Angie: Count Your Losses and Move On

Sometimes in hunting you win some and you lose some. It is part of it and there is nothing we can do to change that. We take steps to ensure that the most ethical decisions are made and no matter how hard you try sometimes you will either miss or miss your mark and lose the game. “Just brush it off and move on”, Bob Elliott of North Texas Wildlife, said to me after seeing my frustration upon losing a nice Tom I had just arrowed. We had done everything we could to try to locate him and were unsuccessful. “How about we go find you a hog?”, Bob said. “ABSOLUTELY!”, I replied happily. So off we went to another place to look for some hogs. In Texas we can literally hunt hogs twenty-four seven, three hundred sixty-five days a year by any means. I love this!! It is so exciting to go out and hunt at night for these nasty critters!

It is now dark with a huge, bright moon above us. We pull on to the top of a tank dam above a field of wheat that is ready to harvest, it’s completely dry in other words. The field is bright-colored in the moonlight since it is so dry. We sit there a few minutes and Bob says, “There they are!” Across this field about 200 yards you can see these black bodies moving about and you can hear hogs fussing and squealing. With seeing this, we jump out of Bob’s truck and start our spot and stalk. We sneak down to the side of the field and there are now four large sows and several (about 30) tiny baby hogs in the field in front of us about 100 yards out. I can see a much larger black body in the corner of the field moving about feeding. This thing was HUGE! It was staying back though and by itself so I assume it is a boar because of its behavior.

So we are watching these sows and they are slowly feeding towards us. My heart is racing and this is such a rush!! We are at the edge of this field, in the moonlight, hunting hogs! It doesn’t get much better than this in my book! I sit down on the ground and get set to take my shot with my Brand new Custom made rifle from Accurate Arms Custom Rifles. This will be the first harvest with my new rifle and I am pumped! I carefully wait and watch through my Ziess Conquest Duralyt scope and make a decision on which sow I wanted to take. I decided to take the smallest one and the one I had the most ethical shot at. Taking my breaths I exhale and BOOM!! Take my lethal shot!! She fell right on the spot and gave out a few squeals!! The other hogs scattered about but did NOT leave the field. They could not figure out where the shot came from and we were silent in our celebration on the side of this field. I look down in the corner and cannot see that very large black body that had been there before my shot rang out. The other three sows and baby hogs were still out in front of us, one of the sows winds us and charges! We backed up and bit and then she stopped. When we backed up a little bit, there was a HUGE GROWL AND SNORT just on the other side of this small mesquite bush. We both jumped and I was ready to shoot! It was the BIG BOAR from the corner of the wheat field! He had come towards us and ran right in to us! Bob and I both gave out a shout and then the other sow began to charge us again! This was so exciting but very dangerous. I had my rifle cocked and loaded and was ready to take any precautionary action I needed to! We yelled out a couple of other times and all the hogs eventually left the field. We then headed to the pick up to load my harvest. Once we got there we realized the sow was bigger than we originally thought! She was HUGE! Easily clearing 250-300 lbs. What an amazing, RUSH filled hunt with my Accurate Arms Custom Rifle and North Texas Wildlife!! I will never forget this night as long as I live!!

PLEASE NOTE: Wild Feral Hogs are VERY DANGEROUS ANIMALS and are NOT TO BE TAKEN LIGHTLY! NEVER EVER GO OUT WITHOUT SOME KIND OF FIREARM-THESE ANIMALS ARE CAPABLE OF HURTING YOU OR WORSE. I WOULD NOT ADVISE YOU TO VENTURE OUT BY YOURSELF UNLESS YOU HAVE HAD SOME EXPERIENCES WITH THEM. I HAVE HAD SOME CLOSE CALLS WITH THESE ANIMALS AND CAN TELL YOU FIRST HAND THAT THEY ARE NOT ALWAYS “MORE AFRAID OF YOU THAN YOU ARE OF THEM”.

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