The Quest For ORION
I finally secured a lease early in 2016. 300 acres out in the big deer and hog pines of Rusk, TX. It’s a gem of a place and full of good deer in good numbers. But, what I was most excited about was the presence of big boars. In fact, the first night we ever hunted the place, My little brother scored a big boar with his .308. Hunting big boars is a challenge. They are solitary, unpredictable and damn smart. Of course, this is to be expected since they didn’t get to be as big as they are because they’re dumb.
Well, throughout January, February and March as we were setting up the lease and plotting blind locales and such, I came across some huge tracks at a feeder at a blind we call Midway. I set up a trail cam and captured a giant boar. We call him Orion as the first night I saw him, I was in the tree stand and the constellation Orion was right over my head. I didn’t have a shot at him that night as there was a pine tree in my way and reflected my IR completely washing out my view. I tried to re-position but he saw the glow as I pulled the scope from my face and he walked away. I have since captured him on camera several more times. He comes in at various times and on various days…no pattern.
I have a ground blind up about 50 yards from the feeder as well as if the wind is right, we have a more comfortable sit locale. The tree stand is good but gets old after a while and really, is used in a pinch if the wind is coming from the N or NE/NW.
Since January, we’ve got him a few more times on camera. Most recently, between March 15-18th. I put a new StealthCam up and I am loving the three images in one sequence setting – check these pics…the most recent.
Here are some pics of this beast – These are from March 2016 – date and time on camera are off:
I am hoping to put this boy on the ground in the next few weeks. But, it will be a challenge as I won’t be down there too much and since the grass is growing like crazy and we’ve had a ton of rain – he has plenty of food and water and won’t really be relating to the feeder.