515 lb boar taken in Tuesday morning in a Hyde County corn field. Bears were everywhere, and this was one of the best. Taken after a lung-busting 500 yard sprint through the mud with a Henry 45-70 Gov't lever action and 325 grain Hornady bullets. Shot distance approximately 80 yards as the bear was heading to cover.
Thanks Dare to Hyde Outfitters for a great bear hunt. Special thanks to a great guide, Matthew Eakes, for getting me on this bear in one of the best spot-and-stalk experiences I've had.
My first Cape Buffalo. Three hits with 300 g solid 375 H&H: Shoulder, in back of shoulder,then left hip got him on the ground at about 80 yards. 450/400 3' NE finished him off. 'Bull Durm'!
Hunted the King Ranch for nilgai las week. This is the 600 lb result. These things are very challenging to hunt by any means, but especially by spot-and-stalk through the high grass and shooting from sticks. This one fell to my 375 H&H (270g Hornady SP-RP in the chest) at about 225 yards. These animals have free reign in south Texas; no fence can hold them as they can jump most cattle fences and dig tunnels under higher fences. I saw a group of nilgai cows and a bull running full speed across the praire and dive under a fence and pop out on the other side without even breaking stride. They graze along Highway 77 at night making for some spectacular vehicle encounters. I highly recommend hunting these spooky, skittish antelope in free-range, fair chase conditions. You will love it. Just be prepared to run and gun.
Look at the 10 point in the center of the first 2 photos. Hope he sticks around a few more weeks. Anyone want to guess score?
First water fowl for that matter. Thanks to Aaron Matthews and Fourth Generation Outfitters.
Nice 180lb boar from Friday evening. Very long head and some nice teeth. Somebody told me the state was thinking of regulating these as game animals. What a mistake that would be!
Thanks Joe for helping me skin again!
Took my son hog hunting in JoCo Saturday evening. He put three in the water over a 3 hour period with his new hog rifle. Hope I didn't leave too much of a mess at the skinning shed...
I was excited about deer, but y'all keep posting bear. Now I want another one. This is the skull from last year's tag. 21 and 12/16' Boone and Crockett.
Deer, pigs, bear. I love NC.
Got my first real gobbler on Wednesday at 7AM. 9' beard, 1' spurs, 23 lbs. Many thanks to Chris and Gary!
Don't know what I like hunting best: bear, deer, hogs or turkey. Now it's time to start thinking about tuna...
A few more pics of my new Hyde County Volkswagen.
My first bear. 760 lb bruin was taken in Hyde County Monday morning about 9AM. State bear biologist says it's the second largest registered NC black bear kill and will likely make Boone and Crockett. Many, many thanks to Mike Noles and staff at Conman's Guide Service for putting me on this one-in-a-lifetime bear!
Benelli R1 270 WSM at 156 yards, took several hits to knock him down.
It's been a slow deer season, but what the heck. Can't take pics like this at work.
Check out the snout. Maybe just a large aardvark?
Anyone out there hunted deer from a ground blind with traditional archery equipment? I haven't done blind hunting before, need to know what to expect. Also using a recurve, which I use mainly from tree stands. My Primos blind is set up 20 yards from a deer trail. What do I need to look out for?
Thanks to Capt George and Downeast Outfitters for a great day on the water last Saturday. Reef donkey fishing will wear out the kids (and dads).
First thing on the boat Sunday morning on the Fishin' Frenzy out of Oregon Inlet. First thing off the grill Monday night...
I thought these were extinct. Hope he shows up during shooting light. I need a warm new coat...
The one on the left is pork. The ones on the right are cuisine.
Taken in the Neuse River basin in Johnston county at Howell Woods.
Happy holidays, y'all!
No deer have come around this set-up in Johnston County in over a month. No wonder. If I see him, it's bbq time...
Took this doe beside the Little River in northern Orange county. She crossed the river with 2 other does at 6:30, walked by my stand at 6:35, and ran through thick cover for over 100 yards after I arrowed her through the lungs at 6:36! Nice fat girl weighed about 147, biggest doe I've taken. Teeth indicate 4 years old. Second doe of the season; last week's was 114 lb. Good eats!
Notice my Jack Russell is already begging...