Fall Pig Hunt

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  1. JFK

    JFK Well-Known "Member"

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    Got home late last night from a central coast pig hunt with my dad. As always saw decent numbers of pigs after some work in figuring them out. Fall is kind of a transition period where the barley is gone, however the oak trees down there have the heaviest acorn crop I’ve ever seen. The trees are just loaded with acorns. This is good for the game animals but makes them a little harder to spot because they’ll go from their beds into dense patches of oaks, eat, get water, then back to their beds for the day. So not a lot of pigs out in the open.

    Started huntin Sunday night for nada. No pigs seen but some fresh sign.

    Yesterday morning we spotted two separate groups of nice looking pigs and one big lone boar. Spent the morning trying to get on them and almost made it happen late morning but they were moving dead away from us with no good shot.

    Started hunting again at about 4pm and by about 5:30 glassed a single pig bedded in the next ridge over from us. It was just shy of 500 yards away, which is farther than either of us care to shoot so we made a plan to back out and walk up the valley so we didn’t spook him. We could only see one but there are almost always more bedded that you can’t see so we were planning on trying to get two pigs out of the group. The plan worked and allowed us to get to about about 150 yards with a slight uphill shot. I put a good shot on a nice boar and about 6 other pigs we couldn’t see stand up. A great big sow stood up and provided a perfect shot for my dad but we made the decision to let it walk as it was really pregnant. Hunted till dark and saw another big group of about 20 pigs but couldn’t get into shooting position without them busting us and moving out. We’ll be back soon to try to get my dads tag filled out.

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    I shot the pig slightly quartering away from me so the bullet hit him in the ribs, took out his liver, nicked the back of both lungs and came to rest just under the hide on the offside front shoulder. Didn’t hit any heavy bone on the way in. This is the first time I’ve had a copper bullet stay in and animal and was stoked to recover it when we were skinning him. It seems to have done what it was designed to do. It was a 130gr factory ttsx in 270win.

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  2. el Toro

    el Toro I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    Nice! Good boar! What guide/outfitter?
     
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  3. One Track

    One Track Well-Known "Member"

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    Those cutters are huge! Nice hunt!
     
  4. One Track

    One Track Well-Known "Member"

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    As el Toro would say, "Nice boat!"
     
  5. JFK

    JFK Well-Known "Member"

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    El Toro I sent you the guides info last November in PM. Would rather not post it on the forum.
     
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  6. el Toro

    el Toro I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    Roger. Got it.
     
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  7. invictus

    invictus AVD

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    Nice hunt. I would have to agree, that all Copper did its job!!

    Great report.
     
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  8. Baller

    Baller Jig Chucker

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    Well done sir..!!
     
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  9. Vermonster

    Vermonster Well-Known "Member"

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    Great boar! Congrats!
     

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