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Originally posted by dr_strangecraft
reply to post by snowen20
There is another thread I authored, where I remarked upon how difficult hunting can be, even with technology and leisure time. Several posters jumped on me and said that if it was difficult, then I didn't know what I was doing.
I had to laugh to myself. The last doe I hit at the tail-end of last season was the second of two that day. She went down next to heavy cover in an arroyo. It was 40 degrees and drizzling hard. I had walked onto the property from the road, and was about a mile in, carrying all my gear plus rain gear as well. I had seen the deer go down, but as I got down to the spot where she was, the blood trail was beginning to wash away, and the light was fading. I followed a path into a thicket that turned into a tunnel through the brush, small enough I could barely turn around. I was practically crawling after her, when her signs petered out. Then I found these huge hog prints and scat all over the trail. The boar that made those prints would have to be huge---like an upright piano in size. In the fading light, I pulled out my flashlight and discovered that it was dead, as I heard something move in the brush behind me....with a big bolt action scoped rifle, in a spot so tight I could barely turn myself around, much less draw down on whatever had begun following me.
I beat a hasty retreat, and dragged the first deer to a tree where I could gut her and hang her while I walked out to get the truck. By the time I got back, it was pouring rain. I never found that second deer. And there was no trace the next day. But honestly, I was a fool to go charging into a thicket at dusk. I was probably lucky to avoid confronting a hog, much less having some meat to take home to the Mrs.
Maybe I am a crappy hunter, but sometimes the situation is just larger than your ability to control it.