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What a day ! What a hunt ! ...a .50 story.
« on: January 16, 2019, 02:16:44 AM »
I hope I can remember everything right and I'm able to convey it properly.

So, today I was carrying my Sniper .50 cal, plan was to drop into this river bed and hunt upriver to a certain spot, hang out there for a bit and hunt the way out.


I dropped into the thick river bed around 2 PM, as soon as I entered the dark side I could hear  something was happening, I slowed to a painful pace until I run into a group of sandwich sized pigs, you can spot them because they constantly grunt to keep each other in hearing distance,
I just squatted and observed them for a bit just going back and forth in crazy patterns  ;D then one after an other just bedded down like a bunch of kittens,
I didn't want to spook them so I tried my best to get by them, unfortunately once I was on the other side they must have winded me and one after the other took off in a hurry.

What a way to start the day !!

Kept going, through the Mango groove, down to the actual river, cross the river, follow a big game trail, crossed a huge beat up hog area, reached the opposite slope and started going upriver,.....That's when I heard this squeal/grunt, I was planning to go further before stopping and turning back but I found a good spot and stopped to listen for more.

Sure enough an other bout of this squeal/grunt ( hard to explain, it's a mix between a pig squeal and a bear grunt, heard it before by a Boar fighting of a dominant Sow also fighting )

the decision was made to stop here and see what was gonna happen even if this wasn't the plan, settled down on the slope behind a big rock

Swear to god only minutes later I heard something behind me up the slope, turning around I spotted this little black football size hog making his way down to me, decided not to shoot it and watch it make it all the way to about 3 yards from me   ;D that was cool.

not long after he was gone I heard the unmistakable sound once again of small hogs grunting, soon after a troop of sandwich sized pigs came down the valley, crossed in front of me and continued in their way.


soon after that I heard a sound I haven't heard in a long, long time

finally I spotted the maker, a Kaghi pheasant with several hens, that is incredible, Kaghi pheasant is not known to be in this mountain range, so i was stoked to see them and watched as they made the way down the valley slowly, ....WOW so much going on and at the same time occasionally the squeal/grunt would keep me staying put.

The day had already been so fulfilling when around 4:30 i spotted this big black shape coming towards me, I was prepared to stalk it if necessary but slowly in a zig zagging way it kept coming closer, eventually it came into rage at about 25 yards,

gave me a quartering away shot, I choose to take the upper shoulder into the neck shot,

pulled the trigger, the hog rear ended and squealed but never took off, took a few slow steps and collapsed.

WOW, what a day !!!!








« Last Edit: January 16, 2019, 02:20:58 AM by Nomadic Pirate »
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Re: What a day ! What a hunt ! ...a .50 story.
« Reply #1 on: January 16, 2019, 02:20:45 AM »
Great hunt, sounds like an amazing place! I have never been interested in visiting Hawaii but hearing your hunts make me want to check it out!
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Re: What a day ! What a hunt ! ...a .50 story.
« Reply #2 on: January 16, 2019, 02:40:15 AM »
I swear,
today was a day I wish I had someone with a camera behind me,
the sights and sounds would have made for an outstanding video, I can't even come close to describe the events like a video would have captured them,.....it was honestly insane from beginning to end.
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Re: What a day ! What a hunt ! ...a .50 story.
« Reply #3 on: January 16, 2019, 02:53:59 AM »
Congratulations Manny !         Fantastic Hog !      Very Interesting Hunting Story !

All in all... a Really Great Hunt.

It brings back good memories of when I used to Big Game hunt in my younger years.


Best Wishes - Tom
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Re: What a day ! What a hunt ! ...a .50 story.
« Reply #4 on: January 16, 2019, 03:09:09 AM »
Well you certainly had a whole buncha mo' better day than I had. it's been super cold raining for 2 days and going to keep going for 2 more.

 GREAT Story Manny, and nice hog.

 So all dressed out, how much meat do you end up with on a hog that size ?
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Re: What a day ! What a hunt ! ...a .50 story.
« Reply #5 on: January 16, 2019, 05:58:06 AM »
Looks like you found a great new hunting spot! Great write-up and pics.
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Re: What a day ! What a hunt ! ...a .50 story.
« Reply #6 on: January 16, 2019, 06:44:12 AM »
Nice hunt Manny!
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Re: What a day ! What a hunt ! ...a .50 story.
« Reply #7 on: January 16, 2019, 06:58:04 AM »
Awesome score on that porker Manny !!!  How big do you consider a sandwich hog ???
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Re: What a day ! What a hunt ! ...a .50 story.
« Reply #8 on: January 16, 2019, 10:30:22 AM »
Great story and awesome hunt Manny.

Much of my life is spent indoors staring at a computer. So when I get out to the fields and woods everything seems brighter and more colorful. Even with my worn out ears I swear my hearing becomes more acute, and my eyes sharpen. Fresh air and nature sure are awesome.

As always I appreciate that you share your experience.
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Re: What a day ! What a hunt ! ...a .50 story.
« Reply #9 on: January 16, 2019, 10:31:45 AM »
Manny good story and description, I felt like I was there. The image with the rifle and the pig make the pig look small. The image with you in it gives some scale to that big porker. How did you pack that pig out? Thanks for posting.
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Re: What a day ! What a hunt ! ...a .50 story.
« Reply #10 on: January 16, 2019, 10:40:09 AM »
Excellent hunt Manny
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Re: What a day ! What a hunt ! ...a .50 story.
« Reply #11 on: January 16, 2019, 10:50:14 AM »
Another great hunt Manny! Great story and sweet pictures! Thanks for sharing the hunt adventure with us stuck at a computer :D
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Re: What a day ! What a hunt ! ...a .50 story.
« Reply #12 on: January 16, 2019, 10:55:32 AM »
Kalua pork time!!!!

Excellent story, Manny! Great outcome!
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Re: What a day ! What a hunt ! ...a .50 story.
« Reply #13 on: January 16, 2019, 11:49:58 AM »
Awesome score on that porker Manny !!!  How big do you consider a sandwich hog ???

One size smaller then a Football size hog :)
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Re: What a day ! What a hunt ! ...a .50 story.
« Reply #14 on: January 16, 2019, 11:52:39 AM »
Congratulations Manny !         Fantastic Hog !      Very Interesting Hunting Story !

All in all... a Really Great Hunt.

It brings back good memories of when I used to Big Game hunt in my younger years.


Best Wishes - Tom

Thanks, it was just so much fun all around, even if I didn't get anything I would have been more then happy
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Re: What a day ! What a hunt ! ...a .50 story.
« Reply #15 on: January 16, 2019, 11:54:52 AM »
Manny good story and description, I felt like I was there. The image with the rifle and the pig make the pig look small. The image with you in it gives some scale to that big porker. How did you pack that pig out? Thanks for posting.


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Re: What a day ! What a hunt ! ...a .50 story.
« Reply #16 on: January 16, 2019, 11:58:18 AM »
Great story and awesome hunt Manny.

Much of my life is spent indoors staring at a computer. So when I get out to the fields and woods everything seems brighter and more colorful. Even with my worn out ears I sweat my hearing becomes more acute, and my eyes sharpen. Fresh air and nature sure are awesome.

As always I appreciate that you share your experience.


Thanks brother, I had a couple hunts with this .50 in the past couple weeks when I didn't get anything but I still could have written a post because something always happens in the thick hog woods, always different and most times very interesting.
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« Reply #17 on: January 16, 2019, 12:00:19 PM »
Well you certainly had a whole buncha mo' better day than I had. it's been super cold raining for 2 days and going to keep going for 2 more.

 GREAT Story Manny, and nice hog.

 So all dressed out, how much meat do you end up with on a hog that size ?

25 pounds ? maybe a bit more but I say around that
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Re: What a day ! What a hunt ! ...a .50 story.
« Reply #18 on: January 16, 2019, 12:05:05 PM »
Looks like you found a great new hunting spot! Great write-up and pics.



Thanks,.....and thanks everyone else.

I had great luck in this spot, got that boar with the Airbolt, the first hog with the .357 Winchester tactical, got 2 nice Boars with my Henry in the same day ( I was field testing a vest and I felt like carrying my Henry that day )

This is a great area but I always give it a few months before going back.
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« Reply #19 on: January 16, 2019, 12:22:28 PM »
Good thinking pigs are smarter than dogs and have pretty good memories.
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