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

Discussion in 'Hunting' started by Flintknapper, May 13, 2009.

  1. Aquahauler

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    What I don't understand is if they are such a problem then why are Texas ranches charging so much to hunt them. Why don't they just let people come in and shoot them ? Not being a smart azzzzz just asking the question
     
  2. Dazen

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    Something I too have wondered
     
  3. Stony

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    It has become a business for some folks. Would you give away a product that could make money for you?
     
  4. JoeDorn

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    The hogs and many of the 'hunters' destroy property and habitat and then go looking for a lawyer to sue the generous rancher...

    The hogs are also a product of the land, be it good or bad, and thus another income point for the landowner...

    I have a couple of hundred acres that I am very selective about who I allow on because of potential law suits.
     
  5. AStone

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    ^ That's very interesting.

    I remember hunting when it was simple.
    Take gun to field/woods, kill animal, eat.

    We've become such a litigious society.

    I'm selective of my clients, also, Joe.
    After five years of bad adz's, I can smell them before they get close.
     
  6. Flintknapper

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    The Hog

    The Hog God's were cruel tonight.......!

    Yeah, I know….there aren’t really any ‘Hog Gods’, but you have to wonder sometimes.

    Been after a particular Boar for a couple of weeks now, he has either been a ‘no-show’ or somehow figured out I was on stand when I went.

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    This evening promised to provide perfect conditions for me however, with a cool North wind, moon overhead and the Hog had been to both bait sites early the night before.

    Earlier today I baited out the area, got everything in the box stand ready, all I had to do was sneak in this evening and wait.

    Parked the truck a little better than ½ mile from the stand and walked in quietly. Been sitting for about 45 minutes, woods getting dark, hog lights come on…..all is good. Raccoon shows up and starts eating some of the corn, all the better. Love to have a raccoon or two to act as ‘sentry’ for me.

    Ten minutes later the raccoon stood up on its hind legs, keyed in on something and then suddenly ran off. Well…..I know the drill, so I went ahead and got my rifle into position.

    Suddenly I see movement under the hog light, no need for the binoculars….a single hog is now standing over the bait just 100 yds. away. BUT it isn’t my boar.

    Half shocked….I’m trying to process this in my mind.

    OK, I tell myself….this hog is part of a group; I’ll just wait and see. Four or five minutes pass, no other hogs appear, no sound to indicate any others, nothing!

    So…the only other conclusion is that this is a lone (immature) Boar. The ‘Gods’ have sent me the polar opposite of what I thought was going to show up!

    So now….what to do?

    Do I shoot this ‘bird in the hand’ and ruin any chance at the bigger Boar, or let it feed and hope the larger one comes in? Then another thought, if the larger boar is still in the area, why is this juvenile even around?

    So….I finally decide, I’ll just shoot this one, laugh it off, drag it out of here and let the area cool off for a few days.

    I wait for the little pig to get broadside, settle the scope high on the shoulder, the illuminated dot a perfect contrast to the black hair. Take up the slack in the two stage trigger and then apply just a bit more pressure. The rifle bucks and when the scope settles back down…. I don’t see a black heap laying there like usual. WHAT?

    Now, I am not a person who never misses but I am a person that almost never misses….especially from an elevated stand with a target just 100 yds. away. So I grab my binoculars and look. Still don’t see anything! OK, maybe the pig ran a little ways?

    Not a typical outcome with the .458 SOCOM and a 405 grain soft point bullet, but maybe so.

    Well….nothing to do now but get down and go look. About halfway there I can see the pig had dropped right in its tracks. It was standing on a small rise in the road and when it fell I simply couldn’t see it.

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    Went and got my truck and dragged the carcass off. As I untied it from the bumper hitch….I thought I could hear laughing from somewhere above. Deep, guttural laughing.

    Oh well….maybe next week.
     
  7. Resist Evil

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    Thanks for the post, Flintknapper!
     
  8. bldsmith

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    Any dead hog is good. The biggun will wait.. The right set will happen sooner or later. From the sounds of your luck though, much later. :D
     
  9. Stony

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    Took a buddy out hog hunting this morning again. He has been visiting here 8 days so far, and only shot 8 hogs....things need to pick up some yet. He popped these in a trap with a 32/20......yeah I know you need big calibers to kill the dangerous critters!, but we make do with whatever is handy at the moment. DSCN1409_zpse4zc3v8d.jpg
     
  10. bldsmith

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    Perfect Que size. Best caliber for hogs? Whatever you have......
     
  11. Twmaster

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    That 32-20 is perfect to pop hogs in the head! I've got the brother to that wheel gun in 32-20!

    My 6.8 SPC II AR is my go-to hog gun. That's followed by a 30-30 Marlin.
     
  12. Derry 1946

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    32-20 is a very nice caliber. Nice work.
     
  13. AStone

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    I need to check this .32.

    Is there a rifle in .32?
     
  14. Flintknapper

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    Finally caught up with the boar that has been giving me the slip.

    He REALLY tore up one of the pastures a few nights ago.

    Renewed my incentive to go after him. :mad:

    Glad to get him out of the population.

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  15. Ibmikey

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    AStone, Marlin made a nifty little lever action carbine in 32-20 15 years ago, Winchester 92's of old have that chambering included as were other rifles of the era. I also have Uberti 73 and 66 models in 32-20 so there are rifles and pistols available in the caliber today. I also bought A pair of Colt SAA a few years back that shoot 32-20 for Cowboy Action shooting and later found Uberti single actions that were a limited run.
     
  16. der Teufel

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    That really is a big ol' thang! Good job.
     
  17. rondog

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    Awesome thread! If any of you need an extra shooter, let me know. I'd happily drive down from Colorado and sign any kind of waiver you want me to.
     
  18. Paul7

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    Excellent, what would you estimate his weight at?
     
  19. Flintknapper

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    Couple more down.

    My Older Brother came up to visit for a few days; he has been playing around with his new Ruger Precision Rifle in 6.5 Creedmoor. Has a nice NightForce scope on it. Been ringing the 8” gong at 1000 yds. with it. Said he wanted to try it out on some hogs.

    So happens I had a group of 7 hogs tearing up a pasture. So we set up a hog light this morning, put out some corn, set up a portable table on top of the dam overlooking the pasture, got a couple chairs set out. Plan was to let him pick a hog, do a countdown (3,2,1, fire) and we would both shoot. I was using my daughter’s 7mm-08. Range 240 yds.

    Hogs showed up dutifully right at dark. We waited and waited for two to get broadside at the same time. Finally, got a couple of pigs to oblige us. Mark jumped the gun on the countdown cadence a bit, so rather than us firing simultaneously…my shot followed his. Problem with that is… we were just about elbow to elbow and shooting off the same table.

    At his shot….I completely lost my sight picture due his muzzle flash (his barrel way out ahead of mine on the table). I sent a bullet their direction anyway. Heard his bullet hit, did not hear mine.

    Immediately grabbed up the spot light and told him jack in another round. One of the pigs was running straight at us.

    He couldn’t see it because I was backlighting his scope (silly me), so I moved out in front and to the side of him a bit. Second hog taken on the run at about 150 yds.

    Not big hogs by any means, but a fun time spent with my Brother!

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  20. Stony

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    That's what all this is about...just having fun with the pigs. Sounds like a great time for you guys.
    I just put a small hog on the smoker about an hr. ago for today's lunch. It was one of two small ones from yesterday. Finally got a bunch working one area and we have taken 12 hogs in the last 14 days there.
     
  21. Stony

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    Make that 14 hogs in 15 days. He managed a couple boars this morning. Just coyote food....both boars were too big to keep. We just donated them to the coyotes and their fine feathered friends.
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  22. Flintknapper

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    ^^^^^^ Those are both great pigs.

    Congratulations! Please keep after 'em. You guys are doing a good job. Is your friend Ex-Military?


    And there is nothing wrong with donating the carcasses to the Turkey Buzzard Preservation Society. ;)
     
  23. Stony

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    My friend is retired law enforcement. He retired from a dept. of about 130 sworn officers where he spent his last years doing firearms training....after over 30 yrs., and retired with badge #1.
    Even after all those years of firearms experience he still loves shooting and hunting, and will probably stay around here for a couple months this summer before returning to the west coast. I hope the hogs stay active for him.
     
  24. Flintknapper

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    ^^^^^^ OK, couldn't quite pin it down. Ex-military or Ex-LEO, he has that 'look'. ;)

    Excellent shooting on his part.

    Again, good job gentlemen!
     
  25. Stony

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    Had a strange one this morning. We went out to do some alterations to a trap and there was a boar probably close to 100 lbs in it. My friend gave it a .45 in the head and it dropped immediately. I drug it out of the trap and we threw it on the tailgate of my truck and went about our work on the trap. The hog had a twitch or two still in it, but I figured it was about done for. I heard a noise and looked over to see it standing up in the front of the bed staggering around and it proceeded to jump out over the side of the truck and hauled into the woods next to us....which are very thick and hard to negotiate. He took off after it with a rifle, and followed the signs for 60-80 yds. where he saw it laying down. As he tried to get in position to shoot it again, it got up and made it into a swamp where it made a clean get away. Maybe the coyotes will appreciate the hog, but was a strange experience for us. He lost a lot of blood in my truck before he ran off....I never would have thought he had it in him to run off like that. I even lifted up his lip to check out his teeth while he was laying in the truck and got no reaction from him.
    We have a lot of fun with the hogs and see something different every now and then.....but this was a corker!
     
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