by Chris Monhof
Published Jul 8, 2014
A plantation manager called me the other day asking for some help with a hog problem in north Florida. I thought it would be a great time to take the wife out for the weekend and get into some hogs at the same time.
I decided to take the Pulsar N750 and a RS64 640 x 480 FLIR Thermal rifle scope for this hunt/recon. The weapons selected for this adventure where the DPMS LR .308 and Remington AR10 .308.
We arrived late Saturday night and got into the lodge, changed into our South Georgia finest and proceeded out to scout. We noticed a little bit of hog damage up near the main house and along the main route onto the property. The house sat on top of a hill that sloped down to a creek bottom.
The next morning Dawn and I woke up and got an early start to beat the heat. The plan was to scout as much of the property as possible to select a few possible bait locations. We loaded up on the EzGo, and set out through the middle of 8000 acres of beautiful woodland.
We made our way down to the creek bottom below the main house to a dry lake. We saw several fresh hog rooting sites along the way. We turned around at the property line and started back when we noticed 5 hogs in the middle of the road. We stopped and backed up about 10 feet behind some foliage hopping the hogs would not spook.
We dismounted, secured our rifles and tripod for the daytime stalk. I had the DPMS with the Pulsar N750 and Dawn had the Remington AR10 with the Thermal.
As we moved closer to the feral swine’s location, we could hear the hogs to our right but could not get eyes on them. We had the wind in our face and where single file when I looked to the left and saw five hogs feeding 5 feet from me. I turned to get dawn to set up only to find she had stopped to look for the hogs on the right. I turned on my scope, turned around to find the hogs, rotated the selector lever to semi and shot the first sow. The hogs took off running in front of me (left to right), and I shot the second hog a small boar. Two hogs made it across the trail into some waist high foliage when a fifth hog attempted to cross the trail, I pulled the trigger again and the boar flipped into the grass. I turned to walk up the trail to the right to find the other hogs when another sow attempted to escape.
The sound of the DPMS rang out and she fell as the fifth little boar jumped up and tried to run. The 150 gr Hornady Whitetail .308 ammo did its job once again, stopping the boar with a Texas Heart shot.
We recovered four of the five hogs and set off the pick a feeder and camera to establish a bait site. When we returned to establish the bait site we recovered the fifth hog. Once we had the feeder up and running we called it a day.