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.
Rob shot a nice boar during winter one year when we couldn’t get up the road in a vehicle.
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.
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.
We saw quite a few hen turkeys and even some young poults that were a little larger than adult quail.
We did come across one four foot rattlesnake.
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.