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Unread 01-18-2009, 05:00 PM   #1
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Default First Hog 2009

Got my first 2009 hog last night (130# sow) and my first ever hog using a varmint light. It was an 85 yard shot which is right at the limit of this light. I'm hunting near Abilene, TX. It was a challenge to see a black animal at night. The trail cam makes a pretty good hog indicator when it flashes. The gun is a Tikka T3 in .243.







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Unread 01-18-2009, 06:03 PM   #2
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never herd of spot lighting hogs, bet it was fun, I like the setup on your gun.
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Unread 01-18-2009, 06:43 PM   #3
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Down here you can take a hog in any way at any time. Not only is spotlighting legal, there are guided hunts you can go on where you get to shoot a gun sporting Generation 3 night vision optics. Check out http://nighthogs.com/. I wish I could justify some cool night vision stuff. I'll probably settle for the next higher power varmint light. What I didn't expect with the night hunting was the effect the muzzle flash had on my vision. It is almost painful to have that bright a light hit your eyes (magnified by the scope). It probably took a minute for my eyes to begin to work again in the dark. And yes, it was a lot of fun. George
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Unread 01-24-2009, 11:11 AM   #4
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And, the logical conclusion of a Texas hog hunt.....sausage.






In this case, bratwurst. Lunch is gonna be good.

Also, I made a patty out of the leftover sausage when I took the machine apart and fried it. It didn't have enough fat to cook it. The hog was reasonably fat too, and I put every bit of it in the sausage. Makes you wonder just how much fat you're getting with commercial sausage...

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Unread 01-24-2009, 11:24 AM   #5
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Doesn't make me wonder.. I read labels on packages all the time. I use Morningstar Farms products alot and for the most part I like them better.

I hope you get a really big hog one of these days George. You know I'm fascinated by this whole hog hunting thing. We only have javelina here and they are nasty buggers.

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Unread 01-24-2009, 01:16 PM   #6
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Thanks Boo, I hope I get a big one too. However, the size I just shot is the perfect eating size. I'll take them that size every day. Here is the sounder that came in when I shot this last one:



The one I shot is right in the middle of this picture. The big gray one is the one I wanted, but it is colored exactly like the dirt and in the dark I could not make it out. The light brown one on the left was there too and I couldn't see it well enough either. I always assumed the lighter pigs would be easier to shoot under lights, not so in this case. Not sure I'll get the big one, I have some friends I'll be taking that may get a chance before me. There are more where these came from though. As you can see, they keep making more. If you really want to see what it's like, I took a video of the first pair I shot under this feeder. That time they were much smaller and I waited until I could get 2 lined up: http://72.64.80.21/gks-pictures/2atatime.wmv. Disclaimer: Pigs get shot on that video, if kids watch it you may have to explain where their bacon comes from.

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Unread 01-25-2009, 06:35 AM   #7
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I buy sausage at a local meat market, frys out very little but more than when do it myself. Would love to get in on a good hog hunt with a muzzle loader.
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Unread 01-25-2009, 11:29 PM   #8
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I buy sausage at a local meat market, frys out very little but more than when do it myself. Would love to get in on a good hog hunt with a muzzle loader.
Wild game is really lean good meat. There's a good amount of fat on the pigs but the sausage is very lean even with all the fat in it. The venison is even more lean. Can't make a burger with it because there's no fat to make it stay in the patty shape. Very healthy stuff, and the shopping is fun too.

If you ever get to Dallas let me know, we can do that. There's also a very popular crappie lake about a mile from my house. I haven't been yet, but hope to this spring.

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Unread 01-26-2009, 07:43 AM   #9
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Get up near Lake Erie (Toledo, Cleveland) take you out fishing for Walleye, Perch, or smallies. Right now thinking that a vaca is a dream due to school, and work. I do my own venison so know about the fat, Ohio doesn't have the hog problem like in southern states, last wild boar I had was from an uncle that to a hunting trip every year. Gave us bear, moose, elk, boar, as he wasn't a game eatter.
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Unread 01-26-2009, 02:23 PM   #10
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Cool pig. I wouldnt mind a hog hunt. Not to many wild ones running around central Indiana. For venison I want to eat as patties we mix it with 10 % hamburger. Not really enough to change the taste, just enough to get it to stick together.
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