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Wild Hogs & Javelina at Rancho del Zorro
The Digital Log Of A Bowhunt - by Robert Hoague

| Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3 | Day 4 | Day 5 |

Day 1

We began the hunt in the early morning hours, driving the ranch roads and senderos to look for wild hogs. Several groups of wild hogs as well as javelina were out. So were deer, particularly some of the ranch's big Whitetail bucks with splendid racks, eleven big boys in all. The bucks got us a little off track for awhile but we eventually got down to the business of setting up for wild hogs. 

We set up a Double Bull blind in the crook of an "L" shaped ranch road that we saw hogs on. 

Then we set up a second Double Bull 500 yards down the road, in some brush 15 yards from the road, overlooking a small opening with several game trails. This was where my hunt would begin.

We returned to the ranch and had a business meeting (really) and discussed the possibility of having the first ever Bowhunting.net Get Together & Wild Boar, Javelina Bowhunt.

The afternoon hunt...

Half an hour after getting inside my blind a group of javelina worked their way through an opening in the brush 60 yards from me. They were the first of six different groups. But none of them came close enough to my position.

The sun fell below the horizon and daylight started to fade. I heard the sound of hooves walking in the road, coming in my direction. It was a lone boar javelina. I looked to see if I could still see my pins. The fiber optic glow was gone but I could still see them. The boar was now past my first shooting window and almost to the second. I drew and aimed through the blind's window. My shot was ... high. The javelina trotted into the brush across from me.

Rats!

A large black boar hog walked out in the road, 100 yards away from Chad's blind. It turned in the opposite direction and slowly walked further away. At 6:00 he heard hogs coming down the road toward the curve.

Chad picked them out through the brush and turned my digital camera on. The first wild hog came into view in the blind's shooting window and Chad took it's picture. 

He took a couple more pictures of the hog and 3 others in the group. They were moving right along and Chad had to get with the program  if he was going to get a shot. He set the camera down and quietly, but quickly, picked up his bow. The hogs turned the corner and now had their rear ends toward him.

They turned.

In the right direction, the broadside one. 

Chad knew what to do, he pulled his bow into the stops and aimed behind the shoulder. Crack, the arrow entered the ribs just right and the hog raced into the brush.

This was Chad's first ever opportunity to take a big game animal with a bow. But Chad is an experienced hunter and guide and he knew his shot would put the hog down in seconds. He waited ten minutes and walked to where the hog had disappeared in the brush. He found his arrow and a super blood trail.

The hog was 50 yards further. Chad radioed Angie, his wife, to come and get him. Then they drove to pick me up. We returned to recover the wild hog and I took some pictures of Chad and the hog.

Chad Edwards with his first bow harvest, a Rancho del Zorro wild hog. 

The first day of the hunt is over. We ate one of Angie's swell dinners, talked for awhile and then got some shut eye. 

Tomorrow we go at it again. To Day 2

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