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What a week!!!!

Well it started a little over a week ago on Friday. We had been hunting a friends private ranch for pigs for almost 2 months since Duck hunting season had been over. We kept getting closer and closer. We had put out a game camera which did catch what looks like different groups of pigs. And finally it looked and seemed like it was going to be inevitable that we were going to kill a pig. Before this I had never killed any type of what some would consider big game. Plenty of ducks but nothing with 4 legs yet. So the Friday before last we go out after work and within 45 minutes I jumped a pig in some brush and got a shot off. We spotted blood so we start trailing him for about 30 minutes at least. Just as I was about to give up due to it getting late and having lost the blood trail I spotted him. I got to about 5 yards from before he jumped up and tried to run away but it was to late since I had been ready just in case and dropped him on the spot. So the next day he was off to the butcher shop. We decided to go out early Sunday morning and it was 10 minutes after going through the gate onto the ranch that I spotted something running off in the distance a few ridges over. So the chase began. We had all but given up since we hadn't spotted anything and decided to take another road in heading to a usual brush area that we had been hunting pretty heavy. We were strolling though an area by a pond( one of many on the property) when just as we came over a hillside I spotted a group of 3 pigs that hadn't quite seen us yet. So I here I go getting one in my sights when my friend tells me he isn't loaded up or even ready. So I proceeded to tell him to get loaded and I would wait if I could. Well just as he tells me 10 more seconds the pigs start to move on me and told him sorry but I have to take a shot. I could tell through the scope that I had indeed made contact but was in doubt when I saw my pig run off like a bat out of hell. So my friend decides to try and head off the other 2 pigs and I proceed to follow the pig I had taken a shot at. it wasn't but 100 yards before I spot my pig laying under a tree just about to expire. Took him home and decided to just cut him up as best as we could and save as much meat as possible for roast and other cuts of meat. Just as I am thinking that I am running out of room in the freezer I decided lets go out Wednesday and see what happens. I had a depredation permit but had yet to take advantage of hunting at night or any of the other available ways of hunting that had been allowed. So we headed out after work and walked a lot of our usual areas that we had been hunting with no luck and decided to call it since it was getting dark and we had to work the next day. I had told my friend to pick me up on the way out since I wanted to walk through a draw that we had seen pigs on camera around that time of the evening. No luck going through the draw so we start driving out. So here we are driving out, just dark enough that we had the headlights but still able to see somewhat with the moon being out quite a bit. It had not been 15 minutes of us driving out when I spot something black run just in front of us before turning back where it had been coming from. Right away I jumped out of the truck while putting one the chamber and barking orders for my buddy to get the headlights on the pig. He was able to get the headlights on him for a second before I decided if I was going to get a shot on him it was going to have to be now or never with or without lights. I could see enough of him through my scope so I lined up the cross hairs on him and squeezed the trigger when he drops like a sack of potatoes on the spot. What a rush! It was not even that exciting the 2 pigs prior. As I am walking up to him all I could see is the size of his chompers as he is laying there I realized he was spined and decide to put one behind his shoulder aimed towards his heart since I knew I would be saving the skull on this big boy! So that was the beginning of a long night since this was during the week and still had to drive home and skin him. So we decided to then go out Saturday and see what we could find since the permit was about to expire when my friend texts and asks if we had checked the trap that morning yet. So we decided to head over and check it out. What do you know we have 2 sows in the trap! Not quite the hunting we had planned for that morning but what can you but handle business. It was a neat opportunity since I had taken my 8 yr. old daughter out with me. She got the chance to see pigs up close and in a safe enviroment and show her how to humanely put down a wild animal and then show her how to gut out a pig in the field which I myself had been learning with the guidance of a good friend who has hunted big game for over 20 years himself.She was very interested and to my suprise even knew what some of the organs did for the body. As one of my friend's told me last week " I am addicted to pig hunting now!"

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Nice!

Some great looking animals there! just got my first pig back in December, loved every minute of it!

Welcome to the site, and if you ever need any help putting the hurt on some of those critters, let me know.  I am in SoCal, so not too far of a drive.... Wink

 

 

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Lucky

 That sounds like a great hunt. I think you guys are so lucky to be able to hunt pigs now.

 We have pigs here but the snow is till A-hole deep to a tall giraffe, i wish i could be hunting pigs now..... Oh bye the way , i think the pics are awesome

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What part of SK are you from?

What part of SK are you from? My wife is from Moose Jaw originally. In fact we are going in the fall for a waterfowl/ family visit this year.

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Interesting, wife was from MJ

Cencalnewbie wrote:

What part of SK are you from? My wife is from Moose Jaw originally. In fact we are going in the fall for a waterfowl/ family visit this year.

 

 I was born (long time ago) in moose jaw lived there or in the immediate area up until 2003. I now am in the Prince Albert area. Its quite possible i could know her family or may have heard of them over the years. My grandfather farmed just west of MJ by caron years ago.

 Shoot me a pm if you like and i bet we will find out its a small world. I hauled meat into CA for 20+ years, right from sacramento to san diego

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Thanks guys... It was pretty

Thanks guys... It was pretty cool although I only have about another 3 weeks of hunting out there because of it getting so dry these days and the chance of causing a fire gets pretty bad. We are hopefully going to get issued another depredation tag this Week and then I will probably start hunting again trying to get some more pigs until the fall.

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Man, they gotta be pretty

Man, they gotta be pretty thick if they get depridation permits.  Very cool!  good luck, keep us posted!

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Yes and No

Yes there are a lot of them but they sure aren't super easy to find at times. I have been going since about the beginning of February and these were the first ones we had a real chance at and were able to put on the ground. For instances I went up last night after work and didn't see any or any fresh signs for that matter. Hoping to have better luck tomorrow after work when I am taking my wife for an evening hunt and hopefully bringing some more meat home for the freezer.

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Cool!  Good luck today when

Cool!  Good luck today when you head out.  Keep us updated.

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Pretty good evening

Well we went to a whole part of the property tonight that we had not even hunted before. It was a pretty cool area. Really cool weather going through there compared to other parts. Once we got to the far edge of this area my friend spotted a big ole pig about 150 yards away and took a shot but couldn't find any blood or clear path of where he had head so we spread out and looked and just about the time we met up again he jumped another 2 pigs but didn't take a shot since we were still hoping to find his other pig. Hopefully this weekend the other permit will be issued so we can continue to shot any pig we see to fill the permit instead of our tags. We did see a couple of turkeys in the area and tons and tons of quail. No deer though.

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