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POINT BLANK RANGE WITH A CROSSBOW #7632611 10/14/19 11:06 PM
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I usually don’t share all my pig pics and stories but this one was a fun one so I thought I would share.

Last year we had an incredibly wet year and were covered up in pigs all season long. I was afraid the same thing was going to happen this year as well given how wet most of the year was and how many pigs I was seeing on camera in late summer. When I pulled the camera cards the end of September things seemed to be improving as far as the pig numbers were concerned so I was pretty excited about my odds of seeing some deer this year.

I had one feeder where the pigs were pretty much non-existant. In fact out of probably 6K pics from that one feeder I could probably count on one hand the number of pig pics I had at that feeder so naturally that’s where I went to hunt the afternoon of 10/7.

About 6:30PM my only deer I would see that afternoon came by but he was a really nice 9 point. I had him at 5 years old and it was all I could do not to sling an arrow at him given I had nothing on camera as good as him. I fought off the urge and he hung around for about 20 minutes and then left in a hurry. My first thought was something spooked him but he didn’t really throw up his tail and run like they usually will when they see a pig. Maybe 5 minutes later I caught some movement about 50 yards to my left. All I could see was some tan hair just above the high grass line and I thought was it was a Coyote. I waited a few minutes to see if it would come out of the brush but it didn’t so I leaned over to pick up my cell phone and text my Dad and tell him that a Yote spooked my buck.

As I was texting him I caught some movement right outside my brush blind (yes I was sitting on the ground). It was a large boar standing at maybe 8’ from me and I never heard him coming. I froze and then as he started to take a few steps out in front of me I reached for my cross bow. Somehow I managed to get it into position without him seeing, hearing or smelling me. By this time he was right in front of me and facing me at maybe 9’-10’ (that’s FEET not YARDS). He was so close I didn’t even bother to aim. I just pointed the bow at his shoulder and sent a Slick Trick his way.

At that range the thud the arrow made as it punched through his shoulder sounded like a distant canon blast. He kinda grunted and then looked around as if I didn’t even hit him. I could see the arrow buried to the fletchings in his shoulder and as he took about 3 steps back he realized he was hit and ran about 5 steps to the right and then spun around a few times trying to attack the arrow sticking out of his shoulder. When he realized he couldn’t reach it he slowly made his way in behind where I was sitting.

I was a little concerned about his reaction and never heard a crash. I started to gather my things and pack them away in my back pack and then crawled out of my brush blind. I went to where he was standing and didn’t find any blood. Went to where I saw him spin around a few times and still no blood. By now it was nearly dark so I shined my flash light into the brush and didn’t see him so I made the decision to back out rather than tangle with a Boar that’s bigger than me in the dark on his home turf.

The next morning me and Dad went back out to attempt a recovery. The terrain is incredibly dense and rugged so I told him we just need to zig zag the hill side in the direction he came from figuring he was going to double back. Sure enough I found him headed back the way he had come from. He had covered about 60 yards and I had walked within 10 yards of him the night before when I left the stand to head back to the ATV.

I have been super close to a lot of pigs but never one his size. Best Boar I have killed with a cross bow for sure.

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This picture shows the set up. The red line is the path he took and the red dot is where I shot him. Yellow arrow points to my chair inside the brush blind.
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Sounds like he was wanting to bed down (shade up) in the ground blind you were in. Looks like an inviting place for a hog to take a nap.


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Love the close encounters. Bow hunting is very addicting!

Great job on the hog


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Cool story, sounds like a rush.
Awesome pig up


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I know that was exciting . Good job .


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Cool story, that had to be a rush with that big boar so close cheers


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Nice one.

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Congrats and thanks for posting that up!


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Awesome story up

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Great story & a little scary too! Sounds like your arrow really just pissed him off at first. Good thing he didn't know where you were.


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Very nice story and pictures.

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Good job on the hog, at that distance the scpe is about useless. Congrats

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Ill admit. About 7 years ago, I drew back from that distance with my Mathews and missed. Straight over her back!


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Fun times!! Good Job up


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Good Job!

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Well done sir. Fling those arrows.

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that bolt buried itself deep

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Nice job, cool story too


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At that distance he didn't even hear the string. Very cool.

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