Blood Does Not Mean A Body Found
I was on a hunt recently in Bryson, TX with Affordable Outfitters and shot a pig at 70 yards. I put two Hornady Full Boar .223 rounds in her chest with my AR. She scurried into the brush and disappeared. I am still amazed at how strong these creatures are. I pursued her and tracked her by sound. She was squealing and grunting and I knew I had hit her. I even heard her hit the dirt and thrash a few times. It was 1230am and it was thick brush. I got close to her but I never found her. Her sounds stopped. I assumed she either got far enough away that I lost her or that she died in an area I couldn’t reach. I climbed back up in the blind and waited until morning.
At 630am I headed over to the shot area. I found where she went into the brush. There I found a major blood trail. I mean, major. We’re not talking a few blades of grass or plants with blood. It looked like someone dragged a gutted body through the weeds. I followed it about 30 yards then it disappeared. It just vanished. I assume she finally was able to walk and she got far enough away that she escaped. I am sure she died but even after searching for an hour, I never found her.
Pics of the Blood Trails
Lesson learned here is to not pursue your hog too soon. I should have waited at least an hour or so to give her time to bleed out. By pursuing her so soon I simply pushed her further away so that it was impossible to locate her. She had enough energy to keep moving so while I pursued her, she fled. Had I waited, she probably would have laid down and died near where I shot her. I could have then gone over later and found her.
But, that’s hunting. Every session is an opportunity to learn. Next time, I’ll wait.