Another Pig at 4J Ranch
I headed down to Leona, TX on August 2nd after work to do a night hunt. Main focus was bobcats since two were spotted on the property. I had taken a bobcat there earlier this year so was excited to get another shot. This was also the first trip with my newly modified Tikka T3 Lite .243 with the ATN X-Sight mounted to it.
I was all set up by 8pm and waiting for action. Nothing but raccoons until about midnight. Then, off to my left, two hogs showed up. They were really skittish and wouldn’t approach the feeder. Fortunately I had night vision so I watched them closely. They ran away once. Then they came back at about 1230am. I watched them for another 10 minutes. There was a big sow and a smaller one. when the larger one was about 60 yards away and broadside, I sighted in and shot. I cannot stress the importance of scent spray. The wind was swirling and had I not been sprayed down, they would have been gone that first time. Also, it is imperative you stay completely silent. I make very slow, deliberate movements as to not creak a chair, bump the blind, etc. the only sound you should make is the click of the safety coming off when you are ready to shoot.
I didn’t see her fall and when scanning after the shot, I didn’t see her. I gave it 5 minutes then headed over to check it out. She had fallen over instantly where she was standing in the tall grass. Boom! Bacon! She was a good one. 130lbs and really cool coloring. Perfect shot with the Tikka and I got it all on film using the X-sight scope.
No predators ever came in and I had stalked a bit after I had cleaned my hog. Hopefully next time those nasty felines will show themselves.
This was hog number 17 taken from November 2015 to August 2nd, 2015.
Gun : Tikka T3 Lite .243 WIN
Ammo: American Whitetail
Scope: ATN-Xsight 3-12 (night mode green)