I visited a friend near Gothenburg last weekend to try my luck sitting out for the boar close to the full moon. The trip had been planned a while ago so the cold weather looked a bit daunting.
Klaus collected me at the airport and had told me that we would go straight out to a forest so I should change in the handicapped loo in the airport. I felt some prat struggling in to my hunting clothes[several layers of everything] and then waddling out to meet him in the carpark.
However an hour later I was sitting in a small hut clutching a 300 WinMag and a flask of coffee. After about 15 minutes a fox strolled into the clearing and I considered it but let it go. About an hour later when I was starting to appreciate the cold I saw movement at the far end of the clearing. A quick look through the bins confirmed 2 little piggies. They made their way up the side of the clearing and had a couple of runs up to the pile of sugarbeet.The larger presented a broadside shot and I put the red dot of the scope just behind his shoulder and squeezed.
The only movement he made was down.The other pig made a couple of circles and disappeared in a puff of snow.This one dressed out at 43kgs.
Klaus got one the next night at the same spot weighing 33kgs gralloched. Apart from disturbing 4 or 5 pigs from a feed place as we drove out the next night that was all we saw.
Monday night had me in another hut in a different forest.The forester had found signs there of 2 boar fighting and reckoned it was worth a try.Looking at the hoofprints,the torn up ground and the blood spattered I was game for it. So I prepared for a long wait as the big boar will often not come out til late.
Layered in as much woolen clothing as I could get on I pulled on an ansitzsack and spent the next 8 hours watching several different roe bucks and does coming to feed from a bale of silage. They were about 30 meters away and eventually I started playing games with them. It was a long night ! Their hearing is incredible! Unwrapping a sweet had their ears pricked up and even clicking my tongue softly had their attention.
Klaus picked me up at 3am and when I stepped into the open air the cold hit me.Wow ! The thermometer in the car indicated -22C.
So 2 pigs for the weekend in freezing conditions. People ask me why I do it,cos I cant at home !Some of his trophies,New Zealand Thar,Kilbeggan Whiskey,Irish Sika,New Zealand Billygoat.