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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)     Back to Top Direct Link To This Post Posted: May/26/2013 at 18:04
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    Went pig hunting under the full moon last night. It was TOUGH with the heavy clouds.  First night in the last several, that it hasn't rained. Went with a friend of mine in Lexington. Ranch is really pretty with slow rolling pastures full of wildflowers. Saw dozens of deer before sundown. Moonrise was about 10 last night but you couldn't tell with the overcast. At about midnight it started to get a little better, Moon was up higher and the clouds thinned out a little. Finally spotted a "lone" pig shortly after that. Made about a 200 yard stalk across the pasture and shot from behind a big oak tree. I was using my .300 WSM with a PacNor muzzle brake and the flash blinded me. I thought I had missed at first because I heard running and crashing in the nearby thicket. I saw another boar, bigger than the one I had shot at, sprint across the field but I couldn't find him in the scope. I found the pig I had shot at, he only went about ten or twenty feet. He was a decent sized pig but his teeth weren't all that great. He's probably 175 pounds or so. 
    Just a side note, this should probably be under the binocular forum though. In South Texas in March I took off on my 4 wheeler with my Vortex Vultures laying on the front fender. You guessed it, they fell off and my back tire went right over the top of them. I called Vortex when I got home. These guys are great, they sent me a brand new pair even though I destroyed them out of sheer negligence and told them as much. I let my partner use the new pair they sent. Last night I was using my new pair of Steiner Night Hunter XP 8X42s. I just got these from the Sample List on Thursday. They were listed as Demo Bs, but look brand new and were in the box with all the accessories. These things are very light and are absolutely amazing for glassing in low light. After you set your focus, you can basically leave them alone. Not sure I would have spotted this pig without them. I turned the red saturation way down in this pic. It was pretty gory. I used a 210 brain Berger VLD and they do make a mess.
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)     Back to Top Direct Link To This Post Posted: May/26/2013 at 21:26
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Great to see one less pig in TX (I'm in College Station, not far from Lexington). Also great to read about the Nighthunters too. I have a Peregrine XP coming in next week, and these two are very similar. I'm really looking forward to their arrival.
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