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 Did some pig hunting last night. I sat in my new stand that I  put up not too long ago. This is the first animal shot out of there. As you can tell in the video I was having all kinds of trouble at first getting the scope to pick the pig up. The video actually turned out way better than what I was seeing in real time.  What I was seeing was mostly a black screen.

 I realize my problem about a minute and a half and the video. I was letting the corner of the stand block most of the infrared light from being shined out. All of the banging around you hear is me trying to reposition myself fifty different ways to get a good shot off.  The scopeís microphone is really really good. I didnít sound near that loud to my naked ear. Also, I did not hear the squeals the scope picks up either.

As far as the actual shot, Iím not real sure what happened. Shot felt good, video seems to confirm the crosshairs were where I wanted them...  The bad thing about it was I had to eject my clip from the gun and basically turn it into a single shot rifle to get in a good position to take the shot. So when he jumps up to run all I can do is watch. I searched for sometime but did not recover the pig. There seems to be some good trail cam picks go around too. Iíll try and post those when I get around to going through them.

Heard this question recently. I honestly canít figure out what my answer would be. The hypothetical  went something like this:

If you were hunting/conservation king for a day, and could promulgate one new rule or change how one thing is done or thought about, what would it be?

You could create a new law, strike down or change an existing one, or somehow magically change attitudes of the general population...

My knee-jerk reaction was... oh, this is easy, Iíd make the general population see hunting in the same positive way I do.... but then I realized that might not be a good use of this magic power at all. Perhaps I could set some law in stone that would forever protect wildlife, maybe I could create a situation that would enshrine the North American view of conservation regardless of popular opinion... and besides, Iím sure there are many sportsmen/women out there with a more righteous idea about hunting than what Iíve carved out... I should definitely ensconce their ideas over my own if I were to go that route. Then I realized there are almost certainly 100 ideas better than anything Iím even thinking about...

So, what say you, if you were bestowed this great power?

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Booked a Javelina Hunt
« on: July 04, 2018, 10:57:50 AM »
On the recommendation of Cbloom, I have booked a javelina hunt for my dad and myself this upcoming winter with West Texas Hunt Org. Never been javelina hunting before, so I am excited (does feel odd to be gong to hunt an animal Iíve never even seen though).

I went with their option of having an entire ranch all to ourselves. A caretaker will meet us in town and we will follow him to the ranch. Once there, he will give us a quick run down of where he has been seeing game and after that itís 2 1/2 days DIY. The ranch we are hunting is supposed to have a decent desert nig horn and Aoudad population on the back half. Assuming this hunt goes well, I will look into an Aoudad hunt.

Thatís the spirit...

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Range Day
« on: June 29, 2018, 07:47:25 PM »
Been prioritizing my free time towards pig hunting lately. And glad to have done so. No hunting this weekend however, so I found some time to slip off to my favorite range. Something about a good range day that is uniquely soothing.

 I know Iíve probably asked this before, (but maybe not) and if so I can not remember where... but how high do you .257 bee shooters sight in your rifle?

 Shoot and See target is from my Weathermark .257.... blue target is from the Savage MSR with night vision scope.

257 shot at 151 yards, Savage at only 50.... hard to make out daytime paper with an inferred night vision scope... still, if it was all I had, absolutely do not think Iíd have any qualms about putting one in the boiler room at up to 140sh or so with the Sightmark Photon RT. My older XT model I would not say that about. Itís daytime limit, for me, is 65-95 yards depending on the shadows.

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Euro Mount Boar
« on: June 23, 2018, 03:50:50 PM »
Here is the European mount for the boar I shot back in May. Unfortunately one of his tusks broke but I think it turned out pretty well. Not near as cool as the mounts BB posted from his hunt sometime back over in the ďOther Big GameĒ section. (If you havenít seen it, you should click over there and give them a look)

I think it should look nice next to the boar I have shoulder mounted. Now if I could just get a whitetail worthy of a trip to the taxidermy this fall....

Here's another round of pics for the cameras. This first cam is on its last legs and I need to replace it next time down. It is an older Browning cam and has been going strong for about 4+ years. It has withstood a BEATING. I'm very impressed with the Browning cams and their "bang for the buck." A lot of times when I put up a new cam it's because I realized I needed one for whatever reason on that particular trip. That leaves me buying whatever I can find at the local feed store. But when I know ahead of time I want one, I always check to see if I can find a deal on the Browning's.

Here is the start of some antler growth and evening dinner.

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Lease Work and Pig Hunt
« on: June 08, 2018, 10:14:52 AM »
Going to fill feeders and move one of them this afternoon. Also going to put out a couple more pig bait holes. Gonna put a heavy dose of Dead Down Wind on. Hopefully my activity doesnít mess up the pig movement tonight! Iíll have another video to post in a day or 2 if Iím lucky!

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Some Trial Cam Pics
« on: May 29, 2018, 02:38:13 PM »
Here is another round of trial cam pics. I have a few more cards to go through so I'll update this post as I get to them. Really no deer pics of interest on this card due to the time of year. Hopefully I'll have a little bit of antler development on a few as the dates progress. Here is a cat, a good size boar who had been mud bathing and a photogenic cow.

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Didnít Miss This Time
« on: May 27, 2018, 08:15:37 PM »
Got another shot at the missed boar and made good this time. This is the first kill for the Savage MSR10 6.5 Creedmoor.  Was using Hornady American Whitetail 129 grain Interlocks. Video is directly through the Sightmark Photon RT night vision scope. I actually had to put another one in him about 5 mins later as he somehow began a slow crawl away!

He taped in at just over 53Ē making him potentially the largest hog Iíve ever shot, unfortunately I managed to lose my phone on this trip so my actual evidence of that seems to be lost... oh well! I know what it is. The head is at the taxidermist right now for a European mount. He had double upper tusks which hopefully makes for a cool mount.

Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Pig Hunt Tonight
« on: May 25, 2018, 05:36:26 PM »
Heading out with the 6.5 Creedmoor and the night vision optics tonight. Based on trial cam pics Iíve got the big boar that I missed coming in about twice a week and another  multi colored smaller boar coming in very regularly. On the nights neither show up it seems a few sows and piglets are. Hope I have a video of a successful hunt to post soon!

If anyone is needing to order any supplies/ammo, Midway is offering free shipping right now for orders over $99. Promo Code FREESHIP99MAY3

Hope it helps somebody out!

I just became aware of this story tonight,... but, this is an already old version of it. ( It getís better)  I recommend anyone search this kid out and I will definitely post the latest version of it as soon as I can find it...


Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Novelty Stuff
« on: May 01, 2018, 07:15:36 PM »
A while back I posted my ďtoothpick crossbow.Ē Ran across this today and decided I needed to put it in my collection of random hunting/shooting  collectibles stuff.

Whatís some of yíalls favorite novelty hunting/shooting/outdoor stuff?

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