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Old 03-27-2020, 10:56 AM   #1
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This past weekend, my girlfriend and I went to Brady to practice a little social distancing. We did a good job of limited to no stops along the way and were happy to be in the woods. The plan was to do a little work, a little pig hunting, and a little firearms fun. We recently acquired two new pieces, the Springfield Armory HellCat and The Springfield Armory Saint. It was a wet and wild one, but we checked the boxes on all three.

The work - Aside from checking all of the protein and corn sets, the main goal was to remove a huge pile of miscellaneous metal as well as other items like old ac unit, ladder, feeder, wire, etc. that accumulated and needed to be cleaned up. We successfully loaded up all of the items prior to the rain hitting.

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The firearms - Candace has been running a Glock 43 for awhile now but the new Hellcat is intriguing with its round count and we were both interested in her having one. It's a fine piece and she liked it alot and shot it well.

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One gun is good, but two guns are great, right!!! I went into the shop with the intention of picking up just the Hellcat but the Saint really caught my eye and after holding it, it was all over. The gun is extremely light, shoulders well with the brace, and offers alot of firepower in a small package.

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The Hunt - The pigs did Candace dirty all weekend and no showed her.

After reviewing the trail camera pictures, I elected to choose a spot we call the big tank. It had a good sized group of random pigs with an occasional big boar. The setup is a 1000 pound corn feeder and a Krivoman about 25 yards out buried in the brush. Rather than sit in the Krivoman, I was in the mood to just sit on the ground nestled in some brush in my leafy wear.

As the evening eased by, I enjoyed the cool breeze, the sights and sounds of the birds and the comfort of knowing I was far away from anyone. For a short time, the crazy state of our current world was forgotten about, and even if not for long, it was both needed and appreciated.


While sitting, I caught a flash about 70 yards out that got my attention. I quickly dismissed it as I thought it was a cow or a deer due to the height and color. As it moved through the brush, I picked it up again and realized it was neither but a huge boar that was a mix of black and white. The huge boar was about 70 yards out making his way in a large circle around the entire setup. I knew as he continued wide around the set, he would eventually catch my scent as it had drifted from in my face to across my shoulders and drifting left. I jumped up and started moving to the left quick to try and get outside of what I thought his circle would be. I moved wide and back across the road as quick and quietly as I could only to meet him face to face at 12 yards, this big boar had covered some ground quick.

I froze and did my best tree impersonation in my ASAT leafy wear suit. He stared at me for a few seconds, sticking his nose up in the air; raising and lowering his head. I had gotten far enough back and the wind was still good. I knew if I breathed, much less attempted to draw, he would bolt faster than lighting and be gone forever. After an particularly intense stare down, he lowered his head and started walking into the feeder setup. I let him enter the setup and I stalked towards the feeder as quietly as I could with the wind now perfect. As I inched closer with the brush between us, I started to believe I just might actually be able to pull this off.

For some unknown reason, other than that sixth sense that all mature animals possess, he turned around out of the setup after only a few kernels of corn and started making a hastily exit. I immediately went to full draw and followed him with my bow as he made his escape. This seems to never happen, but amazingly he stopped in an opening. Usually, in times like these, they stop in the only brush, limb, tree, etc. in the way. But now, less than 30 yards between us, he stopped in an opening long enough for me to send an arrow on its way. The SEVR broadhead hit home and I felt the shot was good.

It was getting dark quick so I made the decision to take up the track sooner than later. Short story, I followed a very good blood trail to a pig still alive. As I got close, he jumped up and started moving off. At this point, slow and uneasy as he was hurting. I don't think he knew I was following him. We played cat and mouse for a few minutes and all I had for a shot was his rear hams. I elected to wait for a better angle. Unfortunately, rather the wind or noise on my part, he figured out I was behind him and took off. Luckily, severely wounded he was not able to move at normal big boar pace and I was able to keep up with him by running after him. I did not want to lose this big boar. I ran full speed ahead to close the distance, bow in hand. As I got close, he stopped, turned and charged....talk about a surge of adrenaline. Luckily, wounded and with a lot of brush between us I was safe as he stopped short.

He then disappeared into an abyss of thick brush. I was determined not to lose this pig and began running around the huge circle trying to hear or see him. He popped out to the right and I quickly sent another arrow on its way which deflected off some brush but still managed to make contact but not penetrating very deeply.

Still in immensely thick brush, he turned and was slightly quartering towards me but I immediately sent another arrow on its way. It was better than the last but still not what I needed to put him down for good.

By this time, it was starting to look like an Apache war tribe had wandered by and I knew I needed to get close enough to get through the thick brush and put him down for good. I closed the distance and was about to try and shoot, only to turn tail and run as he came in a full charge towards me. Again, his injuries and the extremely thick brush between us helped me put some space between us. However, I now had a perfectly clear angle free from obstruction and I put one right in the boilermaker to finish him off.

Truly intense.... is the only way I can describe that hunt and experience. I will remember it many long years from now for sure.

I went back and got Candace and we loaded him into the suburban (not exactly easy I might add as I forgot to add the rack before we went out and yes, I put him in the suburban). We took him back and weighed him at camp and honestly was not overly surprised he was 200+ as he felt every bit of it. At 220.5 or 221 pounds, he is my new personal best.


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Apache War/Hunting Tribe that wandered by...
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It was a great weekend spent together and a nice break from it all!
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Old 03-27-2020, 11:06 AM   #2
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Nice! Your thoughts on the Sevr heads?
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Old 03-27-2020, 11:08 AM   #3
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Now that is a allot of pork. Congrats on the new toys and the big pig.

I enjoyed the heck out of the write up.

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Old 03-27-2020, 11:08 AM   #4
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You seem to have forgotten the 6' rule, lol. Great times I bet. Congrats on the swine.
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Old 03-27-2020, 11:09 AM   #5
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Big old piggy!
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Old 03-27-2020, 11:10 AM   #6
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Nice job on the hog!
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Old 03-27-2020, 11:16 AM   #7
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What size Sevr?
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Old 03-27-2020, 11:44 AM   #8
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Nice! Your thoughts on the Sevr heads?
It is the best mechanical ever made in my opinion. I was a huge fan of the Ulmer Edge's for years, but these are made better than those. It's the only mechanical I have ever been able to actually reuse with confidence.

I actually shot one (accidentally due to a failed release) straight into a brick wall from about 6 feet and the only damage was a dulled tip.


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What size Sevr?
On this pig, it was the 2.1". I've been using those for a couple of seasons now but I recently ordered the 1.7 as well as the 1.5 but have yet to use them.
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Old 03-27-2020, 11:55 AM   #9
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Stick pin pig! **** tough animals! Great write-up ad congrats
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Old 03-27-2020, 12:11 PM   #10
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Thanks for the write up. Great story.
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Old 03-27-2020, 12:32 PM   #11
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Very cool!Congrats on a great weekend! Looks more like pin cushion.
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Old 03-27-2020, 12:39 PM   #12
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Congrats on the kill and the mini vacation !
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Old 03-27-2020, 01:00 PM   #13
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Great write up and pics, I enjoyed that.
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Old 03-27-2020, 01:09 PM   #14
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Nice write up! Thanks for taking us along!
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Old 03-27-2020, 01:14 PM   #15
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about same number of arrows the lioness took- seems to be a common theme
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Old 03-27-2020, 01:18 PM   #16
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Great write up. Congrats on sticking a nice one.


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Old 03-27-2020, 01:30 PM   #17
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It is the best mechanical ever made in my opinion. I was a huge fan of the Ulmer Edge's for years, but these are made better than those. It's the only mechanical I have ever been able to actually reuse with confidence.

I actually shot one (accidentally due to a failed release) straight into a brick wall from about 6 feet and the only damage was a dulled tip.




On this pig, it was the 2.1". I've been using those for a couple of seasons now but I recently ordered the 1.7 as well as the 1.5 but have yet to use them.
Thank you! I'm thinking I'll be stocking up on the 1.7" and 2.1" for this coming season.
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Old 03-27-2020, 01:34 PM   #18
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Great story Michael! Good stuff. And thanks for the BH review.
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Old 03-27-2020, 01:39 PM   #19
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about same number of arrows the lioness took- seems to be a common theme
HA! I wouldn't expect a big gun hunter like you to know much about that...how many animals have you killed with a bow again?????

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Old 03-27-2020, 01:46 PM   #20
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Sounds like a dang good trip. Congrats on the kill.
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Old 03-27-2020, 01:49 PM   #21
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Definitely a fun weekend in the woods as always. The hogs did stand me up as they tend to do that sometimes, but at least one of us had some crazy & successful action in the field! Although a smelly ride back to camp, glad we were able to get him weighed! Congrats again!
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Great story, thanks for sharing
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Old 03-27-2020, 03:08 PM   #23
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I was texting some of my buddies about your hunt last night. After reading your original email and now re-reading this recap, I think I got the story mostly right! Congrats again on a toad of a hog!
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Old 03-27-2020, 07:30 PM   #24
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Thanks for the info and reports on the SEVR. Had them in my quiver last year but did not get a shot at anything!
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Old 03-27-2020, 08:03 PM   #25
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Sounds like a good weekend!!!

Enjoyed the write up. Congrats on the big hog.
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Old 03-27-2020, 08:54 PM   #26
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Great write up. I needed to read something refreshing. Great job on the big nasty.


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Old 03-27-2020, 08:57 PM   #27
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Beast! Great cutters! Congrats
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Old 03-27-2020, 09:47 PM   #28
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Great story and boar.

I’d be switching broadheads. Lol!
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Old 03-27-2020, 10:01 PM   #29
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Thanks for posting, I enjoyed that a lot. Great job.
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Great story and congrats!
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Dang he took a lot of killin! Congrats!
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Old 03-28-2020, 12:59 AM   #33
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That penetration sure doesnt get me excited :/
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Old 03-28-2020, 06:17 AM   #34
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Congrats.....I enjoyed reading your story.
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Old 03-28-2020, 06:35 AM   #35
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Awesome hunt. Congrats
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Old 03-28-2020, 07:04 AM   #36
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Great write up. Loved it.
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That's a great write up of your hunt! My heart was racing. Thanks for taking the time to tell it and congratulations!
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Nice one Michael~!
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Great story and boar.

Id be switching broadheads. Lol!
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That penetration sure doesnt get me excited :/

Actually, the head did a great job on the boar making a huge hole but think I only got one lung on the angle and I pushed him immediately rather than wait.

One of the followup shots that deflected off the brush causing to barely penetrate was with a NAP Killzone. I was literally trying to slip arrows through brush to get it done but the final arrow penetrated very well.

No reason to switch, killed a ton of game with them with most falling in view.

Appreciate the feedback all, hope everyone is doing ok with all of the crazy around us!!!
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Great writeup and hog Conrats
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Old 03-28-2020, 03:15 PM   #43
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Great job Michael. Looks liked a great time.
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Haha that’s awesome. Congrats on the kill.
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Great hunt and great story !!!

Michael. As you know I have shot Slick Tricks and been a Slick Trick dealer since about 1999 when the they first came out. You have bought a bunch of STs from us. I still shoot them, but I bought some Sevr at the Iowa Deer Classic. We shared a booth with the Sevr guys and I got to learn a lot about them and heard a lot of success stories from Iowa hunters and saw a lot of pictures of big Iowa bucks killed with them. I have not shot a mechanical in 20 years, but I am going to give the Sevr a try. I like the titanium construction, the lock down screw for practice, and I really liked the massive wound channels I saw from the pictures on huge body bucks that hunters were showing us. I got 3 of the 2.1" and four of the 1.5" cut.

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Great hunt and great story !!!

Michael. As you know I have shot Slick Tricks and been a Slick Trick dealer since about 1999 when the they first came out. You have bought a bunch of STs from us. I still shoot them, but I bought some Sevr at the Iowa Deer Classic. We shared a booth with the Sevr guys and I got to learn a lot about them and heard a lot of success stories from Iowa hunters and saw a lot of pictures of big Iowa bucks killed with them. I have not shot a mechanical in 20 years, but I am going to give the Sevr a try. I like the titanium construction, the lock down screw for practice, and I really liked the massive wound channels I saw from the pictures on huge body bucks that hunters were showing us. I got 3 of the 2.1" and four of the 1.5" cut.

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Mike, you are correct. I shot slick tricks for years, purchasing many from you and they are fabulous heads. I still stand by them as a great head and solid choice. Everyone has their favorites and the mechanical versus fixed debate could be argued forever.

However, I started using mechanicals some time back for normal game like deer, pigs and turkey with great results. Today's mechanicals are made so much better than the junk of many years ago. The great flight and the huge holes are hard to argue with. I would agree that you lose some penetration over fixed but on the majority of game, I'm still blowing through them at 27" draw and 72 lbs.

It's hard to say "this is the best" as it really boils down to personal preference and experience. However, for mechanicals, these really are extremely well made, hold up well and can honestly be reused.

Because I was honest and showed the pics of the many arrows, at first glance it may not look well for the head. However, what I should have showed was the huge hole it made despite a super thick shoulder plate and how well that 2.1" broadhead and arrow penetrated. I immediately pushed the big boar rather than let him lay down because of the approaching darkness and thunder storm coming. One of the arrows that barely penetrated was a used NAP killzone that deflected off a tree branch as I tried to thread the thick brush. I always have a few used arrows for follow up shots rather than use another brand new one.

All of my experience has been with the 2.1" head. I recently picked up the other two sizes and am really interested in trying. I'm looking forward to seeing the penetration on the 1.5" as I know how well the 2.1" has done for me but know the 1.5" will do better on larger game.

Anyways, I've had great results the last couple of years with them on deer as well as pigs near the 200lb mark. All going down quick from one arrow and usually on camera.

I think you could best describe it as rather that one broadhead style in your quiver, having a little variety doesn't hurt anything. I think you'll like them and wish you the best of luck. Appreciate the comments.
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Old 03-29-2020, 09:52 AM   #47
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...and that's why i love hunting hogs. Never had a deer charge me or give me that fight or flight sensation that i enjoy while hog hunting on the ground.
nice write up, and good harvest.
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