BIG Boar Down!
I spent this last weekend up in Bryson, TX at one of the Affordable Outfitter Ranches. The first night’s hunt (Friday Night) was cancelled due to the rain. It really tore things up. It also certainly impacted hog movement and location. Where the guides had baited and scouted before, there were now mud holes and the pigs had changed routes and feeding locations. Our guide spent most of Saturday scouting out new spots in hopes we had new groups in new locations.
It would prove that these scouting efforts were spot-on.
On Saturday night I was taken to my blind. A one-man box blind over a feeder – about 75 yards away. I was on the backside of a pond that I had hunted last year with good luck. It was flanked by a decent timberline and fields. The weather was perfect: High 70s, hardly any wind, full moon and slightly overcast.
Perfect location and conditions for hogs. I was settled in by 8:15pm and the wait was on.
I was entertained by raccoons until about 1:20am. I then noticed dark shapes coming from my left to right out of a thicket bordering the field. I raised my binos and was able to make out pigs filtering out of the brush and to the feeder. I carefully raised my rifle, turned on the scope and IR and began watching my quarry. Note that I employed my IR strategies from this article to keep from spooking the pigs with my IR. I watched them feed and mill about for about 6 minutes. I located the biggest pig in the herd, sighted him in and squeezed. My Tikka .270 WIN with its 150 gr. payload rang out and dropped the beast in his tracks.
I gave it about 5 minutes then went out to the prize. It turned out to be much bigger than I thought. It was a boar between 180 and 200lbs. A bruiser! My biggest of the year. This was my first pig with my new Tikka T3 Lite .270 WIN rifle so needless to say, I was stoked!
Here’s the video of the kill:
…and a few pics: