February 12, 2013
I just peeked in here, in between projects at work, and realized I didn’t have an update yesterday. I also realized, as I was browsing a few of my favorite blogs, how disappointed I was that a couple of them haven’t updated recently… and made the odd and unsettling realization that maybe some of you (two or three) regular readers feel the same way when you pop in here and the time stamp is a week old.
To be honest, I haven’t written much because there’s simply not that much to be excited about right now. I haven’t been hunting since deer season ended. Hell, I haven’t even checked the cameras lately. I did receive some ammo from Winchester to try out, and I’ll have a review on that soon… although I’d like to find an opportunity to try it on hogs before I write it up.
I do have a friend coming out this weekend, and hopefully we’ll get on a couple of axis deer for the freezer. That should, at the very least, make for some photos and a short write-up… not to mention a couple of lovely meals! But first we have to find the deer. Then we have to kill them. Nothing is certain.
And the spring turkey season is in the wings. Here in Edwards County, Texas, we’ll hit the fields in mid-March. There are a bunch of birds around, although the flocks that were visiting my place seem to have moved off. I still hear them from time to time, though, which means they should still be within calling distance.
I did have a line on a property to lease that has both hogs and axis, but that contact seems to have dried up. The idea did get me motivated, though, and I think I’ll be scoping out similar opportunities a little more aggressively. Leasing a hunting property is really a new thing for me, and I’m finding that there’s a lot to know before you sign a paper… much less sign a check. This promises to turn into a learning experience, and I’ll share those lessons here on the blog.
So there ya go. I’m not dead, and neither is the Hog Blog. Just the off-season doldrums…
February 7, 2013
I had such a blast at this event last year, I’m really looking forward to seeing the Sabinal Wild Hog Festival roll around again at the end of March.
I know, Sabinal, TX is way out of the way for most of you folks who read this blog, but if you happened to be planning an exotics and/or a hog hunt this spring, March is a great time to be in the Hill Country and this would be an excellent diversion during a hunting trip. And if you’re really feeling froggy, you can sign up for the hog catching contest.
February 5, 2013
This is the kind of thing I go for, and one of the reasons I hate that I missed it this year… new ammunition, targeted for hog hunters and for the lead-free market.
I had to hear about it on YouTube…
What the hell am I talking about? The Remington Hog Hammer ammo was announced at SHOT 2013. It features the Barnes triple-shock (TSX) bullet, and will be available in seven calibers, from .223 Rem to .450 Bushmaster.
The new round appears to follow on the concepts introduced the year before last with Winchester’s Razorback XT, including a special propellant to reduce muzzle flash (for night time or low-light shooting) and nickle-plated cases to ensure clean feeding through the popular semi-automatic rifles (black rifles, modern sporting rifles, ARs, or whatever you want to call them).
Unfortunately, I’ve never been able to establish a relationship with Remington in order to get samples of their ammo. As a result, it’s not likely that I’ll be testing any of these personally to let you guys know what I think of them. If any of you readers gets a chance to put these things through their paces, though, I’d love to hear what you thought.
In the meantime, I do have a pretty good relationship at Winchester, so I will be trying out their latest Razorback XT offerings in my .44mag. I’ll let ya’ll know more about that one fairly soon!
February 4, 2013
Well, the Stupor Bowl is over. Traditionally, at least to me, that means we’re heading into the winter doldrums.
Waterfowl seasons wrapped up (or are wrapping up now) with the last of the youth hunts. Upland birds and small game are pretty much done (except here in TX, I guess, where there’s no closed season for squirrels or rabbits). Elk seasons are long gone, as are the seasons for whitetail, blacktail, and mule deer. Alas! What’s a hunter to do?
This is the time of year that always used to really get me down. The guns are put away. It’s too cold to fish (nothing personal to my readers who do this, but ice fishing is for crazy people). And, unlike a bear, I can’t even hibernate until these next tedious months have passed.
But then, for me, one thing changed all of that.
With year-round seasons, generally liberal limits, and huntable populations across several states (including Hawaii), there’s a reason these are my favorite animals to hunt. They can be a great challenge to hunt, especially in places like CA where you have to get out into the backcountry to chase them, and they’re awesome on the table.
They became my preferred game, and are also the raison d’etre of this blog. So…
If you haven’t tried it yet, and cabin fever is already setting in, then there’s no better time than now. And if you’d like to learn a little more about it, shoot me a line right here in the comments. I may not have every answer, but I’m pretty handy at finding the resources to help you get what you need. On top of that, there are a bunch of pretty experienced hog hunters reading this blog, and I expect they will have some thoughts and suggestions as well.
So pull the guns out of the safe, or the bows off the rack, and let’s get ready to do some hog hunting!