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Recent Texas Pig Hunt

Posted by on March 4, 2017

Just returned home after a few days of hunting in Central and West Texas; the good news was that it was a great series of hunts, I shot a few hogs with different Airguns, got out for quite a few rabbits in my down time from pigs, and I got to a feedlot to shot feral pigeons…… Lots of shooting! The bad side is I came home with a raging case of flu, and I’m on my way out West tomorrow to tour universities with my youngest daughter….

One of the hunts that I quite enjoyed saw me out with the Hatsan Hercules in .45. I was dropped at a blind that overlooked a feeder and mud wallow that always draws pigs. I’ve noticed that it tends to be smaller, younger, and yes, dumber hogs that come in during daylight. Under hunting pressure the big ones, especially the big dominate boars tend to go nocturnal, laying up during the day. So I did not have an expectation of finding anything big, but I did expect to see pork on the cloven hoof!

Small pigs came in, fighting, eating, and wallowing. The pig I’d laid my croshairs on got jumped just as I was shooting!

I settled in, and within an hour pigs started coming in, as excited they were all in the 40 – 80lb class. They were also very jumpy, they would run in the run out just as quickly. Finally I had one move out to where I had a good broadside head shot, and just as I was squeezing off the shot a second bigger one approached my target for a fight. I was committed to the shot and followed through, and when the .45 caliber roundball smacked him in the head just below the eye, he rolled over DOA. The challenger, which I could now see was a better pig, was off in a flash.

I was tucked away in a blind made of old pallets, with tree branches threaded through the slats. Offers good cover and an open shooting lane.

With all the pigs exploding off in different directions, I sat and watched for a few minutes. Nothing else was going to happen, so I climbed out of the blind to collect my cameras and go have a look at my entry for our next BBQ. With my back to the wallow, I was pulling my rifle out in case I needed a finishing shot. I doubted this because I hadn’t seen the dead pig move, and when I turned to walk over was surprised to see three more little hogs back at the wallow. They’d walked in while I was turned around, and with the wind in my favor and their attention on food and wallowing had not seen me.

The first pig went down hard to a head shot with the .45 roundball.

I dropped on my backside and pulled my shooting sticks out of my pocket, mounted the rifle, and lined up another shot. With a bang and the sound of the roundball hitting home for the second head shot in 20 minutes, the pig fell over. And then I realized what I had done ….. I’ll never learn!

I was caught flat footed stepping out of the blind, and dropped to my butt as I pulled out my shooting sticks and dropped pig #2!

My hunting blood was up and I took the shot, with the pig in the middle of an oozy, stinking, #@# filled wallow of muck, and I had to get the pig out before he sank! I ran over, ignoring the first pig, and threw a few dead tree limbs into the muck, to slow down me sinking into it as I reached out to grab a leg. I got it, but it was so muddy and slippery I could hold on. To make thing worse the mud acted like a suction cup and would not release the pig. Running back to my pack I grabbed my game carrier, which is a series of nooses I slip over the heads of rabbits and squirrels, and ran back. Taking a noose and slipping it over the leg of my slowly sinking swine, I put my back into it and pulled him out. Such was the effect of the mud, I almost broke my back pulling this little 70 lb animal out…… But I had him!

Great planning obn my part, I dropped him in the middle of the wallow!

My clothing and my person on the other hand, were a muddy, stinking mess. When I got back to the ranch I showered, and carefully bundling up my cloths, threw them in the trash to be burned! I’ve done this before, and my homecoming reception when bringing back cloths in this condition is …… Shall we say less than warm. The jeans were old and falling apart anyways!

I was a stinking mess by the time I pulled the second pig out of the quagmire.

So I was there for four days and this was but one hunt, and videos will come out on my site shortly. Next week it’s university of Washington with my daughter, then I leave for Denmark on business …….. But then it’s another hunt, this time a few days in South Dakota (providing the PDogs are coming out), then it’s turkey madness in April, with trips to ZVirginia and California on the books!

5 Responses to Recent Texas Pig Hunt

  1. Wyeth Hecht

    Jim I would guess you smelled pretty good. I am a retired fireman and I,ve thru many clothes away but you had more fun.

  2. Neal Tressler

    Hey Him…that was Dos Plumas,correct? I’m planning a hunt (with my son,3days)… Would you recommend Dos Plumas? Another Texas hog hunt? I’ll be going with airguns,my son with modern rifle.

    • Jim Chapman

      Hi Neal, per our emails I think it’s a solid choice, you can make it the type of hunt you want. You can sit in blinds or beat the thickets, which takes it from easier to very tough…. I always have fun.

  3. Camille J. Brown - Dos Plumas Hog Hunting

    What a great story! Glad you got that sinking hog…would have been such a waste! And in response to the comments above, yes, try Dos Plumas. 🙂

    • Jim Chapman

      It’s a nasty mess to climb in to, and I keep making the same mistake!

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