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    Back to Florida a day ago. Went out on the leased property to put down bait and put up a trail camera.
    A year ago the leased property seemed void of hogs, they just weren't out there possibly to much water and flooding. Driving down hwy 19 I could tell the streams and ponds weren't flooded or high. I was pleased to see the road leading to my lease was rooted up. So rooted up I was afraid of getting stuck in the loose dirt parking the Focus on the shoulder. The hogs even had dirt on the pavement. The rooting continued back to where my blind will be set up. In 3 or 4 hours I'll check the trail camera and put down more bait. Later today either put up the blind or a tree stand then hunt tonight.

    I also found the Homosassa WMA and attractive place to hunt. Different rules though, no center fire rifles, no baiting, no night hunting. No hunting license required for hunting hogs. Not a lot of hunting pressure on this WMA and I seem to have the place all to myself on weekdays. I put up a trail camera last year and had pictures of hogs so I know they are in there. I have my old goose & duck gun (Winchester X2) setup for shooting slugs. It has a "SeeAll" gun sight mounted on the receiver. Never hunted with slugs before but trips to the gun range indicate this setup is deadly accurate and should bring down a hog no problem. Also bought a used Summit climbing tree stand to use in the WMA and plan to leave the tree stand out there while I'm in Florida about a mile back in.

    Stay tuned
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    Good luck Jim, and be careful with that climbing tree stand.
    A man full of grits is a man full of peace.

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    Not terribly fond of the climbing tree stand so far. Lots of things to go wrong!!

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    Haha, anything to climb subjects you to gravity! Still, I'm glad you made it back out hog huntin'!

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    Better check back here tomorrow, I'm already lining up wild hog morticians, Called up the local VFW commander to see if they still accept killed hog donations. The VFW provides wild hog meat to the poor and the homeless. HE said they will take anything I kill.

    Checked my trail camera, 178 pictures, one camera, one night, over 25 hogs photographed from 7 pm to 7p am. A record night for wild hog photography. I'm so excited since last year my lease was void of hogs, to wet I guess. If the hogs turn out tonight like last night I hope to make multiple kills.

    I think this is going to be great!!

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    Nice! I'm glad they use the nuisance animals to feed the hungry. A win/win situation!

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    I'm a bit surprised the county health department allows that. I think it's great but not being able to ensure the source of the meat most health departments forbid it especially free range pork.

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    It's probably according to where you are, Rick. A friend of mine in southern Alabama used to donate a lot of his hunting and fishing produce.
    True enough, my final home is still out there, but this is most certainly my home range and I love it. I love every rock I fall off and tree I trip over. Even when I am close to dying from exhaustion, a beautiful sunset doesn't lose it's power to refresh and inspire me and that, in itself, is enough to save me sometimes.

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    Yeah, you may be right. You can do that here as well. A lot of meat is donated by private individuals. However, I was surprised the VFW is allowed to do it. Years ago, churches in Illinois would do chowders where wild game would be cooked for hours in a pot with corn and other vegetables until it was a mush then sold. Sort of like a chili sale. The county health departments put a stop to it. Churches had to start using hamburger or other store bought meat. I suppose private clubs might be exempt in some states.

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    Yaa but Rick this is Florida

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    A neighbor was also hunting a couple of hundred yards away and we were texting everything we saw and heard. I could hear something moving out in the jungle, keep panning the area through my Pulsar thermo imaging scope but the vegetation was to thick to see far. Suddenly a wave of hogs was seen charging toward my bait pile. In the past the hogs come in single file in a line but this time it was a wave of hogs 100 feet wide. Trying to decide which one to shoot and strategizing a multiple kill. At one point the hogs were inline, oh crap, maybe 2 with one shot. I click off the safety of my AR-15, and the hogs heard it but ignored it. Dam hogs 30 feet away. I'm in a tree stand and not very comfortable. This is nothing at all like the bench at the shooting range. I decide there is the shot, right behind the head, I take the shot then swing to a second hog, fire 3 shots hopping to get a hit. I texted my neighbor "I got one". I climb down from the tree stand and begin searching for dead hogs, nothing I missed them all. I'm an idiot, spent all summer target shooting, I have a $3000 gun sight and I-missed!!!!!

    I was so excited I caved under the pressure and missed. Thinking back over the years I think I have always missed my first hog shot of the season. I need to get my box blind setup where I have comfortable lawn chairs to hunt from and the edge of the blind to rest my rifle while I aim. Us old guys need to be comfortable.
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    Bobbin' and weavin'. They were bobbin' and weavin'. First rule of a good hog fight. Gotta keep the head movin'.

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    Another shot fired and another lost hog but it was a fun and educational night. I have been hog hunting with an electronic game caller called IHunt by Ruger. I'm convinced it really works. Got to my hog blind late tonight, around 6:30 but I haven't hunted the past two nights. Didn't expect to see much. Cranked up the volume full blast on the game caller and let her rip, a few minutes I thought I could hear a hog grunt and I could hear vegetation crackling in the jungle being walked on. I didn't know what to expect. Every 10 minutes or so I launched another hog call. I really got an owl upset with the hog calls so I switched over to do bared owl call. I hear more hog grunts and the crackling became more and closer. Finally I think I see a hog through my thermo imaging scope through the vegetation. Yep, it's a hog so I carefully take aim (In the hog blind this time) and take the shot, the hog flinched and ran away going from 0 to 35 MPH in in a couple of strides. I squeeze off a second shot but the hog keeps running. I can hear several other hogs running away from the gun shot, must have been at least three more. It was a great night for this old boy but I'll look for the hog in the morning. Sorry, I don't look for downed hogs in the jungle at night when I'm alone. To easy to get lost.

    I checked my scope just now and it is off maybe an inch at 100 yards. I hit the hog.
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