jhill528 was able to put one down with a well placed shot at very close range. The pigs bed down in thick thistle after feeding in the walnut groves at night and then move to heavy cover on the river bank during the heat of the day. The best way to hunt this property at this time of year is to either drive them from the thistle with hunters waiting for them near where you can anticipate an exit or wait in a well thought out location for them to exit in late morning to head for the river. Very few places to catch them in open areas making for quick decisions on running pigs. With only one day to figure out the ranch it was a tough hunt, the accommodations and food were great I just wish it wasn't 100+ degrees out and we had more time. Eric from Cottonwoodhunting was very kind and allowed us to hunt Friday night and even offered to let us stay a second day but I kinda over did it on Saturday and was suffering from heat exhaustion, dehydration and allergies from trying to bust through the dried thistle. jhill528 was a great hunting partner and even shared some of his kill with me. Overall it was an interesting experience and I'm thankful that jhill528 invited me along. Cottonwoodhunting is still trying to figure out his hunting packages and I'm sure it will be a great place to hunt once the details are figured out and perhaps a spring hunt during cooler weather would be a more desirable time to hunt this particular ranch for this tired old man!What happened on the hunt? The meal sounded good, but I did not see anything with the hunt. I have a friend in Visaila that wanted to do a pig hunt before he comes out here.
Yes hunting water sources is normally the way to go this time of year but unfortunately this ranch has a river running through the whole length of it so trying to pinpoint a specific watering hole is impossible.Thanks cjack. I hear you on trying to hunt somewhere just once, it's very hard. And summertime hunting hogs is brutal. I switch to shooting at a feeder and some short stalking where I know the area during the summer. The thistle sucks to, you get in and you can't get out and the pigs just scatter..Most guys out here in Texas use thermal for night hunting. I am one of very few that is successful daylight hunting. Even the "thermal guys" are sick of me killing pigs. Thanks again cjack...
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