Not again.......! Feral Hog Control in East Texas

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  1. BigBore44

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    I remember commenting on this exact topic a year or so ago. Heck it may have been longer. I’d taken a hog I shot and put a camera on it. Buzzards wouldn’t eat it. Crows wouldn’t. A hawk came in for about 5 minutes. Coyotes came it but wouldn’t eat. Literally the only thing that would eat it was a possum. And I found that so odd.

    Btw, thanks for putting these on YT. They’re short. But I subbed anyways. Always like seeing members channels. Now you need to get some hunts/kills on there. I think you would get a decent following. Don’t have to go full tv show. Just maybe show the hunt, and possibly bullet recovery (if you’re not shooting the 458). Don’t even need to show your face or commentary. Shows do too much of that anyways. If not, I’ll still be subbed.
     
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  2. der Teufel

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    Yep, after skinning a few I understood why footballs are made of pigskin.
     
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  3. Flintknapper

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    As predicted....Coyotes have found and are making use of this one.

    Buzzards will take the day shift.




     
  4. Flintknapper

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    They've gone through this hog pretty well now. Not sure why they didn't want the previous one...but they didn't.

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  5. horsey300

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    I've seen yotes pass on critters/carcasses too diseased or medicated, even in the worst of conditions, betting something similar is going on here, even getting into someone's medicated cake pellets would do it around here.....
     
  6. jmorris

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    Got a pile of little ones in there now. Mommas are watching from outside though.

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  7. jmorris

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    They are in there but it’s awful windy out there.

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  8. Ole Joe Clark

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    Get out there and choot them all!! :)

    Have a blessed day,

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  9. jmorris

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    Well, I waffled a bit too long but did drop the gate.

    From subsequent photos I thought I had just waited too long and they were all out.

    However, I managed my first kill without firing a shot. Talk about being at the wrong place at the wrong time...

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  10. Flintknapper

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    Guillotine. Good job. :eek:
     
  11. Packrattusnongratus

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    Ironic that gate landed in the right place. Rough way to die. Be Well, Packy.
     
  12. Packrattusnongratus

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    Well then, how old are you? I know I'll be 70 before long. Be Well, Packy.
     
  13. mtnjrm

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    Awesome! Keep up the good work!
     
  14. Flintknapper

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    Getting ready to get in bed, watch a little disappointing news and go to sleep tonight about 10:15 p.m.

    But first let our two Dachshunds out in the back yard to do their business before they settled in for the night.

    I have flood lights in the backyard and part of the yard is fenced in (60' x 80') so they can run a little, but not go anywhere.

    The first one off the back deck went right to the grass and starting relieving herself, but the second one locked up, looked out in the direction of the pasture behind the house and let out low, guttural growl. Then the hair went up on her back and she shot down the yard to the fence line like a rocket. Of course, that started both of them barking.

    I keep a spotlight in the pantry just inside the house. I grabbed that and shone it out into the pasture. Sure enough, only 125 yds away were 5 hogs rooting around!

    I called the dogs back inside, walked to the closet and fetched the 7mm-08. I wasn't really expecting the hogs to still be there when I got back, but to my surprise they were. Very bold not to have run off with dogs barking and having been lit up with a white light just moments before.

    I decided not to try and shoot them from the back porch because it would mean a 150' shot while trying to hold the spot light in one hand and steady the rifle with the other.

    Instead I turned off the flood lights in the back yard. Went out the front door of the house and walked down to the fence line at the pasture. This gave me a more comfortable 115 yd. shot.

    Once at the fence line...I decided it would be best to sit and rest the rifle across my knee while holding the spotlight along side it. I knew it wouldn't be real steady....but this wasn't going to be long shot and I only needed to be 'minute of pig' accurate.

    So there I am. Barefoot, in my PJ's sitting in grass that is wet with dew. Rifle pointed out into the dark....about where I think they are, I turned on the spotlight. Low and behold the little devils are still there. More spread out now, but still there.

    The closest one (pure black hog) was quartering to me and being the stillest of the bunch. I placed the cross-hairs (wavering a bit) on that hog and got ready to shoot when I noticed a lighter colored hog had gotten nervous and was walking briskly away.

    Fortunately it's path looked like it would track right in front the black hog which was still rooting. So I let the lighter colored hog come.

    The light colored hog walked just a foot or so in front of the other one but I had to time the shot because it wasn't slowing up any. I double checked the cross-hairs were on the point of the shoulder of the black hog and when the front of the chest of the lighter one aligned... I tapped the trigger (no controlled press this time).

    Immediately, I heard squealing out there in the blackness. I retrained my spotlight on the area and the black hog was down and thrashed about for a few seconds. The lighter colored hog was nowhere to be seen. But in order to have hit the hog behind it (the black one) the bullet would have had to of passed through the lighter hog in front.

    OR.....I mis-timed and shot in front of it. Won't know for sure until morning. Not going out there tonight.

    I had the 7mm-08 stoked with 160 gr. Federal Trophy Bonded bullets that I hand load to about 2800 fps. It would easily zip through these smaller hogs and hold together. Hoping to find the hog (in front) not far from where it was hit. But we will see in the morning.

    Not a lot of fun sitting in the wet grass in your PJ's....but you do what you have to do.

    Timing was good because I just cut that pasture today and the grass was only about 6" high. The terrain also slopes downhill....so the hogs were very easy to see.

    Don't know what they rooting around for....but it was a mistake on their part.

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  15. BigBore44

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    Hopefully it’s a two’fer.
     
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  16. Flintknapper

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    As hoped, the second hog was found lying about 40 yds. away. It had made it just to the fence line dividing a somewhat rougher pasture from this one.

    The one that dropped last night (the smaller black one, behind the hog that was walking) fittingly died right in the damage it was causing.


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    It was hit in the spine (farther back than I expected). The entry wound was quite large for a 7mm bullet...so I suspect it may have been tumbling upon exiting the first hog.

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    The hog that was leaving the pasture ended up taking a hit in the lungs. I believe my 'timing' was right (when to break the shot) but no doubt I wavered some since my shooting position left something to be desired. No excuses....though. It's just the best I could do at the time.

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    Anyway, two less of these wretched creatures and a fair amount of pasture damage to repair. Never ends.
     
  17. horsey300

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    Curious sir, was there an exit on hog2?
     
  18. Flintknapper

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    You know....I didn't look. I will do that later today before the buzzards start in on them, but I expect it was a pass through on that hog too.

    IF not....I'll recover the bullet for examination. Good question.
     
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  19. horsey300

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    Either way, WELL DONE and thanks for sharing!
     
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  20. Flintknapper

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    The answer is yes and no.

    The base of the bullet passed through the second hog but I found small fragments of the bullet (and bone) just under the hide on the off side.

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    I have recovered this same bullet on other occasions from larger hogs where it was stopped and it generally performs well.

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  21. Ole Joe Clark

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    Great job my friend. When I grow up I want to do that. :) Keep up the good work!

    Have a blessed day,

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  22. Flintknapper

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    Curious as to why the hogs had rooted up fairly small patches in multiple areas instead of staying in one larger spot (like they usually do) I went and looked today before trying to repair.

    A couple of weeks ago I had 'spot sprayed' a bunch of Bull Thistles that were starting to sprout and both the thistles and a small patch of grass around each one were dead and brown.

    It was at each one of these sites that the pigs had rooted. Perhaps looking for worms or grubs of some sort that might have been attracted to the decaying plant matter, I really don't know. Anyone have a different idea or seen this before?
     
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  23. horsey300

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    I think you're on the right track, a skunk (or two,) tore up mom and neighbor's yards in were patterns, I'm blaming grub hunting.
     
  24. Flintknapper

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    Quite possible, but in the case of hogs I have to wonder if they 'smell' them and know to root there of if they just naturally want to turn over decaying matter in 'search' of something?

    Inquiring minds want to know, I can't help it.
     
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  25. horsey300

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    I'd like to know too.....
     
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