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ZeeZee Senior MemberPosts: 24,945 Senior Member
At church yesterday morning, another rancher friend of mine that I had culled pigs for in the past advised me that they had returned. This time, they were getting in his cattle catch pens, emptying the feed troughs, turning them over, and generally wrecking havoc and destroying things. Asked if I could take care of the problem.

Well.........I guess so.

So, I left out after dark and drove to the ranch. Made a cursory search of the fields in case there were any marauding bands of pigs plowing them up. Nope. Then, I made my way over to the lane that leads to his barn and catch pens. Parking at the gate. Tonight, I had my bolt action Ruger Scout Rifle in .308 Winchester in my hands and my Colt/Walther 1911-22 pistol at my side.

I quietly jumped the fence and made my way across the pasture towards the pens. There is a high berm along the south side and I stopped at the base. Listening, I heard no sign of feeding pigs and figured there weren't any. But, I needed to check it out anyway. Slowly climbing the berm, I crept up to the pen fence. Nothing.

Wait! There go a bunch of big rats!!!! No. Those are piglets!!

They scurried across the pen lot and under the round-about paneling. Silence. I looked to my left and saw the 3 show steers in the pen. Holy crap! There are 3 pigs standing with them! I mean......right next to the steers! Like they were buddies! That, is something I'd never seen before. I've seen cattle and pigs in close proximity out in fields. But, never in touching distance and especially in an enclosure! Guess it was happening so often that the cattle had gotten used to the pigs.

Well, I obviously had no shot. So I stuck my barrel through the fence and waited for the cattle or pigs to move and give me a clear shot. Eventually, the cattle moved to the other side of the pen and left the pigs clear. The largest, a boar, rooted out a bed in the dirt and laid down facing me at 32 yards. Time to play.

I placed the laser on his head between his eye and ear and broke the silence with a 165gr Trophy Bonded Bearclaw roaring through the darkness. On impact, he rolled over on his side kicking. The other two next to him jetted under the fence in a flash and disappeared into the tall grass and brush.

Working the bolt immediately, heard a noise to my left and turned to look. A HUGE sow was rounding the round-about with a "smaller" sow and 5 piglets in tow. Halfway across the pen, the must of caught a shadow on me in the moonlight and froze. There were a few small shade trees in the pen and the big sow happen to stop behind one of them. The smaller sow was clear and tempting me. But, I wanted Bertha! I waited. The piglets were nervous and scurrying around. But, both sows were locked on my position. Finger on the trigger, I waited.

I see her lean one way as if to look around the tree trunk. Ear. Eyeball. One step.............forehead........laser........BOOM!!!!

She crumpled at 22 yards and the second sow made a mad dash for the hole in the fence. Worked the bolt.........tracked the pig with the laser..........she slides to a stop to scoot under the fence........under......stands up to take off........BOOM! Over she falls with round through her shoulders. Piglets scatter like quail.

I climb into the pen and walk over to the slain pigs. That's a BIG sow! Boar is decent size and the other sow a little smaller. A few minutes pass as I'm checking the crop of pigs in the darkness. Then, looking in the direction of the recently departed.........I see movement in the brush. The two escapees are coming back!

I freeze and for the next 15-20 minutes, play a game of Redlight-Greenlight. Trying to inch my way up to the fence so I don;t put a round through the wire. The pigs are on high alert. Moving and stopping, they make their way up to the fence. Then, run back. Then return. Run. Return. I finally realize they are trying to find the piglets. In this cat and mouse game. I make it to the fence and the piglets make it to the brush to link up with the other sows. Just as I get there, I see the sows lay down in the tall grass. Crap! I wait. No movement. Screw this.......I whistle.

Ears above the grass. Two steps forward. Head............laser.........BOOM! Drops like a rock.

The last sow breaks for parts unknown. Brush is too thick to shoot. I see a clearing ahead about 5 feet wide. Black shape..............shoulder..........laser..........BOOM! She rolls to a stop.

Well, I'd say this was a productive event.

I crawl under the fence where the pigs had been using and walk over to the two outside sows. Grass moving. Scattering piglets. Pistol comes out. Two stop in a bare patch to gather their surroundings. In perfect tandem. POP!!! One round through the first ones neck and into the second ones head. Both fall over. The neck shot squirming and thrashing while the head shot lays still. Then, all is still.

Alrighty then!

Over the next several minutes, I gather all the pigs in one place and line them up for their mug shot. While I'm doing this, I hear and catch fleeting glimpses of the three remaining piglets. Scurrying though the grass or darting across the pen. Once the pigs are all staged, I lay down in fron to set the camera up. Shining a flashlight on the pile in order to focus the camera............I hear approaching grunting. The piglets return!

The little grunts come closer and closer. My right hand reaches back and retrieves the pistol from it's holster. Still laying in the prone with a camera resting on my pack, I slowly reach forward with my left to get the flashlight. Piglets approaching. Movement to my left. Then, movement behind the pile of bodies. Slide the light's beam to the right. Aim. Piglet appears...............POP! Through the shoulders.

The final two beat feet to the grass. I'm done.

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4 Sows
1 Boar
3 Piglets

7 Shots fired.

Here is a map of my adventure.

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1- Parked at the gate.
2- Climbed the berm to the pen and shot the........
3- Boar & Second Sow standing at 3 and the.........
4- Big sow standing at 4 and later the ......
5- Two sows and two piglets standing at 5.
6- Piled up pigs where I shot the last piglet.

It's a tough life.

Somebody's gotta do it.
"To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
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  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 24,945 Senior Member
    The "Three Little Pigs" came home for dinner.

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    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • LinefinderLinefinder Moderator Posts: 7,365 Senior Member
    Wow. Sounds like more fun than pdogs

    Mike
    "Walking away seems to be a lost art form."
    N454casull
  • NNNN Senior Member Posts: 24,867 Senior Member
  • earlyearly Senior Member Posts: 4,950 Senior Member
    Maybe we can get Zorba to sew you up a cape with your avatar on it.

    Maybe thay can't be stopped, but they're sure being curbed in your part of the woods!
    My thoughts are generally clear. My typing, not so much.
  • Diver43Diver43 Senior Member Posts: 11,383 Senior Member
    Awesome
    I bet that farmer is extremely happy. I known hogs have little fear, but never heard of them hanging out with livestock in an enclosed area.
    Logistics cannot win a war, but its absence or inadequacy can cause defeat. FM100-5
  • orchidmanorchidman Senior Member Posts: 8,187 Senior Member
    Excellent result and good shooting. I bet the rancher is pleased...................You certainly took care of the problem!
    That sow in the front of the first pic looks huge, any idea of the weight?
    Still enjoying the trip of a lifetime and making the best of what I have.....
  • RocketmanRocketman Banned Posts: 1,118 Senior Member
    Damn I love reading your posts. Awesome detail every time. That looked like one hell of an adventure and awesome shooting. I bet the rancher is one happy man!
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 24,945 Senior Member
    No idea the weight. But, she was rather rotund and not easy to drag. Fortunately, it was a smooth dirt floor pen and not cross country.
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • NCFUBARNCFUBAR Senior Member Posts: 4,324 Senior Member
    Damn ... and .22? Is it getting to easy for you ... no challenge? What's next a boar spear?
    “The further a society drifts from truth ... the more it will hate those who speak it."
    - George Orwell
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 24,945 Senior Member
    NCFUBAR wrote: »
    Damn ... and .22? Is it getting to easy for you ... no challenge? What's next a boar spear?

    I've already used a knife on several occasions in the past. Oh, and there was that tire iron incident as well.

    And a tree branch once.
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 24,945 Senior Member
    Linefinder wrote: »
    Wow. Sounds like more fun than pdogs

    Mike

    I MUCH prefer it to P dog shooting!
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 24,945 Senior Member
    early wrote: »
    Maybe thay can't be stopped, but they're sure being curbed in your part of the woods!

    You can thin their numbers and push them away. But, once they rebound.......they return.
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 24,945 Senior Member
    Diver43 wrote: »
    Awesome
    I bet that farmer is extremely happy.

    He was exceptionally pleased.
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 24,945 Senior Member
    Rocketman wrote: »
    Damn I love reading your posts. Awesome detail every time. That looked like one hell of an adventure and awesome shooting. I bet the rancher is one happy man!

    Thanks. Glad they can be entertaining. I enjoy sharing the experiences.
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • NCFUBARNCFUBAR Senior Member Posts: 4,324 Senior Member
    Zee wrote: »
    I've already used a knife on several occasions in the past. Oh, and there was that tire iron incident as well.

    And a tree branch once.

    I remember the tire iron blood bath ... :roll2:

    I'm still wondering who'll be the first to bury 10 or so pounds of binary under a corn heap ... instant sausage!
    “The further a society drifts from truth ... the more it will hate those who speak it."
    - George Orwell
  • Ernie BishopErnie Bishop Senior Member Posts: 7,602 Senior Member
    You are having so much fun, it is getting on the verge of being sinful:jester:
    Ernie

    "The Un-Tactical"
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 24,945 Senior Member
    And a recovered handgun bullet!!! Ha!

    Recovered from the last piglet I shot through the shoulder. It was a Remington 40gr Standard Velocity RN.

    Penetrated the on side shoulder blade and off side shoulder bone just above the elbow. Lodged under the off side hide.

    Retained 38.3gr of it's original 40gr weight.

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    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 24,945 Senior Member
    You are having so much fun, it is getting on the verge of being sinful:jester:


    It is slightly enjoyable.
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • FisheadgibFisheadgib Senior Member Posts: 5,797 Senior Member
    To me, this was one of your best hunts yet. You provided a great service to the property owner and acquired a huge amount of food for you and your friends. (And I suspect that you had a huge amount of fun) Those piglets sawzalled in half and dropped on the smoker are crazy delicious.
    snake284 wrote: »
    For my point of view, cpj is a lot like me
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  • bullsi1911bullsi1911 Moderator Posts: 11,408 Senior Member
    NCFUBAR wrote: »
    Damn ... and .22? Is it getting to easy for you ... no challenge? What's next a boar spear?

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    ...while barefoot.

    That sounds like a fun hunt. I need to get out and pig hunt again... no one has been putting pressure on the ones at our lease for a while.
    To make something simple is a thousand times more difficult than to make something complex.
    -Mikhail Kalashnikov
  • CHIRO1989CHIRO1989 Senior Member Posts: 13,093 Senior Member
    You keep topping your pig hunts, nicely done, I like that the round count equals the pig count. Do you think your hunting shooting skills are benefitting from the pig hunting? You seem like your are getting more dialed in.
    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: 24,945 Senior Member
    By all means my field shooting benefits from these hunts. On top of that, moving targets, multiple targets, low light engagement...........dude, I'm racking up some training value!!!
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • CHIRO1989CHIRO1989 Senior Member Posts: 13,093 Senior Member
    What did the farmer think? Had to peak his interest to hear some booms out of the .308 then some pops from the .22 and then to find you and a wall O' pigs.
    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: 24,945 Senior Member
    CHIRO1989 wrote: »
    What did the farmer think? Had to peak his interest to hear some booms out of the .308 then some pops from the .22 and then to find you and a wall O' pigs.

    He doesn't live on this section of property.
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • RocketmanRocketman Banned Posts: 1,118 Senior Member
    And here I was happy as all ever to lung shoot two squirrels yesterday and two more today. Furthest was 72 yards and the shortest was 43. But you're story kicks mines ass.... Lol
  • zorbazorba Senior Member Posts: 24,194 Senior Member
    Great story, Zee - and really NICE writing as well!
    -Zorba, "The Veiled Male"

    "If you get it and didn't work for it, someone else worked for it and didn't get it..."
  • tubabucknuttubabucknut Banned Posts: 3,520 Senior Member
    Great report Zee. I enjoyed it.
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 24,945 Senior Member
    Rocketman wrote: »
    And here I was happy as all ever to lung shoot two squirrels yesterday and two more today. Furthest was 72 yards and the shortest was 43. But you're story kicks mines ass.... Lol
    Hey, Squirrels are small targets. That is some excellent shooting.
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 24,945 Senior Member
    cpj wrote: »
    those ain't much bigger than puppy's.


    Why for you bring the .22?

    They will probably taste as good as puppies too!

    The .22 is good for dispatching not dead yet pigs as well as shooting raccoons and other stuff I figured might have been in the pen stealing food.
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 24,945 Senior Member
    And thanks for the compliments, guys. It's fun to share.
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
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