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Bobby Tomek

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  1. 2017 with little man!!

    well done by the both of you!
  2. Well, it's been a while since I pulled the trigger on a hog, but that changed tonight. I was outside comparing scopes and about to go back in as the available light was all but gone. The deer out in the pasture were just ghostly figures and blended into the terrain, and my distant optical charts had faded away. But it was then that numerous flashes of white tails caught my attention -- and also when I saw a dark figure darting in and out of the cedar and huisache. Within seconds I confirmed it was indeed a hog. I knew I had to act quickly, so when the first good opportunity presented itself and he slowed to a walk, I led with the illuminated dot of the #60 reticle and sent a 123 grain Hornady SST across 170 yards of space. The shot felt good, and I was reassured by the solid sound of the bullet's impact. But the soft recoil nudging me off target and the prevailing darkness meant I could not see if the hog ran or went down, etc. Nonetheless, I again looked through the Zeiss Victory HT 3-12x56 but could discern no movement and could see no body. At that point, I pulled my phone out of my back pocket, and it said 8:58, so we'll call the shot at 8:57 -- a full 41 minutes after legal sundown if my solunar chart is correct. When I took the shot, the hog had just cleared a known landmark: a small cedar that I've often used as a yardage marker. So I drove down to it with the intention of looking for blood, but there was no need. The boar had whirled to run, swapping ends and dropping right behind the cedar -- just 5-6 feet from where he took the bullet but completely out of sight from my shooting rest. The 123 grain Hornady, launched at 2603 fps from the 24" barrel, centered the onside shoulder, pulverized the uppermost edge of the heart, damaged the lungs and left a small, dime-sized exit through the opposite shoulder. The chest cavity was filled with blood and gushed when the hog was opened up. If you look closely, you can see the dark spot in the photo where the Hornady left the scene.
  3. I avoid the pain med as much as possible. I won't drive, do any reloading or mess with guns because it truly does affect one's alertness, etc. I hate that stuff, but sometimes I finally have to break down and take it when the pain gets too much to bear. As long as I can stand it, though, I'll deal with the pain rather than the side effects of the medicine.
  4. Thanks, guys. Woke up in a ton of pain this morning, and in getting water to take my meds, I looked through the window and noticed a large sow and a few 40-50 pounders in a clearing. But getting down the ramp and to my shooting rest was a little more than I could handle this morning. Hopefully they'll come back soon. Would have liked for one of the boys to go out there and get a shot, but they are in San Antonio with cousins this weekend.
  5. A few video's of Pig hunts

    Keep posting these. I enjoy them immensely!!! My health hasn't cooperated with me, so I haven't pulled the trigger on anything for a while now. But seeing these excellent videos sure does help! Well done...
  6. lightning is not your friend!!

    Wow...glad you both are OK and that you were home to prevent the fire from spreading. The force of Mother Nature's is both amazing and terrifying at the same time.
  7. Ever Heard of a Bump Stock?

    I have to agree with Jerry here -- particularly about the labeling -- and will venture a bit off topic here. Call me what you wish, but there are things that simply are common sense. We are all basically on the same side when it comes to the 2nd, but the labeling does more harm than good. I get the political labeling from BOTH sides as well due to my beliefs, and -- frankly -- I don't care anymore. I don't bow to any political party and don't blindly support any single platform because -- for starters -- I find great fault with both the GOP and the Democrats as well. And right now, I have no problem in saying that our state and nation are being run by a bunch of unqualified, agenda-driven morons who only care about their own priorities and not about the constituency or what's best for humanity. But back to my point: I DO NOT agree that ANYONE (unlicensed) should be allowed to carry a handgun in public. I DO NOT agree that ANYONE of legal age should be allowed to buy a gun, either. I DO NOT condone campus carry, either, as I feel there are indeed places where guns should not be allowed, courthouses and churches coming to mind as well. And I feel those who deem it necessary to sling an AK over their shoulders to go grocery shopping or to eat in a restaurant do indeed have some underlying issues -- and I wouldn't go anywhere near them and wouldn't want any of my family around them, either. Just because it is their "right" doesn't make it right -- or acceptable, for that matter. I feel the same about the bump stock. On the other hand, I do not think private sales between citizens should be regulated -- again, though, with common sense applying and not selling to a minor or a known felon., But I fully agree with the NICS check for dealer sales, though it, too, is flawed as info often is missing or not provided as needed to the proper agencies. I believe that folks with felonies on their records, those who have domestic violence convictions, etc., those with documented mental health issues, etc. should not be able to go out to a gun store and buy whatever they want -- quite contrary to what the gun lobby and numerous GOP morons are pushing. If that makes me an ally of the "anti" crowd in the eyes of some, then so be it. Like Jerry, I make no apologies for it.
  8. Ever Heard of a Bump Stock?

    I have no use for things like that and consider it a huge waste of ammo, just like Bennie said. But I guess I could say I sort of did have a bump stock -- if a homemade peach stock with a knot near the comb counts. After all, it DID have a bump.
  9. Got a couple pigs this weekend

    OP-I apologize. I was vague on the regs and referring to my own personal situation since I can no longer handle a compound or recurve. Anyway, it's archery-only here for does, and ONLY during the archery season. You can't take a doe during the general season with archery unless you have MLD tags or belong to a co-op. And, of course, with MLD or co-op situations, you can use rifle, pistol, archery, etc. If you are going to be this way any time soon, you are welcome to take my crossbow to try out. As long as we get it back by the end of September, all is well!
  10. Got a couple pigs this weekend

    OP-You should give a crossbow a whirl. I used to use a compound way back when and then a recurve. I got really frustrated when my health issues stopped me from being able to use it, but my best friend intervened, found an older/used PSE, bought it and gave it to me -- and told me I was indeed going to stop being stubborn and try it. I am glad I did as I found out I really enjoyed it -- and then managed to kill several deer with it. Since then, I have tried several, including an expensive Excalibur, but what I have been using for about 3 years now is a fairly inexpensive PSE Fang that Bev got for me at Academy. . The kit was something like $299, but I quickly ditched the scope that came with it and replaced with a Nikon Bolt. It is consistently more accurate than any of the others I have tried and has given me zero problems. The others were good but seemed very picky about what they shot well, and all seemed to change POI a bit over time. But so far, the PSE Fang has been a model of consistency. Here in Lavaca County, the crossbow is the only way I can kill a doe. There are far too many, but the TPWD is doing nothing about amending the regulations. And very few use archery, so we are facing a growing problem. Co-ops aren't the answer as some folks aren't honest about the game counts and lie to get more doe tags. I've seen it happen in an area that was fairly well balanced in terms of ratios, yet folks managed to get quite a few doe tags, and after three seasons, there were virtually no deer to be seen anymore. But that's a topic for another day...
  11. Got a couple pigs this weekend

    OP-Much like Bennie said, I consider 30 yards about max for deer or hogs unless things are perfect -- and they seldom are in hunting. I did take a spike at 33 yards, but there was good daylight (around 8:30 a.m.), there was no wind and the deer had no idea I was there. They can be very accurate if set up properly and teamed with a bolt and broadhead that it likes (as in firearms, they have their preferences as to what shoots best). Softball-sized or smaller groups at 50 yards are no problem. But I just don't feel comfortable shooting at a deer at that range because far too many things can go wrong. I did kill a coyote at 45, but the 33 yard shot on the spike is likely to be the longest I will ever try on a whitetail or hog. And I really prefer 25 or closer.
  12. Got a couple pigs this weekend

    I agree with OP: that much activity sure keeps things interesting -- and keeps the trigger finger in practice ha ha. Well done all the way around!
  13. Warfarin is Gone for Hog Control in Texas

    In this area, I've conversed with 9 different landowners. Six of them either hunt or allow hunting of hogs on their land. None of them get any monetary benefit from the hunting as they allow either friends or family to do the honors. Five of these were against the use of the warfarin. The 6th was "not completely against" it but wanted to see some unbiased data before deciding either way -- a sentiment many seem to echo on forum discussions. There are also 3 landowners who do not hunt and do not have anyone hunting their land (two have trapped hogs). All three use their land for crops -- and NONE of those three wanted Warfarin on their land, even though all three admit they've suffered crop damage from hogs in the past. Adding myself to the mix -- I'd fit into the first group as we shoot them a bit -- there would be 9 against the use of the toxin with one undecided. I am not aware of anyone around here who'd actually go for the poisoning of hogs with Warfarin.
  14. Lesson Learned

    Not trying to preach or lecture, but I am curious as to why you'd take a shot at an eye if you weren't sure "what" it belonged to? Could have been a cow, a deer, etc. But yes, that was a heck of a shot.
  15. Hawg Down

    well done...congrats!!!
  16. Amazing Game CAM Pic

    That's awesome. Their agility is simply incredible to watch.

    well done!
  18. We scored big time .

    Wow...very well done in some tough conditions. Congrats! Good luck on the archery side of it, too.
  19. SB Polar scores 1st kill

    Well, it wasn't what I wanted to pull the trigger on, but I took a boar 'coon in the partial moonlight just before midnight tonight. I had stepped outside to take a peek for hogs, and -- after letting my eyes adjust for a few minutes -- I noticed this coon near a protein feeder set up for the deer. He was actually between the feeder and a batch of corn soured in expired prickly pear puree I was given, and any time a deer tried to approach the protein, he charged at it and ran it off. This went on for 9-10 minutes before I had enough and decided to end his hostility. From a solid rest, I settled the half-MOA dot of the Schmidt Bender Polar 3-12x54 -- which was set on 10x -- on what I perceived to be low on the shoulder and touched off my 7mm Bullberry. There was no mistake about the shot as the impact of the bullet was quite loud, the 120 grain Nosler BT smashing though both shoulders and killing the boar coon instantly. It wasn't the target I had hoped to connect with, but it felt good to christen the scope. If the weather and this decrepit body will cooperate, I hope to take a few more late-night looks during the next week or so as we should have good lighting conditions. But so far, I am definitely pleased. While certainly not perfect, the Polar offers more moonlight capability than any other scope I have ever tried. PS-Pardon the slobbered-up hair on the raccoon. Our dog Charlie decided to worry the carcass a bit while I retrieved the camera, and I didn't have anything to wipe it down and didn't feel like going back inside.
  20. SB Polar scores 1st kill

    Forgot to say: the 'coon was several yards to the right of the 155 yard feeder and a couple yards beyond it as well, so we'll call it app. 157 yards.
  21. Hope Everyone Made It Through the Bad Weather Today

    We were lucky: no bad weather of any kind, but no rain, either.
  22. Turkey eve hog

    Terrific shooting, Bennie! Around here, the turkeys have been all over lately, but the activity usually tapers off after the first week of April. I hope you can get back out there soon.
  23. morning view from the front door

    Pardon the hand-held and not-so-sharp photo, but I wanted to get a quick snapshot of these visitors this morning. We are blessed to live in an area where you don't have to leave the house to see game. It makes my day to look outside and see things like this...
  24. ...or not. As some of you know, I sold off some of my guns and other things a while back so that I could upgrade my optics.Since I can't spend any time afield & only do a bit of sniping from the house, my shot opportunities are rare, and of those I am fortunate enough to be presented with, most involve moonlight opportunities on hogs. I've gone through lots of scopes in search of that non-existent "perfect" one, and I've finally found one that does better than all the rest when it comes to low-light situations. I've compared Kahles, Leica, Meopta, Schmidt Bender, Zeiss, Swarovski, Hensoldt and others and have spent countless hours gauging resolution and usable image quality in twilight and did so using not only optical charts but live game and stationary targets as well. None are perfect, and I have found fault with all. But the Schmidt Bender Polar T96 3-12x54 with D7 reticle certainly brings on a smile. It is definitely the brightest rifle scope -- yes, brighter than the Zeiss Victory HT 3-12x56 for anyone who may ask -- out there and resolves enough detail to make those difficult night-time shots possible. The illuminated dot is small and unobtrusive. And its contrast level when light is all but gone allows you to "see" into the shadows exceedingly well. No, it's by no means perfect, either. I'd prefer the intensity of the dot adjust one level lower. I'd prefer a slightly heavier center wire in the D7 reticle. And for someone with RA and neuropathy, that super-sweet-looking and smoothly-surfaced metal magnification ring can be a slight hindrance. But so far, it the THE best out there -- for me, at least -- and I've tried virtually all of the true contenders. And I say without reservation that SB's claims of it being the world's brightest rifle scope are spot-on. Of course, it had to be mounted on my beloved 7mm Bullberry. It sits in medium Warne rings, is sighted in and now just lacks a suitable piggie to be used on. Will I change scopes again if something else shows promise? Anything is possible, but I don't see another scope unseating the Polar any time soon. After all, too many manufacturers are geared towards tactical offerings and ungodly million-times zoom magnification ranges. Of course, that hinders low-light performance and why the brand-new Zeiss V8 series doesn't do as well in low light as do the older Victory and Victory HT scopes and their 4x zoom ranges.
  25. Brady hog

    That's some very unique coloration. Congrats!