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Friday, January 28, 2011

Local wildlife has the right of way.

It's been awhile since I've updated this so I figured that I would tell you about a hunting trip that a friend an I went on over the New Year's holiday.  First off I hunt for food and not sport.  My buddy, Aaron and myself decided to take advantage of the weather and go track and bag some East Texas feral hogs.  We got to the site after dark, had just finished setting up camp, and had made no real effort to be quiet. Afterall who hunts at night? So we were sitting there in front of the tent reminiscing about the good ol days when we heard a commotion behind us. No more than 30ft away a group of hogs were crossing the fire-lane. When we shined our flashlights on them we counted at least 15 ranging in size from 100 to 350 pounds and of course the rifles were still in the truck. Apparently what had happened was that we setup out camp right where they come through to go from where they bed down to where they eat.

This brings me to two points that I should have remembered. One.... always, always, always set up camp before its dark.  That way you can look for tracks and signs of activity around your campsite. Very useful if your in big game country.  The second point to always remember is the local wildlife always has the right of way.

Till the next adventure, happy trails my friends!


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