After more than 12 weeks of hog hunting I finally had a shot last night and managed to miss. I had pictures of this hog the last 3 nights, over 200lb. I had a hunch he would show up early in the evening and he did, 7:15 pm. He must have winded me because he was about to exit the area before reaching the bait pile where I would of had a clear shot. Lots of trees and vegetation prevent a clear shot at the beast but I fired anyway and the hog ran off before I could get off another shot. We head back to Illinois 2 weeks from today (Unless we extend our stay in Florida). Not sure if i'll get another shot.
It has been an off year for wild hunting, even the locals can't explain why the wild hogs are out of sight. At first I thought my lease was to wet to attract and hold wild hogs eating acorns elsewhere. Could be someone has been trapping the hogs. There were so many last year could be someone was forced into trapping them.
I went scouting for wild hogs nearly everyday. Walked for miles on foot, rode my 10-speed mountain bike through miles of Wild life Management areas, drove my Ford Focus through places I shouldn't have, talked to lots of people. I lashed tree stands to my 10-speed bike and rolled them 1/2 mile out into the WMA. Worked amazingly well and I had the 10-speed to ride back to the parking lot. I'm becoming well known in the area for hunting wild hogs. People come up to me all the time asking me about my hunting adventures and telling me about theirs. People I have never met before seem to know me.
Below is the video shot through my thermo Imaging scope. Hope it is not my last. It is a YouTube video so it should play: