Wild Hog Party

Last week Collin Cottrell came down from Minnesota. We’ve been working on a new surprise project for Bowhunting.Net. Yesterday afternoon, a couple of hours before dark, I told Collin to get his bow.

We got in my truck and drove slowly out to the Point. I set up a SpyPoint game camera there. The Hammer Hole was next. I put a SpyPoint camera there too.

I drove slowly along, watching for splotches of black hog hide in the brush. As we came up to a stock tank in a hill full of ceder trees we saw something black up under a ceder with low limbs, 30 yards from my truck.

I stopped and Collin got his bow out of the back seat and eased into the trees. The hog was laying still, sleeping. Collin had to move to the left so he could get a clear, 15 yard shot.

The hog’s head popped up. It looked right at Collin and growled.

The hog stood up.

Simultaneously, Collin drew and anchored. The hog was quartering toward him and Collin aimed in front of the front shoulder and took his shot.

The hog spun in a circle… and jumped ahead 3 yards and collapsed.

But it wasn’t over.

The hog growled loudly, sounding very angry and menacing. Collin shot again.

It was over.

While Collin set the hog up for a picture I sat down with my camera. When I took the picture I heard noise close by in the cedars to my right. I looked as a huge black hog popped into view less than 20 yards away, and getting closer. Others were behind it.

I got to my feet right away, I definitely did not want to be sitting down if things took a wrong turn.

The big hog turned to my left and started walking away. Collin scrambled to nock another arrow and ducked into the thick trees behind the hogs. On the way he came up on another big hog, this one a white and black sow with several young hogs. They stopped for a split second and then ran into the trees.

This is Collin’s first time to hunt wild hogs. Here he is with his black wild boar.

Equipment Comments from Collin:

  • Robert gave me this BowTech Guardian last year after he used it for a few years and killed many deer, turkeys, hogs, and bear. It’s a bigger bow and holds steady for a larger guy like me (6’3” 265). This was my first kill with it.
  • I used the Black Gold FlashPoint RedZone HD sight. The PhotoChromatic Technology they use on these sights is really cool and let in the perfect amount of light to my pins.
  • If you are looking for a quiver that stays nice and tight to your bow and keeps your arrows in place, check out TightSpot Quiver.
  • I used a Trophy Taker Terminal T-Lock broadhead on this hog and he made it about 3 yards. The broadhead went into the gravel behind the hog after the first shot and was still very sharp and I will use it again.
  • Since getting Winners Choice Custom Bowstrings last spring I haven’t any problems with weathering or wear.
  • Nikon Monarch Binoculars.
  • I wore the HECS Energy Cloak under my sweatshirt and pants.

6 Responses to "Wild Hog Party"

  1. clesson cottrell   2011/02/09 at 8:02 pm

    Good job Collin on your kill and thanks Robert for giving Collin the chance to do the hunt .. You two make a great team , looking forward to more exciting stories … pops.

  2. Rick Philippi   2011/02/09 at 10:30 pm

    Congrats Collin, the tenderloins will taste great.

  3. Marc   2011/02/10 at 3:31 pm

    Contests on the hog Collin!

  4. Collin Cottrell   2011/02/10 at 8:51 pm

    Thanks guys! I appreciate it!

  5. Brady Miller   2011/02/13 at 6:09 am

    Congrats Collin on the great hunt. Looks like a great hog!!

  6. Daniel Fisher   2011/02/15 at 4:58 pm

    Nice job collin glad to see you haveing a good time!!