Paul with a sow he arrowed one evening at the Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge
The arrow went through the hog on a diagonal entering the side and passing through and breaking the rear ham bone. The hog ran a few yards.
Paul was set up on the edge of a small oak hammock with swamp on three sides when he heard the sow coming through the swamp.
The weather has been unseasonably hot this September and early October. As Paul put it, "a living hell." Now, Paul is from Colorado, and not acclimated to the misery. In fairness I think it was just downright miserable. Even the morning hunts were hot. By the time we hiked in the 2 miles to our setups and climbed up in our stands we were soaked. But that was often the easy part. Then came the kamikaze yellow flies and or mosquitoes and the gnats that made you fantasize about calling in a napalm run on your coordinates to bring the misery to an end. You had to cover as much exposed skin as possible to deal with it — and did I mention our Thermacells and deet had no effect on the gnats....in fact we now wonder if it is a perverse attractant.
But yet Paul and I went back time and time again. We even had another buddy from Gainesville join us on a couple hunts. Why did we? What is wrong or right with us? Are we simply the last of the dinosaurs, a generation that still believes in going to the wilderness to kill something and drag it home for dinner? These and other questions will be pondered over the campfire next month in the San Juan Mountains National Forest of Colorado in pursuit of Elk. At least it will be cold.
An “interesting” find during this weeklong hunt was a den of pigmy rattlesnakes residing within inches of our trail to our tree stands. Upon discovery of the snakes....by nearly stepping on them, we relocated our trail.
In the photo above we observed two male pigmy rattlesnakes fighting for dominance....apparently on mating activity per our buddy that works for the Florida Museum of Natural History in Gainesville. BTW-the museum is well worth your time if you’re in the area.
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