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Izzy
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Love huntin with the escanaba crew. They know each wallow and tree in that swamp by name.
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sticksnstones
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Man, my gear is a mess! Been dealing with blood and mud all day. What a wonderful problem to have for a change!

Better introduce the crew:
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Rick, Pop Soady?
Doug, Jimmers?
Thom, ??? (I just hope I'm not Remnar)

We all have places in the UP, but none of them are actually in Escanaba. I thought it best to remove that bit of confusion right up front. The only thing from Esky is the knife on my hip. BTW it did do a job on a pig in da moonlight this year, but not on the first pig so we'll have to get to that part of the story later.

I'm sorry but I gotta go meet the taxidermist, gonna have to start this story a little later.
Thom

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Joeabowhunter
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[campfire] [coffee] been waitin to hear this one
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wooddamon1
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Ha ha, man. Get with it! An early congrats, can't wait for this one...

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Rick Butler
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Naw Thom you look more like a Reuben.

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"I went to the woods because I wanted to live deliberately. To front only the essential facts of life and see if I could not learn what it had to teach and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived"- Thoreau
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Ray Hammond
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what a weekend!!!!

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“Courageous, untroubled, mocking and violent-that is what Wisdom wants us to be. Wisdom is a woman, and loves only a warrior.” - Friedrich Nietzsche

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I was thinking the same thing, Ray !!!

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sticksnstones
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Well there were a few guys that couldn't make it this year, so our Michigan cast of characters is a bit short. Also in camp was Ray and the two Mikes: Mike - Squirrel Bait, and Mike - MCNSC.

So the three of us Michiganders arrive and we do our normal drill: slow trip up and down all the roads checking all those easily accessible trees, wallows, and crossing points that Izzy mentioned. Some by memory and some by Doug's trusty GPS.

We quickly realize most of Rick and Doug's favorite spots aren't showing much for signs of movement. We go and look in on some secondary points and they aren't looking too busy either.

A little frustrated we took a trip down to Blue Lake to consult with the Lady of the Swamp.
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With lots of water everywhere we had less land to hunt and bumper crops of mosquitoes and alligators. We had 3 of them around 10' in Blue Lake swimming around to get a better look at us while we were taking a few pictures.
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IF there was a low point in the weekend, it was realizing some of the old tricks weren't going to work and we'd need to shake things up a bit.
Thom

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sticksnstones
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quote:
Originally posted by Rick Butler:
Naw Thom you look more like a Reuben.

Whew, thanks for letting me know! I'd hate to be everything you'd expect from a guy named Remnar.
Thom

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Now it should be said, I firmly believe there are resident hogs on every section of that property and there isn't a spot where you couldn't hook up with one. After the trip to Blue Lake Doug went deep into a pine thicket that showed ZERO sign on the surrounding roads and kicked up 3 of them at short range. We know it could happen anywhere, but wanting to really get into the thick of them meant we'd have to change our normal plans.

We sat on the porch a few minutes and reflected into some cool refreshing beverages. I thought hard about it, there was one section I knew about...

It's one I'd decided I'd have to give up on hunting because it's so hard to get too...

I spent months planning strategies and backup plans, and none of them included going back into that place again...

I thought about it some more, and finally I blurted it out "Hey Doug, remember that one spot we crossed paths last year way down on the river? How do you feel about taking a LONG walk?"

I saw a wince of pain in his eyes and I knew he knew exactly the place I was talking about.

Doug says "Yeah... I guess we better go look at that." We topped off on water and then grabbed a few more bottles as we hit the trail.

It's really too bad I'm not going to be able to finish this tonight.
Thom

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Izzy
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Love these tales. Hog Heaven is a modern day Little Delta except with a whole lot more comforts of home. Ya just gotta get there at the very least once in a trad bowhunters lifetime.
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Ray Hammond
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Doh!!!!!!! The spirit of Charlie lamb once again causes gnashing of teeth!! Oh the inhumanity of it all

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Ok I'll start..... Saturday evening hunt, Thom and I walking west of the bridge leading over into the Swamp. Just had rained everything real slick, walking real slow headed to Hawg Lake. Watching the road and peering down into the swamp. Almost immediately Thom motions to me, he see's pigs. Thom's on the near side I'm on the pigs side. I creep over to the swamps edge and put a slow stalk on. Stalking was great so quiet from the rain. I stalk closer Thom's carefully guiding me as I can't yet see them. Then I spot 2 coming my way. I'm nestled in good and tight hog # 1 comes around the curve I see it at about 20 yards. Winds not to the best to my advantage but it keeps coming, slowly I raise the bow, Thom has his binocs up and watching it all from maybe 40 yrd if even that. I got my Widow up arrow knocked, hog keeps coming 18, 15, 14, 12 finally I draw it comes to about 8 yrds my hearts ready to pop...... I don't like the angle gonna have to shoot through the front shield as it quarters at me then...... I PASS it winds me and is gone. The look on Thoms' face priceless. [biglaugh]

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Thom you want the next one?

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Is that spot up near Soadie ridge ? Or down by M-35 ? Youse guys didn't see a sighting. . didja ? Did someone bring da porshapine . . stuff ?

ChuckC

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