Trapped a boar this morning


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MCgunner
December 3, 2011, 03:06 PM
I was on the stand before sun up. Heard a clang of metal about 7AM, thought I heard pigs squeal. My trap is about 100 yards off in the brush from my stand. I got down out of the stand earlier than normal about 8AM curiosity killing me as I though I could hear 'em again. Well, there was a big boar 200 or more lbs, could barely pick the thing up, just guessing, and 5 piglets 50 to 75 lbs in with him. I didn't wanna mess with the piglets, shot the boar with my 9mm Kel Tec as I didn't wanna shoot my CVA Wolf and with 777 and have to clean it. I rigged the door, stood back ready to defend myself and let the piglets go. They high tailed it, didn't want anything to do with me. Shot a few pix before gutting. I have to go skin him, now, and get him on ice, just wanted to post a few pix while I took a break. :D One upper tusk is broken off, the other is needle sharp, but not too long, yet. Not something to mount, but he was a mean sucker. The pigs down there are mostly European wild boar phenotype due to imports stocked by a large ranch nearby in the 30s and lack of feral animals originally, pretty demonic to look at.

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Clipper
December 3, 2011, 10:33 PM
Why on earth did you let the piglets go if there's such a pig problem there? I'd have shot them, too...I bet piglet is delicious!

MCgunner
December 3, 2011, 10:42 PM
I didn't wanna clean 'em and I didn't wanna feed the vultures with 'em, against my religion. It's my land that I only use for hunting, so more pigs I have the better. There's no crop land anywhere near me, but a couple of large ranches, one of which I share a fence with.

One of the huge benefits of owning this place is the pigs are European in origin. I'm only a few miles down the road from the Powderhorn Ranch. Link to a paper is attached. These boar are near 100 percent pure European boar phenotype. I hate to sell the place because of that, but I wanna move to the hill country and need the cash to purchase land with. :D

Anyway, I know to some it's a hanging offense to turn pigs loose, but I don't share the ethos so much. I just can't stand to shoot something and let it lay. If my son-in-law were home, i'd given him a call. He usually takes anything I don't want. But, he's in Afghanistan until August.

http://books.google.com/books?id=rh0LmDWdEI4C&pg=PA64&lpg=PA64&dq=powderhorn+ranch+wild+hogs&source=bl&ots=VZEWWsiSpM&sig=C4DQicn2jsjHWb5Z7GQlhunDzqA&hl=en&ei=SuzaToiIBYTM2AWU84DbDg&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=1&ved=0CB0Q6AEwAA#v=onepage&q=powderhorn%20ranch%20wild%20hogs&f=false

hoghunting
December 4, 2011, 12:27 AM
The great thing about owning your own land is that you don't have to answer to anyone about trapping or killing hogs.

Good catch MC.

Black Horse
December 4, 2011, 12:35 AM
My wife and I want to move to the Rockport area within next two years. Hope to find some hogs to hunt when I get there!

alsaqr
December 4, 2011, 10:26 AM
Congrats on the nice hog. Many of our hogs here have European boar blood. Nice trap too.

TexasPatriot.308
December 4, 2011, 10:33 AM
every day I try to put these vermin on the endangered species list....got a ways to go. I kill every one I see, piglets, sows, boars...todays rain should have them moving.

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