Waiting For A Trophy
Waiting For A Trophy
I was talking to a good friend and hog hunter about a hunt that he had recent taken. He said his intention was to kill a big boar that would be suitable for his wall, he wanted to have the head mounted. But after not seeing a big boar hog that was worthy early in the hunt he diceded to go ahead and take an midsized hog for the meat.
Apparently the constant procession of hogs past his stand began to wear on him and eventually he caved and shot one as it ambled by. We both wondered how it would have turned out had he had a bit more patience. Would a large boar come by and fulfilled his desire for a big tusked boar worthy of the wall?
Patience and the ability to pass on lesser hogs is someting that is absolutely necessary if you truly want to take the boar of your dreams. This is something that you should go over in your mind long before you step in the woods with you weapon in hand. We all have to make decisions while looking down the barrel but before hunt preparations mentally will help you make the right decision more frequently.
All hunters must understand that justwhen a shot opportunity presents it self that you have a CHOICE... you don't have to shoot. I find it ironic that someone would go hunting for a trophy whitetail and he will patiently pass on lesser animals for days yet when he or she for that matter is looking for a great boar the ability to wait and be selective disappears. As soon as that first boar or sow steps out it is made quick work of. He or she will never know what would have been had they only waited. If you want a wall worth boar then you need the discipline to hold off until you get that opportunity.
Think about it this way. Wild hogs will rut almost all year. So when a big group of sows and youngsters comes by it is a pretty good bet that at least one of them might be coming into heat. And if that sow is in heat you can be pretty certain that a boar is hot on her trail.
Don't make the common mistake in thinking that if the boar doesn't show immediately that he isn't going to show at all. Wait more than the customary three or four minutes. This is a critical and common mistake that trophy boar hunters make. I let sows enter and leave my view only to later have a big boar come down the trail searching for the sows. If I had popped that big sow then my trophy boar opportuntiy would have been ruined.
Also keep in mind that when the boar or group of boars finally do enter your field of view, it might still be helpful to wait a few minutes. And this very thing happened to my wife and I. We were both hunting from a box stand one day when a large bachelor group of hogs started filtering out of the bushes. The forth boar was a dandy and my wife was telling me ever so quietly she was going to take the shot. Since she had never killed a boar before I didn't object. No sooner had the rifle kicked than a truly big boar came running out of the woods and ran across the opening. My wife took a decent boar but a little more patience would have given her a true trophy.
Boars that are following sows aren't often going to stay within sight for very long especially if the sows have already exited the area. To help slow down the boars exit it is a great help if you make multiple sow-in-heat spots on the ground around your stand. You can do this by placing three scent traps like a soaked sponge or cloth on the ground but not next to each other. You must secure the scent source of course. About 25 feet apart is about right. This will stall the boars at least a couple of times before they leave. Giving you time to evaluate them and to also aid in getting of a good steady shot.
Restraint and patience and are 2 main components that will eventuall take you to your trophy. The ability to let pass will clearly improve your ability to see large boars. This is sure to keep both you and your taxidermist happy.
Article Courtesy of Cody Weiser
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