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Hard Earned Trophy - ORIGINAL!!!
« on: April 24, 2009, 08:52:00 PM »
Had some business in Eton GA yesterday afternoon, and since Eton is at the base of the Cohuttas I took my bow and my good friend Keith Westbrook.

We went into a familiar area and we roved through some impressive hog sign to say the least.  After an hour and a half of walking/stalking through some hoggy bottom I spotted a bear.  Looked like a big bear but they can fool ya some times.  I whistled at Keith and motioned for him to come fast as it was lightly raining and I didn't figure the bear would see us as it had moved behind some brush. 

Keith scurried over to me to see his 1st bear in the woods....but he was about to see 3 more.  Yep, this was a big momma bear as we soon saw 3 cubs rambling about.  We watched and followed them for at least 20 minutes keeping them inside 50 yards for most of the time.  They were really a site to watch, and the cubs kept cracking us up.

Well, one of them saw something they didn't like, and all 3 cubs scampered up a big pine tree, and momma stood up on her hind legs and looked us over pretty hard.  She then turned her head to the tree and looked up, and that's when Keith and I ducked out of there.  We'd gotten the fun out of them for sure and I didn't want to blow them out, or have her freak Keith out over her cubs, so we went looking for hogs once again.

I decided to take Keith up a small branch that lead uphill to an old logging road and show and tell him about some bear and hog experienced me and my friend Doug Johnson had in that area. After a 15 minute walk we got to the branch and saw fresh hog sign and we started upstream with anticipation.  We were looking ahead scanning the terrain while listening for rocks popping in the branch bed till we reached a little glade filled with 4 foot white pines.  Once we crossed the glade we started uphill to get to a curve in an old logging road that has it's share of stories.

We stopped short of the road by about 20 yards as I wanted to explain our approach to Keith, and tell him about some of the stories from past hunts, and low and behold here came 2 hogs trotting from the right on the logging road.  The lead hog was a dandy for sure and they trotted right around the curve and out of site by the time I got an arrow nocked.  I heard Keith whisper 'go get em Terry'....well I didn't have to be asked twice.....
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Re: Hard Earned Trophy....
« Reply #1 on: April 24, 2009, 09:01:00 PM »
If you guys down south can hunt hogs what seems like ALWAYS, how do you ever get any work done?

If there were hogs to chase where I live, I would be in trouble all the time.

Looking forward to the story.  :D

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Re: Hard Earned Trophy....
« Reply #2 on: April 24, 2009, 09:24:00 PM »
I took off for the logging road at an angle to the left, and being familiar with the road, I was imagining how far along they would be when I got up there to see them again.  Since they were on a trott I figured they'd be 75 yards or so ahead of me and I'd just move along hoping they would stop.

All I can figure is that the lead hog heard me coming because I never got to the road.  When I stepped up on a mound it was standing there looking at me and I froze of course.  The hog snorted at me and turned quartering way and its vision was blocked by a 2 foot white pine so I started raising my bow.  I froze again as the hog turned straight at me again and this time it snorted and shook its head violently from side to side so hard it ears were flapping audibly loud.  It then turned to the right broadside and I eased my bow up and was ready to draw when it turned at me yet again and shook its head so hard I thought it was going to fly off and then it took two quick steps toward me.  This hog evidently didn't like me....and I was fixin to make sure of it!

Sure enough a broadside shot was offered and the shot was off.  I nipped one of the tiny white pine boughs and it went one way and the hog went the other...all in a blur, but the arrow was on a deadly course before the blur. What I 'thought' I saw was the arrow passing  through the hog at the proper elevation but I never really saw the entrance, but did see my arrow ascend to a higher elevation than I shot. I had no idea the windage of the entrance wound, and that was something I wasn't happy about, but I knew I'd just blew slap thought it for sure.  The hog roared as it dove off the road on the down hill side like a scene out of 'The Man from Snowy River'....
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Re: Hard Earned Trophy....
« Reply #3 on: April 24, 2009, 09:41:00 PM »
:campfire:  This should be a great story!!
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Re: Hard Earned Trophy....
« Reply #4 on: April 24, 2009, 10:09:00 PM »
I could not see anything as I was blocked by the hill, but heard plenty as the hog bottomed out and started to climb another knoll to a saddle.  It was big timber we were in and I could see it now as it stopped once and started up again for only a short distance and stopped again taking 3 wobbly steps backwards.  I could not believe it didn't go down as it started up again crossing another loggin road to bound over the saddle.

Bad news......basically straight down 150 yards to a mountain laurel infested dark creek bottom.  This wasn't good as it was now 7:20 PM.  We paused for only a moment and and went to get my arrow for inspection.  No doubt I'd passed through, and no trace of a gut shot, and lots of clean blood but no bubbles.  I figured a liver shot so we slipped to the saddle to look for blood by a tree it ran by. 

While I was looking for blood Keith wandered over an 'looked over the side'.  Keith said "Terry, I hear something down there"...I said "There's a creek down there, are you sure you hear something other than the creek"...he said "I've never heard a creek break sticks"!  I hurried over and sure enough I heard the racket and then spotted the hog....and I started easing down thinking I might could get another arrow in it but it soon move off breaking stuff along the way again.

I thought it over, and normally would have backed out, but this hog was surely hurt as it didn't move far at all before stopping, and it wasn't moving fast when it did. So, I move down hill again with Keith in tow.  It was wet, and I figured we might be able to slip up for a follow up shot.

As we got down the hill a ways, we bumped it again and it slowly and noisily made it's way another 20 yards before stopping again.  This time we really crept along before bumping it once more as it entered the laurels. We were gaining on it, but the terrain was turning ugly for the bowhunter trying to get a clean shot off.

While I was looking ahead watching my track to try and remain as silent as possible Keith found blood, and lots off it...and then we found a large pile of blood from the last place it evidently laid down.  There was some sort of open area below with a relatively clean path, so we started down again to close in on the bottom Keith later named  'Little Cambodia'.

The 'opening' below was yet another old logging road that would allow us a quiet approach and the blood was leading us right to it.  As we we followed the road Keith was leading spotting the blood as I followed looking into the laurel thicket waiting to hear or see movement.  I told Keith that if he heard something he needed to  just drop to his knees. 

There was good blood still as we tried to beat the clock with the daylight.  After about 40 yards on the logging road the hog got up not 20 yards away moving slowly and busting stuff in the thicket.  I could see bits and pieces, but there was no way to get a shot off.  Again, it didn't go far as I saw it stop in a little hole maybe 35 yards away, but there wasn't any getting an arrow in there that's for sure.

That's when I made the call.  I told Keith that if this hog wasn't hurt bad, it would not put up with us and would be in the next county by now, and we would come back in the morning and likely find him right where we saw him last.  Least that was the plan.

I'm whooped guys....see you tomorrow.....    :campfire:
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Re: Hard Earned Trophy....
« Reply #5 on: April 24, 2009, 10:17:00 PM »
LOL, Terry!  :)  Nice cliffhanger!  :thumbsup:

Can't wait for the climatic conclusion.   :campfire:
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Re: Hard Earned Trophy....
« Reply #6 on: April 24, 2009, 11:54:00 PM »
Man!

I started reading this thread while I was at work and hopin' I'd get to read/see the climax when I got home.

It's still early here on the West Coast Terry!

Sounds like you might be settin' a personal best on distance traveled to recover game....

I'm hopin' for a happy ending to this story!  

[I might even get up early on a Saturday just to find out.  Week days I am usually out of bed by 3:45 AM, but I like to sleep in to at least 7 AM on the weekends....]

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Re: Hard Earned Trophy....
« Reply #7 on: April 25, 2009, 05:25:00 AM »
You young guys sure sleep in late. Up and at em.

Good tale so far Traz. I'll check back later for the finally.

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Re: Hard Earned Trophy....
« Reply #8 on: April 25, 2009, 08:03:00 AM »
Good stuff! Can't wait to read "the end"!
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Re: Hard Earned Trophy....
« Reply #9 on: April 25, 2009, 08:26:00 AM »
Great read.  :campfire:    :coffee:
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Re: Hard Earned Trophy....
« Reply #10 on: April 25, 2009, 08:43:00 AM »
Good one Terry, your going to get me in trouble here, I've got a garden to till and now can't leave the puter!!   :campfire:
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Re: Hard Earned Trophy....
« Reply #11 on: April 25, 2009, 08:55:00 AM »
Go till your garden ...I got some family ties this AM and wont be back to finish till this evening.

Sorry about that.

Shawn, I've been up since 7 and I've been rounding up women all morning     :rolleyes:    :rolleyes:      :rolleyes:     ....but boy am I stoved up!!
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Re: Hard Earned Trophy....
« Reply #12 on: April 25, 2009, 09:06:00 AM »
Good story, I am sure it will end with a dead piggy.
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Re: Hard Earned Trophy....
« Reply #13 on: April 25, 2009, 09:52:00 AM »
Go get him bud!
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« Reply #14 on: April 25, 2009, 10:01:00 AM »
You Bet Terry, Save me a log and a cup of coffie and see ya latter!!   :campfire:    :coffee:
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Re: Hard Earned Trophy....
« Reply #15 on: April 25, 2009, 10:38:00 AM »
"Rounding up women"? Need any help with that?  :biglaugh:
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Re: Hard Earned Trophy....
« Reply #16 on: April 25, 2009, 12:21:00 PM »
I think this might be a bogus story,I dont recall going on a hunting trip with you Terry,although I would really enjoy a good hog huntin trip with ya ole buddy ole pal.
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« Reply #17 on: April 25, 2009, 02:47:00 PM »
Keith and I were back walking to the last sighting by mid morning and we stopped short by about 60 yards of spot we had last seen the hog.  The plan was for Keith to move on ahead on the logging road and go up about 20 yards past where we backed out  and cut into the laurels, and I was going to ease in at an angle toward the hog to a clearing we could see.  Keith would walk slowly to me while looking for a dead hog, and a dead hog he found.  It was bigger than I thought, and it was a sow kinda built like a boar. I thought it was about a hundred pounds, but it was more like 150.

It was lying pretty much where we'd last seen it, sheltered by the shade of the laurels, and cooled be the stream running around her.  She'd make for some fine eating if we could just get her out before it got too hot.  We'd brought ice along just in case that was back at the truck.

We hurriedly took pics and I gutted her with an Ace Super Express(bonehead me forgot to bring a knife). Then we began our long rugged drag out.  The 1st 60 yards of the trail basically had to be blazed, and Keith did the blazing and moving the bows ahead while I dragged.  Once we reached the logging road we both dragged it to the base of the steep 150 yard incline.  One 40 yard stretch we had to get our footing set and then 1,2,3 HEAVE to move the hog along.  Keith laid his bow down to wipe his brow and his bow went skiing down the hill.

We finally reached our other logging road and felt a great sense of accomplishment, but we still had a long drag to the truck that took us 35 minutes. The ice was ours 1st as we didn't even take any water with us, but had some in the truck, and we guzzled 3 bottles in record time leaving us another bottle to split on the drive out.  That was some mighty fine tasting water to say the least.

Funny, even though the hog died in the middle of a laurel jungle, she died just a few yards of the biggest clearing we'd seen for a pic.....how convenient.

 

Here's an uncropped version with the north side of 'Little Cambodia' in the background.

     

Conquest 1...getting her to the top.  You can see the drop off in the next two pics....

   

   

Here's a typical pic of Keith - Just got through dragging a dead gutted hog out of the wilderness and he still looks like he just walked out of a magazine!!!....I don't know how he does it.   :saywhat:  

   


Yes, it was a hard earned trophy.  And if you don't think a 150 pound hog killed with a longbow in the Cohutta Wilderness is a trophy....well,... I'll pray for ya!!!    ;)
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Re: Hard Earned Trophy....
« Reply #18 on: April 25, 2009, 02:51:00 PM »
Great story!

Thanks for sharing, nice hog!

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Re: Hard Earned Trophy....
« Reply #19 on: April 25, 2009, 02:52:00 PM »
Oh...before I get asked...

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I'd gotten some of these heads from Larry about 3 weeks ago and told him I'd try to kill a hog with one 1st chance I got.....thanks for the lucky head Larry!!!
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