you know i can't wait that long. weather was just too nice last night to pass up a hunt. sky was clear and the moon was bright. could have used a little more wind to cover the truck noise, but I just stopped a little farther back than normal and walked a bit further. the extra care was worth it. I could hear the hogs munching feed before I could even see them. they sounded like the 'hog feeding frenzy' on the digital caller.
the brush was so thick I was able to sneak in close, maybe a little too close. I dropped the first hog easily enough, but then had trouble picking up anything but weeds. this was the first time I've shot into this group, and they went nuts at the sound of gunfire. finally got one in my sights but only caught glimpses of it as it ran through the tumbleweeds. I took a couple shots anyway but didn't hear anything connect.I frantically looked for anything hoggy, hoping something would stand still and yell 'hey - shoot at me!!!' I whirled back at my runner. by now he was across the ravine running up the other side. one more shot dumped him.
the second spot didn't have any hogs when I showed up. I was really expecting it to be overrun. didn't figure I needed to wait since it might be hours before they came, if at all. I was about to leave when I caught a glimpse on one gliding through the brush. then I saw the rest of the herd following behind. I don't normally think of them as graceful creatures, but at 350 yards weaving through the brush with night vision, they seemed to glide like sharks through water.
I approached slowly to 105 yards and looked for the biggest. when I panned back to the far side, one was looking right at me. I wouldn't have long before the opportunity would disappear in a cloud of dust. hurriedly I picked out a good one and dropped it. they had no exit strategy and fled in all directions, but I was able to pick one out. although I got off several shots, I just couldn't shut him down. seems like I keep repeating a hard learned lesson to myself… be happy about the one I got rather than disappointed with the one that got away.