Well I was deer hunting this weekend and saw what I thought was some strange hog behavior. Got in the stand before dark and I could hear hogs snorting, snapping brush, and squealing in a swamp about 100 yards from my stand. The stand sits on a large transmission powerline on rolling hills. The swamp mentioned runs perpindicular to the power line at about 200 yards from the stand and we've killed several hogs from that area before. Beyond that low spot are a series of rolling hills continuing down the powerline that give a maximum line of site of about 700 yards, excluding backsides of hills and low spots.
Well the ruckus stops about daylight and I figure the hogs are moving down the draw, but the noise continues intermently throughout the morning. A 4-point comes out at 7:30 and I shoot twice at him at about 150 yds on the power line (both connected, but I thought the first one missed). So I sit there a little longer to give him time to settle down and die before I begin looking. Well at the furthest point on the powerline I see a very large black hog coming down this power line at a full sprint. He dissapears below the crest of the hill. I look at my watch, he then appears roughly 300 yards closer in less than 2 minutes. Now I can see that he is very large, and I think he's coming right at me. 2 minutes later he's come down the hill, never slowing, and procedes to frantically pace the swamp bed on the power line with his head down like he's looking for something. So I line up the red dot and take a shot, and the guy tightens up and breaks loose for cover. I figured I had missed. I get down and go find my buck. He was only 20 yards from were he was hit. I then walk to the area the hog was in. No hair, bone, or blood..at first. I look to the area he entered the brush and foud LOTS of it. I continued to follow the trail: 10 yards in, blood everywhere. 20 yards in, lines of blood and the cover is getting really thick. 30 yards in, blood is reducing to splatters and looks like the Amazon in here. The blood finally reduced to nothing, and I gave up the search to go butcher my deer. So what caused his hog-on-a-rope behavior? Was that a sow in heat making the ruckus, and he came to see? Was it pressure from hunting?
I was using Hornady 75gr HPBTs loaded to about 2600fps. Terminal ballistics were pretty good on the deer. Obviously I dont know about the hog
congrates on the 4pt... tis hard ta say on the hog... they were rooting around were had feed out for deer earlier... we been getting some rain here, but no fresh sign of hog's... seen doe this morning...
uaualy bye this time of year, have seen three different bucks an several does....
I've heard others haveing good luck with that bullet, good harvest on the deer.
We have a frequent poster here who shot a deer and was enjoying coffee when a boar sprinted straight to the dead deer. and then a dead boar. cant find post.
We've had a couple of big boars come in to a varmint call. They are some aggressive bastards sometimes.
That bullet isn't the best choice for a body shot on a bigger boar. They have a very thick gristle plate over the vitals that takes a fairly stout pill to drive through. Hopefully you got enough damage to kill the SOB. Nasty bastards are a scourge on nature. Kill 'em all!