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Old 02-14-2004, 09:10 PM
 
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The "Other" white meat

Recently 4 of us went hog hunting in SW Texas for 3 days. Our total kill for the 3 days was 28 hogs.

Here are "some" of the hogs that were killed.




Here are the rest, inside the walk in cooler.



A great time was had by all.

Don [img]images/icons/smile.gif[/img]
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Old 02-14-2004, 09:55 PM
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Re: The "Other" white meat

WELL... What kind of distance, guns, conditions, outfitter, cost.

There is a story in there just waiting to come out. Let 'er rip.
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Old 02-15-2004, 10:02 PM
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Re: The "Other" white meat

Sometimes some of these guys just like to tease us. [img]images/icons/wink.gif[/img] They know we can't hunt, so they rub it in by throwing us a scrap once in a while!
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Old 02-16-2004, 06:51 AM
 
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4ked horn,

Thought you would never ask [img]images/icons/wink.gif[/img]

Distances were relatively close with the longest shot taken at around 175 yards.

Rifles/bullets used.

Steve (From Nebraska) was our FREE Hog Hunting Contest Winner and he used a 25-06 and 101gr EXP Groove Bullets.

Dave (dave7mm) used a 270 and 113gr EXP Groove Bullets.

I used a 7mm mag and 127gr EXP Groove Bullets.

Dave had one double on hogs and I had three doubles. The hogs were lined up broadside. The bullets exited on all the hogs. None were recovered. The doubles were in the 75 to 100 pound range. Steve had a quartering away shot on a 175lb hog were the bullet entered just behind the left rump and exited out the right front leg.

The smallest hog weighed around 30 pounds and the largest was around 250 pounds, both killed by Dave.

Steve, a buddy of mine from Columbus, Ohio killed 6 hogs using his 300 win mag and factory ammo. I should say he only had one complete pass through. We tracked one of his hogs for 1/4 mile through the thick brush the next morning and then the blood ran out (stopped bleeding). We never did find that hog and had 6 people looking [img]images/icons/frown.gif[/img]

We stayed at the Venado Grande Ranch, located about 35 miles south of Uvalde, Texas. This was my third trip to the ranch.
http://www.venadogranderanch.com

Cost: Total cost for the 3 days was $658 which included prepared meals, lodging, license and semi-guided hog hunting. One can kill as many hogs as they want without any extra charges. A lot of places that have hog hunts allow one or two and then charge extra for any additional hogs.

The weather cooperated the first night - yes we hunted in the dark. We didn't have any clouds at all the first night. The second night we had overcast skies until around 10pm, then it cleared. The last night is was clear. We generally went out 2 hours before sunset and hunted till midnight. The first night was the warmest, it only got down to around 55, the second night it got down to 45 and the last night it finally cooled off to 35. When I left home it was 12 below zero so 35 to me was just right with a hooded sweatshirt.

We all had a great time and made some new friends.

Don
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Old 02-16-2004, 08:51 AM
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Re: The "Other" white meat

How are hogs hunted at night?

Over bait? Moon light? Artificial lights?

Do you use lighted reticles? How do you see the distant hogs in the dark?

Just curious. I've only hunted them in the day.

VH
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Old 02-16-2004, 11:31 AM
 
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We booked our hunt as close to the full moon as possible. We didn't use any artificial light of any kind. Dave had a scope on his rifle that has a lit reticle, mine doesn't. I used a Swarovski 2.5 to 10 X 42 Scope and I could see just fine, all night. Dave used a Schmidt & Bender scope and had no problems seeing the hogs. Steve used a Leupold scope and had all sorts of problems seeing the hogs after dark. The 2nd and 3rd night the ranch Foreman (Ray) gave him a spotlight, with a red lens, that attaches on top of the scope tube. It worked because he shot and killed a couple of hogs using the spotlight.

Next year I will be taking my 300 win mag. On top of it sits a 4 to 16 X 50 PM II Schmidt & Bender scope. I have yet to see a scope or binocs that utilize light better then that scope - but I haven't compared it to a US Optics scope, yet.

Dave and myself use very WIDE crosshairs in our scopes. The WIDE crosshairs don't disappear in low light like those thin ones in Steve's Leupold.

Oops, almost forgot. They spread corn out in the roadways (dirt roads on the ranch). The hogs, deer, birds, rabbits and even coyotes come out to eat the corn. Most sit in wood box blinds. I set-up my swivel bench and used a Pop-up cloth blind over the top of it - supplied by the ranch. All blinds have feeders within 150 or so yards. Some, for archery hunters are set-up within 30 yards - we didn't hunt those.

Its a riot, everybody should go hog hunting.

Don [img]images/icons/smile.gif[/img]

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Old 02-16-2004, 11:45 AM
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Re: The "Other" white meat

Thanks - Sounds like fun

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