This past weekend was great! I went on a great archery DIY, public land pig hunt in SoCal. When I found out Chris and I could hunt, I wanted to hit the range and get some new broadheads dialed in. I hit the El Dorado range at 7:30 AM on Sunday morning and had it pretty much to myself. Now, most people will look at these photos below and say I was shooting too far back. Not true, especially if it's a big boar. You want to shoot behind that protective plate they have. I shot a few dozen arrows and felt great about my set up. Now I just had to wait until Monday morning to head out!
Before you flood my email with inquiries, no I will not disclose where we were hunting. We had to put boot rubber to the ground to find this spot.
Monday finally arrived and after a long drive we made it to our spot in time to gear up and start hiking. We hiked our tails off and it wasn't too long before we jumped a very small hog from the shade of a bush. It was at three yards! It took off and we couldn't find it again. Once we reached the end of the property we turned back and decided to check out the far side of the property after some lunch. As we hiked back to the car, Chris spotted another small red hog feeding along some foliage. We split up and I took off up the trail 50 yards. As Chris approached the little guy to spook him up the hill, it took off into some brush in between us and vanished. Not only are those things fast as heck, but they can disappear quick, too. We couldn't stop laughing at how fast it was running!
After lunch we began our scouting and hunting of the opposite side of the property. Pig sign was all around, but the pigs were staying far away from us. We glassed for a while and spotted birds, but no hogs. It was pretty hot, so we searched the shade of the trees and found no hogs. We hiked quite a ways and shared plenty of hunting stories along the way. By the time the sun set we had seen plenty of ground squirrels, but no hogs. I also found out chocolate Oreo's and peanut butter sandwiches go great together. I put a few of the Oreo's in the same bag knowing they would soften up, but I hadn't planned on eating them together. After one bite I think I now have a favorite sandwich for hog hunting. It was fantastic!
We made the long drive back to Chris's house. Between the hot sun and the hiking I was whooped. I was looking forward to a cold beverage and a good nights sleep. Even though we didn't see many hogs, I had a great time and I can't get hog hunting out of my head! I guess it's because you can hunt them year round and my archery set-up is begging to taste some blood. Let's hope we get a crack at them again soon!