Wild Hog Bowhunt at Big Johnson

Sky Watkins and I checked game cameras for wild hog activity. It wasn’t hard to find, hog pictures were on all the cameras.

Sky Watkins checking a game camera for wild hogs at Big Johnson Outfitters.
Sky checks the game camera's settings and takes out the SD card so I can copy the pictures on my laptop.

We picked out an area with hog traffic every day for the last two weeks and set up a pop up ground blind. Then Sky and I returned at 6:00 in the afternoon. It was 103 degrees and sitting inside the blind made it even hotter.

Hot weather usually means mosquitoes and right away I got my ThermaCELL out and turned it on. As always the ThermaCELL sent the mosquitoes packing.

Time passed … hotly. Finally the West Texas sun crawled down to the horizon and disappeared. A few minutes after 8:00 I saw some wild hogs walking 100 yards away. I signaled to Sky that hogs were in the area and he turned on the video camera in case they came out way.

They did.

Soon they were close enough for a good bow shot. But tree limbs were between them and me.

I couldn’t get a shot. They hog group went on past us and disappeared. Dark time came quickly and a whitetail doe came by us.

After the doe was gone Sky and I returned to the ATV. We left my blind in place for another hunt. The next day we ran the same plan, only we waited until 7:15 to get there. We ThermaCELLed up and waited.

The wild hogs showed up a few minutes later than before. And from the opposite direction.

They stopped on the side of the blind that I had the mesh velcroed down on. It took them a couple of minutes to get in easy bow range.

If they came by us on the left I could shoot through the blind’s open window. If they picked the right I was out of luck because the windows on that side were velcroed shut.

But while the shot opportunity I had was very close I would have had to shoot through the mesh. And I prefer not to do that.

The hogs passed by to the right of the blind.

On the next hunt Colten and Sky drove out to a different stand site.

This was my last hunt because we were all leaving in the morning . Sky and Colten drove off to do some last minute work and I set up to hunt.

A group of rams walked right by me. Here they are giving me the raspberry because I can’t shoot them.

Then I saw two very nice bucks in velvet. One was particularly high with long points for this early in the growing period. At last light some hogs showed.

I don’t like to shoot in low light so I waited until they left and phoned Sky to pick me up.

The next morning after I left the lodge a huge racked buck ran across the road in front of my pickup. I stopped to see if I could get a picture of this big boy. And 60 yards further up the road 4 bomber bucks crossed the road.

What a super ending to my hog hunt. I can’t wait until October and the 6th Annual Bowhunting.net Bowhunt at Big Johnson Outfitters. Maybe I will meet up with one of the 6 bomber bucks I saw on this trip.



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