Wild Boar Hunting – The Big Ones
We’ve been working hard these past few months on patterning and hunting several large, sollitary boars on our new lease in Rusk. They are proving to be incredibly challenging. Of course, this is no surprise as these beasts don’t get as big and as mean as they are by being dumb. Hunting large, solo boars takes perseverance, patience and a very acute knowledge of their behavior.
Through THHA, I commiserate with like-minded hunters who share our passion for stalking and killing these beasts. I wanted to use this post to highlight what it takes to take a good-sized, lone boar.
Fellow THHA member, Cameron and I have been talking these past few months as we both pursued our respective pigs. It just so happens, that on April 1st, he sealed the deal. His hard work paid off and he scored a nice 200#+ boar he’d been hunting for over 6 weeks. I asked him to provide some details on his quest so that we all can learn and apply the techniques and knowledge he used/garnered over his 6 week endeavor.
Here is the pursuit summary from Cameron:
He had been hitting the feeder 16 days in a row, I hunt 6 hrs one night…No show, I likely got winded. Raising stand on 8′ legs tomorrow for some better scent control. Taking another shot (hopefully!) on Tuesday. He’s only about 175lbs I’m guessing, not like Orion. He’s got all the classic mature boar characteristics, he’s a tank.
Got winded twice. 1st time was due to light / variable winds. I’m hunting @ 50 yards distance so wind is CRUCIAL. Got winded a 2nd time as the temps dropped, cold air settles to lower places, my scent settled downhill towards feeder. busted. Last night (April 1) I used my go-to scent control…skunk scent. Had it on the stand and the bottle opened on the window frame. Downside is my coat smells like skunk today, but plus side is I got a giant ziplok full of tenderloin!
Finally pinched that pig. 29 cumulative hours hunting this single boar. 6 nights hunting total, got winded twice, once at 16 yards. It finally came together, God is good. Came in a little heavier than expected, 210lbs.
So over a period of 6 weeks, and 29 hours in the stand, Cameron closed the deal. He paid attention to the wind and the need to change scent control strategies based on his position and stand set up. The skunk scent is a great idea!
Kudos to Cameron for sealing the deal. Great Pig!
We hope to have pics of Orion from last week when we check the trail cams this weekend – maybe he’ll slip up in the next few hunts as well.
Happy hunting and Slay Some Swine!