Hunting Spring Hogs and Turkeys, April 2, 2012
Author’s dog Demeter, guarding a wild hog taken from Williamson Swamp a few years ago with a crossbow on a hunt during June’s blue moon.
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Go once more into the breach Dear Friends as Hovey chainsaws his way into Williamson Swamp Creek for Hog Quest 2012 to take hogs and wild turkeys with muzzleloading pistols, a muzzleloading rifle, flintlock shotgun and crossbow.
The show starts with his introduction of his Great-Nephew-in-Law, Great Niece and Great-Great Nieces as he does a question-answer session on the niceties of wild hog hunting. In this discussion he tells about cutting paths through the dead-fall, slash and overgrowing vines of a clear-cut forest to safely get to his hunting area which overlooks a hog wallow that he has been baiting with corn.
Navigating in the swamp at night requires the use of a GPS unit and flashlight to negotiate his cut trail and get down a steep bluff to the creek’s floodplain which is laced with intersecting creek channels. Nightfall on the third evening brings an unexpected event when turkeys fly to roost in a cypress tree further down the creek. In a change of plans, he returns before daylight the next morning and sets up for these birds in the creek bottom.
At daylight he records an interchange between himself and two hens roosted in the tree and three gobblers across the creek. The result is that the turkeys fly down, but to a clearing somewhere in the cut-over timber and not into his decoys. Failing in both is attempts at wild hogs and turkeys, Hovey explains that hunting is the process of progressive, successive approximations with each hunt yielding knowledge to increase the likelihood that the next hunt will be successful.
Hunting tools to be used on these hunts includes the CVA Optima .50-caliber muzzleloading pistol which has arrived, Traditions’ Vortek .50-caliber muzzleloading pistol which is being shipped, CVA’s Electra .50-caliber rifle, Davide Pedersoli’s Mortimer flintlock 12-gauge muzzleloading cylinder-bored shotgun, Marbles’ soufanger (hog stabber) extendable-blade knife, Tree Lounge “Ground Lounge” stand, solar-powered flashlight, Poulan Chainsaw, Gerber folding saw, Garmin GPS unit, ThermaCell and Wicked Ridge compound crossbow, which is made by TenPoint Crossbows.
The presence of wild hogs is indicated by large-scale disturbance of the wallow usually following each days’ distribution of corn, although other swamp animals also eat corn nothing tears up the ground like a drove of hogs coming in to feed. Usually the corn is packed in using a 1960s-era Camp Trails backpack that has been upgraded with new straps and a belly band.
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The show concludes with an original 10-minute outdoor musical composition by a group of 20-odd unschooled musicians to offer comfort and solace to anyone in this 24/7 connected world in honor of the anniversary of the death of his late wife, Thresa Babb Smith.