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Posted by Bud B. (Member # 24907) on :
 
Weds evening walk in the swamp. Todd ahead of me.

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An owl overhead. I used the flash. His eyes glowed red.

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The next day walking a fire road I look over and see this guy.

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Here his mouth is open and he's hissing "This is my space!"

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Later in the day as I just stepped into my climbing stand I hear movement to my left. I look and the cane is moving all around about 30 yards away. It starts moving closer to me. I'm standing on an inward leaning Ol' Man climber and had just stepped into it to start my climb. My bow is on the ground and tied to the tether. I steady my feet and while still facing the tree I get my bow in hand and draw an arrow from my back quiver. I get it nocked as they near. I have to raise the bow to get it to the left side of the tree trunk that's a foot and a half in front of me. I see a little porker appear that's tan and spotted black. It turns broadside to me and I twist as much as possible for a lefty to shoot to his left while balanced on a leaning climber base. I draw and lose the arrow. It flies true and I hear flesh slice and a squeal from the small hog. It tears back through the cane as the others scatter. Cane is moving all around. I hear it blindly crashing through the cane as it tries to keep up with the rest of the bunch. The sound disappears in the distance.

I get unhooked from the stand and tree and jump down. I find good blood and go get Todd. When we finally start tracking the blood is very good but hard to follow in the cane. We eventually find the arrow about 30 yards from the shot. It's soaked. But once the arrow comes out, the blood nearly dries up. We search for nearly two hours. We go get help and come back just before dark. Still nothing. We return in the morning to the last marked blood and about 20 feet beyond the previous night's blood we find this. This is about 60 yards from the shot.

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NO more is found by five searchers and Harry. The cane was so thick we may have walked by it and never saw it. A heart wrenching failure to what seemed like in-the-bag success.

Here's a view from the tree I eventually did climb. The hog was just past the downed log when I shot. It was about 10-12 yards away. (edit - had the wrong pic linked)

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More pics later.
 
Posted by Caughtandhobble (Member # 35669) on :
 
[coffee]
 
Posted by Bud B. (Member # 24907) on :
 
View from the same tree towards the feeder and ground blind.

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Sorghum field

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Todd's hog

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Random pics

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That's all I have really.

Todd and Jack might want to jump in.
 
Posted by Bud B. (Member # 24907) on :
 
Oh, and most importantly, I left my deposit for my next trip to Andrew's spot of heaven. You won't find a better host, advisor, friend, or gentleman than Andrew. What a place to live and enjoy. An oasis for the outdoorsman.

I did cast a line or two into Andrew's pond. There's a bowfin in there I'd love to land. Bass galore. I didn't get any pics. I think Todd did. Maybe he can post'em up.
 
Posted by Tim (Member # 258) on :
 
Congrats to Todd on a great looking pig! Man I hate snakes! [scared]
 
Posted by rbcorbitt (Member # 35446) on :
 
Great story, Bud! You need to come on down for the December trip and show us how it's done. Less chance of snakes then [biglaugh] !
 
Posted by SELFBOW19953 (Member # 297) on :
 
That "mouthy" guy in your photo was bow backing on the "hoof", should shot him!!!
 
Posted by Kopper1013 (Member # 41502) on :
 
Beautiful pig sorry about the loss that always stings pretty bad it happens though. Up here it's golden rod and crp fields that will swallow a deer with a great blood trail.
 
Posted by Pointer (Member # 11915) on :
 
Nice pig...Im going to Andrews place in January..cant wait
 
Posted by Izzy (Member # 10828) on :
 
Congrats! Love that place and True Blue is a fine feller. Im not ashamed to say Ive got hair envy of the dude.

It looks like that pig is missing its tail. Is there a story behind that? [jumper]
 
Posted by subsonic (Member # 60) on :
 
Bud- That reads as if it were a police report. No mention of Dark Shark or Green Hat sightings... Wild Turkey was everywhere.

Here are some pics:

Hog Sign
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One of my favorite places:
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Savannah Rivah
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Todd's Hog

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I like Flowers:

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Posted by Cyclic-Rivers (Member # 21222) on :
 
[clapper]
 
Posted by NOMAD88 (Member # 8871) on :
 
Nice [clapper]
 
Posted by jcar315 (Member # 19642) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Bud B.:
Oh, and most importantly, I left my deposit for my next trip to Andrew's spot of heaven. You won't find a better host, advisor, friend, or gentleman than Andrew. What a place to live and enjoy. An oasis for the outdoorsman.

Great pics and congrats! Could not agree more about Andrew and Wild Things!!
 
Posted by Wannabe1 (Member # 7774) on :
 
Excellent story and photos gentleman! Thanks for sharing. [clapper] [thumbsup]
 
Posted by Stickbow (Member # 751) on :
 
Nice work, thanks for sharing. [thumbsup]
 
Posted by sticksnstones (Member # 24842) on :
 
WOW! That spot with the blind was 100% lush and green two weeks ago! That whole dirt/mid clearing happened since then. Wow.

Great story Bud, love seeing the pictures you take there. Really sorry your hog isn't in the freezer, but glad you guys got into them. I'll get you that recipe before your next trip.
Thom
 
Posted by Possum Head (Member # 23948) on :
 
Wonderful pics looks identical to our swamps. Maybe they all do.
 
Posted by T Lail (Member # 3084) on :
 
way to go Bud......I would rather hunt pigs than anything else now.....great photos and great story....
 
Posted by subsonic (Member # 60) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Bud B.:
Oh, and most importantly, I left my deposit for my next trip to Andrew's spot of heaven. You won't find a better host, advisor, friend, or gentleman than Andrew. What a place to live and enjoy. An oasis for the outdoorsman.

I did cast a line or two into Andrew's pond. There's a bowfin in there I'd love to land. Bass galore. I didn't get any pics. I think Todd did. Maybe he can post'em up.

Left my deposit as well. The relaxation is well worth it! Andrew is a great host! It was a great hunt. I have not laughed so hard in a long time...
 
Posted by NC BowBender (Member # 23003) on :
 
Nice hunt!
Thanks for sharing.
A trip there is on my bucket list.
 


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