With a hog hunt on the radar for the afternoon, we quickly switched gears to get ready for the hunt. Hogs tend to feed around the last half hour of light and into the night. We set out around 2 pm to get in the blinds a bit early to give the area time to settle down, hunting in raised 7×7’ box blinds sitting in office chairs. The blinds were comfortable and easy to see and shoot out of. Our group of five sat in three separate locations, two groups of two and one solo. Each blind was set up next to thick bedding areas for the pigs along with a feeder about 120 yards away. As the night progressed the hogs didn’t want to feed in the daylight. Dakota had trail cameras over each feeder and consistently had hog pictures from 8-11 pm each night. We decided around 6:30 to pull the rip cord on the night’s hunt and head back for dinner. Of course, Dakota was right as three pigs were shot at 7 P.M. the very next night in the stands we had been in!
That night we had a fantastic chicken dinner served with mashed potatoes, green beans and cookies to top it off! We asked Dakota if it would be possible to shoot some Shovelers on our trip and he smiled and said it would be no problem. The next morning, Dakota had us lined up for a Shoveler beat down in Texas. Dakota was so confident he said we would have a 6-man limit by 8 a.m. We drove the hour drive down to Texas and hunted a small dairy pond and the birds did it perfect! They came from the heavens and decoyed flawlessly, making for some fantastic wing shooting! True to his word, we had a six-man limit and were picked up by 8:30.
Following the Spoonbill beat down Dakota had something special in store for us, Hog Dogging!! North Texas Outfitters is partnered with Casey Hoff and Chris Scott who have some of the best hog dogs in the south. Boy oh boy was this an adventure for the ages…
We met up with Casey and Chris at 10 am after a quick bit to eat after our duck shoot. Pulling into Casey’s house it was evident that this wasn’t his first rodeo; 10 Dogs were armored up with Kevlar vests and GPS collars and ready for battle. Casey gave us the run down, saying he would first release the Bay Dogs. Their job is to find the pigs and corner them. When they have a pig cornered, they bark to let Casey know they have one. Once the Bay dogs have a pig cornered, Casey sends in the Catch Dogs. The Catch dogs look like the meanest dogs on the block, as they would go in and attack the cornered pigs.