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Old 02-07-2020, 02:57 PM   #1
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Ready for my Javelina hunt - success!

My hunt will start around 8:30 tomorrow am, thatís when we figure we will be in the field. Hopefully weíll connect and spend the rest of the trip hunting coyotes.
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Old 02-08-2020, 07:11 AM   #2
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Good luck, have fun!
 
Old 02-10-2020, 12:25 PM   #3
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got one with my AR pistol, .300 blackout suppressed. 93 yard shot. he collapsed right there without taking a step.

My hunt was over an hour after it started.



it's at the butcher right now. expecting to get about 25 lbs of sausage (spicy, smokey bratwurst)

now to start focusing on the next thing.
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You have to post how it taste's. Good job!
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Only an hour, but time well spent.
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Old 02-10-2020, 06:17 PM   #6
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Spent the rest of the trip glassing and helping the two other hunters in the group. One was a first time hunter. He missed on three opportunities, but loved the adventure.

I ended up being the only one to score a pig on this trip. But the season is still on...
 
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Only an hour, but time well spent.
Sometimes thatís how it goes, and sometimes itís at the last light on the last day. And sometimes not at all.
 
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What ammo did you use? I remember you mentioning it was supersonic, but don't recall beyond that.
 
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What ammo did you use? I remember you mentioning it was supersonic, but don't recall beyond that.

125 gr handloads (noslers BT and H110) - forget the load, would have to go grab my load books. I chrono'd them at about 2150.

performed beautifully, heart and lungs were pretty much turned to goo with a decent exit wound, but very little meat was lost.

I really like these rounds, perfect for coyotes and javelina. probably work on feral hogs too.
 
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Sometimes that’s how it goes, and sometimes it’s at the last light on the last day. And sometimes not at all.
Decades ago, I was posted to an Army base that had not seen hunters in over 14 years. The training area was opened up to Active service military and Civilian employees of the base. I tagged out a 6 pointer Mule Deer within 90 minutes of starting and a mile and a half from base housing. The down side was later that afternoon my boss phoned me up and asked if I was coming back to work the next morning. He figured since I tagged out so quickly, there was no need to waste 4 days of my annual leave.
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Old 02-11-2020, 11:57 AM   #11
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125 gr handloads (noslers BT and H110) - forget the load, would have to go grab my load books. I chrono'd them at about 2150.

performed beautifully, heart and lungs were pretty much turned to goo with a decent exit wound, but very little meat was lost.

I really like these rounds, perfect for coyotes and javelina. probably work on feral hogs too.
Thanks. I don't shoot a ton of .300bk and don't reload for it yet (or any bottleneck cartridges), but have the dies and am saving my brass so someday I probably will.
 
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The sad thing was, we let the kid that was hunting with us have the first shot. He missed. He also had shots on two other occasions and sadly missed those too.

In the herd where I go mine, were two really large javelinas. This one was medium sized.

had we not been being nice to him - we wanted him to learn and to connect, my biddy and I probably could have both taken the big ones...

but I am happy with the outcome, and the kid really enjoyed the hunt!
 
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"buck fever" or lack of marksmanship practice?
 
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"buck fever" or lack of marksmanship practice?
from my observations it was a number of things:

1) lack of experience - so no marksmanship skills. I suspect he was jerking the trigger, closing his eyes, or fighting the sight picture. (or even all of these things)

2) lack of understanding field conditions and where to hit the animal. I think we made a mistake by saying the head was a legitimate target - we just should have had him go for a nice lung shot.

3) not understanding the bullet path and judging distance properly

but, he had fun, we saw Javelina, and there were opportunities.

I was telling my wife, that in the grand scheme of things, for me it was probably the most anticlimactic shot I've taken on game in a long time. Normally, with deer or elk I get a bit of a rush. This was almost matter of fact. Aim, shoot, go get my kill.

Don't know if it was because every 3-D archery course I've been on lately has at least two Javelina targets and Im used to seeing and shooting them.
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Old 02-13-2020, 06:09 AM   #15
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I managed to get past my "buck fever", by keep reminding myself it was a matter of economics. When I hunted close to home, little was spent on either gas of food and nothing on hotel rooms so the dollars spent hunting made the meat recovered cheaper at times than going to a supermarket.
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