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#1616711 - 06/13/10 01:18 AM Enjoying the heat
cbosshog79 Offline
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Registered: 08/13/06
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Loc: Henderson County, Texas
Well, I was finally able to get out for a little while this afternoon with my hunting partner. I have had more drama in my life the past few months than I would like and my hunting time has been dramatically cut down so regardless of the conditions I jump at the opportunity to get out whenever possible. Today was one of those days... Summer is getting closer to being here and with the recent monsoon we received last week we are enjoying temps in the 90's with 100% humidity. Between uncontrollable sweating, ticks, snakes, etc... it is difficult to look forward to being outdoors but we sure had a blast today.

Sidney is my oldest and at four is a pretty dang good little partner; she rarely complains and in all honesty will out hunt several of my buddies. Our plans today were pretty laid back and we limited our hunting to "stalking" hogs and checking out deer. Our other plan today was to get a few game cameras set up for the game camera contest that Bees is putting on, hopefully we can get something other than hogs on film...

As I mentioned before we had a heck of a rain this past week, I'm not sure exactly how much we got but it was somewhere in the 9" to 11" range and that was all in just a few hours early Thursday morning. The family place we were on has a pretty large lake and it came up about two feet in just a few hours. Even with a 24" pipe and a concrete spillway (8" deep x 25') we have only gained about four inches on it since Thursday morning. As you can imagine we are loosing a few fish over the spillway so I took the opportunity to set up a game camera at the bottom of the spillway to try and catch something with fur taking advantage of the easy pickings.

Here is a view looking up towards the lake where I have the game camera sitting. Hopefully we will have some neat pictures to look at in a few days, there are several otters in this lake and I would love to get some good pics.



After playing around in the water a little we headed over to one of the fields on the place to walk around a little and look for pigs. The main field where we have been seeing the most hogs is a long narrow field that is probably 30 acres and runs along a 100+ acre duck marsh. The marsh holds water year round but is mostly only a couple of feet deep and has a 10-20 acre island. You would be surprised how much game the island holds and how reguraly you will hear hogs and deer coming across to the field. It is a pretty cool feeling while sitting in a bow stand listening to big groups of hogs trampling across that junk...



This is a close-up view of the field followed by an image of the field looking NW from the perspective of the ground. As you can see there is quite a bit of roll to this country so it is perfect for stalking game.





Anyway, we worked our way through the timber and over a little ridge where we could see the edge of the field and the marsh and sure enough the hogs were just coming out of the water into the field. Once Sidney let me know that her ears were covered I let one loose from the .223 and got the first pig on the ground with a well aimed shot between the eyes. As you can imagine, they scattered after that and there were no more easy shots to be had. I did manage to make a decent shot on another hog that had made it a couple hundred yards to the north before slowing down enough for me to squeze off a shot. Both appeared to have been from the same litter and were very close to the same size probably being in that 50-80 pound range.

We got a couple of pictures of the first pig before we cut out the straps and snapped a quick pic of the second before we drug both into the brush for coyote bait.





I cut the straps out of this hog and not to be outdone, Sidney insisted on cutting some "meat" out as well so I had to snap a quick action picture...



All in all it was a very fun afternoon and great time spent with my girl. We even had a little surprise when we got back to the truck, for some reason the neighborhood on the lake to the north of us was setting off fireworks so we sat up on the dock and eat an MRE and enjoyed the show for a while. Here is a quick picture I snapped of our view from the dock. It was a pretty cool ending to a great afternoon!



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#1616723 - 06/13/10 02:11 AM Re: Enjoying the heat [Re: cbosshog79]
WSMBUCK Offline
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Registered: 09/27/09
Posts: 3464
Loc: ms usa
Great story and sure is a sweet little hunting buddy you have there.

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#1616736 - 06/13/10 07:55 AM Re: Enjoying the heat [Re: WSMBUCK]
Locountryhunter Offline
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Registered: 02/21/10
Posts: 596
Loc: South Carolina
Sounds like you and your buddy had a great day in the outdoors. She looks like she knows what shes doing and thanks for sharing with us. Good deal and great pics.
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#1616742 - 06/13/10 08:15 AM Re: Enjoying the heat [Re: Locountryhunter]
OldTurtle Offline
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Registered: 12/20/05
Posts: 19624
Loc: East Central FL
Cody,,It's great that you got a chance to spend some "quality" time with your daughter...those seem to get fewer and farther between as life moves on...and it's one of those times she will remember for many years..

I know that even though my family has been gone for many years, the memories of those kind of days are still cherished...
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#1616759 - 06/13/10 09:29 AM Re: Enjoying the heat [Re: OldTurtle]
Workman Offline
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Registered: 07/17/06
Posts: 1592
Loc: Manti, UT
Great account Cody and way to stack the pork. I'm sure your daughter will cherish the days she gets to spend hunting with you.
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#1616808 - 06/13/10 11:14 AM Re: Enjoying the heat [Re: Workman]
carvercalls Offline
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Registered: 07/27/06
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Loc: Utah
Congrats on the hunt Cody.. You have one heck of a cute hunting partner there.. Those times you and her will cherish forever!!
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#1616990 - 06/13/10 05:15 PM Re: Enjoying the heat [Re: carvercalls]
cbosshog79 Offline
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Registered: 08/13/06
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Loc: Henderson County, Texas
Thanks for the comments guys I appreciate it. Although there wasn't much "hunting" going on yesterday it was still fun to get out and do a little shooting with Sidney, that girl loves the pigs...
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#1616993 - 06/13/10 05:23 PM Re: Enjoying the heat [Re: cbosshog79]
TonyTebbe Offline
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Registered: 10/31/03
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Loc: Lovington, NM
Very cool Cody.

Tony
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#1617178 - 06/13/10 09:56 PM Re: Enjoying the heat [Re: TonyTebbe]
rockinbbar Offline
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Registered: 01/08/08
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Loc: NM
Excellent Story & Pics!

You are raising that girl right!

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#1617180 - 06/13/10 09:58 PM Re: Enjoying the heat [Re: rockinbbar]
shanedogg Offline
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Registered: 11/29/09
Posts: 1636
Loc: arizona
great read...
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#1617330 - 06/14/10 02:21 AM Re: Enjoying the heat [Re: shanedogg]
Bear Offline
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Registered: 02/03/07
Posts: 2229
Loc: Colorado USA
I think in a few years you will have more male hunting buddies than you want. If you keep taking her along you will have every smart boy in the county where you can keep a fatherly eye on them.
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#1617573 - 06/14/10 04:55 PM Re: Enjoying the heat [Re: Bear]
cbosshog79 Offline
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Registered: 08/13/06
Posts: 4424
Loc: Henderson County, Texas
Originally Posted By: OldTurtle
Cody,,It's great that you got a chance to spend some "quality" time with your daughter...those seem to get fewer and farther between as life moves on...and it's one of those times she will remember for many years..

I know that even though my family has been gone for many years, the memories of those kind of days are still cherished...


At this point in her life she looks forward to spending time with me and never lets me forget a promise to take her hunting or fishing, it's the kinda thing that makes a guy proud...

I just hope my other two take the same sort of interest in the outdoors as she has and that we can enjoy that sort of recreation as a family. I figure that if my kids are all excited about hunting my wife will be forced to get out there as well...
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#1617642 - 06/14/10 06:45 PM Re: Enjoying the heat [Re: cbosshog79]
Boomy Offline
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Registered: 11/12/08
Posts: 604
Loc: Willis,Texas
Mine is five and can't be still to save her life. I'd love to make a hunting buddy out of her. Way to go man. thumbup
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#1617684 - 06/14/10 07:57 PM Re: Enjoying the heat [Re: Boomy]
JoeyQuacks Offline
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Registered: 03/05/10
Posts: 9
Loc: Oklahoma
what rounds are you shootin through your AR for hogs?


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#1617716 - 06/14/10 08:33 PM Re: Enjoying the heat [Re: JoeyQuacks]
The Virginian Offline
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Registered: 03/23/10
Posts: 1646
Loc: Spotsylvania, VA
Great stoty! Thanks for sharing it with us.

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