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KAZ
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Nice, Looking forward to more!

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Wow! Must be bad hunting weather if this many guys are tuned in!

Here is our main cast of characters from last week:
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From left to right; me, Steve, Andrew holding Harry, Luke, and Ted.

I arranged with Andrew to go down a day ahead of the main party so I could knock some chores out on the property and get the cameras back out and running. Here is my journal entry from that day.
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Sunday December 13th 2015
Get up at six, make some strong coffee and start sorting out cameras and lights. Down to 3 Moultrie cameras as one is shorting out pretty bad now. I will take that home and see if I can bring it back to life. I will deploy the cameras to: Daves Field, Pine Field, and "Thom's Experiment" a little project I've been dreaming up for a while.... Two Kill Lights have completely killed themselves with moisture, I slap the last one on the bottom of the Camp Feeder just for the fun of it. When the batteries die I'll toss it too.

10am I'm on the Gator and checking sign. Sign by pine is incredible!!! Even with all the sign I can't believe a guy killed two out of that stand two weeks ago as open as it is, but there you go. Apparently the hogs are hitting this spot hard! Lots of sign everywhere I look around the property, but can't get to swamp. The picnic area has turned into a boat launch!!!

I head back to camp with Intel gathered and cameras deployed. The biggest concentration of deer sign is at Dave's Field so I'll go sit that tonight keeping the hog areas super fresh for the other guys.

I take practice shots and a shower, then make some quick phone calls to Andrew and Steve. After that I load my new Black Widow longbow into my new truck and head around the highway route. Feels like I'm starting a brand new chapter, and that feels good!

I'm in the blind by 3:00, squirrels showed up at 3:30 and a bunch of doves at 4:00. Feeder goes off at 4:30 just as I catch this journal up. Darkness settles in at 6:20. Well that wasn't too exciting. Just not the right place at the right time...

Andrew was in camp upon my return. We ran to Estill to do some chores and ate some Chinese food. Either it was exceptional or I was exceptionally hungry. Back in camp in camp Andrew realizes he bought pistachios in the shell instead of just the nuts to put in the salads. We enjoyed a few beverages and shelled 3 pounds while we caught up.

I leave Andrew to finish up his chores and retire early.
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While I was walking out of Dave's Field, this was the scene at Pine Field:
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Don't worry, things will pick up the next day when Steve arrives.
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I found a picture of the flooding, that water running back over my right shoulder is the Turkey Foot!
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Nobody stepped foot past that little knoll behind me. This effectively cut the property in half. I was worried about burning out stands but it wasn't a problem at all. The last night we still had 5 feeders that were never sat.

Gotta go wrap up my last work project for the year, but I'll get started on the Monday part of the story as soon as I can.
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That little knoll behind you at the weir is where my wife and I saw the 12' alligator. The swamp was flooded just like that on our visit a couple years ago.

It was right after that Andrew buried the Toyota in a ditch. [Smile]

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I gotta know if you used any of those 100+ spined arrows I made for you?

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Here is the journal from the next day.
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Monday December 14th 2015
Up at 7am up for a cup of coffee with Andrew at the main camp, Charlie came in just a little while later. Always good to see him and catch up, I kinda like to bend his ear about the hogs too. A man named Jay arrived at 9am as expected. He is a game warden for the state of SC, but also a biologist and lifelong outdoorsman. I like Jay a lot, super sharp guy. The four of us did a mosquito ridden three hour tour of the property and concluded with a nice lunch in camp. We talked habitat, planting, soil, and so forth for another two hours. I wasn't exactly getting ahead on my daily chores, but I think it was a very good use of time learning from his direct experiences with hogs.

Steve Angell arrived just after noon and settled in at the table and shared in the conversation. At 1:30 I grabbed Steve and we did a gator ride and collected/redeployed cameras. Pictures showed Daves Field was hit by a bunch of big hogs about 11:30pm. Pine Field was more encouraging at 6:15. Just about the last minutes of possible shooting light. Thom's Experiment didn't have a track. Yet...

3:00 we were done with all the camera business so we got on our hunting clothes and went out to sit Wild Fire and Hog Wallow. Two stands near the center of the property, but pretty close together. I figure there are hogs around and with the acorns gone they will hit one or the other.

We were in our perches by 3:45. 4:10 I spot a hairy black tail wagging behind me about 40 yards. I consider pursuit as the wind is good, but I figure they are just early for corn and wait. Feeder at 4:30, but nothing charges in. 4;51 rain drops fall and dark clouds choke out the shooting light. 5:00 I see a flashlight beam. This was my sign to go get Steve, but it was too early. Knowing Steve is a hunt-every-minute-you-can kind of guy I wonder what's up.

When I arrive he is standing on the ground about 40 yards from his stand. I ask "Rain run you off?" Steve replies "Nope, mosquitos.... Well that and the dead hog over there." Dang, he got me. Sure enough she was a beautiful sow.
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I grabbed my truck and we took her to the skinning shed. Before getting started on field dressing I wanted to let Andrew know we were going to be late for dinner. Arriving at camp we met Ted and Luke who had just arrived. They were very excited and wanted to come check it out so we all headed back to the old skinning shed together. We played the weight game; I guessed 145 and the scale read 150. Not bad, wish I could do that good all the time.

Back at camp Andrew's son Stiles had arrived with his dog Tucker. It's been good emailing and talking to him these past few months as he's getting his recurve setup with new arrows, but it was really good to finally meet him face to face.

We enjoyed a spaghetti dinner with some beer and wine, then talked around the table until midnight.
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Steve had a video camera on his gadget adapter so I got the video onto my laptop and we enjoyed a mini movie night of his shot. Called it a night about midnight and retired. Hopefully these guys don't snore!
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Here is a screenshot from that movie just before he shot, he was getting stormed!
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That lead sow is the one we got the extra pictures of [bigsmyl]

Steve might have a little something to say about that shot.
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quote:
Originally posted by LostNation_Larry:
I gotta know if you used any of those 100+ spined arrows I made for you?

Hi Larry, I was hunting my lighter bow this hunt with carbon arrows. I have that heavy weight back now and my quiver is full and ready for my next trip!
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quote:
Originally posted by sticksnstones:


That lead sow is the one we got the extra pictures of [bigsmyl]

Steve might have a little something to say about that shot.
Thom

Thanks Thom,

Shot was at about 15 yards, steep quartering shot from about 12' high. Shot entered far back in the ribs and I was surprised when the fletchings did not disappear. She traveled about 40 - 50 yards and expired. Heavy blood trail but no exit wound. We would see why back at the skinning shed. The arrow was a 350 spine Black Eagle Outlaw tipped with a 235 grain Grizzly Kodiak. With the other components and the shaft filled with 1/4" rope the total weight is 900 grains even. I was shooting "Bona Fide", my 68" Northern Mist Classic, 73@28.

The reason there was no exit was the 235 Kodiak buried into the lower left jaw bone of the hog. Thinking back on the way she exited the clearing I think the shock just about took her out. I have never seen a hog walk away quivering but this one did all the way to the woods. The one time she stopped before entering the woods he whole body was shaking.

Post mortem:

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Awesome!

Congrats!

Can't wait for more!

Bisch

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Good start Steve [thumbsup]

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[campfire] Congrats! [thumbsup] [thumbsup]

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