The Pond Sow
I headed up to Affordable Outfitter HQ in Bryson, TX after work on Tuesday, July 21st. I hunt with this operation a lot ’cause they know hogs and they have awesome properties to hunt. In addition, the quality of hogs is the best I’ve seen; Big, challenging free-range hogs. I had talked to James Rae, the owner, on Monday and he gave me the scoop on what he’d seen while scouting. He had me setup in a brush blind overlooking a pond that was near a hay field. A perfect setup.
I arrived around 20:00 and Wyatt, his son and guide, took me out to the stand. I was all settled by 20:45 and the wait was on. As usual, raccoons started the evening; chirping and carrying on. I noticed the wind had picked up and was swirling a bit. I had sprayed down completely though so wasn’t all that worried.
At about 22:10 the raccoons scampered off. Soon after, I heard the grunts and the pigs came in; two large sows and some piglets. They drank a little then I think they got my wind… just a hint. They turned around and started back to the thick brush trail they had come in on. But I was ready. I put the crosshairs on the largest sow and let her have it.
One shot put her down. She was kicking a little on the bank so I put one more in her to shut her down. I waited about 5 mins then headed over to have a look. she was HUGE! Pushing 280-300lbs! I called Wyatt and he and James promptly came out and we loaded her up and headed back to HQ. It took me an hour and a half to butcher her but it was worth it. Great backstraps and tenderloins!
Another successful hunt at Affordable Outfitter. Can’t wait to go again. My tusker is out there and it’s only a matter of time!
Gun : DPMS Panther Arms Oracle (.223/5.56)
Ammo: Winchester Razorback xt 62 grain (.223)
Scope: ATN-Xsight 3-12 (night mode green)