We were on an Alpine Hunting Club hunt in September 2011. A friend’s property two hours from Sydney had been recently flooded and there were pig diggings everywhere.
David Johnson and myself had been hunting for a couple of days and we had taken a number goats to thin out the ferals, but no pigs had yet been sighted.
We moved to another part of the property where there was some fresh sign. On an early evening hunt we were stalking the creek and sighted three young pigs running a bit back from the river bank. We sat down, watched, and hoped that something a bit larger would turn up.
About 2 minutes later, over to my right, I noticed a huge black boar ‘rooting around’ and kicking up dust. He was at least 120 metres away. Quickly putting on my ear muffs, in a sitting position, I cocked the hammer, and carefully aimed my Thompson Encore Hunter Pro Single shot .308 Win. The boar took an Aussie HBC 155 grain hollow point projectile high in the shoulder and hit the ground so hard that he bounced! A target rifle load of ADI 2208 had done the job perfectly.
I knew the pig was good, but it wasn’t until we got up close that it became apparent that I had taken a good trophy.
David also shot a great sow the next day. Two more medium sized pigs and a few more goats added to a tally that finished an excellent hiking-hunt.
Our Club organises regular club hunts and Saturday rifle shooting competitions in Sydney. See www.ozhunters.com for more details, as visitors are always welcome.
Look forward to hearing from you.