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Old 12-03-2022, 02:50 PM   #1
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This past lease trip, just as I was getting into bed a pig came into a setup with a favorable wind. I couldnít resist. I loaded up and headed that way. It was lightly drizzling and pitch black. I was able to get into range without issue and had a decent crosswind. The boar was milling around at edges of the light and behind a tree. He popped out a few times but was around 25 yards and not at a great angle. I opted for patience. After a couple of minutes he turned broadside about 22 yards out. I came to full draw and triggered the light on my bow for a little extra illumination. The pin found his shoulder and I wrapped my thumb around releaseÖ release breaks and arrow lands with a cracking sound. I see the pig wheel away with the lighted nock sticking out maybe 8Ē. I backup about 50 yards and set a timer for 5 minutes. The rain is getting heavier and I know my hand is going to be forced.



I go look for blood at impact, nothing. Not my favorite way to start. I walk to the far side of clearing where I last saw him and there some small flecks of bright red blood. Ok thatís better. A few feet further the back half of my arrow. It looked like I had 18Ē or so of penetration based on blood on the arrow. Experience tells me heís dead nearby. Experience did me dirty. I sneak forward another 5 yards putting me into another clearing, I hear the pig standup and shuffle off. So itís going to be one of those nights. I dropped a gps pin on my phone and high tailed it back to camp. I returned with my dog. The rain was still going and getting worse. When I parked the cart I realized my phone got left in camp. Well time to figure out how good the new Apple Watch is for navigation. I drop a waypoint on the cart and then on the feeder, and then send Bowie after the pig on the end of a long tracking lead. I give him plenty of line as I know this is about to be a chase. The pig had laid down within 50 yards and I know it wasnít a gut hit, heís hurt and I want to keep him moving and bleeding. Bowie is having a super easy time following and about 50 yards later I see the pig get up and steady himself. I launch a .40SW round his way from 30 yards one handed while restraining Bowie, who knows might get lucky. Pig shuffles off. Bowie and I take off after him. He heads into some thicker cover. I pull Bowie up short and keep pistol in hand. We ease into thicker stuff, I see the pig standing broadside on the trail 25-30 yards in front of us. I sling another hollow point his way. He disappears to the right. Bowie and I slowly approach the spot where he was and Bowie is instantly confused. Itís where multiple tunnels through the thicket come together. Rain is really coming down now. Bowie tried a path and circles into another clearing. He makes a few circles and appears to have lost the track. Itís getting late, we are soaked and I have to be up at 5am to hunt again. I call it. Now to find out if I can get back to feeder using just my watch. I think I vaguely know where Iím at, well I was totally wrong lol. Fortunately my watch takes me back to the feeder easily. We head back to camp, and I wonder if I just really botched the shot. My immediate reaction had been it was a tad low and forward, but should have been a dead pig in 50 yards. Maybe I saw it wrong in my memory though.



The next day during my lunch break I needed to run and change the feeder time and dump a bag of corn in it. While doing that I would see if I could spend 10 minutes looking for evidence of the pig. Found him in five minutes probably 20 yards from where we lost sight of him. He had a broadhead hole clean through both shoulders. I just stared at the wound trying to figure it out. He had run about 200 yards with a hole clean through his chest. I have no explanation.



If it hadnít been raining I would have given him 30 minutes and I think heíd probably been dead in that first bed. Made for a fun but exhausting night.

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Old 12-03-2022, 02:58 PM   #2
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Old 12-03-2022, 02:59 PM   #3
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Old 12-03-2022, 03:06 PM   #4
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Need to be 2" lower & 2" back
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Old 12-03-2022, 03:12 PM   #5
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2Ē lower would have been below the body line. This is the exit. The entrance hit his elbow right at the body line and deflected up coming out higher than it went in. I thought it was further forward in the moment, but the actual hit was exactly where I wanted it horizontally.
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Old 12-03-2022, 04:15 PM   #6
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Old 12-03-2022, 05:05 PM   #7
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Good shooting Ag.
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Old 12-03-2022, 08:40 PM   #8
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Old 12-04-2022, 09:41 AM   #9
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Nice job. Shooting in the dark, and especially tracking in rain take everything to a new level.


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Old 12-04-2022, 10:20 AM   #10
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Great story Matt! And nice write up.
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