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In the Ear? Really???

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Unread 06-05-2014, 10:22 PM
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Re: In the Ear? Really???


I too live in Michigan (near L Michigan), and after carefully tracking down reported sightings of feral hogs, have found the following:

1. most sightings are on old subdivided farms now owned by persons from cities who feed the pretty deer and turkeys (but somehow expect hogs not to eat the feed). These are the same persons who feed the bears, and then are mystified when fluffy the dog goes missing or a person is attacked by a black bear.

2. near the area are farms run by, shall we say less than professional farmers (some of the pig yards are so secure that I would not try to confine domestic turkeys in them).

3. the people complaining to the DNR about damage DO NOT ALLOW HUNTING ON THE PROPERTIES . or lease "QUALITY DEER MANAGED (read:fed and baited) hunts to affluent people from sh*tcago and other locales.

sooo... while there are a few here it is practically impossible to get to them.

rant finished:-{)>
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Unread 06-18-2014, 04:51 PM
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Re: In the Ear? Really???

Originally Posted by J E Custom View Post
Let me be the first to congratulate and thank you for taking that many hogs but don't stop.

We kill every hog we see and they are still out of control. we also trap them and there is an endless supply of them still.

I agree with you on the 223 for hogs, It will work but just barely and in a pinch will get you in


Where I am my friends hunt them the distance is almost always short, inside 80yds, and we use .30cal and .223 equally effectively.
The .30's are 7.62x39 in SKS's and a Saiga, the .223's in AR's.
We've also used .17HMR but it's always a head shot with those, and it works just fine. Just want to say we did not take the .17's hog hunting, the hogs just showed up while we were hunting smaller game.
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Unread 08-12-2014, 04:28 PM
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Re: In the Ear? Really???

i may have found a way to consistently get a bullet in a hog's ear. trackingpoint makes a gun/scope combo that uses a heads up display to let you "tag" an object. then you pull the trigger, but the rifle won't fire until it re-acquires the tag you made. takes some getting used to, but it works.

this one is a friend's in 338 lapua. as you can see from the vid, it's a handful...

here are some hogs just to stay on topic. they weren't shot with a pistol. i just carried it while looking for them

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Unread 08-12-2014, 08:06 PM
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Re: In the Ear? Really???

Thats cool!!! He needs one of JE Custom's brakes. Where did you get the hogs??
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Unread 08-13-2014, 09:01 AM
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the brake doesn't come off. everything is tuned to their specs. they even give a 1 moa guarantee at 1,000 yards if you use their ammo. we shot out to 500 and it was easily 1 moa. he's going to take it back to get it re-tuned for a suppressor.

i just stumbled on the hogs in a cotton field south of town that had milo stubble left over as ground cover. it was like shooting dove... i had to mark a spot and walk right to it to find them. that required me to leave the tripod where i shot and go back to it after each recovery to get my bearings to locate the next hog. too much walking to carry the rifle.
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Unread 08-19-2014, 09:11 AM
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Re: In the Ear? Really???

Different kind of hog but a 416 yard ear shot for the 223

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Unread 08-26-2014, 09:16 PM
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75 yards behind the ear with 168 grain berger....that is in the back of the conservation agents pickup and that is my savage model 12 300wsm.....

In northern Missouri we don't have a lot of hogs and anything without ear tags and not confined is considered feral and shoot on sight. This one has been spotted quite a few times the last few days around my grandpa's farm in the beans and corn. I found tracks everywhere this afternoon but never seen it. I come home to eat and my grandma calls and says it's in the yard so I grab my boots and gun...I find it running along the field on the highway right of way, call the game warden and it dives into the field. ..game warden shows up and the hunt is on...it runs out toward the highway and there's no traffic so I shoot. ..drt bout 20' from the road. ....fun night
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