Monty’s Pig Hunt

Last November, Monty posed with my whitetail.

Last November, Monty posed with my whitetail.

Last November, my high school classmate, Monty Morton invited me to hunt white-tailed deer with him in Idaho. You can read about it here: https://hunterlandowner.wordpress.com/2012/11/17/whitetail-perfection-in-idaho/

After that, hunt, we began to  plan a California trip to hunt wild pigs together. I looked around for an affordable pig hunt, but the only one I could find was on our ranch – free.

With few pigs around, the hunt would be  “a shot in the dark,” but we do kill a few pigs when they happen to show.

Just to prove it, here are some pig photos from the ranch, or near by. Here is one of our ponds that pigs like.

pigs at pondI took this photo of Joe stalking a pig about 15 years ago.

Joe in pursuitHe arrowed the pig from about 30 yards.

Snapped this photo from the road on the way home one day.

Snapped this photo from the road on the way home one day.

Rob shot a nice boar during winter one year when we couldn’t get up the road in a vehicle.

Rob snuck up on the sleeping boar and killed it from about 40 yards in it's bed using dad's .300 Savage.

Rob sneaked up on the sleeping boar and killed it from about 40 yards in it’s bed using dad’s .300 Savage.

On another occasion we were eating sandwiches when three pigs ran past us. Rob managed to drop one of them with grandma’s old 30-30 carbine.

Rob different rifle different pigNeither Rob nor I have killed a ranch pig for quite a while, but our guests have. Naturally I told Monty about the pigs we have killed, but I added that I haven’t seen many this year.

We figured that our best chance of locating pigs would be to check the 20+ ponds on our ranch and search for tracks. This we did with a vengeance, but we found tracks at only two ponds and they were at least a few days old. Our next strategy was to set up overlooking a broad expanse of grassland where we would have a chance of spotting pigs from afar.

Monty on pig huntWe got comfortable and waited them out, but no pigs appeared. We did see a dozen bucks and most of them would be legal come August. One of them was the largest buck I’ve seen in years.

Here's a young buck that we watched while looking for pigs.

Here’s a young buck that we watched while looking for pigs.

We saw quite a few hen turkeys and even some young poults that were a little larger than adult quail.

Didn't get a decent photo of the poults.

Didn’t get a decent photo of the poults.

We did come across one four foot rattlesnake.

rattler on pig hunt

So, after three days of pig hunting, I sent Monty back to Idaho with a guarantee that we would try again. But for this trip, all he got was a very extensive ranch tour. He was much more successful as a whitetail guide than I was as a pig guide.

One thought on “Monty’s Pig Hunt

  1. Well that is why they call it hunting and not shooting. Me and my brother have been hunting public land pigs for about a year (at least one trip a month) and my brother got one and I have zero so far. I don’t feel that sorry for you 😉

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s