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Title: I heard a rumor..............
Post by: sunny hill archer on June 11, 2010, 10:14:00 PM
I heard that our techie in chief was doing his best to help control the Lowcountry hog population!!

As of the first evenings hunt he already had two on the ground!!!!!!!!


Maybe he is going to go for the title!!!!!!

How cool would that be?????????
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Post by: Ray Hammond on June 11, 2010, 10:21:00 PM
Go, Rob......wish I was down there this weekend.
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Post by: Ben Maher on June 11, 2010, 10:24:00 PM
nice to hear ! two on the ground already? Nice going Rob !
looking foward to pics !
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Post by: Cyclic-Rivers on June 11, 2010, 10:38:00 PM
Waiting for stories!!!

Good going Rob   :thumbsup:
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Post by: Whip on June 11, 2010, 10:49:00 PM
He's more than just a tech geeky kinda guy!  :thumbsup:
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Post by: FerretWYO on June 11, 2010, 10:58:00 PM
Alright man. That's awesome. Good luck for the rest of your time
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Post by: vermonster13 on June 11, 2010, 11:08:00 PM
I heard the same rumor straight from him earlier tonight. Looking forward to pics and stories.
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Post by: Mike Mecredy on June 11, 2010, 11:10:00 PM
So that's way he hasn't answered my e-mails...
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Post by: pdk25 on June 11, 2010, 11:30:00 PM
I guess since he got the monkey off of his back, there is no stopping him now.  Good job, Rob.  :thumbsup:
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Post by: Bowhunter4life on June 12, 2010, 12:06:00 AM
:thumbsup:  Way to go Rob!  Can't wait to hear the stories and see the pics!    :thumbsup:  

Put some more on the ground so we can get more of both... best of luck!
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Post by: k. sisco on June 12, 2010, 12:21:00 AM
:campfire:
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Post by: StanM on June 12, 2010, 01:45:00 AM
Alright Rob, a well deserved bit of R & R after the auction. Looking forward to pics and stories.
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Post by: wv lungbuster on June 12, 2010, 06:33:00 AM
:campfire:
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Post by: Stone Knife on June 12, 2010, 07:11:00 AM
:thumbsup:
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Post by: vermonster13 on June 12, 2010, 10:14:00 AM
He'll be back on Tuesday. Hopefully Terry will have a few to share also.
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Post by: Northwest_Bowhunter on June 12, 2010, 10:32:00 AM
I envvy the guys that have hogs in their states.  I can't wait to see the pics and hear the stories.
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Post by: Terry Green on June 13, 2010, 07:12:00 PM
I'll let Rob explain.....He almost got a 'Hat Trick'.

  (http://www.tradgang.com/upload/terry/robscx2.jpg)
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Post by: pdk25 on June 13, 2010, 08:21:00 PM
Hmmm?  Guesses.  Stepped on that big log and it broke, scaring the hog?  The log got broken by a missed shot?  Curious about this one.
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Post by: wv lungbuster on June 13, 2010, 08:26:00 PM
The logs are a marker, were he just drilled some pork.
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Post by: pdk25 on June 13, 2010, 08:50:00 PM
Could be.
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Post by: doug g on June 13, 2010, 09:02:00 PM
Way to go Rob.  :thumbsup:
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Post by: Terry Green on June 13, 2010, 09:05:00 PM
He's probably landing about now....

Guys......we didn't get to bed till 2:30 the 1st night...and I road him hard and put him up wet every night...and we BOTH are WHOOPED.

I'm sure he'll chime in tomorrow....   :campfire:
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Post by: Jmgcurve on June 13, 2010, 09:37:00 PM
Now, I know why he has not answered any PMs about trad bows.

Hope you guys had a blast.   :thumbsup:
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Post by: Cyclic-Rivers on June 13, 2010, 09:46:00 PM
Get some rest, we'll be here in the morning.   :bigsmyl:
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Post by: Mike Gerardi on June 13, 2010, 10:06:00 PM
:thumbsup:     :thumbsup:
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Post by: tradlongbow on June 14, 2010, 03:42:00 AM
Rob, Congrats!

Tell us the story.

Darren
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Post by: Benny Nganabbarru on June 14, 2010, 04:14:00 AM
Good, good.
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Post by: Rob DiStefano on June 14, 2010, 06:15:00 AM
Folks it was a heckuva hunt!  :D

I got a whole buncha Trad Gang chores to attend to first, be back as soon as I can ....
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Post by: Stone Knife on June 14, 2010, 06:30:00 AM
:archer2:
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Post by: hayslope on June 14, 2010, 08:25:00 AM
"X" marks the spot!

Can't wait to hear about this one.........  :campfire:
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Post by: magnus on June 14, 2010, 08:33:00 AM
Welcome back guys. Looking forward to the tales n pics.
Magnus
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Post by: Terry Green on June 14, 2010, 08:56:00 AM
Most of ya'll didn't know I was secretly studying to be an engineer.....

   (http://www.tradgang.com/upload/terry/robscac.jpg)

Not sure if we would have made if not for the AC .....I had no idea that Rob and I would be hunting in 96 degree heat with 98% humidity, with a heat index of 118 degrees!!!    :D  

That little unit I rigged up made the little camper of Michaels feel like an oasis in the desert!!! And we were in serious need of a break from the morning hunts heat.....and it gave us cool rest in the evening.

I'm still catching up to....and got auction stuff to tend to....I'll post a bone or two along the way....and let Rob do most of the Story Telling.....Yes, he was trying to corner the market on SC pork bellys soon as we got there.   :thumbsup:
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Post by: Jmgcurve on June 14, 2010, 09:29:00 AM
Don't look like you are still studying, for it looks like ya got your degree --good job....   :thumbsup:
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Post by: StanM on June 14, 2010, 09:53:00 AM
Like the new avatar, Rob.  Looking forard to some more pics and stories  :)
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Post by: Shaun on June 14, 2010, 09:56:00 AM
Step away from the server and start typing that tall tale. Nice looking hog in your new avatar.
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Post by: metsastaja on June 14, 2010, 10:21:00 AM
You didn't use any bailing wire nice job!!
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Post by: twitchstick on June 14, 2010, 12:27:00 PM
That's great pigs and A/C!  :notworthy:
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Post by: gregg dudley on June 14, 2010, 01:25:00 PM
Very conservative application of duct tape if you ask me.    :laughing:  

Now get on with the story telling!  :archer2:
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Post by: BobW on June 14, 2010, 01:33:00 PM
make that 1,000 & 1 uses for duct tape.....  :archer2:
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Post by: Rob DiStefano on June 14, 2010, 01:38:00 PM
Mohawk "Magua" makes meat ...

 (http://www.tradgang.com/rob/hog10/tg_rob_hog2.jpg)

If I thought it was hot while on stand Thursday evening, I had no clue what Terry and I were in store for in the coming dayze (and nights!).  I'll tell ya, I'm still recovering from that hunt ordeal - it sure gets harder to cope as the years drag on and the stamina wans.  I'll tell the tale as best I can muster up the memory, and ask Terry to please fill in whatever I'm gonna forget and leave out.  Anyhoo ....

I'm back at my ol' nemesis site #4, sitting up in a "Terry Green modified" tree stand, sun going down slowly as I overlook the weedy, muddy, rutted road, and the open tore up ground areas to my front and right side.  Oh yeah, the hogs are here.  Last year I'd been winded and made too many times at this spot, and I was hoping things would change this year.  They did, and more so than I'd hoped for, too.

It's now 7pm and I spot a lone black hog, 'bout 40-50#, rooting in the front "field", near 40 yards away.  So I just sit back, watching, on the ready if piggy grazes closer.  Never did - it was a very still and quiet evening, save for peals of far off thunder, but a micro zephyr of air must have alerted the hog and without even looking in my direction it just plain bolted outta town.

It started to drizzle.  Cannons of thunder pealing across the land, with shards of lightning bolts once in awhile.  The drizzle turned to serious rain but Momma Tree's leaves kept me quite dry.  Didn't last more than 10 minutes and gave some relief to the heat and humidity.

About 7:30pm I hear a snort a ways off to my right, just over the road.  Then more snorts and lots of added grunts as a group of hogs rooted their way from a close by bog, over the cypress filled muddy creek water, crossed the road and were headed to their "root cellar" on my right.  

There was a goodly number of hogs and I lost count at ten as they were milling all around, rootin' and tusslin' and rollin' and rubbin' and doing all the fun things hogs like to do.  At least half were young'uns in the 20-30# range, the others much larger, and one that I thought was about 75# or so.
Title: Re: I heard a rumor..............
Post by: sunny hill archer on June 14, 2010, 01:49:00 PM
I don't care what anyone says..... Revenge is SWEET!!!!!
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Post by: Terry Green on June 14, 2010, 01:55:00 PM
Wow Rob.....great writing sir...keep it coming!
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Post by: Northwest_Bowhunter on June 14, 2010, 02:06:00 PM
That is an awesome hog in your picture.  Keep the story coming, this should go into traditional bowhunter magazine.
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Post by: Rob DiStefano on June 14, 2010, 02:08:00 PM
Quote
Originally posted by sunny hill archer:
I don't care what anyone says..... Revenge is SWEET!!!!!
OHHHHHHH YEEEESSSSSSSSSSSSS!  :D
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Post by: Rob DiStefano on June 14, 2010, 02:14:00 PM
You know how that can happen, sometimes?  You don't even realize you gave the command to release, and yet in an instant the shaft is gone.  Though it sported a bright yellow 4-fletch and flourescent yellow nock, I never saw the arrow in the air, never saw where it landed other than it hit the pig and she was off and running like a bat outta hell, off to my right, behind my tree stand, and into the bush.

 (http://www.tradgang.com/rob/hog10/tg_hog_car1.jpg)

At least half the hogs bolted along with her, but those dumb young'uns didn't seem to take heed and barely stopped rooting at the base of a large tree.  I reached into the Safari Tuff quiver and drew out another Beman arrow, dressed in hot pink 4-fletch, while the front end sported a double bevel Tusker Concorde.  Eenie meenie, tag yer it - picked out the piggy with the best opportunity and 'whiiizzzzzz', arrow on the way.  It was a deadly double lung hit on the small "cocktail" pig, with a huge patch of blood at the point of impact.  The arrow would have passed through if the ground wasn't in the way and I saw the bright pink feathers shake violently as the hog squeeled and ran less than 20 yards, and inside of two minutes it was stone dead.

 (http://www.tradgang.com/rob/hog10/tg_piggy.jpg)
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Post by: cacciatore on June 14, 2010, 02:18:00 PM
Cool,hog hunting is fun.Good job Rob.
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Post by: StanM on June 14, 2010, 02:23:00 PM
Awesome! Good shooting and a great read   :thumbsup:
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Post by: Terry Green on June 14, 2010, 02:27:00 PM
Last years Memories.......Just for Rob......

   (http://www.tradgang.com/upload/terry/robsclastyearmemories.jpg)
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Post by: rastaman on June 14, 2010, 02:40:00 PM
Way to go Rob!
  :thumbsup:    :thumbsup:
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Post by: NorthernCaliforniaHunter on June 14, 2010, 02:43:00 PM
Nice Rob! Nice!
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Post by: tradlongbow on June 14, 2010, 02:50:00 PM
Rob, Congratulations.

Darren
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Post by: S2 Bowstrings on June 14, 2010, 02:55:00 PM
Good Going Rob!
  :clapper:    :clapper:    :clapper:
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Post by: Jmgcurve on June 14, 2010, 03:09:00 PM
Great shootin'... now where's the biggun?   :thumbsup:
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Post by: Ray Hammond on June 14, 2010, 03:11:00 PM
i see a black hog in the middle of that photo, don't I tarz?

Great goin' Rob.  I've got Josh in 12 days...he's sitting on "GO" to get here already!!!!
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Post by: Rob DiStefano on June 14, 2010, 03:33:00 PM
I was somewhat concerned about where the big pig was hit.  I picked the right spot, and though I didn't see exactly where the broadhead entered, I felt it was still at least a reasonably good spot.  However, I didn't see the arrow in the hog as it ran off, nor on the ground.  Hmmm.  As always, gotta wait a good half hour or so before looking/tracking.  So I wait.  It's now about 8pm.  The drizzling rain had been replaced with oppressive humidity.  I mean hot.  Muggy.  Hard-to-breathe stifling heat and near zero air movement.  I hear some noise at the edge of the front field and out steps (what is to me) a most righteous "hogzilla".  I mean near 200# big.  Darkish black/gray, beefy big chest, with pinkish/tan scar marks on his right side and top, and sporting an obvious set of tusks.  The bushes shake and yet another hog appears - a good 100# charcoal black snorter.  Both proceed to destroy any turf in their snout's reach.  Never got closer than 40 yards.  The "little" one winded me and bolted.  Didn't phase the big ol' boy and he kept grinding away for another 5 minutes or so, then just ambled off.  Now that was a thrill, I tell ya!

'Bout 8:15 or so, now.  I climb down and fumble in my pack for my Main Beam, as the light was rapidly fading under the canopy of the bog and bush.  After about 20 yards of plodding, there's the little piggy and snapped carbon arrow.  5 yards to the left are some large splotches of blood - the beginning of the big pig's trail.  I walk back to the stand tree and drape out a Kleenex tissue on a bush to alert Terry that I'm blood trailing.  

The bush is reasonably tight and dense, but the blood trail is quite good.  Though the tracking sign is still there, I'm 50 yards or so in a deep tangle of bush and the ambient light is near gone.  It's well past 8:30pm, so I back track, following my tissue trail.  Terry had just pulled up, he saw the tissue and knew a pig was at least hit.  I took him to the little pig, he congratulated me and flashed a bigger grin when I told him I shot another, larger pig that might go 75#.  So we got down to tracking business.  Though the blood trail was relatively easy, the bush was thick and gnarly, making for slow going.  The hog trail twisted and turned, and eventually Terry sez "Hey, I see some hog flesh.".  I'm thinking "What???".  He sez, "There's yer hog, looks like about 75#!".  Well heck if I could see it, all tucked in tight into the vines, leaves, branches and whatnot!  Terry goes to pull it out and revises his last statement: it's a good 100 pounder, for sure!  I'll tell y'all one thing:  there was NO way I could've drug that hog outta that mess.  No way.  It was a big enough struggle for Terry to make that 100 yard or so drag through all that crap.  God Bless you, Terry!


  (http://www.tradgang.com/rob/hog10/tg_rob_hog3.jpg)
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Post by: vermonster13 on June 14, 2010, 03:43:00 PM
:thumbsup:     :clapper:
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Post by: SlowBowinMO on June 14, 2010, 03:49:00 PM
Fun stuff, congrats on a great hunt!

The threads on here today are giving me hog fever bad...  :help:
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Post by: Northwest_Bowhunter on June 14, 2010, 03:50:00 PM
That hog is as big as you are, that was an amazing hunt!!!

  :clapper:    :clapper:    :clapper:    :clapper:
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Post by: Northwest_Bowhunter on June 14, 2010, 03:52:00 PM
Quote
Originally posted by Braveheart Archery:
The threads on here today are giving me hog fever bad...   :help:  
We don't have hogs in Washington.   :confused:    :(
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Post by: pitbull on June 14, 2010, 04:10:00 PM
Awesome adventure, congrats!  :thumbsup:
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Post by: Terry Green on June 14, 2010, 04:18:00 PM
(http://www.tradgang.com/upload/terry/robscslough1.jpg)

  (http://www.tradgang.com/upload/terry/robscslough2.jpg)

  (http://www.tradgang.com/upload/terry/robscslough3.jpg)

  (http://www.tradgang.com/upload/terry/robscslough4.jpg)

  (http://www.tradgang.com/upload/terry/robscslough5.jpg)
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Post by: FerretWYO on June 14, 2010, 04:19:00 PM
Man that place is gorgeous. Great stuff Rob and Terry. Many Congrats to you Rob.

  :thumbsup:    :clapper:
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Post by: Wildschwein on June 14, 2010, 04:21:00 PM
Where did this hunt take place? Looks great.
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Post by: Benny Nganabbarru on June 14, 2010, 05:06:00 PM
Well-done! That sort of heat is awfully hard on a fellow.
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Post by: Rob DiStefano on June 14, 2010, 05:09:00 PM
Quote
Originally posted by Wildschwein:
Where did this hunt take place? Looks great.
South Carolina
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Post by: Don Batten on June 14, 2010, 05:10:00 PM
Great Job fellows. That turf looks amighty familiar. I bet that creek had alot more water in it back in Dec. Nice hogs Rob. DB
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Post by: Rob DiStefano on June 14, 2010, 05:15:00 PM
When I had come back from my first tracking effort on the pig, to meet up with Terry, I did a search for the arrow and found it - it was a complete pass through, and the feathers were now a matted blood brown and no longer bright yellow.  The uber sharp Wensel and mighty Mohawk had done their jobs perfectly, all I hadda do was point those tools in the right direction.  

   (http://www.tradgang.com/rob/hog10/tg_arrow.jpg)

After a brief rest, Terry and I did some picture taking, Terry field dressed the hogs, we loaded them onto the back of his Range Rover, and headed back to camp.  

   (http://www.tradgang.com/rob/hog10/tg_rob_car3.jpg)

It was late evening, perhaps around 10:30 or 11pm, and we were dog tired as the physical activities and steaming heat took its toll on us both.  Back at camp we celebrated with some ice cold Gatorade, then commenced the skinning and butchering.  Didn't finish up 'til past midnight, and after some well earned (and most delicious!) eats, we finally bunked down somewhere after 2am.

Steaming jungle heat and all, this was still a truly great hunt for me and I owe a great debt of grattitude to Terry and Michael for making this hunt possible and for Terry's expert knowledge in all manner of hunting - his guidance was the prime reason I had a perfect opportunity to down a good hog, and my fortune was blessed yet again with another hog.  Ya just can't beat that, humid heat or not!

Oh yeah, "Stand #4" is now officially known to me as "#4 Revenge"!  And I got my revenge two fold!  

   (http://www.tradgang.com/rob/hog10/tg_rob_terry1.jpg)
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Post by: steadman on June 14, 2010, 05:17:00 PM
Way to go Rob! Congrats!!
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Post by: DHR on June 14, 2010, 05:18:00 PM
:thumbsup:
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Post by: lpcjon2 on June 14, 2010, 05:21:00 PM
Congrats Rob!! that looks so Jerseylicious...LOL
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Post by: wapiti792 on June 14, 2010, 05:42:00 PM
WAY TO GO!!!  :clapper:    :clapper:
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Post by: Shaun on June 14, 2010, 05:50:00 PM
Rob, way to go man! I think you need to talk to Whip about a distinctive hat - all that separates you from archery icon status. Nice shooting and great telling!
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Post by: Terry Green on June 14, 2010, 06:09:00 PM
(http://www.tradgang.com/upload/terry/robscview1.jpg)

   (http://www.tradgang.com/upload/terry/robscview2.jpg)
   (http://www.tradgang.com/upload/terry/robscview3.jpg)
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Post by: RC on June 14, 2010, 06:17:00 PM
Good job Fellas. The larger pig is a goodun.
  I opt for the small ones unless I have a "dragger" around too.Mighty beautiful country.Love to hunt swamps.RC
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Post by: Terry Green on June 14, 2010, 06:24:00 PM
Yeah Robert.....there's a BIG difference in 'draggin' vs 'totin'.     :readit:

Rob done good by getting one of both!!!
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Post by: Northwest_Bowhunter on June 14, 2010, 06:30:00 PM
Is it true that baby pig is the best pork there is?
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Post by: wv lungbuster on June 14, 2010, 06:32:00 PM
Awesome story and pics!! Great job guys.
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Post by: Bill Turner on June 14, 2010, 06:34:00 PM
Way to go Rob. Congrats on holding up your end of the bargain. What I know of Terry, he was probably happier than you, to see you lay'um low. "Good friends and good times shared", thats one combination that is hard to beat.  :thumbsup:
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Post by: Mohawkbows on June 14, 2010, 06:43:00 PM
Good shootin Rob......makin bacon!
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Post by: Ben Maher on June 14, 2010, 07:26:00 PM
Guitar players who use longbows may eventually rule the world eh Rob !
good going ...

Ben
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Post by: Over&Under on June 14, 2010, 07:39:00 PM
Wow Rob...Looks like you had a few computer frustrations you felt like taking out on some hogs!!!

Good shooting, good story telling, good times good hunting and good friends!!!  What else could a lowly bowhunter ask for!!!

Thanks for sharing with us!

   :thumbsup:
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Post by: jcar315 on June 14, 2010, 07:46:00 PM
Congrats Rob!!!

Great pics and great story telling. Thanks for sharing.
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Post by: NOMAD88 on June 14, 2010, 08:06:00 PM
Congrats Rob I hope I do half as well on Thursday.Maybe my shot at my first SC hog!
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Post by: Cyclic-Rivers on June 14, 2010, 08:12:00 PM
:notworthy:  

My turn in Jasnuary.  Good hunt!
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Post by: Kenneth on June 14, 2010, 08:36:00 PM
Congrats Rob!!!  Hunting in that kinda heat is as hard as it gets!!  Great job for getting it done!!
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Post by: Fritz on June 14, 2010, 08:37:00 PM
Great story telling and picture taking! Congrats on a fine hunt!  :thumbsup:    :thumbsup:
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Post by: Guru on June 14, 2010, 09:06:00 PM
Rob buddy, You did great!  Excellent shooting in tough conditions...congrats    :thumbsup:    :thumbsup:
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Post by: PaPaFrank on June 14, 2010, 09:22:00 PM
"Walk Softly and Carry a Big MOHAWK" LOL! Congrats Rob!  :thumbsup:
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Post by: Izzy on June 14, 2010, 09:39:00 PM
Dang Rob, youve become a pig killing fool.Congradulations on an awesome hunt.Love the boo in that Hawk of yours.  :notworthy:
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Post by: champ38 on June 14, 2010, 11:45:00 PM
Love your story telling.Great job and good shootin.
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Post by: gregg dudley on June 14, 2010, 11:47:00 PM
Great job, Rob!
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Post by: akdd on June 15, 2010, 06:21:00 AM
Thanks for sharing a great story.    :clapper:    :clapper:    :clapper:
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Post by: ber643 on June 15, 2010, 07:34:00 AM
Great stuff here - great hunt and great pics - GR-R-R-R-REAT!!! Been a long time since I hunted SC porkers (or deer) - too long - except for the heat - but then, we never had Terry's engineering expertise along - LOL.
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Post by: Rob DiStefano on June 15, 2010, 07:59:00 AM
Thanx to all for your kjnd comments, much obliged folks!  

The story doesn't exactly end on that first day.  Terry has great insight to guessing out pig patterns, and with his direction we made plans to hunt several other areas that looked extremely promising.  We saw lots of hogs, but with the miserable heat, "still" air and humidity conditions, we got winded and made almost every time - no other arrows got flown.

On the last hunt day morning, Terry advised I should recheck the far Western slough that was near the blackberry bushes where I killed last years hog.  The day before he had scouted it out and there was a ton of fresh pig sign.  Not sure of the location, Terry drew up a map on a piece of cardboard - heck, he even laid out road and woods markers for me to spot as checkpoints!  

While Terry checked out a huge tore up creek and bog bottom to the North, I stalked Westward on the road, towards the slough.  The air was still, the humidity was the worst yet - just drenching everything from head to toe.  I see the first marker on the road - a large "J" shaped tree limb pointing toward the bush.  I follow that in, spotting other markers on the map - a twin trunked tree, a half hollowed tree stump, a pile up of limb branches, and lastly I slowly crept up to the the log "X" ...

 (http://www.tradgang.com/upload/terry/robscx2.jpg)

... that was about 5 yards from the lip edge of the slough, with muddy water a good 10' down the slough side.  As I slowly crept on all fours, I heard the tell tale splashes of hogs.  Near the slough top edge, I once again have to first clean off my fogged up glasses before peeking over a palmetto frond, and down below I count 7 hogs, all in the 40-50# range, rooting the slough bank and water about 25-30 yards away.  

I slowly come to kneeling position, shaft already on the longbow, picking out the closest pig and held dead still at half draw while waiting for it to turn from showing me its butt to broadside ...

I got winded once again.  Dang!  They didn't bolt, but were agitated and swiftly climbed the bank and scooted.  Gone.  Dang!  It wasn't a hasty retreat, so I wiped off my glasses yet again, hunkered down on the ground and hoped they'd return.        

Near 10 minutes later I hear grunts and splashes as a mess of hogs charge across the slough about 70 yards to my left.  I couldn't see how many, but there was more than just a few, and now they're on my side of the slough, separated by lots of heavy brush and trees.  

I wait some more, and see pieces of hog hide cruising and rooting around, so I make a decision to go down into the slough and stalk the edge to where the hogs are since then they'd be upwind of me.  The mud is slippery, I've got mud on me everywhere and then I half slipped my feet into the water, soaking into my LL Bean half boots, but I keep moving towards the hogs.  After getting within about 50 yards of the pigs, I hear lots of grunts and snorts, and I see 5 hogs charge back down into the water and scramble up the other bank side and off into the bush.

Dang!  There went my opportunity for a "hat trick"!  Am I greedy or what?  :D
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Post by: Missouri CK on June 15, 2010, 08:13:00 AM
Great job Rob!
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Post by: Charlie Lamb on June 15, 2010, 08:13:00 AM
:archer2:
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Post by: Mike Gerardi on June 15, 2010, 09:22:00 AM
:clapper:    :clapper:  Great job Rob and awsome story!!!
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Post by: Terry Green on June 15, 2010, 09:26:00 AM
That was too cool let me tell ya!!!  I asked Rob if he'd found the X and he said yes and immediately started telling me about seeing 7 hogs hogs, I asked 'how long did you have to wait', and he said, 'soon as I got there'....I said....'what, like 5-10 minutes'?...he said 'no, they were at that exact spot where you said they'd cross when I got there'.

I then told him....."So,....they BEAT you to the spot"!!!!    :biglaugh:        :biglaugh:        :biglaugh:    

Big Fun guys....really big fun.  Those that have never hog hunted really need to experience it.


I have a few more pics to share and the pic of the stand  'Rob's Revenge' will be the last one....

For now, here's pic of Rob's beautiful Mohawk.

    (http://www.tradgang.com/upload/terry/robscbow.jpg)
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Post by: lt-m-grow on June 15, 2010, 09:55:00 AM
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Originally posted by Terry Green:
Most of ya'll didn't know I was secretly studying to be an engineer.....

    (http://www.tradgang.com/upload/terry/robscac.jpg)

Great story and congrats Rob.  All the pictures are great too.

Though I thought I heard Jeff Foxworthy voice when I saw this picture..."You might be a red neck if you duct tape an air conditioner to your trailer"
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Post by: Terry Green on June 15, 2010, 10:43:00 AM
Yep....I hear ya....

Ray...it was HOT and MUGGY and SMOLDERING and NO BREEZE...might have been a good weekend to miss!!!

  (http://www.tradgang.com/upload/terry/roscwallow1.jpg)

  (http://www.tradgang.com/upload/terry/roscwallow2.jpg)

  (http://www.tradgang.com/upload/terry/robscview4.jpg)

  (http://www.tradgang.com/upload/terry/robscview5.jpg)  

  (http://www.tradgang.com/upload/terry/robscview6.jpg)

I heard this one POP from about 150 yards away....

  (http://www.tradgang.com/upload/terry/robsctreepop.jpg)
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Post by: Mike Gerardi on June 15, 2010, 10:52:00 AM
Last time I was down there in the heat like that the skeeters sounded like I was by an airport. Great pics  Rob&Terry. Love the AC pic. Had to show the wife so she doesnt think I'm the only one that does things like that!!
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Post by: DesertDude on June 15, 2010, 11:10:00 AM
Great Pic's,  Way to go Rob......
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Post by: Terry Green on June 15, 2010, 12:58:00 PM
(http://www.tradgang.com/upload/terry/robscview7.jpg)

   (http://www.tradgang.com/upload/terry/robscview8.jpg)

   (http://www.tradgang.com/upload/terry/robscview9.jpg)

   (http://www.tradgang.com/upload/terry/robscview10.jpg)
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Post by: Dsturgisjr on June 15, 2010, 02:01:00 PM
Great story! congrats on the pork Rob  :)
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Post by: Stone Knife on June 15, 2010, 04:24:00 PM
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 Most of ya'll didn't know I was secretly studying to be an engineer.....  -  
(http://www.tradgang.com/upload/terry/robscac.jpg)  

Very impressive complete with duct tape technology   :thumbsup:
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Post by: Northwest_Bowhunter on June 15, 2010, 04:27:00 PM
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Originally posted by Stone Knife:
Very impressive complete with duct tape technology    :thumbsup:  
Duct tape holds the world together.  I wonder if Mythbusters could build a bow from duct tape.
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Post by: Terry Green on June 15, 2010, 04:29:00 PM
Does anyone know what they call duct tape in Alabama?
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Post by: Northwest_Bowhunter on June 15, 2010, 04:29:00 PM
I can hardly wait...
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Post by: S2 Bowstrings on June 15, 2010, 04:53:00 PM
"Chrome on a roll"?
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Post by: hayslope on June 15, 2010, 04:56:00 PM
Paint?
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Post by: Terry Green on June 15, 2010, 05:13:00 PM
Yep.....Chrome....

OK....Here's the stand with the new name.....Rob's Revenge....

  (http://www.tradgang.com/upload/terry/robscrevenge.jpg)

Thanks again to Michael for letting us come over and play!!!  :campfire:
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Post by: Guru on June 15, 2010, 05:37:00 PM
Looks so much like our hunt at the Paradise...awesome!
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Post by: wv lungbuster on June 15, 2010, 05:48:00 PM
:thumbsup:
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Post by: BMN on June 15, 2010, 06:12:00 PM
Congrats Rob!  :clapper:
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Post by: Terry Green on June 15, 2010, 06:59:00 PM
Been busy......and posted pics....but not much else.

Rob done good....he drilled them two hogs.....he was cool under pressure.    :readit:

I was really tickled for him....and we did hunt hard despite the heat....and had several run ins that were turned away by the wind.  I had 3 boars, three different stalks,  all about to close when the breeze cooled off my neck.  Some time for a breeze huh?

We ate like kings, and chilled in the camper and my vehicle.  We were reminded how much we take for granted.  All we wanted every time we pulled back into camp was an ice cold gator aid.

Rob said the hunt was perfect cept for one thing.....next year we would do it in April!!!   :biglaugh:
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Post by: redant 60/65 on June 15, 2010, 07:46:00 PM
Great stories and pic's Terry  :thumbsup:  
Congrads Rob good shooten, great pic's and stories  :clapper:
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Post by: Stone Knife on June 15, 2010, 08:06:00 PM
Is that Biggie's stand   :bigsmyl:
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Post by: Rick Butler on June 15, 2010, 09:11:00 PM
Congrats Rob!
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Post by: longbowben on June 15, 2010, 10:45:00 PM
Congrats looks like a great time.Nice hogs THEY LOOK TASTY.  :thumbsup:
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Post by: Bowhunter4life on June 16, 2010, 12:27:00 AM
:bigsmyl:  Pretty much all I can say, you guys bring a smile to my face when I read these threads...

Great job, and wish I lived in hog country!
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Post by: cahaba on June 16, 2010, 01:03:00 AM
Congratulations yall. Awesome pigs and photos.
Ah Terry want a job working at my airconditiong business? HaHa  :thumbsup:
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Post by: Day Dreamer on June 16, 2010, 10:03:00 AM
You cease to amaze me techie. Way to go!!!!
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Post by: Terry Green on June 07, 2019, 07:28:11 AM
Up for Rob...