Went to Willow Creek Thursday morning with the intention of bagging a bunny or two. Got a pig instead.
Todd stayed home to take care of Kimber (number 1 cat). She got fixed on Tuesday.
I had shot at and missed two bunnies. I don't know if the lead free 22mag is that inaccurate, or if the nut behind the bolt (me) needs some work.
So around noon I tried to call Todd and let him know I was heading back. No Service on the ridge for the phone Todd had let me borrow. I had brought the '06 and the 22mag. pistol.
The '06 wasn't loaded at all. It was zipped up in the case. I had some rounds in my pack on the floor. As
I come down the ridge road to make the turn down the hill, a pig trots down the direction I'm gonna go.
There's more of 'em down the hill a ways! Can't tell how many. I load the rifle, put on my earmuffs and roll slowly down the hill. When I see three of them standing in the middle of the ranch road, I stop, put the truck in park and open the door and stand behind the door. One of them took a step toward me so I shot him. He fell dead on the ranch road.
I used the truck to drag him to a tree where I could skin him.
I don't think I woulda shot him if he'd been up in the brush. As is it took me almost five hours to get him gutted skinned andin the cooler. I still couldn't get signal to tell Todd what had happened. When I got out on the road I kept pulling off and checking for phone signal. When I got up to Tres Pinos I pulled over and checked. There was signal, so I started to dial. Just then our other truck pulls up and Todd gets out. I tell him I got a pig. He was terrribly worried about because I had said I'd be home around 1:00. It is now 5:45.
I'll have better idea of what he weighed when I take it to the butcher tomorrow. I just know he was too heavy for me to lift by myself. It took me almost five hours to gut and skin him by myself. I was little sore the next day.
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Jean, that's awesome! You'd have to shoot a bunch of bunnies to get that much meat, I can tell you that!
Even better... he fell on the road! That NEVER happens to me.
He has no gallery to applaud or disapprove of his conduct... Whatever his acts, they are dictated by his own conscience rather than a mob of onlookers. It is difficult to exaggerate the importance of this fact.
Wow - nice day!
Nice story too.
Just got back from the butcher. Carcass weight was 77lbs. I guess that meant it 140-150lbs on the hoof. Tore two petals off the Barnes 165 grain bullet.
I sure wasn't expecting this to happen to me.
I thought maybe I should title the post "Road Kill".
I was pretty happy with the whole deal, especially after being outsmarted by bunnies.
That's an awesome bunny hunt for sure!
Congrats on a nice hog.
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What a great surprise, and great job on being perpared! Congrats
Looks like a TSX? Am I correct? And Porky is going to taste way better than Bugs, great job!!
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Wow, that's a good way to fill the freezer. Good for you!
That was a 165grain TSX. The reason the petals got torn off is the bullet went right through the spine at an angle. That made travel though the spine about 4 inches. I was surprised it still looked vaguely like a bullet. They are home loads.
Some time soon I'll go back and look for one or two of those wasscally wabbits.
The most awesome thing to me was that when Todd didn't get a call from me, he drove sixty-some miles to see if I was okay. He's a good soul.
Jean, you are scary-good! I LOVE IT! Rock on, sister!
I hope scary good is the good kind of good . I thought this was taking advantage of dumb luck.
Smoked tenderloins are wonderful food. The heart gets roasted tonight if the lady I work with remembers to bring back my cookbook with the recipe.
Definitely good. Congrats! Let's hunt together soon so your good luck can rub off on me :-)
I'll send an email tonight to start setting something up.
Nice work Jean!