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We Track The Duck’s Wild Boar

Robert Hoague
Robert Hoague

The next morning was very cold once again and the Duck and I coffeed up waiting for daylight. Then we filled up a thermos and drove out to the hill where he had shot the wild boar yesterday afternoon. We cut through the woods on the well worn deer trail to where the Duck had his ground blind set up in the thick cedar break where he was bowhunting.

He pointed out where he first saw the group of wild hogs coming from downhill through the cedars. He walked to where his shot opportunity had materialized. The Duck had quickly lost sight of the boar in the tight cedars. He told me, “It sounded like the hog went up hill from me and the sound of a guttural moan closed out the afternoon hunt.” (To Yesterday’s Hog Hunt.)

As The Duck checked near where the hog was shot he saw some splatters of blood. I kneeled down and carefully looked the immediate area over. Even in these tight woods I could see where several trails came through this area.

I picked a trail that was parallel to the top of the hill and walked slowly along it , looking carefully for more sign. Fresh hog tracks were visible and they went in both directions showing where hogs came and went.

After 40 yards I was standing in a small opening in the cedars. Hog tracks turned on a cross trail and so did I. The tracks quickly took a left into a rocky area of dense woods. Two steps further I noticed the black butt of a wild hog under the low limbs of a cedar tree.

“I found him,” I called out and the Duck came across the hill to me. We pulled the boar hog out from underneath the low hanging cedar branches.

Then we got the hog’s legs tucked under him and took a picture of the Duck, Don Beckwith, and his most recent wild boar hog.

We boned out the hog, cutting out the wild boar’s back strap (the pork chops) and the hams and roast and other meat for stew and jerky and carried the meat out in our backpacks.

The Duck used a Barnett crossbow and it powered his arrow almost through the hog. His 100 grain 3-blade Whitetail Special Pro by Grim Reaper Broadheads made an amazingly wide wound channel and the boar bulldozed his way under the cedar limbs and dropped in 60 yards.

Just before this hunt I received a dozen new EXECUTIONER crossbow bolts from Black Eagle Arrows. These strong and accurate bolts coupled with the tough, straight shooting Grim Reaper Broadheads proved to be a lethal combination coming from the 150 lb. Barnett crossbow.

Concerning the Grim Reaper Broadheads the Duck said, “For years I shot fixed blade broadheads but on a bear hunt my friend Fred Lutger got me to try the Grim Reaper head and I’ve used them ever sense. They fly like my field points and make a big cut … and the game goes down either within sight or close by. And the new PRO SERIES broadheads are the best of the best.”

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