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Old 05-11-2021, 04:40 PM   #1
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Default Personal Record: Beast of a Hog

It was the dark of moon on the 6th of June... Well not really it was early May, but it was a moonless pitch black night. Over the week prior I had an adult boar that had become a regular, but he was a night owl.... late night owl, often not making an appearance until 11pm or later. However, I was undeterred and headed West to see if I could get a shot.

I arrived in time to actually drop by the feeder and dump 10 pounds of corn that had a packet of strawberry jello mixed in, and set the throw duration to double what it normally does. This is because I've been under siege by a group of 8 racoons, and I wanted to make sure there was corn on the ground for my swine friend when he decided to show up. Then it was back to camp, unpack, double check the bow, and have dinner. Sure enough at 10pm I still only had racoons and I was down 2 beers. About 10:20 my phone lit up, and there was a pig shaped dark shadow at the very edge of my camera's flash range. I set the camera duration to 2 minutes, and started packing. The shorter camera duration, let's me see updates of where said pig is easily as I drive a half mile to a parking spot, then speed walk another half mile before getting within stalking range.

When I got to within 100 yards I was mildly out of breath, but could hear some serious chewing. I took off my red headlamp, donned my action camera, and nocked a broadhead. Now it was time to get low, get slow, and get quiet. 15 minutes later, I eased from behind some brush and got my first look at the lip smacking pig. My knees went weak, and I started immediately and visibly shaking. There standing in front of me enjoying his pile of corn was a truly massive hog. You don't have to think about it or ask yourself how big he is, your primal instincts broadcast it immediately.... BEAST!

I could feel my release shaking in my hand, my breath was labored and totally out of control. I was watching the boar's head as it was up while he was chewing, and I decided I would wait until he went down for another mouthful to draw. It was a good time to try and pick a spot I could aim at when the time came. There was a small spot of mud that was showing up really well in the red light, but it was in the crease. I prefer to shoot them a few inches further forward, so I made a mental note to put my pin just to the right of that mud dot. The shaking was only getting worse. The massive head went down, and his hips shifted slightly my direction. My brain was still functioning sufficiently that I noticed the angle shift and altered my plan to put my pin on the mud spot, I came to full draw... I put my pin on the mud spot, my pin started making all sorts of psychedlic patterns over the boar's shoulder. I had made my aim, now I just watched the mud spot and to a lesser degree my pin like it was a TV, all my focus was on working my release... my mantra was cycling at a million hours through my head: pull, pull, pull.... it was taking forever (though the video showed a handful of seconds) so I mentally got more agressive screaming a few choice words into my mind about I had to control this.... *CLICK* then a thump like I had hit a foam target. I saw my arrow bury to the fletch in his chest as he whirled left to exit.

There was immediate crashing in the brush only a few yards outside the feeder circle, it went on for several seconds but wasn't really getting further away or quieter. Was he still on his feet and about to walk back out to get to a trail opposite of where he was? It took some effort, but I managed to get another arrow nocked and eased out more in the open where I would have a better viewpoint if he came trotting back out across the clearing. After a few seconds, it went quiet. Being out of breath, and still having the shakes I dropped to my knees and set my bow down.

I took a few minutes to breathe, text my wife, let her know I had just slayed a beast, and switch my headlamp LED from red to white. I've had issues lately with coyotes jumping on my pigs fairly fast, so I decided I would track him immediately and drag him to a better spot. Usually I have my dog on a tracking lead in front of me as we dive into the thickets, but he was back in camp and I wanted to make a quick recovery. Given the situation, for the first time in a long time, I set bow down unholstered the .40 S&W, chambered a round, and brought it to low ready as I started tracking. Now I was uneasy, but for a different reason. In the back of my mind I was wondering if that boar had just laid down and was waiting on me in that thicket. Fortunately the track was very short, and when I saw him 2 feet away he was very very dead. It took some effort to get him the short distance out to where I could lay my gear on top of him to deter coyotes while I went to get the ATV trailer at camp to load him up.

My scale said 213#, which beat my previous personal best of 196# by a good margin. I don't know that he's a once in a life boar, but he was definitely a rare one with those cutters.

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Arrow: Victory VAP TKO 300 with 95gr Outsert, 510gr total
Broadhead: Iron Will Wide 100

If interested I've been keeping "hog logs" the past two years and all the stories and photos are available here:
2021 Hog Log
and
2020 Hog Log

There will be a video soon, when I can piece it all together, I'm a few videos behind.
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Old 05-11-2021, 04:42 PM   #2
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Heck of a boar! Weíve killed quite a few bigger size wise, but itís pretty dang rare to find one with cutters that good. Personally Iíll take the bigger cutters over size. Always fun to get a big one though regardless if itís size or cutters or both.
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Old 05-11-2021, 04:44 PM   #3
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That’s a heck of a pig. Pretty nice cutters too.

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Old 05-11-2021, 04:45 PM   #4
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Great tusks!!! Great story as well. Congrats!!
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Old 05-11-2021, 04:46 PM   #5
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Great teeth on that dude, congrats!
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Old 05-11-2021, 04:47 PM   #6
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At some point the hog probably had some sort of jaw damage. That caused his teeth not to lineup which is what lead to the length. Great job and great hog.

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Old 05-11-2021, 04:47 PM   #7
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Those thick whets tell the story. That's a fine trophy and those big boars are few and far between.
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Old 05-11-2021, 04:49 PM   #8
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Good job Man. Keep it up.
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Old 05-11-2021, 04:52 PM   #9
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Heck of a boar! Weíve killed quite a few bigger size wise, but itís pretty dang rare to find one with cutters that good. Personally Iíll take the bigger cutters over size. Always fun to get a big one though regardless if itís size or cutters or both.
Same here. Iíve killed a few that weighed a bunch but never anything with teeth even remotely impressive. Thatís a hoss OP. Congrats!
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Old 05-11-2021, 04:54 PM   #10
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That's awesome. Looks a lot like a hog I shot in McMullen County this year but you got it done with a bow!
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Old 05-11-2021, 04:59 PM   #11
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Same here. Iíve killed a few that weighed a bunch but never anything with teeth even remotely impressive. Thatís a hoss OP. Congrats!
Yeah I've seen heavier on camera over the years, never been able to anchor one though. I really didn't realize what his dental situation was until I had drug him about 5' out of some nasty thick stuff. Someone at some point had challenged him, his left ear was split in two (old wound) from the tip all the way down to the base.
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Old 05-11-2021, 05:04 PM   #12
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Big ole boy! Good job!
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Old 05-11-2021, 05:16 PM   #13
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Nice work man, dont see em very often with cuters like that,,,
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Old 05-11-2021, 05:21 PM   #14
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Nice cutters.....congrats
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Old 05-11-2021, 05:22 PM   #15
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Trophy for sure!Congrats
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Old 05-11-2021, 05:53 PM   #16
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Congrats! Cool story.
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Old 05-11-2021, 05:55 PM   #17
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Good one!
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Old 05-11-2021, 06:02 PM   #18
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Beast is a good name!! Thats a big pig, congrats!

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Old 05-11-2021, 06:05 PM   #19
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Nice job
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Old 05-11-2021, 06:06 PM   #20
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Great story and trophy! Well done--Congrats !!
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Old 05-11-2021, 06:09 PM   #21
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Forget the weight! Those teeth are awesome!!!!!


Congrats on a great boat!

I would be shoulder mounting that one!

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Old 05-11-2021, 06:18 PM   #22
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yea, nice cutters. Congrats on a great hunt.
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Old 05-11-2021, 06:22 PM   #23
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Trophy for sure!
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Old 05-11-2021, 06:25 PM   #24
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Forget the weight! Those teeth are awesome!!!!!


Congrats on a great boat!

I would be shoulder mounting that one!

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Head is in the freezer. Think Iím going to do a metallic euro.
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Old 05-11-2021, 06:30 PM   #25
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Awesome story and pig Matt. You just don’t see that kinda toofus too often.
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Old 05-11-2021, 06:57 PM   #26
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Congratulations, that “beast of a hog” is an outstanding trophy. Well done, and you also tell a great hunting story.
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Old 05-11-2021, 06:58 PM   #27
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Hood pig! Nice teeth!
I've killed four over 200 in the last year but none with nice teeth! Hope you get him euro mounted.

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Old 05-11-2021, 07:26 PM   #28
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Old 05-11-2021, 07:35 PM   #29
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Good recap and awesome porker
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Old 05-11-2021, 09:49 PM   #30
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Congratulations on the el giganto, Matt!
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Old 05-11-2021, 10:09 PM   #31
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That’s a biggun! Congrats!
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Old 05-11-2021, 10:24 PM   #32
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Good one!
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Old 05-11-2021, 10:59 PM   #33
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Dang that sucker has some cutters!!!

Nice write up!
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Old 05-11-2021, 11:14 PM   #34
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Good job to make a good hog!
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Old 05-12-2021, 05:49 AM   #35
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Heck yeah, huge cutters! Congrats
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Old 05-12-2021, 06:06 AM   #36
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Congrats! A beast for sure.
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Old 05-12-2021, 06:48 AM   #37
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Nice work!
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Old 05-12-2021, 06:58 AM   #38
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Heck of a boar! Weíve killed quite a few bigger size wise, but itís pretty dang rare to find one with cutters that good. Personally Iíll take the bigger cutters over size. Always fun to get a big one though regardless if itís size or cutters or both.
This, congrats
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Old 05-12-2021, 07:00 AM   #39
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Heck of a bow kill. Congrats...
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Old 05-12-2021, 07:06 AM   #40
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Great story and hog!
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Old 05-12-2021, 07:36 AM   #41
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Great piggy and great story!!
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Old 05-12-2021, 08:16 AM   #42
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Great story and awesome hog with massive cutters to go with it. Might be the new State Record in the Tush Hog category of the Texas Bowhunting & Bowfishing Records. May look at getting his skull and teeth scored after the 60 day drying period (required for State Record)
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Old 05-12-2021, 08:18 AM   #43
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A monster!


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Old 05-12-2021, 08:22 AM   #44
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Impressive kill, congrats.

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Old 05-12-2021, 08:24 AM   #45
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That's a heck of an archery trophy! Those big boars sure are fun. Can't wait to see the video. Enjoyed the read as well. Congrats all around
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Old 05-12-2021, 08:28 AM   #46
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I've shot quite a few that are bigger weight wise but never one with that nice of cutters!! Trophy for sure! He at least needs a skull mount!
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Old 05-12-2021, 08:57 AM   #47
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Heck of a bow kill....and story... Glad to see some folks appreciate the time it takes for a good write up..
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Old 05-12-2021, 09:03 AM   #48
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great story and pictures, massive porker!
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Old 05-12-2021, 09:37 AM   #49
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Heck of a bow kill....and story... Glad to see some folks appreciate the time it takes for a good write up..
Thanks, everything has gone to video, so sometimes I wonder if anyone enjoys a good read or not.

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I've shot quite a few that are bigger weight wise but never one with that nice of cutters!! Trophy for sure! He at least needs a skull mount!
Absolutely doing a Euro, and I think I might even do a fancy one that is metallic and possibly with scrollwork.

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Great story and awesome hog with massive cutters to go with it. Might be the new State Record in the Tush Hog category of the Texas Bowhunting & Bowfishing Records. May look at getting his skull and teeth scored after the 60 day drying period (required for State Record)
https://www.texasbowhuntingrecords.com/

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Never considered this, decent size head, but guess those tusks bump a score quite a bit. I'll go read the guidelines. Thanks
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Old 05-12-2021, 09:50 AM   #50
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Loved the write up and LDP's, I felt like I was there with you.
Congratulations.
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