WEST SHORE OUTFITTERS HOG HUNT
Well the Florida hog hunt at the West Shore Outfitters located in Orlando this past Thursday was a 100 percent success. ALL of the 7 of us that hunted - brought home the bacon. Actually 9 hogs were taken and there were some big hogs taken – the biggest by 12-year-old Cooper Nieson. He took a 165 hog with one shot from a .308 caliber. His sister also took a big 135 pounder.
Prior to the hunt we were all briefed on hunter safety and firearms inspections which include one bow hunter’s bow. And lastly an explanation of the hog’s habits, shot and arrow placement, etc.
My new friend Brian Bodine, owner of the Razorback Guides Service in Virginia was visiting his dad Ray, who also was staying in the same condos as my wife and I in Flagler Beach told Brian about the hunt and he wanted to join me. Brian was the one bowhunter on this hunt.
The afternoon of the hunt was a very comfortable 70 degrees when climbed up into my bling which just happened to be the same blind I shot my hog from last year. Now when I am sitting in a blind I have a habit of writing articles etc. but since I have begun writing a book on turkey hunt. There are a number of my fellow outdoor writers who have been telling me to do the turkey book; SOOOOOOO I did. Right now I have about 30,000 words written. However on this particular afternoon in the blind after settling in and checking with my scope the different places where the hogs could come from I had the gun leaning against the wall and started to write.
I don’t think I had more than 100 words written when I looked up and saw the bushes moving 70-80 yards from me. The cover here is very thick and chest high so you really do not know exactly where they will appear. I guess at the sport; and was wrong. Out came a small hog with I immediately had the scope on it and my safety off. Should I or shouldn’t I shoot. While still in the scope another small one came out. I decided to wait and hoped I had made the right decision.
I DID! Just a minute or two out came what I wanted and I squeezed the trigger and he went right down. I climbed out of the blind, made sure the hog was dead and called to come get me. I looked at my watch – I had been in my blind a total of 32 MINUTES. The first thing I told them when they came to get me was – I want to reserve this blind for next year. It was my 8 th year hunting hogs with West Shore Outfitters and my 8 th hog. He weighed in at 135 pounds.
Last out of the woods was Brian who had hogs in sight most or the afternoon but out of bow range. He was patient and had to make a few decisions on “shoot or don’t shoot” due to size but he waited and got a nice hog at 30 yards and didn’t require tracking.