Hog Hunt With Kent Outdoors
I found JJ Kent of Kent Outdoors whilst looking for a new area/guide to hunt. I was impressed straight-away by the professional appearance of the site and at how responsive they were. I called up and said I wanted to come hunt one night. Even though they were swamped with Dove Hunters (it was opening weekend), they still fit me in and I didn’t feel like an afterthought! And it was REALLY short notice! Once I had put down my deposit, I was sent a liability form and very clear/professional directions and tips for a great hunt.
On September 6th, I rolled in around 530pm and was greeted by JJ at the lodge. A great facility – clean and impressive. We hung for a little while waiting for it to get late enough to head out. At 630, we jumped in the truck and he took me to a box blind on a tank dam overlooking a dry grass field. I had a 360 view for 1000 yards in all directions. There was a feeder about 160 yards away. The pond right behind the blind had some active wallows in it and the feeder was covered in swine tracks. This was a great setup!
As the sun went down, I was treated to an awesome sunset. Once dark, things started to come alive. Big Jackrabbits were moving around and the coyotes were active. I kept a vigilant eye on the feeder and had my head on a swivel to scan the pond and the field in all directions. I was treated to a coyote coming within 15 yards to get a drink at about 1030pm. If it had been later, I would have let him had it. But, I was there for Bacon.
Things were quiet the whole night in terms of pig activity. My hunt was to wrap up at midnight so at 1150pm I started to pack things up. I figured I better do one more scan…
As I scanned the feeder area, I saw the strobe flash on the game cam go off. I positioned my ATN X-Sight IR so that I could barely make out a pig under the feeder. At 160 yards with no moon, it was a challenge. But I put the crosshairs on the black shape and squeezed. When I looked back through the scope I could see the strobe flash go off one more time…then things were still…and dark. I could barely make out a shape under the feeder. I couldn’t tell if it was a shadow or a pig.
I shouldered my gun and made the long walk to the feeder. As I got within about 50 yards I scanned again and there he was, laying under the feeder. I walked up and as I did, JJ rolled in in a side-by-side with one of his guides (Zane). It was the boar he had told me they had seen out in that area. About 160# +/-. He had a huge head! We loaded him up and started back to the lodge. As we rolled down the road we came across about a 4ft Western Diamondback Rattlesnake. We jumped out and tried to get a shot in him but he was too fast and frankly, I’m not a very good with my 411 yet 😉
Once back at the lodge we strung him up and I cleaned him. Zane was a big help. By 1:30am I was on the way home to Dallas with bacon in the cooler. It doesn’t get any better than that.
JJ Kent and his outfit, Kent Outdoors, were great. I highly recommend heading out there and hunting with him. Duck, Dove, Deer, Hog, Turkey, etc. They do it all! I’ll be back for sure!
Remember: “Dont guide the guide” and Tip well. They work hard for you…show them you appreciate it!
Of course, I used my ATN X-Sight (I don’t leave home without it!) and at 160 yards, it was my longest shot with it. A great optic and so much fun!