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#553018 10/25/22 04:23 AM
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Looks like this weekend i will be down in deep Texas. Not sure where it is i didnt set it up. About 10 of us going. I believe the outfit is called boss hog hunts. Wish me luck iv never been on a hunt before (46). Any of ya fellas do these.


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Hope you have some luck. Our deer and pigs have not had any acorns in going on 3 years….. few dropping now and nothing coming to feeder. Should make for a tough hunting year. Good for the animals though

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Rusto,

Are you a decent shot?

If so, then my advice is to be ready to take every "safe" shot you see developing. Hopefully one of the experienced people will be with you and can tell you to "wait, they are coming closer" or "take the shot, that is as good as you are going to get".

You definitely miss 100% of the shots you DON'T take.

Either way, have fun!

I have had fun during pheasant hunts during drought years where I didn't get a single shot, because it was an enjoyable break from work with a great group of people.

P.S. I just realized that you may never have even shot a rifle. A hog at close range with a scoped rifle is an "easy" shot. However, you first have to be comfortable with the rifle.

If possible, ask them if you can take 3 shots at a target before the hunt starts. That should get you much more confident with your rifle - and make you relaxed enough to take a good shot when it matters!

Happy hunting!

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Originally Posted by Pat Williamson
Hope you have some luck. Our deer and pigs have not had any acorns in going on 3 years….. few dropping now and nothing coming to feeder. Should make for a tough hunting year. Good for the animals though

Pat,

We have a 150 y.o. bur oak (plus some 50-80 y.o. trees) in our yard in the middle of the city. They are producing an absolutely bumper crop of giant acorns this year, even though we are in a significant drought. (We did have decent moisture this spring when the catkins were on the trees.)

We have had people ring our bell and ask if they could pick up the massive acorns! I said to take as many as you want, especially off of the sidewalk since they are a hazard at this point.

I am definitely going to fill a few trash cans and transport some acorns to our farm for the deer. They quickly ate everything I put out four years ago when we had a similar crop.

Hopefully your Texas vegetation will get knocked back into "normal" mode soon!

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The weather messed up the crop the last two years. And the drought has hurt this year. Worms two years ago wiped out all the catkins….. then the snow pockalipse killed most oaks that were wanting to bud. I’ve planted one but oak in yard so I can water it. Can your deer eat bur acorns?

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We have as many WO acorns as Ive ever seen this yr, in spite of a late season dry spell, like FishenRod, we had real good rain, to the point of excessive rain early, farmers were way late getting crops in because of too much rain. but they did start dropping earlier then usual, even dropping while they were still green, Im assuming because of the drought.
The hogs would be getting fat around here this year, the deer and turkeys are loving them. supposedly there was a wild hog spotted here in the area, less then 6 miles from my farm, not sure that I am ready for that, we don't have any around here that I officially know of.
Id like to do some hog hunting some day, its on my bucket list, but I would rather do it in another state, them dang things tend to destroy some land pretty fast I hear.


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I'm a pretty good shot with skeets. I know its different when its a live animal for sure. Im going more so to just have a get away with some fellas. Any time ya miss just means ya get another shot right lol.


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Originally Posted by Pat Williamson
Can your deer eat bur acorns?

I did a 1/2 trash can load two years ago, but didn't have a game cam set up on it. I went back out to the farm the next day, and they were all gone!

I assume it was the deer, but if raccoons also love them, then they might have eaten that load.

I will put a game cam on them this year!

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Originally Posted by gehajake
Id like to do some hog hunting some day, its on my bucket list, but I would rather do it in another state, them dang things tend to destroy some land pretty fast I hear.

Hopefully, Rusto can come on next week and tell you about a great place to go hog hunting! grin

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Originally Posted by RStringer
I'm a pretty good shot with skeets.

Good deal!

I think skeet shooting is more difficult than rifle shots at close to intermediate range. However, I am definitely NOT a shooting expert.

You are also correct about switching to live targets. I know guys that are excellent shots that missed their first big buck because they had such a bad case of "buck fever".

Have fun with the guys. If you do get a hog in your sights, I am pretty sure you will get him appropriately culled!

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Originally Posted by FishinRod
Rusto,

Are you a decent shot?

A hog at close range with a scoped rifle is an "easy" shot.

Happy hunting!

That all depends on what power the scope is set at too! Even if the hog is close, if he shoots with both eyes open then it won't make a difference with the scope, but if he closes the eye that isn't looking through the scope he might just see a mass of hair and not know where the x hairs are at on the hog!


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There is a difference between Skeet shooting, Trap shooting, Sporting Clays shooting, International Skeet, International Trap, Doubles Trap and Bunker Trap.

They all use clay birds. All are vastly different than someone going out to the "Back Forty" and shooting thrown clay birds from a hand trap too.

Look them up and see what the differences are. The one that was initially brought to market to mimic hunting situations is Sporting Clays.

Then you get into the "Protection" shoots or "Annie Oakley" shoots, those are fun! The others are fun too, but I think actual skeet shooting is boring after a while.

If you want to drop a hog in it's tracks, shoot it in front of the shoulder, about 1/3 down from the top of it's back, where the skin makes a vertical crease when the hog moves it's head from side to side. A bullet there breaks the spine and they drop in their tracks. A bullet in the ear will do the same thing, but the crease doesn't move as much as their head does.


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One of these years I'd love to do something like this:

Heli hog hunting

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Don't get me wrong I'm glad they are not as bad in Kansas. It just seems like Texas is very dry and not as much to eat. That Heli hut looks fun. Do Texans like the meat from them. Wife asked someone going on the hunt with us if it taste like Jimmy Dean (lol).


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Rusto we eat them , 100# or less and they good ground up or quartered up and bbq. The key is if they smell gamey then they won’t taste to good , I’ve killed boars 150# that had no smell and were edible. 25-40# were more tender to BBQ and were as tasty as a pork butt from the store, Do the smell check and you should be fine

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Originally Posted by esshup
One of these years I'd love to do something like this:

Heli hog hunting

Surely highflyer can rig a harness for his largest drone and allow you to perform a one-man aerial hog hunt! grin

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Originally Posted by Pat Williamson
Rusto we eat them , 100# or less and they good ground up or quartered up and bbq. The key is if they smell gamey then they won’t taste to good , I’ve killed boars 150# that had no smell and were edible. 25-40# were more tender to BBQ and were as tasty as a pork butt from the store, Do the smell check and you should be fine

Pat,

When eating the small hogs (25-40#) Texas BBQ style, are the females better tasting, or are the males just as good before they become testosterone-filled beasts?

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Originally Posted by FishinRod
Originally Posted by Pat Williamson
Rusto we eat them , 100# or less and they good ground up or quartered up and bbq. The key is if they smell gamey then they won’t taste to good , I’ve killed boars 150# that had no smell and were edible. 25-40# were more tender to BBQ and were as tasty as a pork butt from the store, Do the smell check and you should be fine

Pat,

When eating the small hogs (25-40#) Texas BBQ style, are the females better tasting, or are the males just as good before they become testosterone-filled beasts?

I agree with Pat. Our butchers told us that a lot of it depends on the shot. Clean shots, good meat. Poor shots bring adrenaline into play.

Rusto, I hope you enjoy your trip down here.


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Hog hunting could be a daily deal here. I saw the first one on my land about 15 years ago. Now, they are vermin and everywhere. Grandson and his buddy trapped 20 or so in one trap setting a couple of years ago. I’ve had them come up to one of my ponds while wife and I were tossing out pellets. They waded out and started swimming. I’ve pulled up next to them on a 4 wheeler and took pics.

Rusto, be careful about handling them. They are tick infested. When the boys trapped that big bunch my Grandson, 20 years old, 6’5””, and 210 pounds evidently got a tick bite but it couldn’t be found. He wound up in ICU and it was touch and go. Almost lost him.

Not a lot of food plots for deer planted around here anymore. The hogs root everything up.

I expect I could kill one about anytime I wish but I just dont mess with them.

Have fun and clobber some of them.


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Originally Posted by FireIsHot
I agree with Pat. Our butchers told us that a lot of it depends on the shot. Clean shots, good meat. Poor shots bring adrenaline into play.

I have heard the same thing about deer. (Too much of a rookie to know the truth of the matter as regards deer.)

Would a head shot on a smallish hog be the best course if you were picking one out for eating?

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Originally Posted by FishinRod
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I agree with Pat. Our butchers told us that a lot of it depends on the shot. Clean shots, good meat. Poor shots bring adrenaline into play.

I have heard the same thing about deer. (Too much of a rookie to know the truth of the matter as regards deer.)

Would a head shot on a smallish hog be the best course if you were picking one out for eating?

Head shot or where I said to shoot them in the crease in front of the shoulder. That severs the spine and they drop on the spot, dead. Ditto for deer, the 6 or so I whacked last year all were head shots, total tracking distance for all of the deer last year was less than a foot. These are does, more of a population control/freezer filler than anything else. If there isn't much wind and under 150 yds,I wait until they are calm and grazing in the food plot or on acorns, and squeeze the trigger. I am usually shooting from a seated position, either in a tree stand with a rifle rest or from a folding cloth camp chair with a set of trigger sticks. .243, 85g Barnes TSX bullet @ 3350 fps mv. It groups less than 3/4 moa from a bench @ 100 yds, so the accuracy is there


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Originally Posted by FishinRod
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Rusto we eat them , 100# or less and they good ground up or quartered up and bbq. The key is if they smell gamey then they won’t taste to good , I’ve killed boars 150# that had no smell and were edible. 25-40# were more tender to BBQ and were as tasty as a pork butt from the store, Do the smell check and you should be fine

Pat,

When eating the small hogs (25-40#) Texas BBQ style, are the females better tasting, or are the males just as good before they become testosterone-filled beasts?
I have found that as long as the piggie doesn’t have that musty smell they will be fine, I hav cleaned and eaten pigs up to 150# that didn’t smell and they were fine. Boars we’re just as tasty as sows . Have killed sows that were rank smelling that we passed on. If they are actively breeding both boar and sows ain’t fit for eating. I shoot them in the head when going for eating.

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Almost made it down here for the hunt. We are near the town of Pleasanton. I'm shooting an ar-15 with a 300 blackout. Just hours away from the start of it. Hopefully for a good time. Getting 2 bring home a hog for a cookout would be nice bonus.


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Have fun, Rusto!

If you have your girls catch a few bass, then you could have Surf & Turf for your next family cookout.

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Hey Rusto,

Any good updates for your Hog Hunt trip?


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