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After an awesome morning of turkey hunting, I was super excited to grab my PSE Evo and hit the swamps for some of those big Florida hogs. I was hunting again with Bobby Mathews and Chris Galavis. Chris had set us up to hunt an incredible ranch for hogs during this trip. This was a ranch you dream about hunting! Temperatures were soaring into the mid 80’s, so we knew the hogs would move later in the day.

Bobby and I met up with JD, the ranch owner, and made a plan. JD had several areas that were just getting destroyed by these hogs, so the plan was to start there. As we eased into the first spot, we saw there were at least 20 hogs out in the pasture. Just as we eased into bow range, the wind shifted and they blew out of there. They sounded like a herd of buffalo crashing through the swamp. We jumped back into the truck and headed to another spot. We headed to a huge orange grove. This place is what Florida is all about. This grove was huge and extremely well maintained. It was like stalking through a massive cornfield in the Midwest. We were easing between rows glassing down the length of them looking for hogs. We came around one end of the grove and spotted two hogs feeding. One was a huge red colored pig. We eased up and got to within 30 yards. Just as I went to draw, a couple unseen cows spooked and the pigs ran straight at us. At 20 yards the big hog saw us. Just as she whirled to run back in the swamp, I dropped her in her tracks on the run. It weighed at least 250 pounds! Hog #1 was in the truck and we had a lot of daylight left.

We hadn’t made it 100 yards and spotted a big group of hogs out in the grove. We moved over a couple rows and made our way within range. The herd moved into our row and started moving right at us. All of the hogs in this group were huge. The biggest boar had to weigh in excess of 350 pounds and he was in the lead. We were losing light fast, but the big boar was facing me head on. We stood there for 10 minutes as the continued to feed right at us. I knew this was going to change fast. Just then he saw us and grunted to alert the rest of the herd. I got to full draw as they started to move out. I had a quick shot opportunity at him, but we couldn’t get it on camera. Thankfully the furthest hog paused in the lane at 40 yards and I dropped him right where he stood! He was the smallest hog in the group and still weighed 200 pounds. We had a lot of bacon on the ground at the end of day #1.

We headed back to camp for an awesome meal of elk steaks and fresh caught lobsters on the grill. On the evening of day two, we headed back to the orange grove again. As we eased along the outside of the grove we spotted a big group feeding in a food plot. There were several big hogs in this group with one that was limping really bad. I was hoping to get a shot at that pig. We got to within 60 yards just as they all decided to head back into the swamp. We quickly circled into the swamp to get in front of them. It was super thick and we had them within 20 yards, but couldn’t see them. We continued to follow them and they moved back out into the pasture. We saw the wounded hog enter the orange grove right where we were sitting 15 minutes before! They must have smelled where we were sitting and they came running back out right at us. The smaller pigs ran past us, with the big wounded hog struggling to catch up. The bigger hog came grunting across the pasture and crossed the fence at 20 yards. It stopped perfectly at 15 yards and I introduced it to Mr. Rage! It went 20 yards and crashed. Two days and 700 pounds of hogs on the ground! What a trip. Big thanks go out to Bobby, Chris, Merritt and of course JD for allowing us to experience an incredible ranch. Stay tuned as I will be back next month and hopefully will find that big boar again!