Well I had to head to the country yesterday to work on my trailer. As such, I generally tote along at least one or more long guns just in case.
The weather was cool, windy, and clear blue sky's a wonderful day to get things done in such a setting. After working most of the day on cutting pieces, and getting them welded in place, I was working on getting the decking in place. Tim was helping me on the final bolts and such when he said, "there they come". We had been keeping an eye out for the local wildlife and across the pasture from the barn emerged a small pack of shoats.
We knew that there would be biggers ones so I took a break in the work and got out the camcorder, and set up the STW till they showed.
Well it wasn't long after, that a few larger hogs appeared. After looking them over real close we could see that they were all sows. For now anyway, we have held off on the sows and been only shooting the boars in an effort to let the sows get a little size and meat on them. For whatever reason, after about 5 minutes or so they all decided it was time to leave in a hurry. Maybe they are developing ESP or something and could feel the STW learing across the pasture at them. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]
Anyway we went back to the trailer and were working on the wireing when Tim again says, "hey there they is a different pack and this one has a boar in it." Well I had just crawled under the trailer and started to connect the wires, but, this new appearance took precidence. So I crawled out and slipped in behind the STW to get a closer look. Afer looking at them and discussing the noticable lack of evidence, (if you know boar hogs, there is a sizable identifyer on there backside), we had all but decided that it was just a pushy sow, but then it turned and stopped broadside. With the extra power of the scope I could clearly distinguish the other male feature. Since they were feeding vigoriously, and the wind had calmed down somewhat, Tim said to take the boar. He ranged it and I held appropriate for the 350 yds on the Burris Scope. When the boar stopped his chasing, and began to feed, he left me with an almost head on shot. I centered the dot on the center of his shoulders as his head was down, and touched the round off. Through the scope I could see the impact as it sprayed and he dropped.
When we got to him as usual he wasn't as big as we had thought only being around 80 or so pounds.
I did however hit exactly where I aimed and this time the 150gr Solid Base made short work of it.
After a few pictures and such it was back to work. After getting all but the wireing done Tim headed up to the house to cook up some awesome T-bones for supper. Not long after he had left, I noticed another pack emerging from some set aside over by the house. They were out about 550yds from me and had the house as a safety net. As I finished up with the new lights, I heard what I thought was some ducks in a ditch which is across the field from the barn. To my amazement, when I stood up, there were probably 80 hogs heading straight to me and were already within about 50 yds of the truck. There were pigs of all sizes but the most of them were only about the size of footballs. I grabbed the camcorder and tried to get them on tape, but when I play it back on the PC all you can hear is the grunting the actual shots of them are too dark to see. That is when a shotgun loaded with something like #4 buck would have really made for some quick pit fixins. Those are the size you skin like a rabbit and just spread out across the grill. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]
Good thing, depending on how you look at it, is that there seems to be a whole lot of pork on the hoof for restocking the freezer soon.