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Pictures from the Field (1)

These Pictures are not in any particular order as they are just taken from members of the groups cameras. The first picture on the left below was of some of the group having some some very welcome hot food in the forest when we stopped for the midday break. As you may notice we had a lady hunter in the group. Lucinda is a regular shooter and this was her first driven wild boar hunting trip.

Steve in the lower picture left, is practicing shooting running  boar at Bisley. If you have not shot at a running target with a rifle it is an opportunity to get some practice and professional advice on what to do. Well, for Steve, I think it paid off as you can see below.

No, the right hand picture it is not an Indian brave it is Steve he has just got a new  Laurona Alps 9.3 x 74R over and under rifle. Using the rifle for the first time with his first shot he has just bagged a boar. The pine sprig in his hat band is a sign that he has had a successful hunt. In some areas it is traditional that if a hunter has a shot and misses a boar then they are given and oak leaf sprig which at that time of the year is brown.

The picture right below shows some for the group having a warm by the large fire after the meal. The fires are often quite large as they use wood from the forest any many of the timber is about 5-6 feet long and 5-4 inches round. It is strange in these conditions how we appreciate the very basic comforts!

 Alex, pictured below is on his first boar trip with us. After a slow start on the first day  and not firing a shot, the second day he was awarded “king of the hunt.” He shot two boar with only 3 shots. I think the smile just says it all? Well done Alex!

The picture of the fox in the lower picture I think is called lucky! He came out in front of me at the start of a drive. At this point he is 15 yards  away from me and has just caught my sent. Although you are told foxes can be shot, it would be very irresponsible to do so at the start of a drive, as you would spoil the sport for everyone else. We are there to shoot boar. As with any driven shoot, silence and being still is essential for success. However, I think you will agree he does look well in his winter coat.

The picture below is of a typical 3 year old boar in one of the hunting areas we visit, showing the tusks It is import to note, as a rule of thumb the part of the tusk you can see is only a third of its actual length as two thirds are in the jaw. These tusks were approximately 21 cm. Also note the thick winter black coat

On any of these trips you must always expect the unexpected. It was mild December and I saw this little boar. He appeared to have been split up from his family group. He was on his own, about 20 kilos  and was not really bothered  by me and even allowed me time to get out my camera to take some pictures of him. Most of the time he was rooting in the ground looking for food.

The picture above is a sections of some of the forest. Looking down a ride which the boar hopefully run across. I this area it is mostly Silver Birch trees. You will note a gap looking out into a field and to the left you will see a small dark square. That is a shooting position or high seat. It is only about 4 to 5 feet off the ground. Below is the first dusting of snow in early December viewed looking into the picture above from outside the forest

Steve pictured lower right has just bagged this  fine young boar of about 80 kilos. Steve was using his Sako bolt action 30-06 rifle loaded with 150 grain soft nose federal Power Shock. As with any hunting bullet placement is essential. This was a first kieler for Steve and he is obviously very pleased with his success.

If we had a crystal ball and could see into the future, we could tell Steve that he and his friend are going to shoot a medal class 180 kilo kieler on his next trip and they will have them mounted as a trophies and have them shipped back  home to England.