years ago and crossed paths with a sow with little piglets. The sow charged him and he was able to draw and fire from less than a yard. The dead sow's nose was literally touching his boot when it was over. He still carries a pistol in the brush to this day too lol.

I recommend a Blackhawk Serpa type of holster that has nice retaining features. You would be surprised how often your pistol gets stuck on brush when dragging game out. I switched to this and love it, but it does rub the pistol a little but I don't mind that, here is a link to some that Academy carries. Link https://www.academy.com/shop/browse/SearchDisplay?searchTerm=blackhawk%20serpa%20holster

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#7079227 - 02/14/18 10:34 PM Re: pistol or no pistol while stalking hogs? [Re: Bigfoot]
CharlieCTx Offline
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Registered: 05/27/13
Posts: 1844
Loc: Flower Mound, TX
Always with a pistol. Happened to win a shotgun in a raffle last night and am going to sell it and up my sidearm to a Sig P220 Hunter 10mm.
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#7079242 - 02/14/18 10:43 PM Re: pistol or no pistol while stalking hogs? [Re: Bigfoot]
SapperTitan Offline
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Registered: 11/17/10
Posts: 26676
Loc: Killeen/Ft Hood, TX
Im about to sight my thermal in on my crossbow in the next few days. Gonna try to stalk a hog and get within 20 yds or less before shooting. Wont have a sidearm though. Will post a video if it works out.
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Originally Posted By: bill oxner
I plowed mules.
Originally Posted By: Roll-Tide
I did build a cabin. Aka “the brokeback shack”.


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#7079294 - 02/14/18 11:41 PM Re: pistol or no pistol while stalking hogs? [Re: Bigfoot]
Double Naught Spy Offline
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Registered: 05/18/11
Posts: 5802
Loc: Forestburg, Montague Cnty, TX
I always carry a pistol whether I'm hunting or not.
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#7079331 - 02/15/18 01:11 AM Re: pistol or no pistol while stalking hogs? [Re: Bigfoot]
Deadend Offline
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Registered: 09/07/09
Posts: 2633
Loc: Mineola,TX
Carry and when pig hunting pistol has a light on it
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#7079347 - 02/15/18 03:56 AM Re: pistol or no pistol while stalking hogs? [Re: Bigfoot]
Retired Sgt. Gilliam Offline
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Registered: 02/15/11
Posts: 623
Loc: Pittsburg Tx
Sometimes I carry pistol and sometimes I don't
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#7079399 - 02/15/18 06:38 AM Re: pistol or no pistol while stalking hogs? [Re: Bigfoot]
mikei Offline
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Registered: 11/16/14
Posts: 3512
Loc: Mason, TX
I always carry a side arm when hunting anything; as a matter of fact, I always carry a side arm, period!

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#7079431 - 02/15/18 07:22 AM Re: pistol or no pistol while stalking hogs? [Re: Bigfoot]
Vern1 Offline
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Registered: 09/13/11
Posts: 2329
Loc: Pettytown, TX, US of A
If stalking, my 1911 is on my hip.
If stand hunting, same 1911 is in backpack until pigs go down, then the pistol straps on before I hit the ground to check on downed pigs.
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#7079434 - 02/15/18 07:29 AM Re: pistol or no pistol while stalking hogs? [Re: mikei]
Mr. T. Offline
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Registered: 11/05/14
Posts: 2908
Loc: Hunt in Cass County, live in T...
Originally Posted By: mikei
I always carry a side arm when hunting anything; as a matter of fact, I always carry a side arm, period!


I would like to but I'm a school teacher and so guns are not allowed on school grounds. In fact you will loose your job if one is found in your car by the drug sniffing dogs. So, I carry when I get home after work and on weekends. I so wish they would change the law because cowards know that we are all unarmed and defenseless while in school.
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#7079468 - 02/15/18 07:54 AM Re: pistol or no pistol while stalking hogs? [Re: Double Naught Spy]
VAFish Offline
Bird Dog

Registered: 02/09/15
Posts: 327
Loc: Fairfax, VA
Originally Posted By: Double Naught Spy
I always carry a pistol whether I'm hunting or not.


Same here. Gun is on my hip where ever legal to do so.

Last year I had a nice size boar come up to the feeder, was using my sons .300 BO with the ATN X-sight on it. Took a shot at the pig and the sight turned off, didn't have the battery cap tight enough, and I hadn't checked his zero, it was about 2 feet off. I was in an elevated stand, there was a nice bright moon and the boar was nice enough to come across the field towards me. My Glock 23 has night sights, I hit him twice as he came across the field.
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#7079677 - 02/15/18 10:30 AM Re: pistol or no pistol while stalking hogs? [Re: Bigfoot]
Espy Offline
Extreme Tracker

Registered: 11/08/07
Posts: 3697
Loc: Eddy TX.
When I hunt during the week Im usually by myself. I usually put my pigsticker on my hip instead of my pistol.
I've been charged several times and have been lucky. I know I should carry and plan to start. soon hammer

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#7079712 - 02/15/18 10:52 AM Re: pistol or no pistol while stalking hogs? [Re: Bigfoot]
bassfishinglawyer Offline
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Registered: 12/08/04
Posts: 1261
carry a .40 with a light on it - helps when in thick brush where headlamp doesn't work too well.

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