Wild Hog Bowhunt #1

WILD HOG BOWHUNTS 2013

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Sometimes the only way to start something is to hold your nose and jump in. I say that because I simply haven’t made the time to bowhunt for wild hogs so far this year. Recently during a business conversation with Collin Cottrell we finished by agreeing we should get in the woods right away to start wild hog bowhunting.

So I called up Collin and he came over to get some bowhunting done for wild hogs. I grabbed a Spypoint trail camera and my hunting stuff and drove Collin to an area I call the “Slew Hole” and let him off. This is a narrow wooded area between a coastal field and farm crops (such as corn, oats or wheat). Right now the farmer is plowing so there are no crops. However, the wild hogs are tearing up the plowed area every night.

A muddy slew runs through half of the 2 mile long wooded area. Wild hogs like everything about the slew and groups of them frequently lay up in the mud during the day. A barbed wire fence runs along the edge of the woods and the coastal field. Wild hogs have dug out a large divot underneath the fence on a trail that leads to the nastiest part of the slew.

I have 3 stands  near this hole underneath the fence and call the area the “Slew Hole.” Collin climbed over the fence and went to a treestand on the trail.

Then I drove to an area called the “Point.” Three run down fences join here and it is a hub of wild life activity. I wanted to know if hogs were currently using the area and fastened the Spypoint trail camera to a fence post.

I pointed the Spypoint down the section of patched up fence line that runs by my two treestands.

Then I climbed into a one of the treestands. This stand has a plastic swivel seat and because of a recent rain the seat was half full of water. I swished most of it out and used an extra shirt I bought along (in case it got chilly) and wiped the seat dry. Now I wouldn’t have to sit in a wet seat.

Because of the recent rain, water has gathered in front of my treestand. You can see it in this picture. Wild hogs and other wild game like this type of water and regularly drink from these puddles of water.

Time passed comfortably but without any wild hog sightings or sounds. Finally the sun sunk below the tree tops and the streaks of light on the ground turned to afternoon shadows.

Soon I saw movement 80 yards to the north. It was a huge, tanish colored wild boar walking through the sparse trees. A second one was behind it.

They stopped and I wondered if they would change directions and come my way. But they didn’t. Moments after they disappeared I heard grunts and some squeals from the direction they’d gone.

That was my hog show for the afternoon hunt. When I picked up Collin he said he heard hog sounds but didn’t see any.

Maybe tomorrow.

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