As bow season has opened, and we finally got some cool weather, I closed the doors on my trap. I had to replant my bow blind plot which is pretty close to where my trap is and I’m disturbing the area too much with all the activity. I may slide in there later today and just move the trap and reset it somewhere that I don’t hunt.
On a side note, but still hog related, my son hog hunted on his lease Saturday and had a little excitement. He had the opportunity to shoot two hogs with one shot so he took it. They were lined up so he tried to shoot through one and hit both. He was using a 7mm Mag with a cup and core bullet similar to a Remington CorLokt, a good deer bullet, but for shooting through two big hogs......not so much. When he got down a little while later and went to look for the hogs is when the excitement began. His lease was clearcut two or three years ago and most of it is very thick. As he was making his way through the brush, he heard a hog huffing and it was close. He stopped, trying to see the hog, then took two more steps. That was two steps too many and the hog came for him. The black boar hog got shot in the face for his troubles (at twenty feet) and the red sow that was with him started circling around to get in on the action. She took one in the ham that went on into her body and dropped her. Now, he shoots a TC Encore single shot, so there must have been some fast reloading going on there
Post mortem revealed that she had taken the first shot behind the liver so that was not gonna be immediately fatal. The boar evidently had a little shrapnel in him and that’s why he was so pissed, not to mention his lady friend was being molested.
This is not the first close hog encounter that they’ve had there. Last year his buddy shot a hog and walked down to pull him out of the edge of the brush. He had left his gun at the truck, but it all happened so fast it might not have done any good anyway. The dead hog’s partner, another boar, was evidently waiting in the brush, charged out and flipped Ray, rolled him around a little, and ran off. All Ray got was some scratches but it could have been much worse. ALL of those boar hogs on that place have big cutters, unlike some other locales in East Texas. It was funny to us after the fact, but Ray wasn’t laughing when it happened.
I just relate this because I’ve seen some guys on other forums poo-poo the idea that hogs can be dangerous. That’s like saying cattle can’t be dangerous. Most aren’t, but it only takes one. If you’ve ever been in the dark, with only a bow and arrows for “protection” and had a hog huffing in the brush, you might change your mind
After having a standoff on a trail to my blind last year, with only my every day carry gun and a weak flashlight, I’ve taken to carrying my Glock 10mm with weapon light attached IN MY HAND on the walk in or out if I’m in the dark. I’d much rather not ever need it, but if I do, I at least want a chance. I’m too old to fight, and too fat to run !