Discussion in 'Hunting' started by Keyfer 55, May 28, 2019.
Ben working 6 days a week!!!
Got some hunting in at a friend, of a friends place. We sat around on their lawn till the bacon came to eat the horses food. My friend shot the sow at about 30yds, and I finished it at about 100yds.
,223 In the head, not even 50 yards.
When I think of hunting it conjures up mental images of heavy clothes, snow, sub freezing temps, gloves, hats, scarves, insulated boots, well, you get the picture.
The idea of hunting wearing shorts is amazing. lol
Right now in georgia hot and humid!
I got a chance to get out last Friday night. The first property was one with winter wheat planted for cattle (not currently present) and had not been being hit by hogs. I had checked on this place several times and got zilch. Friday was different! I got onto hogs twice. The only problem was the height of the wheat made it extremely difficult to find my downed hogs. The first hog passively eluded my efforts. I figure I walked within 5 yards of it twice in the dark, but buzzards helped me find it the next day. Similarly, I only found two hogs after dark in the second group, but found two more the following day, again, thanks to the buzzards. I still failed to find one piglet.
After finishing up with those hogs, I checked several other locations without any luck and decided to check my last place on the way home where my tenant was having a problem with coyotes. I didn't see any coyotes, but saw this big old boar...
You can go from tropical rainforest and sweltering heat, to 10K+ elevation and ball numbing cold in about 2 hours here lol. When i hunted a lot, I kept some clothes for all occasions in the tool box of my truck.
Tho even at altitude we dont get really crushing cold untill the sun sets, then i guess it can get way down there around the summits.....I dont stay out after dark on the mountains tho, or if i do its driving.
it's more like jurassic park hunting,
that was Kauai or Oahu.......
LoonWulf, you overdressed. You should have been wearing topsiders.
My last hunt for May. I returned to a property I have hunted several times in the past. There is winter wheat planted out in the field. The field is nice and open and due to terrain, several spots have very large and safe fields of fire. I set up in a new place because the wind that night would have blown my sent down into the field. Knowing where I had seen hogs come in previously, I thought I had a really good spot for the wind that night. I was not correct.
We don't have them and I'm glad we don't. I kind of wish they lived out in the sandhills on BLM land so I could hunt them.
If I could get in the woods right now it would be like shooting fish in a bucket. Problem is we’ve had so much rain and the rivers/lakes are so high the mosquitoes have declared all calm water a breeding ground. I stepped out my truck two days ago at one of my hunting spots. 400 yards of the road is 10’ underwater. And the woods are actually “humming” the mosquitos are so thick. I think I’d have to bathe in and maybe even drink a few shots of Deep Woods OFF to have any effect.
Here people expect you to pay to be the exterminator. Those that do pay are suckers and most just kill happy. Given the greed of a lot of people there's a good chance the land owner turned them loose themselves.
Give it some time. They will get to you. People think the cold of the northern clines is what is helping limit their northward spread, but hogs are very adaptive and certainly live in colder clines in other parts of the world.
Hogs typically mate 3 times a year where it's warm to hot majority of the time. Where it stays cooler longer they can mate 4 times a year.
I'm not sure they will. It's hot here in the summer and water sources are very limited, mesquite bushes give little shade, not much in the way of food sources as hogs don't thrive on prairie grass and that's about we have. It will be a tough row for a wild hog to hoe. I used to raise hogs and this is not a nice place to be a hog unless you are in a pen with feed, water, and shade. In the sandhills that I mentioned it's even less hospitable for a hog.
If by 'mate' you mean to get impregnated, feral hogs do not typically mate 3 times a year. It may be possible for them to do so, but various studies have shown that they only farrow more like 1.5-2 times a year.
I am not sure where the "sandhills" are, but feral hogs have managed to successfully invade many parts of NM that people thought would not be hospitable for them. The limiting factor seems to be water more than anything else. If there is water, including water provided by ranchers for livestock, they can make a go of it.
I'd normally be wearing slippers, but it wasn't my turn to shoot first.....when Brian shoots something, running maybe involved.
I may have to get a pair of those tho.......
Shot a 150lb boar at 9k feet, and my buddy missed the sow he was with as she sprinted from scrub cluster to scrub cluster. She was larger by a significant amount.
I've shot others at that elevation and seen diggings up another 1000ft or so.
They are nothing if not adaptable.
Got a few earlier in the month, and then went out over the last weekend of May and put down a couple of fairly large hogs.
Hit this 160 Lb sow on the run with a spine shot, then finished her off with a .22 round to the head.
This 195 Lb boar took a bullet to the forehead! I was sitting out with a buddy after dark. We were watching some deer through a thermal monocular when he spotted something coming out of the woods. It was this boar. We had mowed the weeds around our feeder that afternoon because the weeds were so tall they completely hid small animals and made shooting more difficult than it needed to be. He seemed somewhat wary, probably because of the mowing. He paused facing generally in my direction and lifted his head as he sniffed the air. When he lowered his head again I put a 110 grain Hornady SP into it. Rifle was a 300 Blackout with a home made suppressor. I used an IR Hunter MK3 60mm thermal sight.
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