Let the Pig Killing Commence!

ZeeZee Senior MemberPosts: 18,961 Senior Member
And commence it did!

Deer season is over and a farmer acquaintance planted a few of his fields on Tuesday. Wednesday morning, he returns to his fields to find that...........the hogs who had vacated the area all winter while the fields laid dormant.........had struck with a vengeance as soon as he planted. Destroying several of his rows and rooting up the seeds he'd planted. He was pissed and called me to do something about it.

I couldn't make it Wednesday night, so another friend of ours went. He saw 83 pigs at dusk and shot two with his 7mm STW.

I went out Thursday evening after work and parked by the stock tank. As I got out, I saw a big boar across the planted field and in the neighbors rye grass pasture. I slowly moved out into the field and put a highline pole between the boar and I in order to obscure his view of me. Then, I made my way across the barren field to the border fence.

In this pic, you can see the position of my truck to the left and the highline pole on the right I used to cross the field.

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Making it to the fence, I laid down and ranged the boar on the far side of the pasture. He was about 300 yards away. Too far for the .223 Remington AR-15 and 64gr Gold Dot I'd brought with me this evening. So, I just waited.

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I figured either he would come my way to the planted field, or some more pigs would come out.

Right before dark, I saw a group of 36 pigs come out of the neighbor's tree line and make their way into the pasture. But, they waited until 8:30 before they made their way to the fence line and the planted field. In the dark, I moved up the fence line to close the distance to where I figured they would cross the fence and enter the planted field. Finally, half the band entered the field and the other half stayed in the pasture. The pasture pigs turned down the fence line and headed my way. Game on.

I waited for two sows to stand close to each other and shot the first one behind the shoulder. The second turned to run and I shot her in the butt as she ran away. Turning to my left, I lined up on the fence line as I knew the field pigs would be crossing there to run back to the tree line. I shot another sow before she crossed the fence. Hearing the hit as she darted under, I stayed on the spot as two piglets ran to and paused before going under the fence. Bad idea. I dropped one with a head shot and the second with a shoulder shot. By this point, the remainder had scattered off into the darkness.

5 pigs in the first night.

Here is the first sow I shot behind the shoulder.

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and the piglets.......

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I loaded these three in my truck and left the other two as they'd run off into the neighbors property. Remember, this is eradication due to crop deprivation and not big game hunting. I have been instructed by the farmer to shoot as many as I can and leave them if necessary. I am allowed to shoot them on the neighbor's pasture as well. They are so damaging..........I've been instructed to just put holes in them and let them run off if necessary. Whatever I do.........I'm to KILL THE PIGS!!!

I can't say that I personally LIKE operating that way........but.........I've seen the damage they do first hand and understand that a man's living is at stake here. So, I do what I can.

Dropped off the 3 pigs to my rancher friend on Friday and planned a pig cook for Saturday.

After work Friday, I waited until after dark and went back to the field. Arriving, I saw a band of 15 pigs in the rye pasture of the neighbor's. Unfortunately, they were. Close to the neighbor's house and too close to shoot at. So, I parked by the road and walked up the fence as the band moved back into the trees. After they left, two boars came out and hung out by the house as well.

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You can see where I parked the truck and the neighbor's house.

1. Where the band of 15 pigs were.
2 & 3. Where the two boars were hanging out.

By midnight, there appeared to be no hope that the boars would come my way and leave the proximity of the house. So, I stood up and readied to leave when I looked to my left and saw the band of 15 come back out of the trees and move towards the hay bales I'd shot the previous evening's pigs at. So I moved back up the fence to intercept them again.

As they got close to the fence, I waited again for two big sows to stand next to each other and shot the big spotted one in the head at 70 yards. She dropped as the other one kicked it in high gear to escape. I dropped her with a spine shot.

What followed was a seek and destroy mission of finding running or confused shoats and dropping them. Taking 4 shoats in all.

Here is a run down of the location.

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1. The solo boar I saw the first evening.
2. The sow I shot behind the shoulder the first evening.
3. The piglets I shot the first evening.
4. The two sows and shoats I shot the second evening.

The yellow asterisk was my shooting point for both nights.

And here is the second nights take of 6 pigs.

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All taken with a .223 Remington and 64gr Gold Dot (Fusion).

I loaded up the biggest sow in the truck and drug the others into the brush. Getting home about 3 or 4 in the morning!!

Early this morning, I took care of the sow and we prepped for the pig cook.

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It was a cold and rainy day, so my boy and I warmed out feetses by the burner while my friend fed his big chicken.

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Pigs cause a lot of damage to farmer's crops. Controlling them takes a lot of work. But................

Sow ribs and whole piglet taste SO GOOD!!!!

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11 pigs in two nights. It's hard work. But, somebody has to do it. Might as well be me.
"To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
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Comments

  • earlyearly Senior Member Posts: 4,950 Senior Member
    That rifle is way better than a tire iron.
    Great shooting!
    My thoughts are generally clear. My typing, not so much.
  • CHIRO1989CHIRO1989 Senior Member Posts: 9,357 Senior Member
    Hunting vicariously through you.........my kind of fun, and eating.
    I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that they turn away from their ways and live. Eze 33:11
  • CHIRO1989CHIRO1989 Senior Member Posts: 9,357 Senior Member
    Zee wrote: »






    It was a cold and rainy day, so my boy and I warmed out feetses by the burner while my friend fed his big chicken.

    223%20pigs%20and%20cookout%203-17%2018_zpsrr1xdnfu.jpg

    I thought Hobbits had hairy feet?
    I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that they turn away from their ways and live. Eze 33:11
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 18,961 Senior Member
    CHIRO1989 wrote: »
    I thought Hobbits had hairy feet?

    Some more than others.
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • NCFUBARNCFUBAR Senior Member Posts: 4,174 Senior Member
    Okay 83 pigs ... just say half are sows (say 40) who by summer will have drop at least 1 litter (avg of 5 piglets) ... that could be a possibly 200 piglets. Then 4 months later half of those being female reach the age where they can breed and it just blows up.

    Zee, you better get the boy and a pop-up camper to spend more nights there 'cause you are already behind ...
    “The further a society drifts from truth ... the more it will hate those who speak it."
    - George Orwell
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 18,961 Senior Member
    Yeah. It's a battle.
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • cpjcpj Senior Member Posts: 36,652 Senior Member
    I need a snout with tusks.
    "I'm here for the guns, hunting, and skirt wearing men."
    Zee
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 18,961 Senior Member
    cpj wrote: »
    I need a snout with tusks.

    For?
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • cpjcpj Senior Member Posts: 36,652 Senior Member
    Zee wrote: »
    For?

    What for sitting on a shelf in my cave. Decoration.
    "I'm here for the guns, hunting, and skirt wearing men."
    Zee
  • JayhawkerJayhawker Moderator Posts: 13,533 Senior Member
    Damn good work....
    Sharps Model 1874 - "The rifle that made the west safe for Winchester"
  • BigDanSBigDanS Senior Member Posts: 6,598 Senior Member
    Again, amazing work and congrats.

    I have to ask this, although we have covered it before, at these distances, why not suppressed subsonic 200 - 250 gr .308?

    I know you have both the equipment and skills. Pigs run, I get that, at anything that startles them.

    Would not your recoil and time to get back on target be reduced? Better night hunting?

    I suppose mostly I am curious because I have been itching to setup my .300 BO this way. Seems like a natural for night hunts.

    D
    "A patriot is mocked, scorned and hated; yet when his cause succeeds, all men will join him, for then it costs nothing to be a patriot." Mark Twain
    Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.... now who's bringing the hot wings? :jester:
  • Six-GunSix-Gun Senior Member Posts: 6,706 Senior Member
    Very nice work. I'm curious: would your buddy allow for a M203 out there? Might speed things up a bit.
    Accuracy: because white space between bullet holes drives me insane.
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 18,961 Senior Member
    Six-Gun wrote: »
    Very nice work. I'm curious: would your buddy allow for a M203 out there? Might speed things up a bit.

    Hmmmmm, I've access to a SAW.........
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 18,961 Senior Member
    BigDanS wrote: »
    Again, amazing work and congrats.

    I have to ask this, although we have covered it before, at these distances, why not suppressed subsonic 200 - 250 gr .308?

    I know you have both the equipment and skills. Pigs run, I get that, at anything that startles them.

    Would not your recoil and time to get back on target be reduced? Better night hunting?

    I suppose mostly I am curious because I have been itching to setup my .300 BO this way. Seems like a natural for night hunts.

    D

    I have .308 Win sub loads worked up with 208gr A-Max. One of these days I'll try them. A friend has taken deer with that load. I just never know the distance I'll be looking at and sub loads have a rather arched trajectory I'd have to actually range the pigs. Most often, once I get within 200 yards of them, I'm just guesstimating their distance before I engage. Things look very different distance wise in the dark. So, with sub loads, knowing the distance is very critical.

    Id just as soon not have to worry about that.
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • cpjcpj Senior Member Posts: 36,652 Senior Member
    Zee wrote: »
    I have .308 Win sub loads worked up with 208gr A-Max. One of these days I'll try them. A friend has taken deer with that load. I just never know the distance I'll be looking at and sub loads have a rather arched trajectory I'd have to actually range the pigs. Most often, once I get within 200 yards of them, I'm just guesstimating their distance before I engage. Things look very different distance wise in the dark. So, with sub loads, knowing the distance is very critical.

    Id just as soon not have to worry about that.

    I'd think the first shot or two would be easy, you'd know the range. Then when they exclaim "Run away! Run away!" And you are looking at the south end of a northbound pig moving away at great speed, you're not gonna be efficient with rainbow trajectories.
    "I'm here for the guns, hunting, and skirt wearing men."
    Zee
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 18,961 Senior Member
    True.
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • BigslugBigslug Senior Member Posts: 6,590 Senior Member
    Zee wrote: »
    11 pigs in two nights. It's hard work. But, somebody has to do it. Might as well be me.

    Pick up the phone
    Leave them alone
    It's time you made your stand.
    For a fee, I'm happy to be
    Your back-door man.


    That's. . .AWESOME! :applause:

    Your kid's school need a lunch provider for when Salisbury Steak Day gets old?
    WWJMBD?

    "Nothing is safe from stupid." - Zee
  • MichakavMichakav Senior Member Posts: 2,021 Senior Member
    That looks like some serious hunting fun! Good job. I am sure the ranchers appreciate it immensely.
  • Farm Boy DeuceFarm Boy Deuce Senior Member Posts: 5,878 Senior Member
    Well you are doing your part. That does look like a very good time.
    I am afraid we forget sometime that the basic and simple things brings us the most pleasure.
    Dad 5-31-13
  • snake284snake284 Senior Member Posts: 20,687 Senior Member
    Bigslug wrote: »
    Pick up the phone
    Leave them alone
    It's time you made your stand.
    For a fee, I'm happy to be
    Your back-door man.


    That's. . .AWESOME! :applause:

    Your kid's school need a lunch provider for when Salisbury Steak Day gets old?

    All I can remember about school slop was Thursday was always hamburger day and that was bearable.
    Daddy, what's an enabler?
    Son that's somebody with nothing to do with his time but keep me in trouble with mom.
  • snake284snake284 Senior Member Posts: 20,687 Senior Member
    Damn, can you imagine Wild Hog SOS?.....:tooth:
    Daddy, what's an enabler?
    Son that's somebody with nothing to do with his time but keep me in trouble with mom.
  • orchidmanorchidman Senior Member Posts: 7,302 Senior Member
    Excellent. I am sure the owners will be happy.

    Zee wrote: »
    Remember, this is eradication due to crop deprivation and not big game hunting. I have been instructed by the farmer to shoot as many as I can and leave them if necessary. I am allowed to shoot them on the neighbor's pasture as well. They are so damaging..........I've been instructed to just put holes in them and let them run off if necessary. Whatever I do.........I'm to KILL THE PIGS!!!

    I can't say that I personally LIKE operating that way........but.........I've seen the damage they do first hand and understand that a man's living is at stake here. So, I do what I can.

    Sometimes when culling, the activity turns my stomach somewhat as it can be very unpleasant and you have to suppress feelings to get the job done. But, thats just like anything in life, you do what you have to do.

    I like to think that I balance it out by holding myself to very high ethical standards when I am hunting ( as opposed to culling)
    Still enjoying the trip of a lifetime and making the best of what I have.....
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 18,961 Senior Member
    orchidman wrote: »
    I like to think that I balance it out by holding myself to very high ethical standards when I am hunting ( as opposed to culling)

    Well said! I think this is key.
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • NNNN Senior Member Posts: 22,597 Senior Member
    What size shoe you wear
    size 4
    My new Signature
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 18,961 Senior Member
    NN wrote: »
    What size shoe you wear
    size 4

    Todler.
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • snake284snake284 Senior Member Posts: 20,687 Senior Member
    Zee wrote: »
    Hmmmmm, I've access to a SAW.........

    We as a formun are pissed off that you are chosen to do all this by yourself. It's just not fair to you that you should have the responsibility of having to control the population of all those hogs by yourself. We can see what a big responsibility put on one person is just too much. Therefore.....

    You could hold a shoot at the SE shoot and the top ten shooters could go on a hog hunt. I mean we know this is hard work and we are willing to help you. See how nice I am?
    Daddy, what's an enabler?
    Son that's somebody with nothing to do with his time but keep me in trouble with mom.
  • Six-GunSix-Gun Senior Member Posts: 6,706 Senior Member
    Zee wrote: »
    Hmmmmm, I've access to a SAW.........

    Do it! DOOOOO IT!
    Accuracy: because white space between bullet holes drives me insane.
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 18,961 Senior Member
    Six-Gun wrote: »
    Do it! DOOOOO IT!

    Ha!!!

    Me thinks that might draw some "unwanted" attention.
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 18,961 Senior Member
    snake284 wrote: »
    We as a formun are pissed off that you are chosen to do all this by yourself. It's just not fair to you that you should have the responsibility of having to control the population of all those hogs by yourself. We can see what a big responsibility put on one person is just too much. Therefore.....

    You could hold a shoot at the SE shoot and the top ten shooters could go on a hog hunt. I mean we know this is hard work and we are willing to help you. See how nice I am?

    I'm Anthropophobic.
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • Farm Boy DeuceFarm Boy Deuce Senior Member Posts: 5,878 Senior Member
    snake284 wrote: »
    We as a formun are pissed off that you are chosen to do all this by yourself. It's just not fair to you that you should have the responsibility of having to control the population of all those hogs by yourself. We can see what a big responsibility put on one person is just too much. Therefore.....

    You could hold a shoot at the SE shoot and the top ten shooters could go on a hog hunt. I mean we know this is hard work and we are willing to help you. See how nice I am?

    It amuses me that you think you make the top 10.
    I am afraid we forget sometime that the basic and simple things brings us the most pleasure.
    Dad 5-31-13
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