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  1. Fear of Hogpocalypse

    Yes, and that is a big part of the problem. Other things were under consideration in Texas and Miller "fast-tracked" Kaput (warfarin) for use. "Fast-tracked" was his words and apparently he didn't do it legally. My real concern with the Kaput plan was that it was wholly untenable. In order to replicate the results that Miller cited from Australia, we would need a simultaneous deployment of something like 1.2 million special hog-only feeders that would have to be baited with 'lure' to educate hogs and then baited with poison 'bait' to kill the hogs over a period of days. Any feeders in the areas of livestock would have to be securely fenced off to preclude livestock from having any access. After all, hogs can and do make messes. After deployment of the poison, feeders would have to be regularly policed for poison spillage so that wildlife does not eat it. All of these hogs would have the be policed up and buried (according to EPA and Kaput directions). So basically, you would need a small army to make this happen, but we know that won't happen. Some people would have been willing to try running a feeder or two, but this would be piecemeal. I am certain that nobody would have been willing to follow the rules properly, certainly not over the long term. What would have resulted is a lot of expense for landowners with no appreciable suppression of the population because not enough would be using the system or using it properly.
  2. I have been hunting a new place with a lot of hog damage and the owner said to take care of the coyotes as they bother his calves. Lots of rooting damage, but have only seen 1 hog so far. What I have seen are coyotes and last night wasn't atypical. I had just arrived to the spot I planned to hunt and planned on cooling down for a little while before deploying my caller and wiggler. The sweat had not even dried yet when this foursome came in... Had the first dog gone down with the first shot, I might have been able to transition quickly enough to another, but I stayed with him until his was down.
  3. Does Hog Calling Work? - VIDEO

    Over the last few years, I have bantered around the topic of hog calling with Glenn Guess. He is a huge proponent of it and while I understood it could be done, I had come to realize that a lot of folks with grunt tubes probably were not having as much success because they really didn't speak "hog." Glenn has raised hogs for years and learned to associate sounds with behaviors. I still can't run a grunt tube worth a darn, but I can run an electronic caller. In speaking with Glenn and watching some of his videos online and some he hasn't released yet, it became apparent that the calls that seem to attract hogs most often involve sows and/or piglets. They are calls that will either generate interest from other hogs, or compel them to come to the rescue. The call I am primarily using in the video is one where a sow is defending piglets from a threat. These sorts of sounds apparently do a good job of calling other sows to the rescue. Glenn had suggested that sounds such as boars fighting are sounds best used as a last resort as such sounds are not apt to attract as many hogs and may actually scare them away, apparently not wanting to be involved in a fight between boars. Of course, why hogs may or may not respond is partially conjecture. However, based on Glenn's experiences and what we found last night, this sort of call certainly can bring in hogs and bring them from long distance. Like calling coyotes, it won't always work. We tried calling for nearly 3 hours in a previous spot down in the bottoms and had no luck what-so-ever. Here is the video. I had a malfunction with a gummed-up firing pin and expressed myself in an ungentlemanly manner. That has been covered over. The problem has been resolved. https://youtu.be/uNGCo-isAoU
  4. No, not in Texas. Some hogs are just hairy. https://weather.com/storms/winter/news/winter-outlook-2016-2017-twc http://www.weatherworksinc.com/winter-forecast-2016-2017
  5. Called Boar, Droped by 6.5 Creedmore and .50 Beowulf

    That gave me a good laugh!
  6. Week 5 of our weekly trip to Grayson County finds Ed and I hunting together like a well oiled machine that needs to be lubed with graphite. Each week has been a new adventure, but except for the first hunt that was in the ragweed jungle, we had not been seeing hogs. So despite any health considerations for Ed who had been left with sinus issues and eyes partially swollen shut and me with a sinus infection, we ventured back into the ragweed jungle, this time without our guides of Mike and Jon. I was impressed with Ed's ability to find camo for this particular excursion, but he managed to do so with something new. I just wore my old gear. I had had the benefit of some prolonged discussions with Glenn Guess about using an electronic caller to call hogs. He had shown me some of his yet to be published videos of hogs coming in and explaining what was going on at the time. Armed with that information, we thought we would try to call hogs in the spot where we shot 2 hogs (sow and piglet) 5 weeks ago with Mike and Jon. The area where we set up is an area cleared for the installation of a fence. There is plenty of deer and hog sign in the soft sand. So we know the hogs are around. We just need to get them to show up. I set up the caller across a drainage about 100 yards away. Strangely, the first animals to come in were deer. They did not seem too bothered by the caller. They noticed there was a commotion, but regardless of what sounds I tried, nothing seemed to phase them. Then while we were watching they one young buck, he turned and hightailed it away. I told Ed something might be coming in and a minute or two later, this hog appeared in the clearing. Now this fence clearing is only about 10 yards wide. The hog came in and appeared to be looking for the caller that I had muted, then he quickly lost interest and started to leave. The goal was to get video and audio of the event, but the delay in doing this resulted in the hog vacating the area before there was a shot. A little while later, a second boar came in. The caller was going and the boar crossed the clearing, stopped to check out the caller from several yards away, continuing a few feet closer to the edge before stopping again a second time at which Ed commenced the countdown and we both fired - 3, 2, BOOM. The hog dropped in place. We decided to continue calling until the moon came up, but no additional hogs came. I was sweating the wait. Ed was using his new 6.5 Creedmore loaded with 143 gr. Hornady ELD-X with a Pulsar Apex XD50a thermal sight and I was using a .50 Beowulf loaded 350 gr. Hornady XTP with a Sig Sauer Echo 1 thermal reflex-type sight. Ed had been warned that if he wasn't careful, he could put an eye out. Sure enough, his bullet entered the left eye and exited the right eye with no eyes remaining. My bullet entered behind the shoulder, going through the rib cage on both sides before exiting the other side. While the bullet did not pass through the shoulders, the meat under each shoulder was rendered useless. Apparently, the XTP bullet comes apart violently. All in all,it was monumental occasion. It was the first time Ed had shot a hog with his 6.5 Creedmore. It was the first time I had shot a hog with the .50 Beowulf. It was the hog's first time to be shot by either caliber, much less both at the same time. Unfortunately, there was no video of the shot. Things happened far to fast in the narrow clearing. We are going back tonight, prepared with some different gear, in hopes of getting video...
  7. BRUISER of a boar with 6.5x30-30 AI

    I could say he was a definite bruiser! Good job! Looking forward to hearing about the terminal ballistics.
  8. This is a video that my buddy, Ed, put together of us trying to take a coyote. Our primary purpose on the property is to hunt hogs that root the field. Early on, we saw a LOT of coyotes at the opposite end, but it was twilight and we were still hopeful about getting a hog and so we let them pass. After several hours, no hogs showed up and so we put out a caller and managed to call in a single coyote. This was a new property for us to be hunting and was only our second time there. The field we were in measures approximately 1000 yards long by 300 wide at the north end and 600 wide at the south end. In the video, we are facing south. The field had been freshly cut and bailed for hay. Except for things along the perimeter, there are no landmarks in this field by which to assess distance. Combine these factors with good conditions for thermal, use of zoomed magnification, and the whole idea of trying to visually guesstimate the coyote's distance, and there is the potential to be off. Never mind that thermal optics reduce/negate depth perception and the fact that not all coyotes are the same size, LOL. Here is Ed's video. I won't say how far we thought the coyote was just yet, but we didn't guess right. Ed challenges folks to guess the distance and then reveals what it actually was at the end based on assessing features in the video and comparing them against the aerial map. This was quite the learning experience...
  9. This little piggie went...

    Anybody can shoot a big hog. It takes skill to hit the little ones. Good job!
  10. BIG pre-breakfast boar with the 7mmBB

    Excellent job and good read!
  11. late-evening hog with 6.5x30-30 AI

    Good read and good shooting!
  12. One Down & One Got Away...

    30.7 gr CFE
  13. What one caliber rifle for texas hunting

    I like my 6.5 Grendel (but 6.8 SPC would fit just as well here) quite a bit. Why? AR15 platform, relative low recoil, excellent terminal performance. Works nicely from mice to 270 lb boars.
  14. It has been a while since I have gotten a coyote and I just about missed out on the first one. When I caught sight of it, it was running away and would not stop. I was hoping it would, but it never did. Usually I see them stop at least once on a long run, to look back, but not this one. The second coyote was a little guy and much more considerate of my hunting needs.