We took a weeknight excursion down to 4J Ranch in hopes of bagging some bacon for the freezer this last week. The odds were against us as the rain was coming. However, in our experience, the hogs move pretty well on the front edge of these Texas storms so we had that going for us. It was just a matter of getting it done before the storm had its way with us…and the hogs.
We arrived and baited two spots we know pretty well. Before dark we had a group of small pigs come out and test the waters. Wind was not in our favor and we got winded pretty fast. We do spray down and hunt the wind as best we can, but due to blind locations and feeder setups, sometimes we have to just hope our cover scent is enough.
We saw several groups of small pigs throughout the first part of the night – nothing worth shooting. In fact, I took a shot into a large group and ended up taking out a football-sized piglet. Bummer. But, a hog is a hog!
Around 1am we had a lone sow come in about 60 yards in front of the middle blind. She was not eating our bait but rather the lush grass that is all over East Texas right now. She was busy eating and had no clue we were there. I settled in for the shot. She was quartering away and gave me a perfect shot to the vitals. Boom! Bacon!
Love the clarity of this video too. It was about 60 yards. Taken with my Tikka T3 Lite ,243 WIN paired with the ATN X-Sight Gen 1 5×18 HD scope. Hornady American Whitetail is our ammo of choice.