It was now day two and I had two blank drives, seen boar but had no shots. I heard other people shooting but I was still on a blank. We had some soup and hot stew for lunch and I was feeling a bit more positive. My next peg was just inside the forest on a raised area of ground. Half and hour had gone by and I was not concentrating, in my peripheral vision a saw a black shape. I though it was a Lithuanian hound following a trail of a deer. Suddenly I realized it was a smallish boar, I shouldered the rifle cocked the hammer, set the trigger and fired. It was all a bit quick, the boar showed no reaction to shot. It was only about 50 yards away did I really miss it? I walked over to were the boar had gone through when I fried and the tracks showed no sign of a stumble, the was no boar hair or blood. Oh well, I had missed yet again.
I was packing up my rifle at the end of the drive and saw two Lithuanian hounds following the line the boar had taken and barking a great deal. I could hear them for some way off, I guessed at about 100 to 150 yards they suddenly went quite. Normally, when this happens, they have found a dead animal but why on this occasion I was sure I must have missed it.
When we met up with Almontas I told him what had happened, he became very excited and was positive I had shot it after finding the boar and dog tracks they lead to a large round flattened area of snow about 6 feet across with boar, dog and boot prints but no boar. The drives had walked through seen the boar and taken it back to the assembly area were we all meet up.
So why did I see no shot reaction? Obviously with a muzzle loader there is more muzzle blast and things are much harder to see. The mini bullet missed the ribs and shoulder and went between the gaps in the ribs so the animal sowed no sign of impact.
So I lived the dream a 55 kilo boar with a Hawken muzzle loader. The size was not important it was just doing something as it would have been done in the 1860s