Those Were the Days

Discussion in 'Hog Hunting' started by djones, Dec 6, 2013.

  1. djones

    djones Well-Known Member

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    Between holidays, deer hunting and hazardous road conditions, I haven’t hog hunted in weeks. I guess it's a sign of old age when you look back at pics and think “those were the days!”.

    Here are some hunts from a few years ago when I just started using night vision and suppression.

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    It’s always exciting to get a stalk on a daytime herd. Round bales gave us the necessary cover for an easy approach. I setup on the left and picked out the largest on my side and my buddy, RM, did the same. We counted down and let the good times roll. The impacts had that old familiar "nothing but net" sound. We expected the hogs to run to the brush, but two ran the opposite way across my field of vision. I started to follow but there were so many I stopped and waited for more to enter the scope. None did so I swung back right and a giant boar was coming right at us. I hammered him repeatedly, but he kept coming. Later RM said he thought I was really stacking them up over on my side because he heard so many hits. Night scopes don’t do well in the daytime with their covers closed, but when he started to fill up my scope, I knew it was getting serious. Taking dead aim, I dumped him at about 15 yards.


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    Right after dark we saw a small heard of about 15 gather in the turnrow. We swung open the doors and got off a couple quick shots and hopped back in. RM went berserk and floored it, handing me his shotgun aptly nicknamed, "the chopper". The pigs started running but stayed in a small band. I hooked my feet under the glove box and hung out the window with "the chopper". Being a semi auto, it only took a few seconds to empty ten rounds out of it. Several hogs suffered the consequences. Next he handed me a Glock 45 he just purchased that day, outfitted with a laser/light combo. As some pigs found out, the laser takes all the guesswork out of aiming. That's a cool setup for close range work out the window on moving targets.

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    RM spotted fresh digs in his field, but the snow covered ground called for a change in tactics. We absolutely had to have the bone chilling wind in our face to avoid detection while crunching through the snow on our "ice station zebra" stalk. Fortunately, RM picked up some tundra camo coveralls to blend in with the white out. Everything worked perfectly and we were both spot on with our shooting. We got 8 out of 10 hogs. There is a small one that was covered up in the back of the truck that we didn't notice when we took the pic. We might have taken the last 2 except some equipment was in the line of fire.

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    Back in the day we’d go from field to field seeing everything from singles to herds of varying sizes. RM and I would plan a stalk based on the wind, terrain and their expected escape route. Most approaches offered first shots at ranges well under 100 yards. I suspect some groups were more than one herd, because they would split and run in two different directions. Talk about confusion! When that happened, we were able to empty two magazines each on them. Of course the last shots were at dots on the horizon, but there was no reason to stop until they were out of sight. My guess is another 6 or so hogs were hit but not recovered.
     
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    More great pics. Do you ever make smoked sausage? I had some that a friend made and it was awesome.
     

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    i haven't processed any hogs in a long time. this guy was playing possum until i started thinking out loud about making sausage and he jumped up and tried to make a break for it.

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    I was taking a shortcut to another spot and really wasn't expecting to see hogs yet. besides, the wind was too calm to cover any vehicle noise and the approach was wrong for this area. but you never know, so I crept along slowly just in case.

    we rounded a bend in time to see several hogs moon bathing just 80 yards away. rr couldn't see them from his angle, so he jumped out and ran around to my side. I was already on point when he said… 'ready'. guns blasted away and squeals of terror rang out as pigs fled for their lives. I think the survivors are still running.
     
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    went out to scout today and ran across this guy. hard to believe theyre out a week before christmas!

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    Djones -

    You're a hard guy to track down these days but I'm glad I stumbled upon this post to just say Hey and nice photos and great stories.

    Knock'em dead D

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  7. Coy Franks

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    There's been several killed around here too. Maybe they were late getting to the den because they were signing up for obamacare? I do think they look better under a tire!
     
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    coy,
    rumor has it you also like your hogs under your tires lol :D

    bb,
    good to hear from you. i've been keeping track of your nv projects. you're always on to the coolest stuff :cool:
     
  9. Bennybone

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    Djones -

    I appreciate the shout out on the NV stuff, I got loads of video for more reviews but these things take time.

    I'd sure be interested in joining up with you on a hunt sometime and putting a digital scope in your hands to record your mastery.

    I've long since appreciated your skills with the boomstick but come to think of it I don't recall any video footage of your work...

    Oops there I go being a bad influence on you ;)

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  10. djones

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    funny you should mention filming. i have a friend that has one of the old model n550 digiscopes. he attached a mini dvr, but it was klunky. he shot this video about two years ago. the hogs were 120 yards when we opened fire and the one he shot was about 80 yards when he dropped it. this vid is actually the sight picture through his scope on an ar15. i'm standing beside him with the suppressed ar10.

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    this is what we ended up with

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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  12. Bennybone

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    D -

    Outstanding video - thanks.

    The n550 was a first generation digital scope, they've improved since then so you can reach out and touch someone alot further. With the land being flat and open as depicted in the video it'd be a hoot.

    Always available to head your way Sir.

    As for last night, that is an interesting story. I have seen hogs use cows and deer for cover but usually they are lone, maybe 2 hogs at most. But from what I am reading you had herds of hogs moving with herds of deer. Almost in coordinated fashion, I'm sure the deer DO mind and the hogs DONT.

    What will those piggies think of next...... :rolleyes:

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  13. Coy Franks

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    Benny and or David could you please give us a primer on night vision scopes? Some of us have never used them or know much about how they work. Maybe include FLIR also.

    Loved the video!!!
     
  14. chuck williams

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    Coy,

    I think you kill plenty of pigs without NV! I would like to keep a few around that part of the world so i will always have something to eat. Did your hunters do any good this year? The guy leasing richard turners place shoots ANYTHING. He and his brother both kill baby mulies every year.

    Chuck