First Tripod Hog, New Thermal, Terminal Ballistics Assessment

Discussion in 'Hunting' started by Double Naught Spy, May 17, 2017.

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  1. Double Naught Spy

    Double Naught Spy Sus Venator

    Dec 24, 2002
    Forestburg, Texas
    I like being anomalies on the animals I hunt. It keeps things interesting, be it mulefootedness, healed fractures, battle scars, old gunshot wounds, birth defects, etc. However, after over 300 hogs, this is the first time I have come across a tripod and did so while doing T&E on a new thermal scope. At the time I shot the hog, I could tell that he had a limp, but I could not tell part of his leg was missing due to the height of the grass. Examining the limb, the skin around the nub was smooth and well formed. There were no callouses (he didn't put it on the ground much, apparently) or signs of infection or irregularity. I did not cut it apart, and probably should have. If so, maybe I could have told if it was an injury (trap, break, etc.?) or maybe actually a birth defect. No matter, the landowner is happy with the kill. FYI, there is some graphic anatomic pics from the bullet recovery. I like to see how the bullets perform, what damage they are doing, penetration, etc. In this case, the first shot passed through at least one lung and caught part of the circulatory system around the heart before being stopped by the shield on the opposite side...

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