last night pigs were out all night. unfortunately three stalks were on hogs surrounded by deer, and they won't tolerate any foot traffic. before i could get in range, the deer would scatter and take the hogs with them. i cracked the security system by entering from one direction to drive the deer out the opposite side, then doubled back to make a clean approach on the hogs.
that worked on the next three herds, and i do mean herds... each 35-40 strong. i'd close in to a comfortable range like i've done a thousand times, drop the biggest hog first and follow up with the closest ones. problem was, however, pigs just weren't dropping. i know for a fact i hit the white hog 7 times because i heard every impact. he just wasn't going down. hell he wasn't even slowing down. after the 7th shot i gave up and moved on, rolling the next hog. by then the others were too far even for me to waste lead on, which is pretty damn far. the white hog finally died of lead poisoning.
similar experience on the white face pig. he took at least 5 shots before rolling up. granted the shots weren't all that great, but i expect a hog hit 5 times to at least stop or fall down or something.
by 5:00am the front blew in, and the gun was hard to hold steady. only two hogs from the last herd was simply the result of bad shooting.