Headed out for our first night hunt for hogs

knitepoetknitepoet Senior MemberPosts: 18,669 Senior Member
edited August 2018 in Hunting #1
External batteries for the NV are charged, Fresh batteries in both scopes, in case the externals get disconnected, mags are loaded (wife and I are both using ARs, her 300BO, me 5.56) and have fresh batteries in both IR illuminators.

Been seeing more hogs on my game camera in the field she'll be hunting over, but seeing a larger boar, less frequently, on the cam watching the field I'll be hunting.

Hopefully, in a few hours I'll have some pictures and scope videos to post up.

Wish us luck
Seven Habits of Highly Effective Pirates, Rule #37: There is no “overkill”. There is only “open fire” and “I need to reload”.


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  • earlyagainearlyagain Posts: 3,269 Senior Member
    If you wish upon a falling star just before shooting a hog its good luck.
  • Diver43Diver43 Senior Member Posts: 8,531 Senior Member
    Good Luck
    Logistics cannot win a war, but its absence or inadequacy can cause defeat. FM100-5
  • LinefinderLinefinder Moderator Posts: 4,440 Senior Member
    Kool, dude. Hog hunting during the best meteor shower of the decade has to be a thing to remember. Mike
    Decisions have consequences, not everything in life gets an automatic mulligan.
    KSU Firefighter
  • zorbazorba Senior Member Posts: 19,111 Senior Member
    Cool!
    -Zorba, "The Veiled Male"

    "If you get it and didn't work for it, someone else worked for it and didn't get it..."
  • orchidmanorchidman Senior Member Posts: 7,702 Senior Member
    Good luck Paul. And stay safe.
    Just remember the unwritten rule., If you wound a large hog, dont go hunting for it in the dark.
    Still enjoying the trip of a lifetime and making the best of what I have.....
  • knitepoetknitepoet Senior Member Posts: 18,669 Senior Member
    Well, they came out for the wife, of course technical difficulties got in the way.  the cord for her external battery pack won't make contact on her scope for some reason, but will mine. And without the external, her batteries died at the worst possible time..
    Ahhh the learning curve of new tech toys
    I watched a raccoon, it wass all I saw.
    Seven Habits of Highly Effective Pirates, Rule #37: There is no “overkill”. There is only “open fire” and “I need to reload”.


  • knitepoetknitepoet Senior Member Posts: 18,669 Senior Member
    edited August 2018 #8
    orchidman said:
    Good luck Paul. And stay safe.
    Just remember the unwritten rule., If you wound a large hog, dont go hunting for it in the dark.
    Alec, this time of year, if they make it off the field, I won't be trying to track it
    Seven Habits of Highly Effective Pirates, Rule #37: There is no “overkill”. There is only “open fire” and “I need to reload”.


  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 20,564 Senior Member
    knitepoet said:
    orchidman said:
    Good luck Paul. And stay safe.
    Just remember the unwritten rule., If you wound a large hog, dont go hunting for it in the dark.
    Alec, this time of year, if they make it off the field, I won't be trying to track it
    It’s worth the track!!!  Better tasting than deer any day!!!
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • knitepoetknitepoet Senior Member Posts: 18,669 Senior Member
    Zee said:
    It’s worth the track!!!  Better tasting than deer any day!!!
    Not happening.
    These woods and I have a history, with all the buried stump holes, snakes etc, not happening at all.
    2 shoulder surgeries, 2 partially torn Achilles tendons.

    Plan was/is head shoot the first one to drop it in the field, and then get lead in as many of the others as possible.

    And I've had wild hog, not terribly impressed. The one that gets head shot will end up ground and mixed with venison, seasoned, cured and turned into smoked summer sausage
    Seven Habits of Highly Effective Pirates, Rule #37: There is no “overkill”. There is only “open fire” and “I need to reload”.


  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 20,564 Senior Member
    edited August 2018 #11
    Well, whoever cooked it sucked. 

    Cause it beats whitetail hands down. 
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • Diver43Diver43 Senior Member Posts: 8,531 Senior Member
    edited August 2018 #12
    knitepoet said:
    Well, they came out for the wife, of course technical difficulties got in the way.  the cord for her external battery pack won't make contact on her scope for some reason, but will mine. And without the external, her batteries died at the worst possible time..
    Ahhh the learning curve of new tech toys
    I watched a raccoon, it wass all I saw.
    I watched a raccoon, it wass all I saw.

    First time I went hog hunting in Florida, that is all I saw also.

    Not sure how that scope or external power works, but am sure you will work it out before the next knitehunt.

    I am with Z on the meat. While the one I shot was large, even the meat we didn't turn into sausage was good.  Guy told me that getting it cut up quickly and on ice kept it tasting good.  Good luck with the next one
    Logistics cannot win a war, but its absence or inadequacy can cause defeat. FM100-5
  • CHIRO1989CHIRO1989 Senior Member Posts: 10,727 Senior Member
    Hey, at least you were out hunting, and Mr. Racoon sounded like a volunteer to check your scopes zero at night in the field.
    I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that they turn away from their ways and live. Eze 33:11
  • LinefinderLinefinder Moderator Posts: 4,440 Senior Member
    I've had mixed results eating feral hog. Some was great, some pretty funky. Seems to depend on the individual hog.
    Decisions have consequences, not everything in life gets an automatic mulligan.
    KSU Firefighter
  • knitepoetknitepoet Senior Member Posts: 18,669 Senior Member
    edited August 2018 #15
    Well, I may have created a monster... B)

    Wife said she initially went along with purchasing the NV because she knows I've been wanting/trying to kill a feral hog for over 8 years.

    Now that we have the technical difficulties are straightened out, she's contemplating taking a half of a day off tomorrow so she can go with me tonight too. (She gets up @ 0400 to go to work)

    We shall see. I suspect one of us will get a shot at a hog tonight

    Seven Habits of Highly Effective Pirates, Rule #37: There is no “overkill”. There is only “open fire” and “I need to reload”.


  • tennmiketennmike Senior Member Posts: 25,801 Senior Member
    Sows and young pigs are fine eating. The boars have a pretty strong taste to them compared to the sows. Kind of like a buck all pumped up on hormones and testosterone during the rut has a strong taste to it. No different from an old boar domestic pig in that respect. They have a strong taste to them, too. Marinading the meat in milk, buttermilk, or vinegar and water improved the taste of boar hogs considerably. There are plenty of new marinades out there for wild meats. Try them out and see what works for you.
    Do not meddle in the affairs of dragons, for you are crunchy and taste good with ketchup.


  • zorbazorba Senior Member Posts: 19,111 Senior Member
    This is an interesting conversation. I've never had wild hog - I'm going to have to try it as I've always disliked (regular) pork - has all the taste of cardboard...
    -Zorba, "The Veiled Male"

    "If you get it and didn't work for it, someone else worked for it and didn't get it..."
  • JerryBobCoJerryBobCo Senior Member Posts: 6,482 Senior Member
    I've eaten feral pig exactly once.  It was ok, but nothing to write home about.  It did not have a strong taste.
    Jerry

    Gun control laws make about as much sense as taking ex-lax to cure a cough.
  • Six-GunSix-Gun Senior Member Posts: 7,226 Senior Member
    Have a great time out there, Paul!
    Accuracy: because white space between bullet holes drives me insane.
  • knitepoetknitepoet Senior Member Posts: 18,669 Senior Member
    Thanks Luis, Mrs just got up from a nap, because she decided she'd like to go tonight.
    Seven Habits of Highly Effective Pirates, Rule #37: There is no “overkill”. There is only “open fire” and “I need to reload”.


  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 20,564 Senior Member
    The only meat I eat all year is Axis, Blackbuck, Feral Pig, Whitetail. 

    In that order of preference. 

    I shoot a truck load or more of pigs a year. 5 last week, even. 

    I am selective about the the ones I take home or give away. Anything under 250lbs is good eating. Over that, and they are a little old with the boars tending to be scared up and rank smelling with testosterone and wounds. 

    A lot also also has to do with their feed. In Ag areas where I cull crop raiders, they tend to be good tasting. 

    Brushy areas with little to ko suppliments and they can they can be skinny, lean, and tough. 

    A fat feral pig cleaned and cooked well is some damn fine eating. I actually like to mix pig and deer together when I grind burger to make the deer taste better. 

    If its an eater and you you don’t want it, find someone who does. It’s a lazy waste not to. When my freezer is full, I give them away to others until there are no more takers. Only then will I leave them lay. Or, if they are non-eaters. 

    Really good stuff. I live off them!!
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • knitepoetknitepoet Senior Member Posts: 18,669 Senior Member
    I doubt the few bags of corn these have eaten over the last couple of weeks has done much for their flavor
    Seven Habits of Highly Effective Pirates, Rule #37: There is no “overkill”. There is only “open fire” and “I need to reload”.


  • knitepoetknitepoet Senior Member Posts: 18,669 Senior Member
    Here piggy, piggy, piggy.
    Seven Habits of Highly Effective Pirates, Rule #37: There is no “overkill”. There is only “open fire” and “I need to reload”.


  • knitepoetknitepoet Senior Member Posts: 18,669 Senior Member
    edited August 2018 #24
    Well, that was fun.
    Got there "early" figuring I'd put another bag of corn out for them before we settled down to hunting.

    Actually we were late. There's a small rise just before the shooting house and when I topped it, the hogs were in my headlights. Grabbed my AR, loaded it, powered on the scope and got out. Wife couldn't reach her rifle.

    This sounder is 7 hogs, one BIG (compared to the rest of them) sow, 2 medium sized hogs and 4 shoats.

    Aimed half-way between eye and ear of one standing broadside and broke the first shot.

    I forgot to turn on the recorder on my scope, but game cam took a pic with my headlights on them, and "momma" isn't in the pic. So I'm guessing the one I shot in the head was one of the "mediums". It went down, back legs first, so I figured it was on it's way to the cooler.

    Lined up on the shoulder of one of the shoats, fired a second round, it jumped, turned and started running. Piggie #1 stood back up and I got on it and popped off a 3rd round. All from ~25-30 yards off hand. (Man I love hunting with a silencer)

    After the 3rd shot, all the pigs decided it was time to seek life elsewhere.

    Contrary to what I'd said earlier in this thread about not going to track a hog in these woods at night, I put that 13# AR back in the truck and grabbed my Glock22.
    HEAVY blood trails ran together and were quite nice for about 50 yards, then they made about a 5' diameter circle and we (wife and I) couldn't find anymore.

    FYI, was shooting my handloads, Hornady 62gr Match HP bullets and 25.0 of TAC. Those Hornady bullets aren't cataloged and are a Midsouth Shooters Supply exclusive (according to Hornady)

    While tracking, I found a 1x2" chunk of what appeared to be lung tissue, I have no idea which pig, but I'm GUESSING the shoat (2nd shot), just because I was aiming in the area of its front shoulder when I shot it.
    First shot was half-way between the eye and ear of that hog and it had turned away from me and I tried for the back of the head on the 3rd shot.

    Here's what the game camera captured while I was prepping for the shot. IGNORE the 68° on the data strip. It was 80° according to my truck. Not too mention the forecast low for tonight is only 74°




    Seven Habits of Highly Effective Pirates, Rule #37: There is no “overkill”. There is only “open fire” and “I need to reload”.


  • JayhawkerJayhawker Moderator Posts: 14,837 Senior Member
    Well...that seems to have worked out...anxiously awaiting update...
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  • knitepoetknitepoet Senior Member Posts: 18,669 Senior Member
    Back home now Jayhawker.
    From the looks of the ground I trailed them through, they went "home" to lay up and die.

    Considering the purpose, I spent a LOT more time tracking them than I intended to on a hog.

    Figured the rest wouldn't be back tonight, so made an early evening of it.

    Will possibly look tomorrow and see if I can at least find them to document  whether they were boars or sows, for the state. However, in this heat, that'll be all I do, if I do manage to locate either or both of them
    Seven Habits of Highly Effective Pirates, Rule #37: There is no “overkill”. There is only “open fire” and “I need to reload”.


  • earlyagainearlyagain Posts: 3,269 Senior Member
    Looks fun.

    Night time can be a special time outside.
  • knitepoetknitepoet Senior Member Posts: 18,669 Senior Member
    Yes sir, it can be.

    Though I'll be honest, I like it better in the fall and spring when it's not so freakin' hot and humid
    Seven Habits of Highly Effective Pirates, Rule #37: There is no “overkill”. There is only “open fire” and “I need to reload”.


  • JayJay Senior Member Posts: 3,321 Senior Member
    Well, at least you were able to send some rounds at them.  Getting some hunting time in on those scopes.  I'm sure after a few trips, you'll have all the kinks of the new tech worked out and start putting some hogs down.   B)
  • tennmiketennmike Senior Member Posts: 25,801 Senior Member
    Hope you can find them to document what you shot for the state. They could use that data. Easier to track during the daylight, anyway. With any luck there may be some aerial surveillance assets (buzzards) to help locate them.
    Do not meddle in the affairs of dragons, for you are crunchy and taste good with ketchup.


  • knitepoetknitepoet Senior Member Posts: 18,669 Senior Member
    No joy, even in the daylight.
    Went back to the approximately 5' circle in the blood trail. Huge drop of blood on a limb, then trail turned to the right and literally made a circle. Once it ran back into itself "poof" no more blood.
    I spent close to an hour searching in widening circles trying to pick it back up and... NOTHING, it's almost like it was a magic healing circle and they quit bleeding. Never seen anything like it, and only the second time in nearly 40 years of hunting that I've seen that good of a blood trail just STOP and there not be a dead animal at the end of it.

    Nearly 75 yards of a blood trail a blind man could follow... then... NOTHING
    Seven Habits of Highly Effective Pirates, Rule #37: There is no “overkill”. There is only “open fire” and “I need to reload”.


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