October 05, 2015 at 9:37am
I donít know itís just the adrenaline rush you get after a successful hunt on public land. This hunt started out just like every opening day public land hunt, big crowds, lots of partyers, loud music and hunters walking all over the place. This is what make the trip rewarding and wouldnít have it any other way! Opening morning I and Nick decided to make a squirrel hunt, in order to get away from the pressure we brought bicycles and rode a mile before reaching the prime squirrel location. It was good to hunt without seeing another person, ended the hunt with 14 squirrels and one rabbit. My son is hard to keep up with shooting eight squirrels before I got started and staying miles ahead of me. That evening we decided on a hog hunt, I broke out the old trusty 22 mag and headed over a mile deep in the bottoms, it was windy but the woods came alive after the wind died down. Luckily I brought binoculars because the hogs were coming through right at dark and I was able verified with vortex vultures 8x56 before pulling the trigger. Long story short, ended the hunt with a 200lb Sal and quit an adventure getting out of the woods. GPS went haywire with low batteries, walked a mile through thick jungle in the wrong direction before figuring out the problem. Itís a must to carry two way radios for safety, my son was a mile away hunting by himself and able to call my other buddy to help finding the way out 10:30 pm. Next morning woke up late to recover the hog from the night before; stepped 100 yards in the woods and BAMMMM we each smoked a small 50 lb. hog. Love it when and plan and hard work comes together, my buddy Robert has some excellent video of a bear under his stand and I saw one cross the road. We will be back as soon as the turnaround work clears in 38 days, be safe and go prepared, never know what can happen in the public jungle.