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doug g
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rbcorbitt- You hit it on the head about Squirrel Bait, that's for sure!

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Hey Hey....he resembles that remark!!😝😄

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Friday story continues:

It was actually on Thursday while Ray was unpacking his car that he reached in and pulled out a really long package and carried it over and handed it to me. Yep, it's one of those magical moments that sometimes happens when some trad guys get together. It's my new-to-me Howard Hill Crocodile! 68" 73@28 and all honey colored osage. Man, what a beauty!

I had first seen it about 15 months ago at Hog Heaven being shot by Steve Angell. I shot this Croc and he shot my Northern Mist for a while and I uttered those words, you know the ones "If you ever decide to part with this bow you have to give me first chance at it!" Apparently that time had come and Ray offered to deliver it to me for Steve.

I strung it up and grabbed a couple Heritage 350 arrows and I started off shooting it as good as any other bow I own (or maybe even better.) I said something like "Geez I guess I'll just hunt with this one." Since Ray posted that I shot a pig with the HHA longbow he apparently overheard that comment. In fact I did stick with the BW PLV in the pictures for Friday's hunting excitement.

Since the pictures and previous posts won't match up, I thought it would be best to clear that up before continuing on with the good stuff!
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Friday continued (for real this time)

I busted into the nastiest part of the swamp I thought I could navigate heading towards the river. I worked around the standing water the best I could and used the wind to my advantage as possible. Very slowly I crept through the swamp trying to spend more time glassing than walking.

I tried to get as far away from all the roads as I could. I kept coming across fresh beds and fresh rooting, but it took almost a full hour before I about stepped on one little pig and watched it blow out of a brush while I fumbled with my arrows and quiver. A little frustrated and a lot excited I continued on.

My heart was still beating pretty good from a very close encounter when I looked down right next to my foot and noticed this little guy
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By "little guy" I mean not little at all. My hands were shaking so hard I couldn't take a better picture than this (and I wasn't about to use anything but the strongest zoom I had.)

If my heart was pounding before I was working double time after this. I hate being inside strike distance with snakes, doubly true about copperheads.

I really needed to calm down, sit down, and relax for a few minutes to regain my composure but my skin was crawling and I wanted to get far away from that snake.

I SLOWLY continued forward to a bluff that would look out over the river. This little section was a nice high spot with some low grass and large diameter trees that was more akin to a park than the swamp I just saw the snake in. I thought it might do some good to clear my head and calm down a little. Little did I know it was just about to get far more tense...
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I think I know the "Park" your referring to. I believe I came across the same one and wished it was squirrel season, as there were squirrels EVERYWHERE.

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I know Mike, way to sunny and nice to find a stinky wild pig there right??? [saywhat]

I'm glad to know that:
- Andrew got his arabica nasal cleanse.
- Dan might be driving his wife crazy enough she might MAKE him come with us next time.
- Mike from SC will have a nice refreshing beverage to relax with on the lake next weekend.
- Everyone else has quirky and awesome HH memories like I do.

I've gotta have a phone call for work here, and then you gotta hear about this tree I saw with a little black tail sticking out of it.
Thom

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Friday continued:

So I'm almost done with the spasms and twitching every few steps as I think back about that copperhead, just enjoying the first glimpses of the Savannah River between the trees when I realize that one tree about 40 yards away has a little black tail wagging out the left side of it. I stopped dead in my tracks, lifted my 6x binos and sure enough it was a little pig tail and there was clumps of dirt being thrown out past the right side of the tree's trunk. I had just checked the wind a few steps ago and it had me dead down wind from it, no better place to be but a couple steps to my right where I had the tiniest bit of light brush to break up my outline.

While I'm a novice at killing pigs, I do consider myself an expert at failing hog stalks. I started running through my checklist of all the ways I've blown situations like this in the past:
- is the wind good? Yes.
- do I have cover to break up my outline? Yes.
- did I put an arrow on my string? Whoops, ok good.
- now that I've found the pig I want to shoot, have I found the one that is going to bust me out? Nope. Time to start looking.

I only have 40 yards to the pig and I'd like to cover about half of that or even a little more if possible. Knowing it's the one you don't see that ends your stalk prematurely I start glassing hard and that's when I see her eyes. I know she was at 6x magnification, but that just makes her look 6 times bigger. I'm not sure why she looked 6 times meaner than any pig I've ever seen before.

She broke free and started running straight at me. As she crossed behind a big tree at about 30 yards I dropped my binos and grabbed my string and raised my bow up to meet her. She crossed behind a bush at about 20 yards and I started pulling back on the string a little. Not sure what the next few seconds would bring I was either going to blow the shoot by making too much movement, or I would be unprepared if I needed to shoot in self defense! Either way, it was a really uneasy feeling in my gut.

As she came into the bush I was using for cover at about 10 yards I pulled my 64# widow to full draw and prayed for a usable shot to present itself. My movement brought her to a dead stop at 8 yards staring straight back into my eyes. We both stood there staring directly at each other, neither of us moving. All I could see was her head facing straight at me. All I could do was try to hold my anchor and wait for something to change for the better. I had a few seconds to question if I'd need to take a shot I didn't want to take if she kept coming at me. One of those questions you don't want to ask yourself, but when you see those little tusks sticking out and you know you are standing right on the trail the critter is probably going to go down. Well, you get the picture. About the time my muscles just started to shake she must have figured I was just a big goofy looking tree wearing glasses. She casually tossed her head back and began to turn and trot back toward the way from which she came.

I heard a voice in my head and it said one word loudly and clearly: "shoot"

I don't remember releasing the string, and I can't recall seeing the arrow in flight. I do remember the next sound not being a voice in my head but rather a loud whack followed by an enormous squeal!!! 775 grains of arrow had hit her with authority! I saw my lime fletchings barely sticking out of her side, I believed the tip of my TuffHead to be pointing directly towards her opposite front shoulder. I watched those feathers disappear though the brush and down into the thicket below.

Time to go back to camp and get a little help...
Thom

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I got back to camp, messed with Ray and Squirrel Bait for a while then let them know I was going to need some help finding a lost arrow. Apparently I'm not nearly as funny as I thought I was, and they clicked into get-the-pig mode. In a flash there was a frenzy of knife grabbing, boots flying, and the Gator getting loaded up with all different sorts of ropes, etc. It felt like 30 seconds later those two were in the Gator looking at me like "are you coming or what?"

We got back to the scene of the crime and I showed them my markers for my shot location and where I saw the pig when I hit it. Those guys started searching hard for blood... and not finding any. They started going out in bigger and bigger circles and asking questions like "are you sure you hit a pig?" OK maybe not quite that bad, but it felt pretty disappointing to not have a good blood trail for all that I thought I hit it with.

About this time Doug walks up and starts to look too. He'd heard the Gator and walked in to find us and help, talk about a top notch fella.

Finally after opening up the search circle about 20 yards Squirrel Bait found this:
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At first a little drop, a little smear, a few drops over there, and eventually a red highway that lead up to a dead pig. Squirrel Bait was so kind as to say "even you could have followed that blood trail once it got started." Coming from Mike that brought a tear to my eye [laughing]

Without further ado, here is my first pig
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Awesome Thom. The smile says it all.

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Very cool Thom!! That hog is as jet black as any I've ever seen! Did you ever find your arrow?
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quote:
Originally posted by Flingblade:
Very cool Thom!! That hog is as jet black as any I've ever seen! Did you ever find your arrow?

Yep, it was easy to find buried half way through the body (from the last rib on the left side up into the right shoulder) [bigsmyl]

On the far right
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Congrats on your pig Thom [thumbsup] looks like you were impressed with the TuffHeads I showed you at the HH hunt.... [campfire]

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Great story Thom, exciting to read even knowing the story.
Doug. For some reason I haven't got your PM.

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Mike PM sent.

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So yesterday was my tease, here is my kill story.
Thom and I had hunted the edge of the swamp by following the road back into Hog Lake. After we crossed the Bridge we started into hogs. We ran into a number of hogs.. no luck. Once at Hog Lake it started to pour rain again. We started a quick walk back toward camp. I told Thom I thought the storm might pass. As we walked further we stopped under some trees and took shelter. Slowly the rain subsided.

At that point we figured the hogs might be coming back out onto the road.As we neared the bridge again, here they came, Thom was on the north side I was on the south. We both stepped into the brush
3 hogs came into view. Two were closing in at a quick pace, my side, I waited when the one got to about 14 yrd I took my shot. Hit him a little high, he squealed, spun buckled a bit then took of running straight towards Thom. Thom took a quick shot and just missed, it ran into the woods and went down about 40 yrds into the woods. We waited a bit, not wanting him to get up and take off as it was getting dark. With our lamps on we went in he was still no movement for about 15 minutes from the pig. As we approached he stood up, we both got a shot into him and I got my first pig.

Mine was the smallest of the weekend, but it was still my first pig, my second kill with a bow and the first time hunting with someone right there to
watch the whole thing unfold. I think Thom was just as excited as I was.

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