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Old 04-17-2017, 01:30 PM
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Last week was kind of strange for me. I was tentatively floating plans with a couple friends of mine that I met here on the forum. I had planned to hunt with jbogg, or Buckman, or both during the weekend, but nothing was set in stone. I ended up being able to go out for turkey on Friday, and covered a lot of ground. Friday night, I told Buckman that I was a weenie and didn't have the mustard to get up early again in the a.m. and cover more ground, and that I wanted to sleep in. I had found some good hog sign that day, and I wanted to act on it and maybe do an evening hunt on Saturday. Intuition regarding that hog sign was telling me we needed to hunt it. jbogg and I were tentatively planning to hunt as well, so I hit him up that night and asked him to come with me and try for a hog.

We met on Chattahoochee that afternoon, and the WMA was slammed. Tons and tons of people on the river and riding the roads. I greeted John and told him we were in "Club Chattahoochee" evidently. Shortly thereafter we set out on foot and made the long hike in to the hog woods. We generally just took our time, and stopped frequently to rest and hydrate on our way in as the weather was warm. I was feeling smoked from the long Friday on foot just the day before, so I was poking along like a tortoise.

We got to our destination by around 4:45 or sometime thereabout. The destination was a clover plot where I had found some recent hog sign the day before. There wasn't a lot of sign. In fact there was hardly any at all, but the sign that was present was recent. Despite that fact, the situation seemed right. We had clover to hunt, water nearby, and a smattering of recent sign, so I felt our chances were relatively good.

John and I made it there fairly early, so we felt it was safe enough to move around a little without attempting complete stealth. We went down to the field, and checked the wind with the "puff powder". The powder indicated that we were downwind of the field. Then we were upwind of it. Then downwind of it. Then crosswind of it. We had that faithful ol' shifting wind that proves to follow you everywhere you decide to hunt in the mountains. That blasted wind. So, John suggested we move around a bit and see if we could find a consistent wind, and that we did. We finally got a steady stream on the opposite side of the field from where we had initially been standing, and we were slightly up on a lead a bit which gave us the advantage of elevation. It was kind of like stand hunting the field. We took our time and got set up. I set up my Dead Ringer hammock seat, and John set up his hammock seat by Arrowhead Equipment Outdoors. Ladies and gentlemen, I am here to tell you that if you have never sat in the Arrowhead Hammock Seat, you don't know what comfort is. It puts my dead ringer to shame. If you are apt to dozing while hunting, you had better not invest in one of these because your "hunts" will become "naps"!
Anyway, we got set up, and built brush blinds around us since leaf out hasn't occurred here yet, and our woods were still mostly barren like in winter. John had a holly tree sapling placed at the perfect spot to his right that shrouded his appearance even further. Being set low in his hammock seat, shrouded by the sapling, and with his leaf suit, he was literally darned near invisible from my vantage point.

On this hunt, I designated John as the primary shooter. I would only squeeze off if the opportunity presented itself. We had only been sitting about an hour when John and I heard a sound. We both looked at each other, and kind of shrugged. A few minutes later I had decided to get up and adjust my seat a little. I sat my rifle down on the ground, and looked around to make sure the coast was clear before I got up. The coast was NOT CLEAR. As I looked to my right, I saw a sizable jet-black hog making its way out of the creek bottom through the laurel, and it was headed straight for the field. Then I saw another black hog. Then another. And another. And another. And another. I turned to John as I pulled my face mask up, and pointed to the creek bottom and said "Hogs....hogs...hogs" John quickly sat upright, braced himself, and got his rifle up. I reached for my rifle. In an instant the pigs filed into the field one after another after another. Eventually we were staring at about twenty pigs feeding at the far end of the field. Most of the pigs were black, but we noticed a fat red one, and a grey one. We also saw a young boar try to sneak in some lovin', and mount a sow who wasn't having it and ran him off. The porkers were just out of our comfortable range with the smoke poles, and so we had to sit and wait and pray.

All of the sudden, a Judas pig betrayed. A medium sized pig broke out of the group, and began feeding our way. A moment later, another broke away from the group, and followed the first. Under my breath, I kept whispering "keep coming. Keep coming. Keep coming", and they did. Pig after pig began to follow suit, and soon enough the entire sounder was moving at a constant clip right at us.

The pigs finally arrived well within range, but John hadn't fired. The minutes passed, time ticked on the clock, and I had about 20 pigs in front of me at 40 yards. I kept looking at him. I was absolutely crawling out of my skin. Crawling. I needed him to pull that trigger so badly that I think I was in physical pain. haha! I thought there might have been a misunderstanding somehow and maybe he thought I was going to shoot first? I didn't know what the holdup was. And I had set my mind that I was about to shoot if it started to look like the pigs were getting nervous. There were about forty eyes, forty ears, and forty nostrils in front of us and I knew we couldn't maintain our cover for much longer. I was presently hating John, and I was about to scream.

As the pigs buzzed around, constantly moving, I kept putting my cross hairs from one pigs head to the next while trying to stay on a target. Finally, my gun had been up so long, I was shaking and could no longer maintain good aim. I decided to let the rifle down slowly, and I did.

BOOOOOOOOMMMMM!!! John's shot rang out just as soon as my rifle was in my lap, and pigs scattered. One led the group into a draw, and she looked like a quarter horse out of the gate. I singled one out, and squeezed off an eighty yard hail mary - pray to Jesus shot at a pig in full stride, and of course it didn't skip a step.
I pulled off my facemask, and John pulled his off. We turned to look at one another, and just didn't say a word for a moment. We just sat there in silence. Then in a moment we both cracked up laughing. It was just the perfect hunt. The perfect moment. We laughed, and I was like "What in the *%$!*!* were you doing over there man?! I was crawling out of my skin with that many hogs in my face!". John finally explained. He didn't just want to bust any ol' pig, but he had his sights set on the matron sow, the biggest in the group. She finally came into range, but his vantage point was different than mine. We were about ten yards apart, and he was slightly lower on the lead than me. Poplar saplings were impeding his view every time he got a broadside shot at "ol' biggin''. That's what the hold up was all about. But, lady luck blessed us, and gave him the right shot, and at that moment, he let his CVA Wolf bite.

We took a moment to pack up our gear, eat some food, hydrate, and to top off the water bottles in a nearby creek before beginning the search for blood. We were fueling up because we knew we had a long hike out. When we got in the field, John struck blood immediately right where the sow had been standing. We tracked blood all the way to the field edge. The entire herd of pigs had gone down into a draw. John and I both thought we may have heard the crash, but with twenty hogs bulldozing through the woods, who could be sure? The ground was scuffed up everywhere from the frantic herd, and we were trying to decide where the sow went. John said "I don't think I see her down there", and I said "I do! She's right down there! Shes dead!" We made our way down to her while taking in her size. This was a fat, fat girl. John did what he meant to do, and he smoked the biggest pig in the whole dang group! This thing was HUGE!

We still had good light left, so we decided to stop and take a few pictures before I set off to check for the pig I had shot at. It is a rare occasion that I get to quarter a hog in the daylight. All of my hogs have been killed immediately prior to last light, and it felt luxurious getting to work and not having to use a headlamp. John was testing his Raptor Razor knife on the hog, so he began unzipping her while I set off to verify my miss. I got back, rolled up the sleeves, and joined John working on the pork. I think that after working on this big hog, John and I both were relieved that I missed the second hog. I'm not sure how we could possibly have gotten that much meat that far out of the woods. It took us about an hour and fifteen minutes to quarter her completely. John did most of the work, and I felt like the proverbial DOT employee holding up that shovel you always hear about. I just kind of tugged the hide here and there, and held a leg if he needed it. I really didn't do much. One thing I thought was noteworthy is an observation John made while quartering. He got a complete pass through, and this was with a ML on a BIG hog. You won't often get a complete pass through on a big animal like that shooting things like Power Belts (like I do). He was shooting a 250 grain Barnes T-EZ copper solid, and that thing did what copper solids do best: crushing game. The bullet performed flawlessly, even on a big hog like this, and that is a testament to the quality and performance of that bullet. We finally got her quartered, bagged up, strapped down, and ready to go.

We set off back towards civilization toting heavy packs, and man, that felt good. On the hike out we were greeted by a whippoorwill standing sentry on the trail. We marveled about how close he let us come to him. He gave us the nod of approval, and granted us permission to pass. We went in light, and came out heavy. Such is the grandeur of hunting the deep woods and the big mountains. Hard, physical work goes into it, and nothing, ever, is a gimme. We worked hard for this one, and paid for it in sweat. I was super proud to see John make the long haul in, exercise the patience of a saint, make a surgical shot, and take home a truck load of pork. No better way to get it done, and no better company to get it done with in my book.

Congrats John!!!!!

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Big Pig!!


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Yours truly and the porcine princess.


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Old 04-17-2017, 01:57 PM
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Old 04-17-2017, 02:30 PM
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Awesome Read Kyle! I knew you would do our adventure justice. It has been a little over a year since I decided I wanted a totally new hunting experience and committed myself to learning how to hunt the beautiful mountains of my home State. Early on I sought a lot of advice from the great group of mountain hunters on this forum, and am proud to call several friend. Additionally, I burned a lot of boot leather almost every weekend of the past year trying to become familiar with my new hunting ground.

For most of my 30 years of hunting I have hunted small leases for deer and turkey only. Over the past year I have seen a handful of bears in the woods, and had never even seen a wild hog until 3 months ago during small game season.

This past Saturdays' hunt is what this forum is all about. Hunters helping Hunters and new friendships being formed. I have had a couple of chances on hogs over the past few months, but after losing a nice boar a few weeks ago only to find it days later I still had not put any meat in the freezer. Kyle new of my struggles and was gracious enough to invite me along and give me first shot after he had already walked 12 miles in the past two days doing all of the scouting.

This was my first animal taken on public land. Everything about this hunt was awesome. I was as giddy as a youngster shooting his first spike buck. I wish I had discovered the mountains in my backyard a little sooner, but better late than never. Thanks Kyle for your insight and generosity. I owe you big time.
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Way to go guys! Man what a beast too!!! She even has some grey on her face.................She's an old one and that is one Awesome kill!!
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Great job guys, congrats.
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Old 04-17-2017, 07:11 PM
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Great job guys, congrats.
Thanks whitetailfreak! She wasn't quite the tank yours was when you killed that biggun' on your side of the mountain a couple years back though. That one you killed looked like a MEAN rascal!
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Nice pig! I'm proud of you guys. Great write-up Kyle.
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Hey guys,

That big ol sow reminds me of my first wife!!!

Congrats on a GREAT hunt! That's gonna be some good sausage!!
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Ain't that the way most first wives are remembered! Hehehe
I'd say you did pretty good for yourself buck man. A pretty, smart, trout slaying mountain queen is mighty hard to come across these days. And to think she can put up with you! She must be a unicorn! Hahaha
Thanks for the kind words Buckman. It was an outstanding hunt and a fun write-up no doubt!
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Kyle great story congrats to you john on your first hog
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Awesome guys, thanks for sharing your story. Thats what hunting is all about.
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That big ol sow reminds me of my first wife!!!

Congrats on a GREAT hunt! That's gonna be some good sausage!!
You guys are pretty awesome. Congratulations gentlemen!!!!!
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Awesome adventure story and congratulations to jbogg on your first public land success! I am sure it will not be the last!
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Awesome adventure story and congratulations to jbogg on your first public land success! I am sure it will not be the last!
Thanks so much everybody for the kind words!
35 Whelen, I don't know if jbogg knows it yet or not, but I think he is about to turn into a mountain hog killing machine. I see that coming!
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Awesome story and pig!! Congrats to both of ya'll!!!
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Thanks so much everybody for the kind words!
35 Whelen, I don't know if jbogg knows it yet or not, but I think he is about to turn into a mountain hog killing machine. I see that coming!
Might be a little premature with the "hog killing machine" title, but it sure is fun trying to find them. With the addition of the two week hog/coyote season starting next year we can hunt hogs on Public land for almost nine months out of the year!

Another day or two in the cooler and I will get this one worked up and ready for the smoker. Can't wait to try some wild pork. Kyle, thanks again, and let me know how those ribs turn out.
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Great story guys! Congrats on a great hog!
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Way to go guys. I know that was a bit of work getting back to the truck with that big girl on your backs. Good thing there was two of you carry out. I have seen a white spotted sow that size up there that crossed the road like she owned it.

Awesome job!
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Way to go guys. I know that was a bit of work getting back to the truck with that big girl on your backs. Good thing there was two of you carry out. I have seen a white spotted sow that size up there that crossed the road like she owned it.

Awesome job!
Thanks Topher. I'm not sure how much our packs weighed, but my legs are just now feeling back to normal. Kyle's young and strong, I think he could have done it all over again the next day.

It is crazy how many pigs there are up in those mountains. I took a buddy of mine and his daughter turkey hunting the day before Kyle and I went out for hogs and he couldn't believe there could be many hogs living in such challenging country. Then just a day later I texted him a picture of the sow we got and he was blown away. As rough as that country is some of those pigs can avoid most of the hunters and live to get huge.
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Awesome adventure story and congratulations to jbogg on your first public land success! I am sure it will not be the last!
Thank you Whelen, and I hope you are right. I am really looking forward to this fall. I haven't seen much buck sign, but I am still Hopeful in trying to take my first bear.
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Nice job jbogg. Now it is time for a deer and bear
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Great job fellas and nice write up Kyle. Thanks for sharing.
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Great job fellas and nice write up Kyle. Thanks for sharing.
Thanks brother!!! It was a fun write up!! Hope you've gotten some use out of those shotgun shells!!!
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Nice hog and a nice write up. Congrats guys.
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