A couple years ago I received a phone call one afternoon from a church member who owns land next to the South Canadian River. He had a hog problem on his land and asked if I wanted to come help him out by shooting some. It didn’t take much to talk me into going after I heard the word “shoot”. I was in!
We loaded up in his pick up and headed out. He went on to explain to me that he had been trying to manage his land for turkey, deer, and quail and the hogs were spoilling his management plan. At the time I didn’t know it but hogs are just one of a land managers nightmare. He told me how they would destroy food plots, turkey and quail nest, and run off the deer.
When we got there he explained to me the layout of his feeders, food plots, and ponds. We quietly walked up to the backside of his shooting house (which you can see up on the cliff in the picture) and got settled in. As I’m sitting there just getting everything situated he whispers to me that there are hogs already at the closet feeder and to get my gun ready. And that’s when all the excitement began! We slowly raised the windows and he told me to pick one out and then on the count of three we would shoot!
As you can see from the picture the hunt was a success! I was able to harvest my first hog and help manage the land for my church member. The meat was amazing! And boy was there a lot of it.
A couple things to remember when hunting hogs, be aware of the wind and also your movement; even in that elevated house the hogs can pick you up just as if you’re on the ground. Great lessons, great day and great memories, that’s what hunting is all about! I was blessed to have someone invite me and now, I’m hooked on hog hunting! Get out there and do some hog hunting for yourself and take someone with you, because it’s always better with a buddy!