Had a nice little boar last night and thought I'd share the experience.
I know some don't agree with some of our high tech methods for boar culling preferring the more traditional method of moonlight.
I thought I would share this just to show how efficient using tech can be, your not necessarily going to shoot more boar but selecting the right animal to take with no risk of taking the wrong animal.
We have used trail cams on our feeding areas for the last year and have monitored the local boar population and learn't a hell of a lot without trying very hard to shoot many. On one feed area for the last two weeks we have two females with ten young turning up mostly in the early hours, and a young male turning up on dusk as the auto feeder kicks in.
last night we decided to sit for him as he was visiting regular enough to set your watch by him. Spot on he arrived but was a bit nervous to walk into the open area as it was still a bit light. He disappeared into the thick cover for a while although the reassuring crack of stick every now and then told us he was still there.
A couple of minutes later the feeder spun its maize out and not long after a shadow appeared at the edge of the clearing. Only problem was the light was now failing fast I was sure it was the young male but was not going to shoot unless I was 100% sure. I picked up my Atn ps22 Night vision and slid it on the front of my scope a quick fiddle with the focus and I could see instantly it was the young male, a quick thumbs up to Andy how he didn't **** himself when I pulled the trigger, wait a couple of seconds for him to turn broadside and squeezed the trigger. He a made a short dash and crashed to the ground with no drama.
Don't get me wrong I've shot boar under the moon in the UK, Germany and Holland and its great fun but I feel much happier knowing exactly which animal I am taking and having plenty of time to take a unrushed shot when the animal is stood correctly which is really difficult in bad light.