Hunting Memories

Bowhunting Wild Pigs

David Gonzalves shows off his spring wild pig he took with archery equipment in California near the town of Coalinga.
The Hunt Story

I was fortunate enough to take this boar on Saturday, April 1, 2000, but this hog was no April fool. After an evening hunt on Friday that proved nonproductive and a long day Saturday of spotting and trying to get on several good hogs, I decided to sit on a well-utilized trail that led to water. The temperature was in the mid-80s and I knew the hogs would be wanting to quench their thirst. At 6:30 p.m., I had been sitting on the trail for a little over an hour when I heard a rustle. I saw two black boars slowly head down the hill. I was hunting with my XI bow and had to wait to let these large animals get within 20 yards. I drew when I knew they would not spot the movement and the hogs came right to the spots I marked for yardage. I hit the hog hard in the front shoulder directly in the the chest. The hog only went 20+ yards and collapsed. The hog weighed nearly 200 pounds.

I was hunting with Larry Greve on his ranch near Coalinga. I would highly recommend his ranch to any serious hunters.

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