The grandson and I slipped out to the back pasture Saturday evening to look around and spotted a pack of hogs on a hillside about 500yds out. We got as close as we could which was still in the 450yd range before we ran out of cover. The rifle is definately not what would be considered long range gear in my book but it reached out and touched the big boar. THe wind combined with the low power scope and fat cross hairs put the hit about 6" to the right of the aim point but it dropped him and allowed and a quick follow up once we closed the distance. This big old boar has been reaking havoc on our place and several of our neighbors places for about three years. I was very happy to finially put him out of our misery. http://community.webshots.com/photo/...0732053BnVmjk#
The rifle is a Ruger Compact in .308 with a 16.5" barrel, topped with a Burris 1.5x6 Electro Dot. It is mainly used for back in the woods and river bottoms, however you use what you got when you don't plan ahead.
The grandson got off several shots with his new gun also. It didn't do much though since it only goes click, click. LOL
Still saving for something special, that will reach out with no doubts. Hint Hint.
Unfortunately this old hog was smelled so bad it was hard to even get close enough for the pictures. It was just one of those chances to rid the area of a major pain in the backside.
Normally with the boars unless they have been cut, we do not mess with them if they are much bigger than 100#. THis one was pushin 300 with no problems.
Now had it been a sow, that would have been different, they don't seem to attain the same funk level as the boars. It also depends on what they have been feeding on as well. Sometimes when we get them in the river bottoms and they have been rooting up the muck we will leave them as well. There are just too many here doing too much damage. They are our equivelent of a Prairie Dog or Groundhog. Nop natural predetion and breeding year round.
As for the bullets used, they were factory Remington green label 150gr core locks. Neither one made a complete penetration. Both however did, as have past one's, and excellant job of anchoring the big fellow on the spot. The first shot was a little back and caught the spine the second follow up was through the neck below the right ear.
I have never shot a wild hog. How do they taste compared to ones that you would buy? I know that I can tell the difference between boar meat and gilt meat when they are bought hogs. I am just curious as to whether or not you would bar-b-que the hog or make sausage or something like that out of the meat.
WEll most of the ones we get we have cut into steaks, or made into pork sausage, either link or pan. In my opinion it is much better than farm raised store bought pork and doesn't have near the fat content. Most wild hogs do have a lot of fat in the winter but this is usually on the top of the meat and is cut away. We gril it, fry it, smoke it, and do it just about any other way you can fix any other kind of meat.
With no limit on them and open season on them year round, day or night, you can see where one could fill up a freezer pretty fast. I put 7 in the freezer from Nov. through the end of Jan. So I am still pretty stocked up for the most part. However I cold most likly stick one or two mid sized 100 pounders in there if I had to.
If you ever get the chance to go hunt them, unless your specifically looking for a trophy mount, I would suggest picking out the mid sized ones or the sows. Either way they will eat better than the boar.
Thanks for the reply. I would not be looking a hog to eat. I would specifically be looking a trophy. That is why I was wondering the difference in taste. My family is in the hog business, we own a livestock market, so we get one just like we want to eat.
I hear you. A lot of folks around here trap them, then pen them up and feed them out on sweet corn for a month or so before butchering them. since I live two hours away from the nearest place I oculd do that, I prefer to take what the land and nature puts out for me to harvest.
The biggest problem around here is that there are so many and they move through areas tearing up just about anything they want too. Pasturelands, woods, peoples front yards, you name it they have been there. Heck even here in the semirural areas of the city they are reaking havok on some of the newer housing areas that have been built in and around the woods. Between them and the deer those folks are catching it from both sides. Course the funny part is how they all think how cute the deer are till they eat up their $10K flower beds. Then the hogs root up their yards. LOL But they don't want them killed, just trap them and move them to another area.
Check the link under my name there and look through some of the pics we have taken of some of the better ones we have gotten. The biggest so far are one we had to haul in with the back hoe we estimated at a little over 400, and the last one we got New Years that went 360#. These arean't the biggest we have seen just the biggest we have been able to put down so far.