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OntheLasGallinas
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PostPosted: Fri May 23, 2008 4:28 am    Post subject: Re: Air rifles Reply with quote

Butcher45,

Nice job. You got some good eatin there. I'm convinced, I'm going air!!!!!!!!!!!!

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PostPosted: Fri May 23, 2008 2:17 am    Post subject: Re: Air rifles Reply with quote

nice airgun . Ralphie would forget the daisy in a hurry even with a compass in the stock.

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PostPosted: Thu May 22, 2008 9:21 pm    Post subject: Re: Air rifles Reply with quote

We HAMMERED them Oklahoma hogs!!!

All One-shot DRT's with .45 airguns. Biggest was 140lb sow. Oklahoma feral hogs have a lot of Russian characteristics. Saw some 300+ pounders there, too. Not close enough/long enough for a shot, though.

Starting with my meat-sized boar (the sow standing next to him ran-off right before the shot, the boar wasn't quick enough).

He could not possibly have gone down harder.








Jim also killed a white fallow doe suing his DAQ .457 air rifle.

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PostPosted: Sun May 18, 2008 4:36 pm    Post subject: Re: Air rifles Reply with quote

That seals it...

A feral hog hunt...

followed closely by a pig roast...

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PostPosted: Sat May 17, 2008 5:51 pm    Post subject: Re: Air rifles Reply with quote

The wild hog population originated from stock that was pasture-raised in the 1800s and early 1900s. In the mid 1900s Russian boars were imported to some of the ranches in south and central Texas to hunt. The Russian blood from these boars is evident in the current wild hog population. The hogs that had escaped the farmers and ranchers were of the Poland China breed for the most part. This is a large fat breed that was popular at the time. These were black and white spotted hogs. Currently, you can still see a paint color mixture in the wild population; however most are solid black now, due to the Russian blood, and the genetic dominance of the black color. They also have larger tusks and have larger heads and shoulders. They make an awesome game animal because they are smart and wary. They react to hunter pressure by changing their habits; if you hunt them at night, they will feed during the day, if you hunt during the day, they will feed at night. For trophys, we see a lot of boars weighing 400 to 500 pounds, sometimes larger. I don't think any part of Texas has a season on them. They are hunted year round, day or night. You can go out with a spotlight, or with dogs, or hunt them like deer.

I've got a friend that is a hog hunter (with dogs). All I have to do is give him a call any time and tell him that I need a hog and he will show up about 2 am with one or two. He almost never comes back empty handed.

Mostly, they are trapped. We have traps that we set out in the woods and bait with corn. Some ranchers build pens with a one-way door and will catch up to 10 or 20 at a time. They will haul them to the cattle auction and sell them for 50 to 100 dollars apiece. The big boars will bring better money. Mostly they go to the smaller high-fenced hunting ranches that over hunt them so they have to repopulate.

The population of wild hogs is almost to the plague stage. They eat cattle feed and tear up the feeders. They will also tear up the large round bales of hay to get the grain out of the hay. They root up the fields and leave large holes that are sometimes difficult to maneuver tractors over. They destroy corn and peanut fields, as well as most vegetable crops. I’ve had a herd show up and flatten about 5 acres of corn a night and root up freshly planted peanuts by the acre. They’ve driven me to the point of wanting to exterminate the entire population. I occasionally see a hog following the cattle herd around. My wife thinks they will kill a calf, but I believe they are after a fresh pile of calf do-do (sucking calf-milk content).

I’ve seen about 90 in a herd and heard stories of larger herds. The population is increasing. They have young faster than hunter pressure can thin them out.

I would choose to eat wild hog over any game or domestic meat, even pen raised pork. We BBQ them, mostly. I believe the flavor is enhanced from the diet of acorns, corn (from corn fields and feed), mesquite beans, prickly pear apples and other wild nuts and fruits. I rairly shoot and keep anything over 200 pounds. Even the boars are good eating up to that size.

If you ever get a chance to hunt wild hogs, I say go for it. It’s a challenge and lots of fun. If you ever get a chance to hunt hogs with dogs, be prepared, it’s a dangerous blood sport. Dogs do get hurt and sometimes killed. I suggest that you carry a large bore pistol and be aware of your surroundings. Always know where the nearest tree or climbable bush is, just in case the dogs push an angry boar your way and you need to get up off the ground. I’ve climbed a couple in my life, and I have nerves of steel. I don’t know if I was in danger, but I wasn’t taking any chances.

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PostPosted: Sat May 17, 2008 1:14 pm    Post subject: Re: Air rifles Reply with quote

Bushmaster wrote:
In Missouri that is the law too Big D...All game animals shot must be removed from the forest...Except the feral pigs. They just want them gone...

I have some distant relatives that live outside of Springfield, maybe I should plan a trip to "catch up"....

I've always wanted to try hog hunting...

I hear they eat real good too....

In Ohio they are considered a nuisance. As such, there are no closed seasons or bag limits (along with coyote and groundhog). ODOW has asked that feral hogs be killed on-site, and that you call them to report any feral hog activities. I've just never seen one around here...

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PostPosted: Sat May 17, 2008 10:10 am    Post subject: Re: Air rifles Reply with quote

Bushy,

So how much is a non-residents tag to go hunting in Missouri ?? I like my pork. Laughing

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PostPosted: Sat May 17, 2008 10:08 am    Post subject: Re: Air rifles Reply with quote

In Missouri that is the law too Big D...All game animals shot must be removed from the forest...Except the feral pigs. They just want them gone...

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PostPosted: Sat May 17, 2008 10:05 am    Post subject: Re: Air rifles Reply with quote

Leaving animals you killed in the Bush here is a offense, you MUST pack out the animal.

But that policy sounds like what we are told about Carp here, just catch them, and throw them on the side of the road, don't put them back in the water if you don't want to eat them.

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PostPosted: Sat May 17, 2008 10:01 am    Post subject: Re: Air rifles Reply with quote

You wouldn't believe what the game people have told us here in Missouri about the feral pigs. They want us all to go into the forests ARMED and shoot any pig we see. No licence required. JUST SHOOT THEM!!! Anywhere in the state. Seems that the feral pigs here have kinda taken over and are destroying the flora (no kidding)...If we don't have any use for the meat...Just leave them for the coyotes and what ever other meat eaters out there...

The State Game Commission has posted signs at every forest entrance stating so... wtf The war is on... Very Happy Humans vs. pigs... Very Happy

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PostPosted: Sat May 17, 2008 9:13 am    Post subject: Re: Air rifles Reply with quote

Bushmaster, in NC we have several counties with limited "boar" seasons. When that critter crosses into another county he becomes a "feral pig" and can be shot at any time... wtf You gotta love the folks who write game and gun laws!

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PostPosted: Sat May 17, 2008 7:56 am    Post subject: Re: Air rifles Reply with quote

Have a good hunt, can't wait for the field report!

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PostPosted: Sat May 17, 2008 6:23 am    Post subject: Re: Air rifles Reply with quote

This ought to be good information...How big will the [wild] hogs be? Are they really wild hogs or Feral pigs...?

Absolutely. Let us know the outcome. Enjoy the hunt...

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PostPosted: Sat May 17, 2008 12:33 am    Post subject: Re: Air rifles Reply with quote

I'm headed out in the morning to go hunt wild hogs in Oklahoma along with four other airgunners. I'll let you guys know what happens!
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PostPosted: Mon May 05, 2008 12:20 pm    Post subject: Re: Air rifles Reply with quote

In that case, you want the SamYang909 in .45; there are two versions of the gun. You will want the DOUBLE AIRTUBE version as it makes a big difference in shot count, and your velocity won't immediately start dropping after a shot or two like the single tube. Then you will want to send it to this guy for a power mod.
Or you could spend a bit extra, and get on the list for one of his super-powerful custom jobs. I also included a link to my initial testing of the 909 I got from Leroy (BGMF)

www.bgmfairguns.com/

www.compasseco.com/ind...ail&p=1097

www.airgunadvice.net/v...hlight=909
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